Gitikka Ganju Dhar

Emcee / Host


Recasting the Archetype and Leading the Fine Art of Talk on Indian Stage.

Gitikka’s Journey of Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXARCcP0-Us

The darling of India’s experiential industry, curator of Ministry of Talk – Made in India, Gitikka is probably India’s most awarded live host and a preferred choice for events that require more case than trace, experiences that are large format, content based and necessitate the gear of experience and expertise. She is a popular choice to host special projects in the presence of global Heads of State, Presidents, Prime Ministers and leadership from the corporate world. The name common to some of biggest and most acclaimed live projects in recent times, is hers. Kargil Vijay Diwas, Fit India Launch, Main Bhi Chowkidar, Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, IIFA Press Conference, META Awards, Telegraph She Awards, Vibrant Gujarat, Khelo India Youth Games, CREDAI Youth Con, Global Aviation Summit, The Sufi Route, International Convention of Wedding fraternity, Magnetic Maharashtra Summit, ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit, Founding Conference of International Solar Alliance, US India Business Council Ideas Summit, India International Energy Forum and India International Science Fair, all, had this artist weave the incantation of her talk. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRmAIeX7OqA&t=48s

She has been named Nation Builder by India Today Magazine, one among 100 Nation Builders from across the spectrum of Indian industries. She has been awarded the Woman Super Achiever Award at the World Women Leadership Congress 2020 and the Best Anchor for Corporate & Lifestyle Events Award at Live Quotient Awards 2019 by Eventfaqs. She has also been honored with the prestigious Woman Leadership Award by ET Now at Stars of the Industry Awards 2019. Named Live Artist of the Decade at WOW Awards Asia, she has also been honored with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Indian Experiential Realm by Business World Applause. She was named amongst the ten most influential women in the Indian Live Industry in a book, The Decade of Transformation, published by EEMA. She has been named Best Live Host India at various relevant platforms, Best Anchor India Female at EEMAX Spotlight Awards 2018 and 2017, Best Emcee Award India by Business World BW Applause Awards 2017, Best Emcee India Live Quotient Awards 2012, she also bagged the award for Outstanding Television Host for an Indian Cookery Show at the Restaurant India Awards 2019. 

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She is a veteran of many television shows and thousands of live events across the globe. The reasons for her success are simple. The intellectual quotient she brings to the job is unparalleled. Her oratory skills enchant. Her words bewitch and resonate. Her stage presence enraptures, her ebullience belies the two decades across which she has wielded the microphone and her professionalism reassures. Well known for her extempore renditions, you have to watch her live to fully understand the impact that she has on live audiences. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp56TGrDkI0&t=1s

With grace and gumption, she has changed the way India views female live hosts. She says, “I do not wish to be viewed as a female or male host whilst on stage, my gender is inconsequential to the job at hand, neither as a celebrity do I want to be cast. The quality of my work should be the celebrity, nothing but, skill, voice and content should matter, whether I am talking for a razzmatazz event or one soaked in protocol. How good one looks should be incidental, what one wears should be a part of the overall vibe and what figure your age sit at should be immaterial.” Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres defy these stereotypes. In India, does a male anchor’s shelf life come with an expiry date too? Female news anchors adhere to no such bondage, there, only skill matters. In a category of performers who were for long handcuffed by the male gaze, she has successfully steered the focus onto substance, having redrafted the scope of a female live host’s presence on stage. The agenda now stands rebooted. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKr5V8KdOog&t=107s

Today, in the best phase of her career as a live artist and that too at a stage when most female anchors were expected, as in the earlier days, to hang up their boots, Gitikka talks at events that range from brand launches to government events to film awards to rural marketing experiences, no small feat to achieve this range. She is idolized by the young blood entering the Indian live industry. She has emerged as a thought leader, social influencer and a patriot to be watched out for. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yuPhIT6RnI&t=8s

Hailing from the valley of Kashmir, settled in Mumbai, Gitikka is married to a banker and is daughter of an Armed Forces veteran and an Economics Professor. A prolific writer for live industry platforms, she is penning her first book for children. She is a member of various national committees - Event and Entertainment Management Association of India and is on the Whistling Woods Event School Industry Board and Wizcraft MIME Academy Advisory Board.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o02urNRZxec&t=4s

You can also catch her in many a commercial on television, as she marks a return as actor. She will soon be seen on the big screen in the Aamir Khan Production film - Laal Singh Chaddha. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI1aov_IkRg&t=24s

She is now expanding her repertoire on stage as a moderator and Chat Show Host. She also leads Ministry of Talk – Made in India, a studio that provides content writing services. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYtoVWRIt4A

“I hope one day I can take my talk, made in India, to the world.” She says, as she walks onto stage, not a man, not a woman, not a celebrity, only a believer in the Fine Art of Talk, to invite the Head of State to address the gathering. Well, they don’t call her one of the most respected anchors of the country for nothing!

This one sure is - Made in India.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5rW4oGwyTI&t=122s

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Testimonials-

 

"She is an exceptionally talented anchor." 

              - Late APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India.

“For an important event there is no one better in India than Gitikka!” 

- Kapil Chopra, Past-President Oberoi Group, Chairman Board Eazy Diner.

“She is our rockstar.”

- Sabbas Joseph, Co-Founder Wizcraft International Entertainment.

“Gitikka is the Rolls Royce of her profession. A cut above every else, and absolutely amazing to work with. We’ve engaged on a number of occasions, and she’s not just excellent but also raises the bar every time.”

- Jaideep Mehta, CEO, Mosaic Digital Pvt Ltd.

A photographic memory: a photogenic presence and oodles of charms and intelligence. What Gitikka has is an education in mass media. And so she is erudite and informed. Rare qualities in a host. Conversant in both Hindi and English, she has carved a niche for herself. Having worked for our agency and as a host for many shows I have attended as well, I can give her two thumbs up.

- Roshan Abbas, Managing Director, Geometry Encompass

“Always a delight to be compered by the energetic Gitikka Ganju Dhar, erudition sheathed in exotica.”

              -Dilip Cherian, Communications Consultant and Political Campaign Advisor.

“Ms. Gitikka Ganju Dhar provided her professional services as a Compere and Master of Ceremonies at the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit 2018 in New Delhi jointly inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India and President Macron of France and attended by 26 Heads of State/Government/Vice Presidents, 50 Ministers from foreign countries and about 2000 delegates.  She also rendered her services at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 convention jointly organized by the Government of India and Government of U.P., in the presence of Prime Minister of India and PM of Mauritius and attended by about 8000 foreign and Indian delegates in Varanasi. Gitikka acquitted herself commendably. Her impressive demeanor, strong stage presence, comfortable composure, mellifluous voice and sharp presence of mind to handle unexpected situations, was appreciated by all. I wish her all the best for her future endeavors.”

              -       Mohinder Pratap Singh, Ambassador of India, Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia). (MEA) 

“The Sufi Route has been blessed with having a team which not just believes in the core essence of the property but also perpetuates it. Gitikka Ganju Dhar is one of our most treasured associations. She has been the voice of The Sufi Route for two years. The wordsmith that she is, she manages to weave magic throughout the evening in her very own majestic ways. Being fraternity royalty is what makes her perfect in every way for our festival.”

                    - Gagan Takyar, Co-Founder, Sufi Route.

“Gitikka does an impeccable job every single time. They don't make them like her anymore."

                    - Poonam Lal, Founder-Director Marketing Solutions.

"Gitikka makes a very difficult job look effortless."

                     - Mohomed Morani, Director Cineyug.

“For Go Bananas, when it comes to a certain standard and proficiency we have actually stopped looking anywhere else and always work with Gitika Ganju Dhar. For the Main Bhi Chowkidar event at Talkatora, the expectations were huge. It must have been quite stressful for her as we were connected to 500 locations going live from the stadium where Hon'ble PM was going to do a Q&A. We expected last minute changes considering the scale and also the dependence on network connectivity and they sure did happen. We congratulated ourselves to have kept Gitikka at the helm of this strenuous affairs to deliver/improvise and keep up the level of engagement. All the hours of detailing she does by herself and with the event team makes it a stress free affair for the event company.”

                     - Khantil Mehta, Founder Go Bananas. 

“Gitikka Ganju Dhar is clearly one of the best emcees in the profession. She has brought in a highly unique and very distinctive style to the events she has hosted for Western Digital India. Her ability to understand business, complex engineering and integrate that with the flavour of Urdu poetry, knowledge of Indian history and share that with the audience in a seamless and highly engaging manner, serves as the icing on the cake and further electrifies the event. She clearly has an awesome voice and would be a great choice as a Master of Ceremonies for any major corporate event.”

                       - Supria Dhanda, Vice President & Country Manager - India, Western Digital Corporation.

“She is the first lady of MC's in India”

                          - Harmanjit Singh, VP, Godfrey Philips India.

“Over the last decade, her growth as a speaker has been remarkable, but what is more remarkable is that she still retains the same freshness and zest that I noticed on day one.”

                          -   Ravinder Zutshi, Ex-Deputy Managing Director, Samsung India. 

“She is truly a rock star in the emceeing domain. How she conducts, improvises and takes the show to a different level, is incredible. I am sure she will keep up the good work. Love her commitment as always.”

Humayoon Zaidi, CEO, Event Network.

 “A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous. Gitikka is both and more! Eloquent, confident, intelligent, spontaneous & witty, she is irreplaceable in her profession. By far, the most professional, she is a host and MC par excellence.  We would recommend Gitikka to everybody.”

                              - Swati Vashista, Project Director, India Design, Elle Décor, India.

 ” There is one word that describes Gitikka as an MC - trustworthy, one knows that if she is on the stage she will ensure that the event goes flawlessly, come what may. She is possibly the most poised, seasoned and playful MC in the country and spontaneity on stage just comes naturally to her, have seen her on stage for around 20 years now!”

  Ankur Kalra, MD, Vibgyor Events.

"A dazzling emcee!"

                                - Vineet Bajpai, Founder talentrack.in  

 “She has hosted several of our concerts and always grasps the mood of the audience well. She sure knows how to whip up a delicious roar from the audience.”

  Daler Mehndi, Singer and Musician. 

Television Shows 

 

Sehat Ki Rasoi @News24 &E24, Meri Saheli @Star Plus, Zaike ka Safar @Zee, Saturday Suspense @Sony, Executive Class, Chitrahaar @DD1 etc.

Films 

Music Meri Jaan, Laal Singh Chaddha.

Advertisments 

ICICI Bank, Naamkaran Promo @Star Plus, Amazon Fire Stick, Zip Pouch, Oriental Bank of Insurance, Dabur Hajmola and Fena Detergent.

Some televised events hosted 

Fit India Launch, IIFA Press Conference, Main Bhi Chowkidaar, Khelo India Youth Games, Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, Vibrant Gujarat, The GPI Bravery National Awards, The Business World Infocomm Awards, India TV Salaam India Awards, Jindal Steel Design Awards, The Overdrive Automotive Awards, WOW Awards, MaxiMICE, India TV Salaam India Awards, Outlook Money Awards, The A.R Rehman-DD 5o Years Concert, Indian National Games & many more!

You Tube Channel

talk.the.stage    GitikkaGanjuDhar    MinistryofTalk

Some brands & events that engaged her expertise 

Ministry of External Affairs, US India Business council, Veteran of Auto Expos, IIFA Awards, Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, Vibrant Gujarat, Khelo India Youth Games, Make In India, Ministry of Sports, Swatch Bharat Abhiyan, APPLE, SAMN Conclave, Toyota, Oppo, Lava, IDC Insights, EEMAGINE International Summit, WOW Convention Asia, RMAI FLAME Asia Awards, WOW AWARDS, EEMAX, INDIA TV Salaam India Awards, CNN-IBN, ABB Group, Telenor, Bharat Petroleum Foundation day, TV NXT, LIMCA People of the Year, National Geographic, BUZZIEST Brands of the Year,  The Great Indian Wedding Awards, International Conference of Wedding Fraternity, Toshiba World President Meet, Outlook Travel India Awards, Corporate Governance Summit India, MAXImice, PETROTEC Youth Forum, CREDAI, EMC Enterprise FORUM, Asian Summit of Education Skills, GLOBAL CITIZEN FORUM, DOHA Bank Launch, MSL 25yrs, ONGC CEO’s Meet, APPLE Enterprise Meet, Engineers India Golden Jubilee, Omnicom India Forum, IDC Insights, GESIA AWARDS, Content Marketing Summit, Hero Mega Channel Meet, Volkswagen Jetta Launch, Runway Bridal by Ramola Bachan, Oberoi Annual Party, WHO, FICCI, ICICI, Standard Chartered, Citibank, HSBC,HDFC, IDC, Petrotec, DLF, Hindustan UniLever, GSK,BILT, Jindal Steel, Aditya Birla Group, GMR, IBM, HP, Canon, Microsoft, ABB, Telenor, Samsung, Hitachi, LG, Nikon, Bosch, Sennheiser, Virgin Atlantic, British airways, Lufthansa, HICSA, Hero Moto Corp, Honda, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Yamaha, Toyota, Tata Motors, Ford, Hyundai Motors, India Today group, The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Overdrive, Star Television, BBC World, Orient New Logo Launch, Hero Mega Channel Partner Meet,  The Bry-Air Air- Conditioning Awards of India, The Good Housekeeping Show & Honda Family Day, Hong Kong Tourism Launch, PVR Cinemas, Loreal, Moet and Hennessey, Aigner, Essar, Airtel, Idea Cellular, Ernst and Young, Pepsi, Coca Cola, The Taj Group, Oberoi Hotels, ITC Hotels, The Indian Navy, Army, Airforce ,SBI, Indian Coast Guard, large format weddings and The GPI Bravery Awards of India.