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When The Stars Shone Bright

The first Digital Studio India Channel Awards 2016 was a rousing success, paving the way for more to come

In an industry where recognition is hard to come by, ITP Publishing India’s inaugural Digital Studio India Channel Awards 2016 has set the bar pretty high. From ideation to fruition, the journey has been long but immensely satisfying.

 Hotel Sahara Star’s Rajesh Mohan with a winner for the lucky draw voucher for a stay at Aamby Valley.
Hotel Sahara Star’s Rajesh Mohan with a winner for the lucky draw voucher for a stay at Aamby Valley.

The Jade ballroom at Mumbai’s Hotel Sahara Star, where the awards were held, was transformed into a melting pot of technocrats, businessman, artistes, and corporate bigwigs. Hands were shaken, cards exchanged, ideas swapped, as conversations hit fever pitch. After all, what do you get when you put a group of like-minded individuals with an unfettered outlook to life and business together? A memorable evening!

The cheers got more exuberant, as the runner ups and winners collected their trophies. What’s better than the acknowledgement from the company of your peers?

A big shout out to our sponsors — SAM, NAB Show, Carl Zeiss, TSL Products, Harman India, Rotolight, Hotel Sahara Star, Thinklogical, Bittree and Primestream — without whom the night would have been nigh impossible.

Sushil Khanna of Mediaguru celebrates after winning an award.
Sushil Khanna of Mediaguru celebrates after winning an award.

Let the awards begin!
Shweta Kapoor, the compère for the evening, lit up the proceedings in her lively style while Mihir Joshi, a former radio jockey and the host of the MJ Show on YouTube, got the crowd going with his foot-tapping brand of entertainment.

Along with the awards, many special prizes, such as the top-of-the-line Harman headphones and Aamby Valley stay vouchers (with all meals included), were given for guessing the song from a five-second byte and even saying a few lines from popular Bollywood movies. A lucky few also found gifts under their seats!

Saikumar Shanmugam, deputy managing director of ITP Publishing India, and Bibhor Srivastava, group publishing director of ITP Publishing India, made the introductions about the event, while Vinita Bhatia, editor of Digital Studio magazine, explained the selection process.

The ITP team that made the event possible.
The ITP team that made the event possible.

Apart from the national and regional categories and the educational excellence award, which was won by Subhash Ghai and his daughter Meghna Ghai Puri, there were four special award winners. The ‘Rising Star’ awards—instituted to recognise newcomers in the business who have made a mark for themselves in the past four to six years—were given to Yamini Patel, director, Visual Technologies India and Rishi Khemka, founder, ARK Solutions.

The Hall of Fame award was given to Ramki Sankaranarayanan, founder and CEO of Prime Focus Technologies, for being the lynchpin of his organisation and an industry heavyweight. The final award of the night, the Lifetime Achievement Award, was given amid loud cheers and a standing ovation to Satish Aggarwal, CEO of Visual Technologies India, for his lifelong
contribution to the broadcasting and production industry.

 ITP Publishing India’s S Saikumar, Bibhor Srivastava and Shafquat Ali congratulate Hall of Fame winner, Ramki Sankaranarayanan of Prime Focus Technologies, while Walt Disney India’s Manas Ranjan Mathi and SAM’s Nageshwar Hanchate look on.
ITP Publishing India’s S Saikumar, Bibhor Srivastava and Shafquat Ali congratulate Hall of Fame winner, Ramki Sankaranarayanan of Prime Focus Technologies, while Walt Disney India’s Manas Ranjan Mathi and SAM’s Nageshwar Hanchate look on.

SEAL OF APPROVAL
Satish Aggarwal of Visual Technologies India said that the event was well organised. “It was a memorable day of our life. Everyone in the industry appreciated this initiative by Digital Studio magazine,” he added.

“It was fantastic to mingle with the who’s who of the broadcasting industry. A well-attended event such as this helps you link with the key people from the trade. The product categories for the awards were diverse as well. It was heartening to be a part of an awards ceremony dedicated to the channel community,” said Harish Samtani, chairman of Stereovision. “It was quite unlike any other event that we have today. Our foreign delegates had a great time.”

Chris Exelby, managing director of TSL Products, said, “The evening was well executed and it was clear that all the attendees had a good time. For us, it was a pleasure to spend time with our customers and partners and to be a part of what was a fitting celebration of the broadcasting industry in India. It is not easy being the first to break new ground. Given the exposure enjoyed by the suppliers who were present, I am confident that next year’s event will be even bigger.”

Anita Sareen Parihar, scriptwriter and producer, said, “The awards were invigorating as well as enlightening; something new. The concept and effort are laudable and it struck a chord with everyone in attendance. For future awards, maintaining this high standard of execution will be critical. I think the key lies with getting the pulse of the people in the industry and identifying their needs.”

With the seal of approval of a knowledgeable crowd, the Digital Studio India Channel Awards are here to stay! Block your date for next year.

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