Usha Uthup Celebrity Singer/Chairperson
If there is a person who stands for music and life that person is Usha Uthup. Vivacious, warm, with a distinct sense of style and a smile that always lights up her eyes, Usha Uthup has been much more to Kolkata than just her music. She was not only conferred the Padma Shri Award in 2011, she is also the only musician in the world to have been invited to the canonisation of Mother Teresa at the Vatican City. Usha Uthup had been closely associated with Mother Teresa and it was she who taught her the need to spread peace and acknowledge and appreciate the endeavours of all.
The singer who’s been popular through generations and has sung in more than 13 Indian languages and eight foreign languages has been working on various causes close to her heart. She has worked for Missionaries of Charity, Spastics Association, School for the Blind and she has always been the first to perform in Charity shows organised for the victims of Tsunami or Alia.
StageCraft Foundation is her brainchild.
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Gautam Jain Business man
Gautam Jain is a first generation event entrepreneur, who has been successfully organizing and managing high-profile events for the last 25 years.
A man who prefers his work to do the talking, Gautam has always believed that applauding people, who do the most difficult work behind the scenes, is the most important thing.
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Late Mahua Lahiri Business Woman
If somebody can be credited with constantly innovating on music in Kolkata that is MahuaLahiri, who along with her husband D.S.Lahiri, founded the Asha Audio Company in 1995 with only 4 music albums. Twenty Six years down the line they not only can boast of releasing nearly about 600 albums, they have been pioneers of the music band revolution in Kolkata.
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Anil Kuriakose Proffessional
Anil kuriakose’s mantra is: Everything is possible if you believe that it is possible.
This mantra defines his 26-year-association with the television and film industry. He has been an editor in ad films, corporate films, documentaries and television serials.He has worked with late Rituparno Ghosh in films like Raincoat and The Last Lear as associate director.
Currently he handles all Non Fiction & Events portfolio for a leading GEC Bangla Channel.
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Shiladitya Choudhury Business man
Founder & Managing Director, Sagittarius Communications Pvt.Ltd. Co-Founder & Partner, Platter Hospitality Pvt Ltd (Owner of the leading restaurant brands Oudh 1590 & Chapter 2)
Shiladitya Chaudhury is an entrepreneur with multifarious interests ranging from arts to business.
The Founder & Managing Partner of Kolkata’s two of the most loved dining destinations, Oudh 1590 and Chapter 2, Shiladitya Chaudhury is a multifaceted personality. A Bachelor Of Arts From Calcutta University and an MBA from Institute of Business Management Studies, Mumbai, Shiladitya started his Public Relations firm, Sagittarius Communications Pvt Ltd in 2004, after ten years of successful stint in Public Relations. Sagittarius today is one of Eastern India’s leading PR firm. Shiladitya also has an experience of working in leading National & Global conglomerates.
As a successful entrepreneur, he has brought in many innovations and contribution in the field of Public Relations with his vast experience, which has led to rapid expansion of Sagittarius Communications. He also has the merit of working closely with many eminent personalities like the Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Sri Somnath Chatterjee, during his tenure as the Chairman, West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation.
An avid wildlife photographer and globetrotter traveling to more than 50 countries, Shiladitya has travelled extensively across the world capturing rare moments and his photos are a big draw in the city’s wildlife photography exhibitions. He is also the Editor of Environ, the widely circulated wildlife magazine of the country and a columnist with The Telegraph. To his credit, he already has 3 books on wildlife photography published by Rupa Publications, The Government of Gujarat and the National Jute Board.
He is a Governing Body Member of Nature Environment & Wildlife Society popularly known as NEWS a NGO working towards restoration of mangroves in the Sundarbans. He is also the Governing Body Member of Stagecraft Foundation, an initiative of Ms Usha Uthup, working as a knowledge platform for the craftsmen working behind the stage.
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