Panel Discussion “Staged” at Whistling Woods Featuring Sabbas Joseph, Mohomed Morani, Among Others

Industry Watch | August 3, 2016 | News

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Following the recent launch of the book “Staged” at the Wow Awards Asia 2016, Deepak Choudhary, Co-Founder & Director, Event Capital together with Whistling Woods International organised a panel discussion featuring Event Gurus at Whistling Woods International in Mumbai. The panel was followed by a presentation of the book to students attending the discussion. The event was designed so that in addition to showcasing the book, students were also provided a learning experience by bringing great event industry leaders right on their own campus.

The book not just offers exciting stories live from backstage but also important insights on the size of the industry and the scope of its engagement from these event gurus who have shaped the business of live events in India, from its inception to the current form, over the two decades.

On the panel were Sabbas Joseph, President, EEMA and Director, Wizcraft International Entertainment; Andre Timmins, Director, Wizcraft International Entertainment; Manish Gandhi, COO & Executive Director, Asia Business Exhibitions & Conferences Ltd.; Martin Da Costa, CEO, Seventy Event Media Group; Mohomed Morani, Director, Cineyug Group of Companies; and Roshan Abbas, Managing Director, Geometry Global Encompass Network. The panel discussion focused on trends of the events industry, event management as a growing career option and its endless possibilities with respect to scale and the need for events in every aspect of life.

Subhash Ghai, Founder and Chairman, Whistling Woods International, who has also written the Foreword to “Staged” spoke about key aspects of the industry and his own experience.

Ghai commented, “I am glad we could provide a platform to the students to learn and gain practical knowledge from today’s masterclass on events, where all the industry stalwarts have come together to share their knowledge with the WWI students. Also, what makes STAGED! special is that it captures incidents, stories and  defining moments in the journey of live events, therefore capturing the ‘reality’ of the industry.But since then the industry has come a long way!With this panel discussion WWI students now have a wider perspective and clearer insights about the events industry.”

A masterclass on event management at WWI, saw an action packed venue with students of School of Media &Communication, moderated by Rahul Puri–Headof Academics, WWI. This enabled students to ask questions and gain from a learning experience involving stalwarts of the industry interacting with them.

Commenting on the goal of the panel discussion, Choudhary remarked, “This event is part of a B2C round at schools, which will see us share stories in the book with students around the country. The plan is that each of these sessions will see a few of these Event Gurus whose stories are told in the book, actually go to schools and institutes and share their experiences.”

Rahul Puri, Head of Academics, Whistling Woods International, said: “The masterclass on event management held today at WWI has given the students an insights and overview of the events industry and benefits of a professional career in this field. We at WWI, encourage learning of students in different off-beat careers as a part of their curriculum, which gives them a better exposure when they step in the industry as professionals. Event management is now well-recognised as a career option and there has been an incredible growth in the number of students opting for this career path. We are glad, that through WWI we give our students enough exposure, which ensures them a successful career.”

In the next three months, similar panel discussions will be organised at EMDI and at ISDI.

The event saw Deepak Choudhary present the book “Staged” at the media arts institute, following a panel discussion that saw key industry figures share their stories with students.

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