Dubai: Malayalam super star Mohanlal was among the list of personalities from the Malayalam film industry to receive awards at the inaugural Indian Movie Awards in Qatar (IMAQ 2013) at a function in Qatar's capital, Doha
Others who received awards at the event Friday were actors Prathap K Pothan, Biju Menon, Salim Kumar, T G Ravindranathan, music director M Jayachandran, upcoming talents Fahad Fazil, Reema Kallingal, Isha Talwar, Aju Varghese, Sekhar Menon, directors Lal Jose, Aashiq Abu, Anwar Rashid and Vineeth Sreenivasan, singers Vijay Yesudas and Zayanora Philip, reported Gulf Times, the media partner of the event, Saturday.
It is said that a large portion of the around 400,000-strong expatriate Indians in Qatar comprises Malayalis.
The event also saw the launch of a music academy, Music Lounge, of acclaimed Indian pianist Stephen Devassy and the launch of a Malayalam evening daily, "At 4 pm".
The highlight of the event was the performance by Devassy and his band, Solid. Also there were cinematic and folk dances, comedy skits and performances by prominent singers.
A joint performance by Devassy and acclaimed Indian percussionist Sivamani enthralled the crowd.
The event was sponsored by Horeitia Global, an infrastructure development company.