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EEMA to host Zonal Spotlight Awards 2020 Virtual Ceremony on 20th January

Zonal Spotlight Awards gained an overwhelming response with more than 1700+ entries in over 53 categories across all the zones.

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While the event industry is rebuilding itself for a potential comeback, Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA), the unified body for events managers  in India, announced 20th January, 2021 as the official date for the ceremony of Zonal Spotlight Awards 2020. Following the online trend, the ceremony will be held virtually across all zones. The Zonal Spotlight Awards 2020 is being chaired by Mr. Himanshu Shah, Co-Chaired by Mr. Vinod Janardhan under the leadership of Roshan Abbas, President, EEMA.             

The first edition of Zonal Spotlight Awards 2020 is the most essential accolade in the world of events.  These have been designed to recognise, applaud and honor for one-of-its-kind showcase of best practices, original ideas, top technologies and innovations by the service providers & partners for the events industry. 

With the idea of broad basing our engagement with the larger event ecosystem, the concept originated in the later 2019 and was created as per the regional context. These sets of awards highlight the local players to showcase their excellence, competencies and bring in new inventions, technologies, designs and developments which will go a long way in celebrating the diversity and the efficiency of the event ecosystem. Though the ceremony was scheduled for the month of March 2020, the global pandemic caused it to be delayed.  

Despite the circumstances that the industry has been going through during the pandemic uncertainty, Zonal Spotlight Awards gained an overwhelming response with more than 1700+ entries in over 53 categories across all the zones. The Jury of the awards consisted of the pioneers from the events and experiential industry. The prelims jury included Shiva Sureka, Ritesh Sethi, Sujit Kumar, Shaleen Kapoor, Kiran Shetty, Rahul Soni, Mushtaq Ali, Nehal Shah, Tapas Mohanty, Gautam Jain, Dr. Meenakshi Anantram, and Jacob Santosh. Whereas the final jury was led by Mr. Lalit Gattani, Rituraj Khanna, Sunil Kutty Menon, Mahavir Sharma and Sonu Nanda. The   evaluation of the entries was   based on a specially designed rating system on three key criterias - Concept & Creativity , Planning & Execution  and Effectiveness & Result. 

Highlighting the categories the final set of nominations are as follows:

Final Nominations

Sub Category

Zone

Nominees

Most Engaging Entertainer / Live Performer of the year 2020

North

* Jasleen Aulakh
 * Sumit Sethi
 * Rajat Singhal
 * Prashant Bali

* Sagarika Deb

Most Innovative Dance Choreography of the year

North

* Joy Shetty
 * Sujit Kayal
 * Puneet Kapoor

Most Inspiring Motivational Speaker of the year

North

* Vikram sharma
 * Vikas Jain
 * Coach Sushil Arora

Most Successful Artist / Artist Manager of the year 2020

North

* Ashutosh Sharma
 * Piyush Nagpal
 * Rajat Singhal

Most Successful Dance Company of the year

North

* Ashish Mathur
 * Sujit Kayal
 * Surjeet Bansal
 * Puneet Kapoor
 * Ikbal Singh

Most Successful MC Of The Year (Female)

North

* Bhavita Singh
 * Aishwarya Singh
 * Saddvi Bajaj
 * Krishna Varma
 * Ruchita Sharma

Most Successful MC of the year (Male)

North

* Himanshu Jain
 * Sahil Bajaj
 * Shivam Saraswat
 * Rajat Singhal
 * Noor Khan

Most Successful Regional DJ

North

* Mahinder Nath Joshi
 * Sumit Sethi
 * Akansha Popli
 * Sushil Kumar
 * Tenzin Kunphen

Most Successful Regional MC

North

* Sanchali Arora
 * Khushboo Kapoor
 * Piya Sharma
 * Pankaj Sharma
 * Himanshu Jain

Best Audio Visual partner

North

* Siddhartha Malik
 * Agam Thukral
 * Devendra Singh

Best Corporate Film making by a AV producer

North

Puneet Kapoor

Best film making for social events by AV producer

North

Aman Gupta

Best Floral decoration partner

North

* Harshit Gupta
 * Yogesh Banga
 * Rishabh Panchhi
 * Mridul Singhal

Best Gala Venue (Hotel) for Social/Corporate Events

North

* Radhika Mathur
 * Ashwin Sharma
 * Digraj Singh Shahpura

Best Lighting partner

North

* Monty Khanna
 * Sahil Wadhwa
 * Bhavika Raniwala
 * Agam Thukral

Best Practices In Temporary Power Solutions For Outdoor Events

North

Tarun Sharma

Best Sound partner

North

* Sahil Wadhwa
 * Agam Thukral
 * Monty Khanna
 * Rishabh Panchhi

Best use of technology in photography by professional photographer

North

* Aman Gupta
 * Sumit Saini
 * Nitin Arora

Best Videography by Service Provider

North

* Nitin Arora

* Aman Gupta
 * Sumit Saini
 * Nisha Verma

Most Creative Wedding Invitation Design

North

* Ruchita
 * Puneet Gupta

Most engaging Kids activity partner of the year

North

* Niranjan Kumar
 * Vivek Khanna
 * Monika Jain

Most Innovative and Impactful Set by Production House for Corporate Events/ Award Nights

North

* Kuldeep Parihar
 * Radhey Shyam Gupta
 * Tanuj Kapoor
 * Lalit Nayyar
 * Agam Thukral

Most innovative corporate/Social gifting company of the year

North

* Prachi Singh
 * Aman Dewan
 * Amit Kumar Giri

Most successful Catering Partner for Corporate events of the year

North

* Manvir Singh Anand
 * Akshay Khurana
 * Yogini Jhingan

Most successful Catering Partner for social events of the year

North

* Manvir Singh Anand
 * Akshay Khurana
 * Yogini Jhingan
 * Ashish Tripathi

Outstanding Designer in artistic setting for Social Events

North

Bhavika Raniwala

Outstanding Support in Hospitality and Logistics management for events

North

* Mukul Kashyap
 * Nidhi Achantani
 * Manoj Bhatt
 * Gaurav Chanana


Most Engaging Entertainer / Live Performer of the year 2020

West

* Ketan Lotia
 * Martin D'Souza
 * Mohit Rao
 * Yash Jagad 

Most Successful Artist / Artist Manager of the year 2020

West

* Bhavana Bhatia
 * Akhtar Fazel
 * Vibhuti Patel

Most Successful Dance Company of the year

West

* Hormuzd Khambata
 * Vinod Tiwari
 * Ganesh Hiwarkar

Most Successful MC Of The Year (Female)

West

* Geetika Ganju
 * Suman J Chelani
 * Bhakti
 * Deepti Sadhwani
 * Angela Rebello

Most Successful MC of the year (Male)

West

* Siddharth
 * AK Rehman
 * Aman Sharma
 * Aakarshak Mishra
 * Emcee Chaitanya Rathi

Most Successful Regional DJ

West

* Paroma Chatterjee
 * Akhtar Fazel
 * Alexander Sanjeev Sharma

Most Successful Regional MC

West

* Siddharth
 * Freishia Bomanbehram
 * Lincia Rosario
 * Emcee Chaitanya Rathi

Best Audio Visual partner

West

Imran Shaikh

Best Lighting partner

West

Shailesh Gopalan

Best Sound partner

West

Manish Mavani

Best Special Effects partner of the year

West

* Akbar Shaikh
 * Mohomed Morani

Outstanding Support in Hospitality and Logistics management for events

West

Armayesh Buhariwala


Emerging Artist of the year

SE

Samuel Devassy

Most Engaging Entertainer / Live Performer of the year 2020

SE

* B. S. Reddy
 * Rakesh Syam
 * Anurima Mitra
 * Abhilasha Shukla

Most Innovative Dance Choreography of the year

SE

* AS Ramana Balaji
 * Soujit Das

Most Successful Artist / Artist Manager of the year 2020

SE

* Supriyaa Ram
 * Anneysha Thakker
 * Stephen Devassy

Most Successful Dance Company of the year

SE

* Sanjay Kumar KT
 * Soujit Das
 * Ch. Sridhar Chowdhary

Most Successful MC Of The Year (Female)

SE

* Anneysha Thakker
 * Reena D'souza
 * Abhilasha Shukla
 * Mahasweta Mukherjee
 * Arunima Mitra

Most Successful MC of the year (Male)

SE

* Arunn Raj
 * Mitin Upadhyay
 * Krone
 * Vishwas
 * Sajid Anwar

Most Successful Regional DJ

SE

* Savio Mendez
 * DJ Kim
 * Charles Yesudas
 * Ebin
 * Aamir Khan Ksa

Most Successful Regional MC (Only Gold)

East

* Abhilasha Shukla
 * Mahasweta Mukherjee
 * Arunima Mitra

Most Successful Regional MC (Only Gold)

South

* Reena Dsouza
 * Arunn Raj

Best film making for social events by AV producer

SE

Suresh Kumar

Best Floral decoration partner

SE

* Anunay Preetam
 * Ranjit Sahoo
 * Satyajit Mondal

Best Lighting partner

SE

* Santana Davis
 * Arijit Bose
 * Pushkar Kumar
 * Rathi Tarafdar

Best Sound partner

SE

* Santana Davis
 * Arijit Bose
 * Pushkar Kumar

Best Special Effects partner of the year

SE

* Anand
 * Mayank Gupta
 * Rathi Tarafdar
 * Anand

Best use of technology in photography by professional photographer

SE

* Suresh Kumar
 * Yuvraj Kumar
 * Britto
 * Amrendra Nath Dutta
 * Sebak Das

Best Videography by Service Provider

SE

* Yuvraj kumar
 * Suresh Kumar
 * Britto

Eco-friendly and sustainable initiative in an event

SE

* Debasish Das Gupta
 * Divya
 * Sudarshan
 * Divya
 * Roopam Baruah

Most Innovative and Impactful Set by Production House for Corporate Events/ Award Nights

SE

* T Robert Rohmingliana
 * Anunay Preetam
 * Somik Banerjee
 * Satyajit Mondal

Outstanding Designer in artistic setting for Social Events

SE

Satyajit Mondal

Outstanding Support in Hospitality and Logistics management for events

SE

* Debasish Das Gupta
 * Sudarshan
 * Md. Aquib
 * Sandip Mitra

AR/VR Technologies & Content

SE

* Syed Fawaz Ahmed
 * Amrita Choudhury
 * Skandha Gopalan

Audience Engagement Technology & Event App

SE

* Amrita Choudhury
 * Sudarshan
 * Sirvinder Pal Singh
 * Rathi Tarafdar
 * Skandha Gopalan


Roshan Abbas, President, EEMA, said, “We value everyone at each level in this diverse event universe. With these Zonal Spotlight Awards, we look forward to building an inclusive sustainable & diverse ecosystem for the event & entertainment industry in India with a focus on high-level of business best practices and fostering professional relationships that are ethical and driven by quality of service.”

On the occasion, Himanshu Shah, Chair, Zonal Spotlight Awards, said, “All kinds of agencies, either large or small are a part of the events ecosystem, who need continuous support and recognition. Our aim with Zonal Spotlight Awards is to identify such players in each zone and provide them with an opportunity of recognition of their hard work, quality and creativity.” He added, “These kind of initiatives, give a boost to these partners and also help them increase their brand value and growth” 

Vinod Janardhan, Co-Chair, Zonal Spotlight Awards, also added, “Zonal Spotlight Award is the most essential accolade in the world of events. It represents outstanding achievements, top quality services, or fascinating creativity in producing cutting-edge event experiences. It is more of recognizing excellence than a competition. We thrive to promote your creativity to the event world. So, no matter if you win or not, we make sure your work and name get the recognition it deserves.”


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