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Sam Balsara only advertising professional in Chitralekha’s ‘Gujarati Power List’

23-September-2010
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Sam Balsara only advertising professional in Chitralekha’s ‘Gujarati Power List’

Chitralekha has recently released the maiden 60 Gujarati Power List along with its Diamond Jubilee Issue. This list attempts to present the most powerful Gujarati speaking people across the globe. The special supplement was released on September 21, 2010 in Mumbai by Kokilaben Ambani, matriarch of the Reliance group.

Speaking on the occasion, Publisher and President of Chitralekha Group, Mitrajit Bhattacharya, said, “It was really tough to choose 60 people from within such a high achieving community. Most of them would make it to any list, even if it was not restricted to the community.”

Interestingly, the only person from the ad world who has made it to the list is Sam Balsara, Chairman & Managing Director, Madison Communications. The list also has media barons like Hormusji Cama from Mumbai Samachar, Shreyans and Bahubali Shah from Gujarat Samachar and Falgun Patel from Sandesh. The list is dominated by industrialists/ businessmen with around 19 listings, followed by 15 from the artistic field, eight from education/ technocrat/ economics, four from science/ medicine, four from corporate, three from social service and just two from politics. The list has 48 resident Indians and 12 NRIs, while 21 are from Mumbai and 24 from Gujarat and seven belong to the fairer sex.

Chitralekha Gujarati has completed 60 years and to celebrate this milestone, Chitralekha kickstarted the celebrations in Jamnagar, which continued in Rajkot, Surat, and Baroda.

The 500-page anniversary issue includes history of six decades of Chitralekha and India, written by experts and eminent personalities, which include stalwarts like LK Advani, Javed Akhtar, Mukesh Ambani, APJ Abdul Kalam, Vallabh Bhansali, Bakul Dholakia, Boria Majumdar, Sam Pitroda, Jairam Ramesh, Julio Ribeiro, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kapil Sibal, Jignesh Shah, and many others.

Chitralekha Group had humble beginnings, when its flagship Gujarati magazine, Chitralekha, was launched in 1950 by Vaju Kotak with a print run of 10,101 copies. Today, the news weekly boasts of over 240,000 copies.

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