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The jury to screen and select the finalists and awardees comprises of eminent people from all over, related to the Wedding Industry. The Jury represents diverse backgrounds with expert knowledge and experience in areas relevant to the Award process. The Jury are selected on the basis of their knowledge and expertise.

The Wedding Icons jury panel is eagerly awaiting to preview the most popular industry products/services that could enhance the perception of a wedding in our lives. The candidates for the awards will have to excel through six criteria to get the jury's vote and the coveted Wedding Icons Olive Crown Plaque.

The challenge for the nominees include: degree of innovation, aesthetic quality, functionality and usefulness, accessibility, and the emotional quotient. The selection criteria will ensure that each winning nominee is a perfect embodiment of functionality and exceptional quality.

If you are a nominee and you believe that your product/service is what our jury is looking for, seize this chance to complete your details now, to get a head start in the race! With 14 categories, your product/service could be in contention for the prestigious Award.

Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali
Heir Apparent and Dewan to the Prince of Arcot

Born in the Royal House of Arcot on the 14th of June, 1972, Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali is the eldest son His Highness the Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, and lives in the historic palace of his ancestors, 'Amir Mahal', in Royapettah in the city of Chennai (Madras), India. He is also the Dewan and Heir-Apparent to the present Prince. The family traces its lineage from the second Caliph of Islam, Hazrath Omar Bin-Khattab.

As the dewan to the Prince of Arcot the Heir-Apparent has several responsibilities to his title.

He is very active in several social and cultural activities in the city and also among the Arcot family members. He is also the deputy agent of the Prince of Arcot Endowments, and is working on several projects for the upkeep of the Endowment activities.

On many occasions, the Heir-Apparent was the Royal Guest of His Majesty the King of Saudi Arabia, during his visits to the Kingdom, with the Prince of Arcot.

He is a patron member of the Carnatic Family Association. This association mainly works on helping the needy relatives of the Carnatic family, especially in the education sector.

As a businessman, he is the CEO of 'Acorn Tech', a concern for Web Development, and has completed many web development projects successfully.

He is a member of the Madras Gymkhana Club and the Madras Club and takes part actively in many social, sports and cultural activities at the clubs.

He is a patron of music, art and literature and himself is a good musician and a sketch artist. As a hobby he has scored music for several Indian Pop albums, and enjoys composing music in his own studio at the palace. He is also a very sportsman and plays the state league cricket, apart from tennis, snooker, horse riding, reading, photography and organizing quiz events for schools, colleges and other organizations. He is also the captain of the Madras Gymkhana Club cricket team.

Mr.Pravin Shekar
Specialist, Entrepreneur, Research Evangelist, Speaker and Event conceptualizer / organizer

I am a start-up specialist, Entrepreneur, Research evangelist, Speaker and Event conceptualizer / organizer. I am a man of many moods - and I imbibe and spread positive energy - and in DOing more. I love Traveling, Networking and Photography... and click rather eclectic pics that include drainage covers, park benches, windows, pathways and lamp-posts! And on the "Do" part, I organize events - Market Research, Entrepreneurship and Sports (Triathlons).


Emerging Leader in Marketing Research, American Marketing Association (4 under 40)

Distinguished Alumni Award: SVCE

Silver Rank Holder - Indian Institute of Management Indore, EPGP

Outstanding Student Award - Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering

Recipient of the 'President's Scout Award' from the President of India

Padmashree Valayapatti A.R. Subramaniam
Sangita Kalanidhi Award Winner and Thavil Maestro

Thavil maestro Valayapatti A.R. Subramaniam has been chosen for this year's Sangita Kalanidhi title of The Music Academy. The 68-year-old Subramaniam will receive the title at the 83rd annual music conference and concerts of the Academy, which begins here on December 15.

He will be the first thavil artiste to be awarded this title.

This decision was taken at the executive committee meeting of the Academy here on Sunday. The decsion on Subramaniam was unanimous. In a path-breaking move, the Academy has also decided to invite world chess champion Viswanathan Anand to inaugurate this year's festival.

As is the convention, Subramaniam, the Sangita Kalanidhi-designate, will preside over the annual conference and concerts. The award will be conferred on him on January 1, 2010, the day of the sadas.

The Academy had in the past honoured nagaswaram vidwans with the Sangita Kalanidhi title. The list of those who had been honoured with the title include Thiruveezhimizhalai Subramania Pillai, Thiruvidaimaruthur Veerusamy Pillai and Sheik Chinna Moulana. This is indeed the first time that a thavil artiste has been chosen for this prestigious title.

Born in Valayapatti in Pudukottai district, Subramaniam learnt nagaswaram from his father Arumugam before switching over to thavil. His guru was Mannargudi Rajagopala Pillai.

He had accompanied nagaswaram vidwans such as the Thiruveezhimizhalai brothers, the Sembanarkoil brothers, Karukurichi P. Arunachalam and Namagiripettai Krishnan. He had also accompanied Thirumeignanam Nataraja Sundaram Pillai.

Sabu Cyril
National award film art director

Sabu Cyril is an Indian film art director. He has won National Film Award for Best Art Direction four times and Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction five times.

His work in Enthiran won him international recognition. From 1982 to 1988, he was a freelance graphics designer for companies such as Welcomgroup Hotels, the Taj Group of Hotels, and Madura Coats. In 1988, he began his art director career, and has directed more than 480 advertisements, 3 teleserials and 50 feature films in Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and designed several stage shows. In 1996, he directed the stage design for the Miss World beauty pageant. He also worked as one of the 2nd unit directors in the 1990 film Iyer the Great.

Dr. Chef Damu
Top Chef of TN and a Guinness record holder

Born at Madras (Chennai) in 1954, September 3 in the family where the elders were oriented principally towards Government jobs.

It was a great step for me, when I decided to take up Hotel Management And catering Technology as my career study. That was the time field of Hotel Management was not much known to the common man. I was inducted into the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation as Management Trainee in 1975 after completing Diploma in Hotel Management and Catering Technology. Since then, I had specialized in various cuisines, apart from learning management techniques of the trade.

Later I went on to work in India Tourism Development Corporation, Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation - Bangalore, Hotel Sangam - Trichy. It was in 1986 that by sheer coincidence, I stepped into the glorious field of Teaching and since then done yeoman service to hundreds of present and future hoteliers who were and my students. Written nearly 26 books and 4 books especially for the cattering college students. I travelled extensively thoughtout the world. Thailand, singapore, France, England, Italy, Switzerland, U.S.A. Germany and many more.

Rehane Yavar Dhala
Leading Fashion designer Chennai

Begum Rehane Yavar Dhala nee Begum Rehane Khaleeli, best known as REHANE, is a fashion designer based in Chennai, India and known for her melange of modern Indian sensibilities with a strong sense of European haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion.

Rehan's flagship store is in Chennai with selected outlets across the globe, Evoluzione in Bangalore, Kimaya in Mumbai and Dubai, Indomix in New York City, Chubara in Washington, D.C. and Strip in Hyderabad. She regularly showcases her designs at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi and Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.

Karthik Srinivasan
Top Celebrity photographer

Photographer Karthik Srinivasan, now a much talked about name on the advertising,fashion and celebrity scene, first grew an interest into the camera during his boyhood days at hometown Cumbum, which is a border town in Tamil Nadu, close to Kerala. The natural beauty of the landscapes around the young Karthik appealed to his photographic eye, and he used to shoot this natural beauty with his Pentax film camera at the time. Simultaneously, the Kollywood and Bollywood magazines at home seemed to be catching more of his attention with every passing issue - Karthik wanted to be a part of that glam! And not one to let his dreams turn to dust, the he soon found himself headed to Chennai city to pursue his love for cinematography.

Around the 95 time, Karthik approached the Chennai Film Institute with the sole purpose of getting a good training in cinematography. However, seeing his 6 foot 3 inch frame, most people readily assumed was approaching them for an acting or modeling stint! This started him thinking along the lines of modeling - and a last minute decision turned out to be a rewarding profession that would soon see him on the ramps during the Milind Soman days, climb the modeling ladder winning national contests and he soon became a recognized face on the modeling circuits. Being the entrepreneur that he is, Karthik then started thinking - what next? And decided to get into the production line, taking Indian crews abroad and bringing foreign photographers and producers to India. Dreeamcast was born Karthik recalls that his database of over 20 thousand models was maybe a little before it's time " print format portfolios were more in vogue then ". However, Dreeamcast was a successful venture that brought him in touch with leading photographers & agencys of the time. One such photographer Michael Kenna realized that Karthik was quite inclined towards photography apart from his production capabilities, and spotting this interest, asked him why he didn't try his hand at photography!

Karthik recalls that he truly was interested to get into photography then, and given his initial interests in cinematography he was already strong with the basics from his boyhood days - the next step was to create a photographic folio with the help of his colleagues, and he didn't really need to assist anyone. Today, photographers who started their careers before him ask Karthik how he has managed to climb the ropes to become a 'celebrity photographer in just 7-8 years. Karthik's answer? Hard work, dedication, bold to experiment, hungry to create some thing new and "Luck"!!! But of course his background as a model &producer did help somewhere along the line...

"Even when I was a model, I used to take an interest in the positions of the lights, the different types of lights that photographers & event managers used in studio & on the ramps, and was soon able to even guide the light boys on the placement of their light and of course I used to enjoy the blinding lights of the ramp as well..."

Today, Karthik shoots with the top celebrities of the industry, day in and day out. Some of the leading names to grace his frames are Akon, Deepika Padukone, Mahesh Babu, Dhanush, Anushkha Shetty, Vikram, Kamal Hassan, Suriya, Vijay, Madhavan, Mohanlal, Nayanthara, Amalapaul, Sneha, Shriya Saran, Bhoomika, Shruti Hassan, Priyamani, Namita, Tammanah and Anushka Sharma from the film world. Not to mention brands like Royal Challenge, Van Heusen, Basics, Genesis, Venfield, Samsung, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Weekender, MTV Clothing, Classic Polo, Samsung, Proline, Levis, Simply Sofa, Images Bazaar, Chennai Silks, Khazana Jeweller the list goes on and also with leading advertising agencies like JWT,Ogilvy,Lowe,Mudra,Mcann,Opus to name a few.

In fact Karthik has now become a celebrity of sorts himself, a regular on the page 3 events in the city. He is also a familiar face on Television, appearing on talk shows on TV as well as radio; he has given speeches at prestigious TEDX twice in one year and has shot for leading magazines like Vogue, FilmFare, Femina, Southscope, Galatta, JFW, Society, Etc.. Right now, Karthik is enjoying his shoots in Mumbai apart from the south advertising & celebrity shoots, looking forward to work with Bollywood celebrities and National brands. Apart from his work in India, Karthik also works for advertising agencies at Singapore, England, Thailand, Malaysia and China.

Having come a long way now, Karthik recalls how there was no structured guidance available when he was a new kid on the block, looking to break into the industry circles that were a challenge to every newcomer. With a keen desire to give something back to the industry, and help youngsters of today - he recently collaborated with the Hindustan University to launch the HITS Academy of Photography at Guindy, Chennai. Apart from this, he also speaks at various colleges and takes seminars to encourage younger talent to dare to enter an industry that has often been looked on as something only for those with established contacts. After all, his career has proved that this need not be the case!

Chinmayi Sripada
Leading Playback Singer and Entrepreneur

Chinmayi Sripada is an Indian playback singer, working mainly for the South Indian film industry. She is also a voice actor, television presenter and radio jockey. She is the founder and CEO of a translation services company called Blue Elephant.

She is often credited as Chinmayee/Indai Haza but her birth name is Chinmayi. She rose to fame for her critically acclaimed song "Oru Dheivam Thantha Poovae" from the National Award winning movie Kannathil Muthamittal. Chinmayi is also the first female singer in India to have an iOS App.

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