Rajesh Kamat, CEO, Colors is the impact Person of the Year 2009. Kamat was adjudged impact Person of the Year 2009 a glittering and well-attended ceremony in Mumbai on December 17.
Accomplished musician Anoushka Shankar was chief guest at the event. Shankar herself has won several musical awards, which include the British House of Commons Shield in 1998 and Woman of the Year in 2003. Anoushka, who is daughter of the acclaimed sitarist and composer, Pandit Ravi Shankar, is managed by Percept Talent Management. “We are delighted to have the very talented Anoushka to present the impact Person of the Year 2009,” said Anurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, exchange4media Group.
The 12 nominees for the impact Person of the Year 2009 were (in alphabetical order of the last names): Sam Balsara (Madison World), Subhash Chandra (Essel/Zee Group), Haresh Chawla (Network 18), Arnab Goswami (Times Now), Samir and Vineet Jain (The Times of India group), Rajesh Kamat (Colors), Kalanidhi Maran (Sun Network), Harit Nagpal (Vodafone), Vikram Sakhuja (Group M), Ronnie Screwvala (UTV Network), Uday Shankar (Star India) and Rajiv Verma (HT Media).
The impact Person of the Year Award was set up in the year 2005. Peter Mukerjea, then with Star India, was the recipient of the first Award. In 2006, Rajdeep Sardesai was presented with the award and in 2007, it was Dr Vijay Mallya. Last year, it was Lalit Modi and Raghav Bahl was awarded the impact Person of the Year (Editorial Choice) Award.