250 event professionals convene at EEMA East Conclave in Kolkata

The National Executive Committee and National Advisory Committee of the Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA) met on 5 April 2017 at ITC Sonar in Kolkata. This was EEMA's first NEC-NAC meet held outside Delhi-Mumbai and proved to be a resounding success. The regional conference was organized by the association to reaffirm its presence in the eastern states and strengthen its network.


The day opened with legendary singer Usha Uthup singing the National Anthem followed by Bengali cinema actress Rituparna Sengupta lighting the lamp. Emcee and EEMA member Geetika Ganju Dhar hosted the event. It ended in an equally exciting fashion with Sanam holding center stage as they belted out super hit music.

Presentations and moderation by Michael Menezes, Chairman, Showtime Group; Gautam Jain, VP East, EEMA; Samit Garg, Founder Director, E Factor; Vinit Karnik from ESP Properties, Deepak Choudhary, Director, Event Capital; Ankur Kalra, Founder, Vibgyor Brand Services; Mandeep Singh, Director, CPM India; Rajeev Jain, Founder, Rashi Entertainment and Sanjeev Pasricha, CEO, CS Direkt enlightened the almost 250 strong audience that had representations from almost 20 states across the country.

Sabbas Joseph, President, EEMA stated, “I would like to applaud the EEMA East team for their stellar efforts and passion that made the EEMA EAST Conclave among the best ever.”

To quote Sanjeev Pasricha, VP-North, "Kolkata took us all by surprise. With amazing planning, unparalleled warmth, insightful sessions and content. Gautam and team have raised the bar…for the regional EEMA meets. I loved being there; thanks for everything”.

Michael Menezes, Founder-President said, “Truly brilliant job!! Many many congratulations to Gautam and the entire EEMA East team. It was a real pleasure to be a part of it!!”

Mandeep Singh, General Secretary said, “Most inspiring EEMA regional conclave ever. Awesome work by EEMA EAST”.

Rajeev Jain, VP and Treasurer said “Superb EEMA EAST Conclave. It was not less than a national convention with excellently planned hospitality, welcome, set-ups, entertainment, gifting and all minute details. I rate it as the best regional convention”.

Among the many things discussed at the NEC- NAC meet, some of the key highlights included finalizing the program for the EEMA Global Leadership Retreat scheduled for 28 May to 1 June 2017. Marking 10 years of EEMA this year the annual convention and awards EEMAGINE and EEMAX Global is slated for September 8, 9 and 10, 2017. Furthermore, an actionable plan was also devised to address issues concerning with GST.

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