Eminent script writer, lyricist, poet and Chairman of IPRS, Mr. Javed Akhtar was recognized and awarded with the inaugural Indian Music Industry “PERSON OF THE YEAR” award.In a glittering function organized by the IMI during the first “DIALOGUE- Indian Music Conclave” organized by the IMI which is the apex Indian Music Industry body, Mr. Akhtar was presented with the award by Mr. Shridhar Subramaniam President of Sony Music Indiaand Chairman of IMI and by Seymour Stein Co-founder/ Chairman Sire Records and VP Warner Bros Records.
Shridhar Subramaniam, Chairman of IMI said that, “this award is recognition of Javed Saab’s outstanding leadership which will allow the industry now to concentrate on bigger challenges and to expand and bring value to all stakeholders and users of music.”An audio-visual presentation contained messages from personalities like Oscar winner AR Rahman, Film maker Karan Johar, Vikram Mehra, MD Saregama, Devraj Sanyal MD & CEO Universal Music Group and South Asia etc. demonstrated the respect with which Mr. Akhtar is viewed across the film and music industry.
In his address to the conference on receiving the award, Mr Javed Akhtar said, that the creator was an indispensable part of the music industry and the soft power of creators could be a critical part of the strength of the music industry as it deals with the serious challenges posed by technology. He said, “this award is not only recognition of me, it is recognition for all stakeholders in the Industry- of the extremely positive and mature fashion in which the industry now conducts and views itself”.
Mandar Thakur, COO of Times Music and Director of IPRS said that, Javed Saab’s status as a leader is not only limited to IPRS but is acknowledged across the industry- all of this as a result of the extremely positive and constructionist role he has played in bringing together stakeholders on one table. The IMI Man of the Year award is recognition of this reality” Devraj Sanyal MD & CEO of Universal Music Group, India and South Asia said, “Javed Saab’s exemplary leadership and evenhanded approach to all stakeholders has brought this industry to an extremely positive point - something we have not seen for quite some time now.
The Indian music industry must take advantage of this great synergy that has been built up between all of us- I feel, that given Javed Saab’s leadership, we are up to this task- good things lie ahead for the industry.”
IMI (‘Indian Music Industry”) is the apex music industry association and an affiliate of IFPI (International federation of Phonogram Industries) and the premier recorded music industry body in India.
IPRS is India’s only Registered Copyright Society authorized to carry on the business and granting of licenses in respect of literary works and musical works including when these works are exploited as part of sound recordings or cinematograph films.
Shridhar Subramaniam @Mandar Thakur, AR Rahman,@ Karan Johar, @Vikram Mehra, MD Saregama, @Devraj Sanyal @Blaise fernandes @
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