Mira Nair named India Abroad Person of the Year

New York, March 29 (IANS) Mira Nair, the internationally acclaimed film director, was honoured as the Person of the Year 2007 by a leading ethnic Indian paper in the US, while the economist couple Padma and Jagdish Bhagwati were among other recipients of awards that recognise Indian American achievement.

Nair, maker of films like "Monsoon Wedding", "The Namesake" and "Salaam Bombay", received the award instituted by India Abroad - an ethnic Indian newsweekly.

Indra Nooyi, chief of PepsiCo, presented the award to Nair Friday at a function in Manhattan attended by prominent Indian Americans, community leaders and diplomats. Nooyi was the recipie