Mumbai: This year, on the occasion of Teachers' Day (September 5), Sony YAY! celebrates real heroes through a unique initiative “Heroes Behind The Heroes”.

Sony YAY’s  Heroes Behind the Heroes campaign recognises and celebrates those mentors/gurus who have not only groomed world-class individuals across various fields, but also continue to encourage budding talent.

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The third edition of Heroes Behind the Heroes continues with the promise to recognise and felicitate the nation’s eminent mentors. The past editions of Heroes Behind The Heroes witnessed stalwarts such as Sania Mirza, Terence Lewis, Subhash Ghai, Kailash Satyarthi, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and many more being recognised for their efforts.

In the current edition, Sony YAY! acknowledged inspirational personalities such as Vivian Fernandes, better known as DIVINE, an Indian rapper who brought upon a new wave of rap and hip-hop right from the streets of Mumbai, ace choreographer Remo D’Souza, film director Mahesh Bhatt.

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The Heroes Behind the Heroes campaign also celebrated those gurus who have not just produced cricket icons that represent the country, but have also made grass-root cricket in Mumbai prosper immensely through their academies.

Dinesh Lad is a renowned name across cricketing circles. Dinesh is credited for nurturing and honing the talent of the country’s current vice-captain, Rohit Sharma and his own son Siddesh Lad. Not only that, he has been mentoring and grooming talent at the Swami Vivekananda International School.

A product of the Mumbai grounds himself, former India batsman Dilip Vengsarkar today presides over three academies in the city. The channel celebrated his contribution to not only Indian cricket but also coaching and mentoring famed cricketers, Ajit Agarkar and Ramesh Powar. Under his guidance, budding cricketers of today have honed their cricketing skills towards reaching their dream of representing India.

Not just cricket, badminton too continues to win laurels for the country with its shuttlers dominating on the world stage. One of the most inspiring figures in producing the new badminton stars of tomorrow has been Pullela Gopichand.

The initiative also celebrated and felicitated heroes from other walks of life, one of them being Afroz Shah, the man behind the largest beach clean-cup drive in the city.

Another face for change that was recognized through the initiative was Ria Sharma, the founder of the NGO, Make Love Not Scars (MLNS).