India’s Got Talent September 10, 2010Posted by British Council India in Young Creative Entrepreneur.
Tags: Abhishek Rungta (Indus Net Academy), Amit Gulati (Incubis Consulting), Anjum Katyal (Saregama), Anup Tapadia, B R Sharan (Saregama), British Council, British Council India, Charanpreet Singh (Praxis Business School), Cinnamon Teal Publishing, Debashis Biswas (Macmillan India), Douglas Rintoul (Complicite), Elle Décor, Elle India, Fashion, Girija Goswamy (Marks & Spencer), India's Got Talent, Indian Angel Network (IAN) Sunil Kalra, Indian Stage, Jai Vikram Bakshi (Digiqom Solutions), John Kirk (Birmingham City University UK), Kanak Gupta, Leonard Fernandes, Magesh Kumar Gurumurthy, Mahesh Murthy (Pinstorm), Mash Audio Visuals Ltd, Namrata Shah, Naved Akhtar (The Shop), Oxford Bookstore, Pixelloid Computer Services, Preksha Baid, Publishing, Rajesh Dahiya (Codesign), Rajesh Rao (Dhruva Interactive), Raw Mango, Rixi Bhatia, Ruth Gee, Sandeep Goyal (Dentsu India), Sanjay Garg, TechnoKarma Labs & TouchMagix Media, Varun Sardana, Wendell Rodricks, Xavier Rashid (Raindance Festival UK), Y-walls Design, yce, YCE alumni, YCE Communications Sandeep Maheshwari, YCE Design, YCE Fashion, YCE Fashion awardee, YCE Interactive, YCE Performing Arts, YCE Publishing, YCE Screen, Young Creative Entrepreneur programme, Yugandhar Tammareddy
Everyone loves award ceremonies: the glitz, the glamour, the fabulous dresses…
We’re no different at the British Council, so September kicked off with our own award ceremony, an evening to celebrate India’s creativity, inspiration and entrepreneurial talent.
The British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur programme (YCE) has been running in India since 2005, the only programme of its kind in India, unique in its focus on creative entrepreneurs. This year for the first time, the programme included its own award ceremony, announcing India’s brightest emerging entrepreneurs in seven different sectors – Interactive, Screen, Communications, Design, Performing Arts, Publishing, and Fashion.
Till date the programme has reached out to 763 entrepreneurs, making India’s network of creative entrepreneurs the largest within the International YCE programme. The entrepreneurs are all attracted by the chance of winning a prestigious award, of course: but it’s also a great opportunity to network with like-minded creative minds, both in India and the UK.
Crucially, the programme couldn’t be as successful without the support of partners who share our vision and bring in expertise. Elle India, Elle Decor and Oxford Bookstore worked with us for awards in fashion, design and publishing respectively; while the programme also tied up with the Indian Angel Network (IAN), India’s largest business angel network with over 120 individual and institutional members worldwide. Sunil Kalra, Sandeep Goyal (Dentsu India), Abhishek Rungta (Indus Net Academy) and Jai Vikram Bakshi (Digiqom Solutions) represented IAN on the judging panels, and provided their expertise and feedback on revenue models, business skills and opportunities to scale up.
And even when the awards were over, the night had just begun: a showcase of works by YCE alumni, illustrating the programme’s larger cultural impact, culminated with YCE Fashion awardee Varun Sardana giving an exclusive preview of his Spring / Summer 2011 collection in his characteristically theatrical and innovative style. It was the first time in India that a designer has presented his Spring/Summer collection in a venue other than the Fashion Week, and we were particularly pleased because Varun was recently signed up by Blow PR, a fashion PR agency based in the UK, after he worked with the British Council to participate in the Alchemy Festival in London earlier this year.
Ruth Gee, British Council Regional Director, India & Sri Lanka was seen wearing a creation by Namrata Shah, the runner-up awardee of the 2009 YCE Fashion award, who works with crafts people in the remote villages of Karnataka. Ruth’s creation came from Namrata’s Woven Wonder collection, in which each bead is meticulously woven in to form exquisite patterns on a silk sari, proving that the fabulous dresses weren’t just confined to the catwalk.
The 2010 YCE winners are some of the brightest from within India’s creative industries:
|YCE Interactive||Anup Tapadia, TechnoKarma Labs & TouchMagix Media|
|YCE Screen||Yugandhar Tammareddy, Pixelloid Computer Services|
|YCE Communications||Sandeep Maheshwari, Mash Audio Visuals Ltd|
|YCE Design||Preksha Baid, Y-walls Design|
|YCE Performing Arts||Magesh Kumar Gurumurthy, IndianStage|
|YCE Publishing||Leonard Fernandes, Cinnamon Teal Publishing|
|YCE Fashion||Sanjay Garg, Raw Mango|
Special commendation was given to YCE Performing Arts: Kanak Gupta and YCE Fashion: Rixi Bhatia
The judges this year included sector leaders:
- Mahesh Murthy (Pinstorm)
- Naved Akhtar (The Shop)
- Rajesh Dahiya (Codesign)
- Wendell Rodricks
- Girija Goswamy (Marks & Spencer)
- Amit Gulati (Incubis Consulting)
- Douglas Rintoul (Complicite)
- Charanpreet Singh (Praxis Business School)
- Rajesh Rao (Dhruva Interactive)
- B R Sharan (Saregama)
- Anjum Katyal (Saregama)
- Debashis Biswas (Macmillan India)
- Xavier Rashid (Raindance Festival UK)
- John Kirk (Birmingham City University UK)