AIBC NSW Media & Entertainment chapter launched recently in Sydney

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Dipen Rughani, Sheba Nandkeolyar, Sonia Gandhi, Ana Tiwary, Nicholas Brown and  Barbara Harvey at the launch

By Manju Mittal

AIBC NSW Media & Entertainment Chapter was officially launched at the MLC Centre Martin Place Sydney on September 17,  2014 followed by a presentation recognising the importance of Australia and India. Australia India Business Council ( AIBC ) non profit Organisation was founded to foster bi-lateral   relations between the two countries. AIBC plays a pivotal role in showcasing opportunities to business communities and resources to ascertain emerging opportunities in India.

A group of like minded community members, Media and AIBC members got together and made the much needed commitment to pursue the dream to firmly establish the Media & Entertainment Chapter’s vision and to start a conversation about further developing a strong cultural & creative relationship between Australia & India. Sonia Borella, partner at law firm Holding Redlich, said on the launch night “We support the aims of the AIBC NSW Media & Entertainment Chapter to forge Strategic links and develop business connections between Australian and Indian Government and Industry bodies, companies and practitioners operating in the areas of Media and entertainment”.

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Pallavi Sinha, Dipen Rughani, keynote speaker Martin Brown, Sheba Nandkeolyar , Lucky Singh, Manju Mittal and Arti Banga

Chapter Chair Ana Tiwary welcomed the guests and introduced the new committee: Sonia Gandhi ( Gandhi Creations), AIBC Vice Chair Sheba Nandkeolyar ( MultiConnexions ), Kartik Mohandas ( Zee TV ), Nicholas Brown ( actor/writer), Barbara Harvey ( Aardvark casting). Ana said “It is a real honour and privilege to serve on this chapter with such a dynamic, professional and committed team”. Keynote speaker Martin Brown, one of the Australia’s top producer ( Mouline Rouge ) stated that the Australian Film Industry   starting to turn our attention to India and realizing the huge cultural potential that exists between two countries. He also spoke about the importance of the Australia India Co-production Treaty to be signed by both countries and said “In a very real way, films are the ambassadors for a country.

Special guest speaker Mitu Bhowmick Lange ( M D, Mind Blowing Films ) flew to Sydney from Melbourne for the launch celebrations. Speaking at the launch Mitu Bhowmick shared her inspiring journey as a distributor of Indian films in Australia and encouraged the AIBC Media Chapter to engage with both sides of government, as well as the screen industry to provide better incentives for stronger ties between India and Australia.

The Media & Entertainment Chapter was officially launched by Trade Promotions Officer of the Indian Consulate, Sydney, Mr Rao Palagummi, who congratulated AIBC NSW on this new endeavour. AIBC National Chairman Dipen Rughani and AIBC NSW President John Cox took the opportunity to thank the guests and offered the chapter AIBC’s full support.

The evening ended with Bollywood singing performances from Priyanka Pripri and Nicholas Brown. Both the singers were outstanding. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening.The launch of the newly created AIBC NSW Media & Entertainment Chapter was hosted by event sponsor Holding Redlich and well organised by Ana Tiwary and her team for its resounding success.

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