Dr. Sandeep Marwah
Indian media industry is growing at a CAGR of 15%, and is likely to cross INR 2.26 trillion (USD 40 billion) mark, in revenues, in the next 3-4 years. Internet is becoming a mainstream now and digitisation has already taken over. We are at a cusp of strong growth, riding on the demand for quality content.
Various avenues available today, have led to the proliferation of Indian art and culture. Indian artists and technicians are getting opportunities like never before. But the growth has also created a necessity for the local industry to have a voicein the form of industry chambers. Unfortunately, we did not have any, until International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry (ICMEI) came into being.
I have been an artist, myself, and I consider it my responsibility to promote Indian art and culture and artists, in India and outside of it.
ICMEI has never shied away from trying new things. It hasencouraged exchange of diverse ideas and fiercely protected freedom of speech and expression.
The chamber has been working tirelessly to define the rights of all stakeholders in the industry and also ensure that those rights are protected well.
At ICMEI, it has been our endeavour to work with the government to lay down policies that encourage growth of the industry in terms of jobs, infrastructure, financial assistance, ease of doing business and regulations.
ICMEI is also giving education and research facilities to students who aspire to make it big in the field of media & entertainment, fashion and management. We have students from across the world and the numbers are only growing.
It is a matter of great privilege for me to work as the President of ICMEI and I intend to work towards realization of the objectives, we set out for ourselves when we started this beautiful journey.
The power of media is immense as it has the ability to shape minds. It sets the agenda and builds the narrative. It is a conscience keeper…it is also the 4th pillar of any democracy.
ICMEI is a platform where artists of different nationalities are finding a voice to express themselves.
American journalist and author Katie Ann Couric once said – Media can be an instrument of change, it can maintain the status quo or reflect the views of the society or it can hopefully awaken people and change minds…I think it depends upon who’s piloting the plane’
At ICMEI, we live the philosophy of changing the status quo.
( President )