Aabid Surti and Biren Ghose to be honoured at Animation Masters Summit 2022

Aabid Surti

Renowned artist, writer and activist Aabid Surti, and animation industry veteran and Country Head, Technicolor Creative Studios, Biren Ghose will be honoured at the 2022 edition of Animation Masters Summit. Organized by Toonz Media Group, the virtual Summit will be held from 23 to 27 May 2022 virtually.

Award-winning painter, cartoonist, author, playwright and environmental activist Aabid Surti, 87, has made significant contributions towards popularising cartoons and graphic novels in Indian languages in a career spanning over six decades. He is the creator of several memorable characters such as Dhabbuji, Inspector Azad, Doctor Chinchu and the much-loved Indrajal comic superhero Bahadur. A prolific author, he bagged the National Award in 1993 for his short story series titled Teesri Aankh. Having passed out of one of India’s oldest art institutions the JJ School of Art in Mumbai, Mr Surti is also an acclaimed painter known for experimenting and developing innovative and critically acclaimed painting techniques. For his invaluable contributions to art and society Surti will be awarded the Legend of Indian Animation Award at Animation Masters Summit 2022.

Biren Ghose

Technicolor Creative Studios country head Biren Ghose is a prominent figure in the Indian AVGC (Animation Visual Effects Gaming and Comics) scene. As a thought leader and business head of some of the most prominent entertainment companies, Ghose has made significant contributions in the growth and development of the AVGC ecosystem in India over the years. He also holds several important roles in government and quasi-government agencies, institutions and trade bodies. Ghose will be honoured with the Special Contribution to the Indian Animation Industry Award at the summit for his overall contributions to the industry. Both the awards will be presented at the inaugural session of Animation Masters Summit on 23 May.

Toonz Media Group CEO P Jayakumar said, “Animation Masters Summit is Toonz’s flagship annual event where we provide a platform for young artists and students to interact with veterans in the field art and entertainment. The AMS awards have been instituted to honour legends in the field of art. Aabid Surti is a true legend in this regard, having made his mark in multiples streams of art from painting to cartoon, to writing. After a scintillating career of more than 60 years, he continues to work tirelessly focusing more on social and environmental issues now. He is an inspiration for not just artists but for everyone. It is a privilege for us to present this year’s Legend Award to Surti,”

He also added, “Biren Ghose, who is being awarded the Special Contribution Award, has helped build the AVGC ecosystem in India with his visionary leadership. As a mentor and industry spokesperson he also played a significant role in fostering a strong and cohesive animation and VFX community in India,”

The five-day Animation Masters Summit will include sessions by a galaxy of stalwarts from diverse fields of media and entertainment across the world. Google India country head Sanjay Gupta will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural session. Master sessions in the following days will be led by renowned artists and creators including Belgian director-producer Paul Demeyer who has worked on shows like Mission Force One, The Rocketeer and the Rugrats series and movie; Emmy Award-winning composer Wendell Hanes who is best known for supervising the music for the NETFLIX sitcom Family Reunion; Ravishankar Venkateswaran, maker of the first ever Sanskrit animation feature Punyakoti; Ogilvy India chief creative officer Sukesh Nayak; and GuardianLink co-founder and CTO Arjun Reddy.

The theme for this edition of the summit is Creativity for Good. The summit will also have two panel discussions – one centred around the summit theme and the other on creating joy for kids through the medium of animation.