ADITYA BAKSHI – Media Entrepreneur & Tech Trailblazer
Aditya Bakshi, Founding Partner at Aditya Horizons Productions LLP, spearheads a dynamic media and technology enterprise. Renowned for premium content on TV, OTT platforms, animation, and AR/VR, the company excels in Military, Travel, Science, Children’s edutainment, and Historical-themed programs. With a strong footprint on major channels, ongoing collaborations with Zee Media, History, and Discovery, and projects for leading film production houses, Aditya Horizons is a force in the industry. Beyond content, the venture champions socially impactful technology initiatives like Aerobotics for underprivileged education and innovative green tech. Aditya Bakshi, an award-winning entrepreneur, leads the charge at the company.
ALOK SHARMA – Multimedia Creative Maestro
Alok Sharma, a luminary in AVGC, is a Writer-Director in Films, Animation, TV, Comics, and Radio. As the Co-Founder and CCO of Indusverse, India’s premier Graphic Novel brand, he leads with innovation. Alok’s career spans Warner Bros. Discovery, Graphic India, Turner, Reliance Animation, and Disney. As Showrunner for Discovery Kids, his creations include ‘Little Singham’ and ‘Fukrey Boyzzz.’ With a penchant for creative consultation, he’s shaped numerous IPs. Alok pioneers in IP incubation through Small Town Boys Studio, contributing to the evolution of AVGC in India.
JEEVAN KANG – Comic Maestro & Storyteller Extraordinaire
Jeevan Kang, a luminary in the Indian comic book realm, stands tall as a senior illustrator at Liquid Comics. Renowned for his masterpiece, “Spider-Man: India,” he has contributed prolifically to Virgin Comics, cocreating the animated series “The Legend of Hanuman.” His artistic brilliance shines in works like “The Sadhu” and “Seven Brothers,” solidifying Kang’s status as a trailblazer in the fusion of traditional art and contemporary storytelling. With an illustrious career spanning graphic novels and animated epics, Kang’s creative prowess leaves an indelible mark on India’s comic landscape.
MANOJ MENON – An Emmy-Nominated Creative Genius
Manoj A Menon, Creative Director at Mikros Animation, brings over 20 years of expertise in animation, theme park design, and gaming. An Emmy Award nominee, he orchestrates creative brilliance for global giants like Netflix, DreamWorks, and Disney. His role at Mikros Animation involves handling creative aspects and client communication, contributing to the production of feature films and long-format episodic content. Manoj’s influence extends to acclaimed projects with renowned studios, marking him as a luminary in AR/VR experiences and the broader animation industry.
P C VIKRAM – Multifaceted Artisan & Entertainment Visionary
P C Vikram, an art director and animation film designer, unfolds a rich tapestry of creativity across the entertainment industry. With a foundation from the National Institute of Design, Vikram’s journey spans advertising, animation, comics, and more. From pivotal roles in Millitoons to contributions at Chandamama, Virgin Comics, and Big Animation, he’s been a creative force. Vikram’s artistic influence extends globally, collaborating with esteemed names like Disney, Universal Studios, and Nickelodeon. Currently, he embarks on a new chapter, steering non-profit initiatives, while seeking opportunities to merge his artistic vision with an understanding of consumer trends.
PREETI VYAS – Cultural Custodian & Digital Pioneer
Preeti Vyas, the astute CEO and president of Amar Chitra Katha (ACK), stands as a vanguard in storytelling, seamlessly blending tradition with the digital wave. With 29 years of versatile experience, from publishing to entrepreneurship, she’s an industry stalwart. Under her leadership, ACK remains a cultural beacon, educating through comics on Indian mythology, history, and culture. Preeti ingeniously navigates nostalgia, leveraging the trust of parents while captivating younger audiences. A digital maven, she propels ACK into modernity, with apps boasting 3 million subscribers globally. Her strategic transmedia approach ensures ACK’s stories thrive in diverse formats worldwide.
NIKHIL PRAN – Custodian of Indian Comics Legacy
Nikhil Pran, the director of Pran’s Features LLP, wears the mantle of preserving and evolving India’s comic legacy. As the torchbearer of his father Pran’s legacy, Nikhil oversees the iconic ‘Chacha Chaudhary’ comics, enthralling readers since 1960. Under his stewardship, Pran’s Features explores new frontiers, forging collaborations with Disney, Nickelodeon, and venturing into gaming. Nikhil’s strategic vision extends the reach of beloved characters like Chacha Chaudhary, Sabu, and Pinki into digital realms, ensuring they remain cherished companions for generations to come.
SAUMIN PATEL – Visual Narratives Maestro & Illustrator
Saumin Patel, an accomplished illustrator based in Mumbai, weaves captivating tales through his dynamic and stylized artwork. With a focus on comic book projects and concept art, Saumin’s creativity knows no bounds. His unique storytelling ability, expressed through comics and animation, defines his body of work. A stalwart in visual narratives, Saumin navigates both client-based and personal projects with finesse. Despite challenges faced by independent studios in India, Saumin’s commitment to pushing artistic boundaries, evident in projects like ‘Kaamotsav’ and ‘Blazing Bajirao,’ makes him a visionary force in the realm of comic art.