1st Annual Rumi Awards in Vegas

Over the past 30 years or so, Afghanistan has been portrayed as a country filled with hateful terrorists, violent men, oppressed women, “Stone Age” infrastructure, poppy production, land mines and war.  People around the world don’t realize that art, music, poetry and entertainment have been an important, and valued, part of Afghan culture for thousands of years. In fact, it was recently discovered that cave paintings discovered in Afghanistan were the first oil paintings in the world!

On November 29th – 20th, I was in Las Vegas for the 1st Annual Rumi Awards, an awards show that featured Afghan artists, singers, musicians, poets, writers, TV/Radio hosts, and high profile celebrities from around the globe.  I was honored to participate as a red carpet host/award presenter and to be part of a historic Afghan event about unity, peace, love.  The founder of the event, Abe Nasser, has a vision of uniting Afghans and educating people about Afghanistan’s beloved poet Rumi. I respect and understand his vision and that is why I wanted to support it.  My goal has also been to unite cultures and people through entertainment & the arts, which I believe is a good way of breaking stereotypes and teaching people about culture. I have done that through PlanetPix Media,  Beauty and the East TV, through my fashion work (a line of t-shirts I designed is called UNITEES, and incorporates the words “peace, love, unity” in unique Farsi motifs.) I even named my daughter Rumi, after the poet.  So when I found out about this event, I was intrigued and excited to be a part of it.

I wish I was brought on to cover the red carpet and awards show fashion as that is what really excited me. The show had some technical glitches, but any live show does. What’s important that the producers and volunteers of the event put together not one -but three – events over two days that put smiles on hundreds of people’s faces. Anyone who has produced events can tell you it is not easy!   Here are some pics I took from the red carpet, performances, presenters and some of the fashions from the event. It was interesting to see so many personalities from around the world come together!

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With Afghan singer/song songwriter Ariana Sayeed

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With popular tv personality Sajia Kamrany

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With Afghan actor Fahim Fazli


Attorney, sister &  co-host of the show Mariam Atash


Mariam Atash and businesswoman Neelab Saraabi


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Co-founder of Rumi Awards: Mrs. Zabina Nasser in Sharifa’s House of Couture

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Being interviewed on the red carpet

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My mom Guli on the red carpet


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With friends Neelab Saraabi (in purple), Salma Essau Nawabi (in black) and Saima Durrani (in white)

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My parents Guli and Nadir Atash along with Mr. Hamid Assil

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Mom and me

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Ms. Zohra Nevin in Tadashi

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TV Host Shaista Sadat Lami in a custom Afghan dress design

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Dad, mom and singers Mr. & Mrs. Ghezal and Hassad Anil

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Ms. Shakila Zadran & Mashal Hamidi in Tadashi

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Fashion blogger Narges Hamidi

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Choreographer & actress Sitara Attaie Essau in a custom design

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Choreographer & actress Sitara Attaie Essau

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Mr. & Mrs. Murtaza, dad & mom

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Award show opening act: Afghan artist Olumi

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Hosts Edris Miskinyar & Mariam Atash

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Singer Mujjy

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Singer Sitara Nawabi

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Musicians Qais Ulfat and Mozhdah Jamalzadah

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Actor Ali Olomi and myself presenting an award on stage

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Classical Indian dance performance by Sitara

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Founder of Rumi Awards, Mr. Abe Nasser

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Afghan soccer team presenting awards to Mr. Abe Nasser and Mrs. Shakila Hamidi

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Ms. Saima Durrani

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Neelab Saraabi, Salma Nawabi, Saima Durrani


  • Ha Res

    Nice Pictures Wish you guys unlimited success 🙂

  • Zabina Nasser

    Tow thumbs up 🙂