Master Blasters of Ceremonies: Our handpicked selection of India's hottest event emcees

Among the most integral roles at any event is undeniably that of its Emcee. It is no ordinary feat to have all eyes on you, yet remain quick on trigger, prepared for any curve balls that come out of nowhere (and frequently), stepping up with banter to fill awkward moments (also frequent), keeping guests entertained, improvising, all while sporting a million watt smile. Feeling the pressure anyone? EE puts the spotlight on a handpicked selection of 10 of India’s hottest ‘Master Blasters of Ceremonies’, who have perfected the art of 'hosting'; raising the bar daily, one stage at a time.


Takesh Singh

Based in Mumbai

Languages familiar with- English and Hindi

Style of emceeing- Very interactive. Likes to get the audience involved whenever the opportunity arises. Great at improvising and likes to bring out a unique brand of humour whilst emceeing.

Work experience- Has emceed at popular digital advertising and technology conference Adtech, emceed for events around a dating app called Marrily, has anchored videos for the launch of the Maruti Suzuki Vittara Brezza and Swaraj Tractors.

Achievements- In addition to being an emcee Takesh is a trained actor and has acted in multiple TV commercials and films, most recently for Aditya Birla Capital and for Cars 24 with Boman Irani. He also runs his own company in the area of branded content and frequently lectures on this subject at institutes like Symbiosis (SIMC), Narsee Monjee and Sydenham. Also a film maker Takesh has written, produced and directed internet ads for multiple brands like Microsoft, Tata Capital and Truly Madly app. He also runs his own page on Facebook by the name of "Paaji Ke PJ" where he puts out videos of original jokes (PJ's), which is steadily gaining popularity.

Preferred type of events- Corporate Events, Campus Events, Charity Events, Parties/ launch events, Weddings

USP- Ability to think on his feet and bring out a trademark style of humour at any event while getting the audience involved

Contact- [email protected], +91-9820092531

Gitikka Ganju Dhar

Based in Mumbai

Languages familiar with- English, Hindi, Tamil and Kashmiri

Style of emceeing- Vibrant, interactive, connective, skillful and impactful. Gitikka does not use reference tools on stage and consistently delivers extempore performances.

Work experience- Make In India, IIFA Awards, Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan, ELLE Design Awards, Maritime India Summit, Lakme India Fashion Week

Achievements- BW Applause Best Emcee Award, EEMAX Spotlight Best Anchor Award, Bharat Nirman Award for Contribution to Anchoring in India and LQ Best Emcee India Award. This is Gitikka's 18th year as anchor in the leadership bracket. She was named among the 12 most powerful women in the Indian Live Space in India in the book - The Decade of Transformation, presented by EEMA, the apex body of the Indian live industry

Preferred type of events- Corporate events, government events, PSU events, social events, large-format summits and conferences, lifestyle events and award ceremonies

USP- Versatility, voice-quality, magical audience connect, vibrant energy, the ability to write and design world-class content for events, unmatched experience, discipline and professionalism

Contact here- [email protected], +91-9167000253

Shweta Lalwani

Based in Delhi and Mumbai

Languages familiar with- Hindi, English and Sindhi

Style of emceeing- Spontaneous with a balance of right energy and calm

Work experience- Has an experience of over 7 years emceeing at multiple events

Achievements- India's Best Female Emcee (Silver) Award 2017 by EEMA

Preferred type of events- All types of Corporate events, conferences, awards, offsites, team building events, product launches, social events, public shows

USP- Public interaction and spontaneity

Contact - [email protected], +91-9891014548

Swati Sharma

Based in Mumbai

Languages familiar with- English and Hindi

Style of emceeing- Flexibility and spontaneous, Swati’s style varies from event to event. Conservative, formal and intellect based at conferences, informal and free- flowing at entertainment shows, and traditional or playfully interactive at weddings, depending on the families’ preference. Steps up to the challenge of focusing and preparing on right pronunciations at award ceremonies where there are 100s of names to be read, and equally enjoys conducting a game show bringing out the child in the audience.

Work experience- Pizza Hut 9000th international store launch in Mumbai, Tata's internal awards for sales and marketing, BW Hotelier conference, events for Filmfare and Femina.

Achievements- Featured as an inspirational woman on ‘We are the city’, acted as the main lead in an offbeat Hindi feature film starring seasoned actors like Satish Kaushik and Zakir Hussain. Has represented brands like Bodyshop, Vivo, Times, Ongc, Total, in various sectors.

Preferred type of events- Product launches, awards, conferences, distributor meets, pool parties, destination weddings, government festivals, college fests, Bollywood red carpet.

USP- A combination of presentation and productivity. Very punctual and committed.

Contact here- [email protected], +91- 9004362539

Sonam C Chhabra

Based in Delhi and Mumbai

Languages familiar with- English, Hindi and Punjabi

Style of emceeing- Fun, witty and interactive. Sonam ensures her eyes are focused on the audience and never on a piece of paper. Likes to add humour and spontaneity without diverting from the main content and tone of the event. Has a unique personal style of emceeing, but easily adapts to the requirement of the event.

Work experience- Has an experience of over a decade. Major events include United Nations CCF Forum, Femina Power Women Awards, Hindustan Times Top 30 under 30 Awards, India Today Digital India Conclave, Yonex Legens Vision World Tour, Premier Badminton League

Achievements- TV Talk show host, official emcee of Badminton Association of India, won the EEMA Spotlight Best Emcee Silver Award 2017, speaker at TedX

Preferred type of events- Expertise ranges through all genres, from corporate events to sports, talk shows to weddings.

USP- A noticeable ‘spunk’, clubbed with professionalism and dedication to the craft. Writes her own scripts and never reads from the paper.

Contact here- [email protected], +91-9811966693

Shekhar Vijayan

Based in Bangalore

Languages familiar with- English and Hindi

Style of emceeing– “I do what I love and love what I do” says Shekhar. Loves the thrill of entertaining people and strives to put a smile on the face of his audience.

Work experience– Has entertained at events of all nature since 2014 including corporate events, festivals, sporting events, rock shows, fashion shows, book launches, team engagement activities, events for dogs.

Achievements- Author, actor, stand up comedian, movie reviewer, tv presenter and cricket analyst, motivational speaker and author of ‘Dare to Dream’. In the last one year has lost 45 kilos without going to the gym by avoiding everything ‘white’ or from a packet and running 15 kms every single day. Aspires to inspire with his ‘fat to fit’ journey. Has also appeared in international morning show ‘The Globe’ in London where he spoke about his fat to fit journey and life as an entertainer.

Preferred type of events- Loves the buzz of energising and interacting with people at all types of events.

USP- His belief in living in the present, not the past or the future, because every moment is ‘priceless and special’ claims Shekhar.

Contact here- [email protected], +91- 9916471267

Alaric Ferns

Based in Mumbai 

Languages familiar with- English, Hindi, Konkanni, Marathi

Style of emceeing- Relaxed, cool and composed is the popular concensus for Alaric’s style.

Work experience- Has several years of experience hosting multiple events. Has been associated with just about every type of event therefore is vastly experienced. Has been the Master of Ceremonies for different organisations’ annual events several years in a row, some even for 18-20 consecutive years.

Preferred type of events- Awards, conferences, offsites, galas, international events

USP- Great voice and presence.

Contact here- [email protected], [email protected], +91- 9930022280

Dilruba Pandey

Based in Pune

Languages familiar with- English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and French

Style of emceeing- Not only adds a clever voice as an emcee but also a musical voice to events making them memorable for the audience. Her funny bone enables her to add an extra oomph to her style of anchoring.

Work experience- Over 9 Years of experience

Achievements- Dilruba does not consider anchoring for a particular event as an achievement, but for her real accomplishment lies in making the client and audience happy.

Preferred type of events- Corporate shows, award ceremonies, conferences, product launches, fashion shows.

USP- Dilruba is the ‘Singing Emcee’ who conducts fun and interactive singing sessions as she hosts. Her greatest USP lies in empowering the crowd by making them feel comfortable so they can enjoy the event the most.

Contact here- [email protected], +91 7774032408

Deepika Mahidhara

Based in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru

Languages familiar with- English, Hindi, Telugu

 Style of emceeing– Versatile and adapting to the event. Style flexing, in her communication and engagement with the audience comes effortlessly to Deepika. Spontaneous, bold, witty and vivacious to measured, composed, dainty and poised. Attentive, in control and pleasant at all times.

Work experience- 12 years in total as a public relations and communications professional, a learning & development professional and as a professional anchor. 

Achievements: Deepika is an Anchor, Actor, Corporate Trainer, Coach, Voice-over Artist and Content Writer. “One for all and all for one” - each role compliments the other. 

Preferred type of events– Concerts / Festivals, conferences, summits, corporate events, government events, lifestyle events, learning events, R&Rs and socials.

USP- Versatility, vivaciousness and a unique perspective that she brings to everything owing to here varied hobbies, exposure, education and experience - corporate background as PR & Corporate Communications professional and a Learning & Development, formal training in theatre, Indian classical dance & music, adventure sport enthusiast.

Contact here- [email protected], +91 7799351516

Shivaani Sen

Based in Hyderabad

Languages familiar with- English and Hindi (can also throw a bit of Bhalo basha and Chak de phatte on stage)

Style of emceeing- Preparation, presence of mind and light humor is Shivani’s trademark style. Has performed scripted and non- scripted shows, both. Likes to change her style of anchoring as per the personality of the show. From poetry, quotes and shlokas to hindi humor and shayaris, Shivani is known to pull out all stops to keep her audience entertained.

Work experience- Has over 12 years of experience as an event host anchoring events like Birla's HIL 70th year celebration, Wedding Times Fashion Fiesta Season 3 with Manish Malhotra, Honda Jazz, BRV & WRV launch in different cities, Blender's Pride Reserve Collection- Evening (with Rajat Kapoor andRahul Bose) and Digital India Conclave 2016 Trailblazer Awards

Achievements- Winner at Telangana Chamber of Events Industry Best Emcee- Female (Pearl of Hyderabad) 2016 & 2017

Preferred type of events- Weddings and Corporate shows are the types of events that Shivani hosts most. Other than these she can be seen energizing Sangeet functions, award nights, press launches, panel discussions and celebrity interviews.

USP- Shivani tends to become part of the events’ team which enables her to understand the perspective of the Event Director and also the personality of the show.

Contact here- [email protected], +91-9000081373

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