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Day 1, Thursday, 26th May
|Theme - Stage Sound & Light|
|11:30 - 12:30||Workshop by
Founder / Owner - Flying Carpet Productions & The Media Tribe
|12:45 - 14:00||
Product Presentation & Training on
|LUNCH (14:00 - 14:30)|
|14:30 - 15:45||Design & Technology
Regional Education Manager APAC for d&b audiotechnik
|16:00 - 17:30||
EEMA PALM CONFERENCE SESSION
Panel Discussion on Road to Event Safety in India
Director - Wizcraft International Entertainment
Founder & Managing Director, Sound.com
Managing Director at Natura Natura Outdoor Education & Training Solutions Pvt Ltd
Director of Events, Jess Ideas Pvt.Ltd
Dr. JD Mehta
Founder and Chief Managing Director of True Events and World Wide Weddings
Director - Sound & Light Professionals
OHS – Environmental Consultant
Moderator - Sushma Gaikwad
Co-Founder and Director of Ice Global / Vice President, EEMA West
Day 2, Friday, 27th May
|Theme - AV Install & Integration|
|Video Mysteries and New Age Applications
Technology Evangelist for Installations and Events
SOUND TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE
Director- Customer Development & Application Engineering
|LUNCH (14:00 - 14:30)|
SOUND DESIGN FOR DEMANDING SPACES
LIKE BAR / PUBS / DISCOS / LOUNGES
Electro-Acoustic Design Consultant, Owner Soundframe Consulting
LED DISPLAYS: INDOOR VS OUTDOOR
This session will explore and inform on
how to choose the right LED
Technology for Indoor vs Outdoor spaces
Managing Director of Video Wall India Pvt. Ltd.
Marketing Head / Senior Technician of Video Wall India Pvt. Ltd.
Day 3, Saturday, 28th May
|Theme - Music Production|
|AES INDIA Panel Discussion on Music Production
Aditya Modi - Moderator
- Director, Modi Digital
- Manager, Auro Technologies India
- Partner, WSDG India
John Stewart Eduri
Bollywood Film Composer and Music Producer
Music Producer, Singer & Composer
(speaks on Humanising or Organic Production)
(Introduction to Synthesis and Hybrid Electro-Acoustic production)
|LUNCH (12:30 - 13:15)|
Anything you ever wanted to ask
Farhad K. DadyBurjor about Recording and the Final Mix
|AES INDIA PALM Open Forum for Sound Engineers|
Aditya Modi - Moderator
- Director, Modi Digital
- Manager, Auro Technologies India
- Partner, WSDG India
Chief Sound Engineer at Yash Raj Film Studios
|16:00 onwards||INDIAN RECORDING ARTS ACADEMY AWARDS
Manish Mavani is the Founder/Director at Sound & Light Professionals ( SnL pro), India. His passion for music & business minded nature helped him setup up an audio rental company 13 years ago,with sheer dedication, hard work & a drive to constantly upgrade and innovate the company.The comany now has grown with close to 45 employees and have spread their services with trussing and social effects and lighting.
Krishna Prasad is an audio engineer, with a Diploma in Audio Engineering from Muzik Lounge School of Audio Technology, along with a degree in Computer Science. He has an experience of over eight years in the audio field, with vast experience in areas which include Studio Production, Acoustics, Voice-Over Artist, TV & Film Post Production.
He was also teaching Audio at MLSAT. Currently his focus is on Live Sound and he has been a part of several Music Festivals. He has also toured with a lot of bands round the world. Presently he is employed in Alphatec Audio Video Pvt. Ltd as the System Engineer where he looks after the demonstration, training and on-show assistance for the Midas Digital Consoles and other products under Music Group.
Mr Bhavesh Thakkar is the Director of Events & Operation in the company. He has completed his graduation from Mumbai university and Diploma in Mktg. from Welingkar institute and immediately after that he joined the company in the year 2003. Initially he was handling all the existing client and later on he went on approaching new clients like Event management companies , exhibition Organizers, Corporate Companies, Wedding Clients, Govt. Contracts to make company two steps ahead in that competition environment. Also he has started adding up the inventory simultaneously for Jess Ideas in terms of structure elements , latest air dispersion system for A.C. Solution, wedding props, exhibition shell scheme profiles etc. to deliver clients latest requirement time to time for their odd jobs. He has also started the venue construction job for all the leading Event management companies of the country with better service and result of that Association of the Event management companies(EEMA) honors Jess Ideas Pvt. ltd. for INFRASTRUCTURE in 2016 under his efforts. Now Jess Idea has become one stop solution for all the clients and in various segments of the venue Construction market.
A sound engineer by profession, Sameer Kripalani has completed his degree in the Bachelor of Acoustic Engineering from the United States. He has an experience of over 15 years in the field of Audio Engineering as a sound engineer and a system tuning engineer. He has worked with some of the leading bands in India as a sound engineer and is currently working as an FOH Engineer with renowned music directors Salim - Sulaiman.
Farhad K. DadyBurjor has been working as a Recording and Mixing Engineer since 1989. He started his career by helping to build, and then engineering at The Digital Domain, India's first digital studio for 6 years. He left The Digital Domain in 1995 to build a truly world class recording studio, Galactica A at Famous Studios, Mumbai, where he has been engineering in-house since.
Over a career spanning 27 years, he has recorded and mixed every possible kind of musical genre at different scales for almost every kind of media release, from movie songs and soundtracks to orchestral scores and western classical concerts to Grammy nominated albums, to radio plays and sound design jobs, and stage shows, besides engineering innumerable advertising commercials.
Vijay Sabhlok is a visionary. His ingenious and inspired modus operandi is powered by being dynamically multi-faceted and valuing services by proffering unprecedented high-end technology and solutions in the Entertainment and Installation Industries.
In the pursuit of creating and delivering ‘Wow” experiences, Vijay executes memorable events and multimedia installation solutions by integrating art, architecture, energy and technology to transform spaces into environments and experiences.
Vijay specializes in all aspects of ‘Technical Production and Solutions on Demand’; right from Concept to Salutation, in creating a versatile, and cost efficient strategy and solution for clients.
Decades of combined production experience and vendor affiliations, allows him to produce, manage and execute projects, be they Installs or Events, on any scale with maximum flexibility and economy.
He has been actively involved in all aspects of production & technical solutions for nearly 20 years and is one of the leading technology solutions providers to the events and install industry due to the sheer number of years of experience.
Having been actively involved in all aspects of production and technical solutions for nearly 20 years, Vijay is one of the country’s leading technology solutions providers to the industry, a stalwart authority on designing and execution, a title awarded to him by his peers and clients.
Currently, Vijay holds fort has the lead technical advisor on a number of incredibly large scale Museum Projects and Corporate Experience Centres in India; namely the Viraat-e-Khalsa Museum commissioned by the Punjab Government, one of the most technically advanced and digitally enhanced AV based religious structures in the world, coming up at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, and also the Jaguar Taps and DS Group Experience Centres in Noida and Manesar respectively.
His previous work includes heading the technical production of Mapping Projects such as Neeta Ambani’s 50th Birthday celebrations in Jodhpur using over 36 Projectors of 20K and ground projections at Goa for the Lusifonia Games. He remains the Technical Advisor and Consultant on a few Permanent Mapping Installations around India. He recently was the Technical Consultant for Modern Stage Service for the IPL Openinfg ceremony 2016 and was instrumental in designing and planning the Technicals for the same
Vijay envisages that Visual Technologies will rule the roost for years to come and strongly believes in providing the latest Entertainment Engineering Videos and Visual Technologies like Watchout, Holographic Projection, 3D Stereoscopic Projection, 3D and 2D Video Mapping, Content and Media Planning, Media Servers and top end full HD Projectors to his clients, in an effort to amplify the Extra in Ordinary and to make the solutions provided by the industry synonymous with astounding and pioneering.
Right now his focus is on new technologies like Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Humanization of Technology with Interactivity and Immersive based experiences in Events and Installations.
Sunny M.R. is an award winning music producer, sound engineer and composer. He has been working on commercial music for almost 16 years now. Apart from working in the studio, he also has been a music producer and FOH mix engineer for a couple of Artists. A hardcore synth enthusiast by heart, he believes in innovation and thus puts his mind, body and soul into making new experiments with music to make it sound unique. He has worked very closely for composers Pritam, Amit Trivedi, Sneha Khanwalkar and many more. His portfolio of work as a music producer and a sound designer includes movies like Dilwale, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Dhoom:3, Ferrari Ki Sawaari, and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara! to name just a few.
He has won several awards for his outstanding work. These include - IRA awards 2013 - Best Mixed Album (Film) – Cocktail, IRA awards 2013 - Best Score Production and Mix - Barfil, Mirchi awards 2013 - Best music arranger and programmer for Dil Mera (Agent Vinod), Gima awards 2014 - Best music arranger and programmer for Badtameez Dil (YJHD), Mirchi awards 2014 - Best music arranger and programmer for Badtameez Dil (YJHD), Mirchi Telugu 2015 - Upcoming Music Composer of the year for Rowdy Fellow.
Mr.Milind Raorane , presently practicing as “Electro-Acoustic Design Consultant” - A professional whose expertise lies in understanding the behavior of Loudspeakers and Rooms together and specializing in bringing unison between them.
Academically Mr.Milind is a B.E. Electronics along with formal education in Sound Recording & Engineering .Working in the field of Loudspeaker & Architectural Acoustics for last 15 years.
Dr. Jaydeep Mehta (JD Mehta) is the Founder and Chief Managing Director of True Events and World Wide Weddings – a technology driven premier entertainment Company of India.
Dr. Jaydeep Mehta is the 1st Indian to be recognized as Doctor of Honours in Event Management. He is also Founder president of EMF (Event Management Federation), Gujarat and Visiting faculty for Event Management courses at prestigious institutes like MICA and NIEM, Ahmedabad.
Today his company is one of the most reputed Events and Entertainment Companies in India with expertise in
True Events is also the only events company in Gujarat to Win 4 National and 1 International Awards in the last 2 years. Some of the awards that the company has won include the WOW Awards, EEMAX Awards and GIWA Awards.
Mr. Rahul Pandey is Marketing Head/Senior Technician of Video Wall India Pvt Ltd. He joined Video Wall India in 2008 just to get into the glamour industry rest is history.He has sold and installed more than 50 outdoor LED screen across INDIA. He ventured into all possible spaces – Government projects, Entertainment events, & sports. Completing his graduation from Mumbai University in Mass Communication & Journalism, his hobby is to write Hindi poems.
He has also been the part of the following:
Anil Girkar is a trained Electronics Engineer and has served in the Indian Army for seven years. He started his company - Video Wall India in the year 2007 after realizing immense potential of usage of LED display boards in the country. His company undertakes ventures into all possible spaces like Government projects, Entertainment events, sports and so on. He has successfully managed to instill a strong work ethic in the company – be it introducing innovation, executing projects with panache. He is the technical brain behind the venture and he looks forward to being the Go-to man in the Industry – for anything related to LED display
The Awards and Achievements that Anil Girkar has received for his work include:
Gert has worked for more than 20 years in the live sound industry as a system tech and front of house engineer for shows ranging from corporate events, Broadway shows, large-scale stadium tours and major UK festivals. He has also spent six-years as the in-house engineer for legendary British rock band ‘Deep Purple‘ before joining d&b audiotechnik. Gert is now the Regional Education Manager APAC for d&b audiotechnik.
Literally born in a recording studio in a quaint studio apartment in Chennai, Aditya has the flair & passion for anything audio, music & technology in his blood. After school, he used to sit in on recordings conducted by his father Vijay Modi for artists such as AR Rahman amongst others working on jingles.
A Graduated with a Recording Arts Degree from Full Sail University, he then moved to LA where he practiced as a DJ. Soon he moved to Mumbai where he assisted Sound Engineering legend Daman Sood, along with Avinash Oak, and acquired extensive training in analog recording techniques for large orchestra, as well as singular vocals. Here he got the opportunity to work with stalwarts of the Indian music industry, which included, Jagjit Singh, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale, Pandit Jasraj, Pankaj Udhas, Naushaad Ali, Abida Parveen, to name a few.
After receiving an offer from the Maestro himself – AR Rahman, Aditya moved to Chennai and worked with AR Rahman on almost every film & project since 2001. Even today, Aditya manages most of AR Rahman's Mumbai operations.
Currently, Aditya has his own recording, mastering & mixing facilities in Mumbai (Premier Digital Mastering Studios) and also manages a Pro Audio consultancy & distribution business (MODI DIGITAL) with offices in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad & Bangalore. He has designed, constructed, consulted or installed technology for over 250 studios / home theatres / churches / hotels / education institutions pan India.
He is also the musical producer for over 50 AR Rahman's live shows & theatre productions since a decade, is the technical writer for various publications & has hosted various seminars for various educational institutions that teach Music / Audio.
Best known for his Bollywood works like "Main Hoon Hero Tera", "Tumhe Apna Banane Ka", "Tu Bhoola Jise (Airlift) as the music producer and arranger.
Well known for his collaborations with Musical Giants like Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Salim Sulaiman, Raju Singh, Amaal Mallik, Drums Sivamani, Stephen Devassy, Mikey McCleary etc.
Meghdeep is a Trained Pianist (Trinity College of Music, London) and a gifted Singer and Guitarist and is known as a composer for bringing about pleasant changes in the "Hindi Gospel" Music Scene through his effective collaborations with singers like Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam & Mahalakshmi Iyer.
Meghdeep was selected for the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston in 2012 and had received 50% scholarship and Dean's Merit Award for outstanding performance in the auditions.
His upcoming Projects include films like MS Dhoni & Half Girlfriend
Mujeeb Dadarkar is an Electronics Engineer also holding a Diploma in Studio Recording from Full Sail Recording Workshop, Orlando, U.S.A.
Has been a recording engineer and technical consultant to the Audio/ Video industry since 1983. Has also designed and custom built various electronic equipment for specific application in the field.
Acting as consultant to Indian National Theatre, Bombay since 1984. Has designed and implemented their Audio/ Video studio, and been involved with the recording of several of their productions. Has also custom-built to their requirement various lighting control equipment.
Was actively involved in the setup of M/s RAVE's Audio studio in May 1986, and their Video studio in May 1987. Worked with them as consulting Audio/ Video Post- Production engineer 1986-88.
Involved as Engineering Consultant with M/s Progress Electronics, Bombay from 1988 to 1992 for the design and development of their tape duplication and tape tailoring systems.
Designed and installed the complete Public Address/ Sound system at the Patidar Stree Samaj Auditorium, Bombay under contract to their architects M/s Shirish Mehta & Associates in January 1988.
Technical Consultant to M/s Hunnar Films, Bombay since 1988 for the development and upgradation of their computerised Film Animation Rostrum, and later the installation of their Video Animation System.
Contracted by the Xavier's Institute of Communications, Bombay for the design and installation of their recording studio "Studio 16+" in November 1988.
Associated as a consultant with M/s Soundesigners, Bombay for their recording studio "Music Room" in May 1989.
Technical Consultant and Production Controller for West Zone Cultural Centre's documentary film on I.N.T.'s "Gujarat Adivasi Kala Mahotsava" at Halol, Gujarat in April 1990-91.
Contracted by M/s Anand Music & Movies, Bombay for the design and installation of their recording studio "La Musique" in June 1990.
Contracted by M/s AMI Productions (U.S. based group) for the design and installation of their captive recording studio in August 1990.
Technical Consultant to Radio Mid-Day since September 1993. Designed and installed their studio in Mumbai in February 1994.
Technical Consultant to M/s Purple Haze for the design and installation of their recording studio in July 1994.
Shantanu Hudlikar, Chief Sound Engineer at Yash Raj Film Studios since 2005, started his professional career as an engineer in the year 1990 at The Music Room, Bombay, and went on to head the studio as chief engineer in 1991.
As chief engineer he has engineered numerous radio and television commercials, documentaries, independent artistes, and feature films.
Shantanu has worked with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Rupert Hine, Gustavo Santaolala, Dr.Ilaya Raja, John Leckie, The Bombay Dub Orchestra, Deep Forrest, Ranjit Barot, Shakti (featuring John McLaughlin, Ustad Zakir Hussein), Rock Machine (now Indus Creed), Soulmate , Advaita, A R Rahman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Asha Putli, Louis Banks, Vishal & Shekhar, Pyarelal Sharma, Colonial Cousins and Pritam, to name a few.
Shantanu has also worked with some of the finest names in advertising and film such as Highlight Films, Whitelight, Genesis, Yashraj Films, Dharma Productions, Excel Entertainment, Aamir Khan Productions and Vinod Chopra Productions to name a few.
His sheer passion, enthusiasm and high caliber craftsmanship has won respect from all quarters for his single-minded pursuit of sonic excellence with an onus on acoustic recording using complex multiple microphone techniques.
15 years’ operational experience in the Aviation Safety sector. Proven hands on experience in Emergency services and response, Occupational Health & Safety, Aviation Safety, Safety Management system implementation and management, Environmental Management system implementation and management and Risk Assessments & mitigation. He is familiar and experienced in working towards compliance to relevant national and international standards, recommended best practices and legislative requirements within the Occupational Health, Safety & Environmental and Aviation Safety field. He is also involved in Sport Administration and have proven experience in hosting and coordination major Regional, Provincial and National Championship sporting events.
Pramod Chandorkar has been working as a Sound Engineer in the music industry from 1995 till date. He has worked on numerous mega-hit albums and films as a Chief Sound Engineer. Starting out as a musician, Pramod ‘s journey is marked with an association with many leading sound recording studios. Pramod has also been responsible for designing and deploying more than 30 fully operational sound recording facilities. Currently he is the founder & director of Soundideaz Academy Pvt. Ltd. Which is a premier institute conducting courses on Sound engineering. He also boasts of a Premier Audio Post Production Facility “ Soundideaz Studios “ in Andheri Mumbai. he is also a Live Sound Engineer for last more than a decade. He has been the Head Technical Engineer for Sonu Nigam Live in concert and has been travelling the world for his Tours. In the world Of Film Sound design He has been Active for last 4 years and in a short span has received 4 Prestigious Nominations for Sound design For Films.
He is one of the few engineers who have excelled in all-major aspects of sound engineering.
Music Recording Mixing: Zee cine Award 2005
IRAA Award 2015.
Live Sound Mixing: Sonu Nigam Live in Concert, Palm Award 2013
Film Sound Design: 2 Nominations in 2015 Zee Chitra Gaurav.
2 Nominations In 2016 Zee Chitra Gaurav.
His Credits to list a few are mentioned below:-
“Garwa” (Marathi album), “Vishwavinayak”, “Ganesha”, “Hanuman”, Sonu Nigam’s “Classically mild”, “Rafi resurrected”, “Sadgi” by Lata Mageshkar, “Sarva mangal Ganesh” by Lata Mangeshkar, “Maitra Jivache” by Lata Mangeshkar, Working on an album With Jimmy jam & Terry Lewis (USA), Worked For Brian allan (UK), Worked For Jim Beans. (USA), Worked For Chaka Khan (USA), Worked For Jermaine Jackson. (USA), “Tribute to Michael Jackson” by Sonu Nigam (Facebook). Music Room
Hey ram, Baaz, Wo tra naam tha, Madhoshi, Aan, Gayab, Hum tum, Road, Main Madhuri Dixit banna chahti hoon, Ankhein, Khakhee, Veer zaara, Khule aasmaan ke neechey (Pakistani film), Virrudh, Masti, Phir hera pheri, Aga bai arechchya (marathi film), Rakht, Kabhi Alvida naa Kehna, Jatra, Zabardast,Lokmanya, Classmates,Mitwa, Sandook , Santa Banta Pvt Ltd. and many more..
John Stewart Eduri is a popular Bollywood Film Composer and Music Producer. A gospel musician who has honed his ear in the church, he calls the holy abode of Christ his first music school. Today he is one of the leading sound masters of Bollywood.
He started his career as a Gospel Musician, and then moved to Mumbai at the age of 21 to pursue his dreams and try his luck. And since then, he has co- produced over 60 Film Scores with Salim-Sulaiman, Vishal-Shekhar, A.R. Rahman and many more.
Since 2013 he has been composing individually original background scores and songs and his recent famous ones, (scores only) are ‘Happy New Year’, ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya’, ‘Ungli’, “Gulaab Gang” and more.
Ashish Manchanda is an entertainment business entrepreneur, noted recording engineer and music producer. He is known primarily for his work in association with Bollywood, as well as independent music productions. He is also the founder of the Music & AV Media production house "Flying Carpet Productions" established in 1999.
Manchanda is featured in legendary producer/engineer Bruce Swedien's book, In the Studio with Michael Jackson. He is a 3 time recipient of the IRAA (Indian Recording Arts Award) for best mix engineer movie soundtrack 'Dev D', for debut album by Sona Mohapatra, and best live engineer 2013 respectively. He is also the founder / director of the award winning sound engineering & music production institute "The Media Tribe".
Warren D’Souza is the Founder and Managing Director of SOUND.COM, a Global Tour Sound and Special Events boutique audio company headquartered in Mumbai.
The company’s specialities include Global Spectaculars, Concerts, Music Festivals, Electronic Dance Music Festivals, International tours, Televised Events, Award Shows, Worship Events, Product Launches, Web Audio & Corporate Audio.
Some of the key specialized events and shows handled by Warren & his team include -Commonwealth Games 2010 -Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Delhi, Oman Tattoo (Military Music Festival), 150 Years of Indians in South Africa, IPL Opening Ceremonies 2013 & 2016, Yanniin Colombo, Carlos Santana, Sunburn, NH7 Weekender, AR Rahman Symphony Tour, AR Rahman World Tour, Coke Studio, South Asian Games, AR Rahman NenjeEzhuTour, Sensation, MTV Unplugged, to name a few.
Warren’s passion for audio & gadgets, specialization in design of audio systems is intently followed byprofessionals and aspirants in the field of live sound and events. He leads a highly motivated set of professionals through an organization that is rooted in delivering the best through robust processes, training, team work and the latest in audio technology, while he is also engaged in conducting workshops for students and clients.
He is a columnist for a leading pro-audio magazine, Pro Sound Systems and is a contributor in other leading industry publications & portals. He has been a guest speaker at several leading industry meets and consortiums like Audio Engineering Society( AES), Event & Entertainment Management Association(EEMA), InfoCommand SAE.
Warren holds a Diploma in Electronics Engineering from St.XaviersTechnical Institute, Mumbai. He is also an avid traveller and a collector of vintage synthesizers.
Wiz Viraf Sarkari, one of the founder directors of Wizcraft International Entertainment has immense experience in the field of Entertainment and hospitality from the onset of his career. Viraf has strengthened the company’s technical infrastructure and expanded the organisation’s scope of business in India and across the globe.
Prior to that, Viraf was a partner in Mumbai’s most popular nightclub Xanadu. He began his career as a management trainee & then Night Manager with Hotel Airport Plaza, after completing his Diploma in Hotel Management.
As Director of Wizcraft, Viraf is closely involved in producing mega productions & concerts in India & internationally. Viraf’s career encompasses extensive expertise in producing & directing mega events to engage live and television audiences worldwide. These include 50 years of Indian Independence Celebrations, 30 years of Mauritian Independence Celebrations, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the National Games, and Afro Asian Games 2003, South Asian Games in Colombo, Oman Tattoo Military Festival, International Indian Film Academy Weekend, Awards since its inception & many more public events. In 2006 Wiz Viraf produced & directed the 11 minute Delhi 2010 Handover segment at the Closing Ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and in 2010.
Wiz Viraf has been closely involved in producing mega productions and concerts in India and internationally. Viraf Produced & Directed the Unforgettable Show – World Tour featuring the Bachchan Family & also many other Bollywood superstars. He was also Executive Producer & Director of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Ceremonies to be held in New Delhi, followed by the ICC Cricket World Cup Opening.
Virafs dream to promote a world class Entertainment & Leisure Destination has initiated the development of Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon. He has provided the Creative Vision for this destination & is the Executive Producer & Creative director of a long running & the World Biggest Bollywood Musical show hosted at Kingdom of Dreams
A high-altitude Himalayan trek at the age of 10 was Avishkar’s first step into a life of adventure. Today, he is a well-respected Outdoor Educator and trained professional with more than 20 years’ experience in Outdoor Sports and Adventure Travel, and an intuitive grasp of how outdoor and adventure activities can engage with and affect the human psyche.
Forgoing a traditional education, Avishkar instead ensured that his passions turned into usable skill sets. He now holds qualifications in Himalayan Glacier Mountaineering from the National Outdoor Leadership School, USA; Mountaineering from the Directorate of Mountaineering and Adventure Sports, Manali; multiple specialized courses such as Rock Climbing, Solo Paragliding, and Ornithology; and is a certified Wilderness First Responder from Wilderness Medicine Insititute, USA. He has also taught at the prestigious Voyageur Outward Bound School in Montana, USA – an international organization for Outdoor & Experiential Education.
At Natura, Avishkar has taken his expertise with mountaineering equipment and techniques and adapted them to meet the needs of the live events and entertainment industry, among others. As a consequence of his professional training and expertise, Avishkar has a deep understanding of the need for safety-inherent procedures and is a strong proponent of stronger safety standards in the industry.
As Managing Director at Natura, he is the driving force behind our approach to all things aerial and a respected voice calling for greater safety in a still-unorganized industry.
Sushma Gaikwad has over 25 years of experience with her career spanning the fields of Luxury retail Event Management, Corporate Identity Implementation Processes and Training
She specialized in Corporate Identity Implementation processes with Sista's and Wolf-Olin’s in the UK. She was a part of the core team that designed the corporate identity of the TATA brand.
Sushma is the Co-founder and Director of Ice Global a company that specializes in experiential strategy, campaign management and event execution roll-outs.
Firmly entrenched in the field of Brand Communication and event management, Ice Global has worked with inspirational Brands in automobiles, Media, Entertainment and Engineering having orchestrated events of premium caliber.
With a vision to make a difference to as many people as possible and help them unleash their true potential, Sushma founded IGM, an organization that facilitates Learning and Development.
With a vision to make a difference to as many people as possible and help them unleash their true potential, Sushma founded IGM, an organization that facilitates Learning and Development.
Sushma is also actively involved in the initiative for Live Event Industry as VP – West EEMA ( Event And Entertainment Management Association)
A perfectionist, Sushma enables her team to always push the boundaries, create extraordinary and great experiences.
Volker Schmitt is an experienced professional in the realm of RF wireless. As Director of the Product Lifecycle Management in the Professional Systems Division at Sennheiser’s corporate headquarters in Wennebostel, Germany, he spearheaded the creation of Sennheiser’s most successful and innovative wireless product lines. Over a period of eight years, Schmitt’s development team designed and introduced the popular evolution wired, evolution wireless, MKH, MKE series and the 3000 & 5000 Series Wireless products.
Schmitt moved to Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters in 2006 to take a position as Senior Engineer for wireless equipment. He brought his vast knowledge of RF wireless equipment both to the corporate environment and to the live productions of some of the most popular musical performers in the world. Schmitt worked behind-the-scenes at live concerts of Sennheiser-endorsed artists, quickly solving RF dilemmas and providing the artists’ sound crews with a wealth of technical tips and know-how.
Schmitt returned to the corporate headquarters in 2008 and worked as Director Product Lifecycle Management in the Professional Systems Division and was in charge for the product- idea, -concept, -development and support of the products throughout the lifecycle.
Since January 2015 he is as Director Customer Development and Application Engineering in charge for the support of Sennheiser customers. The CDAE team is acting globally, solving problems and present solutions for customers and our end users.
Before joining Sennheiser, Schmitt worked for over 10 years at Matsushita – well known for the Panasonic, Technics and Quasar brands – developing video and audio products. He spent 2.5 years at the Matsushita headquarters in Osaka, Japan.
Schmitt earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in RF and Communication.
Venue: International Lounge Hall1 Mezzanine, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.
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