Ad Gurus meet to shortlist winners for 8th Mirchi Kaan Awards

Mumbai:The renowned ad gurus, who have made a mark for themselves in the advertising industry, met on 23rd September to shortlist the most creative and innovative works in radio advertising in the prestigious 8th Mirchi KAAN Awards.

Running in its 8th year, the Mirchi Kaan Awards recognizes avant-garde excellence and creativity in the field of advertising. This year as well, the 8th Mirchi Kaan Awards received overwhelming entries in its various categories. On 23rd September the jury, comprising revered personalities from renowned advertising agencies in India, converged to judge the variety of nominations.

The 8th Mirchi KAAN awards this time introduced the ‘Imitate Your Idol’ campaign where it invited young professionals to imitate their idols like Piyush Pandey, Prasoon Joshi, KV Sridhar etc. The activity registered tremendous enthusiasm in every agency as people were eager to imitate their favourite idol. The activity was also supported by a digital version of the same at imitateyouridol.com or you can log on to on www.kaanawards.com to know more about the awards.

The 8th Mirchi Kaan Awards received overwhelming response with about 250 entries across 16 categories. In addition to it there are special awards for the best writer, best voice and the big one – the crystal award for most outstanding radio commercial of the year.

The winning entries will be felicitated at a gala event in Mumbai on September 28th.

Commending the strive for excellence in the 8th Mirchi KAAN Awards, Prashant Pandey, CEO & Executive Director– Radio Mirchi, said, “The Mirchi Kaan Awards continue to be the only forum where creativity in radio is recognized and we will continue to honour the best in radio advertising every year. I would also like to point out that the Kaan jury process is one of the best in the industry ensuring an impartial and fair result every time. Our process-auditors are Ernst & Young and they have been associated with Kaan for many years now”.

Sriram Kilambi, Marketing Head – Radio Mirchi, said, “The Kaan Jury makes me proud – to have people of the stature of Prasoon, Chax, Josy, Aggie and many others in one room mulling over several pieces of radio creative from all over the country is special. Debating every entry with enthusiasm and going on for over six hours is a testament to the talent and professionalism that we have in our jury”.

Sharing their thought about the quality of entries received this year, the honourable jury members commented:

Prasoon Joshi (Executive Chairman & regional Creative Director, McCann Erickson Asia Pacific) said, “I have been a part of the KAAN Awards since inception and have witnessed tremendous growth with each passing year. The significance of radio in the country is growing with a great momentum and Radio Mirchi recognises the efforts towards excellence in the medium with the 8th Mirchi KAAN Awards”.

Josy Paul (Chairman and National Creative Director- BBDO India) said, “I like the innovations and the quality of work that has been displayed in the 8th Mirchi KAAN Awards. Radio Mirchi is doing a great job with its innovative platforms. We also get to experience creative works from other regions we don’t get to listen to normally”.

Ashish Khazanchi (National Creative Director Publicis) said, “Radio advertising has tremendous potential to grow and evolve and the KAAN awards is a step further towards that direction. The ‘Imitate Your Idol’ theme is the best theme that Radio Mirchi has introduced so far.”

Agnello Dias (National Creative Director Taproot India) said, “I have been judging the KAAN Awards since the last 2 years. This year, we have seen some excellent concept-related spots and less spoofs and parodies”.

Malavika Mehra (National Creative Director Grey Worldwide) said, “The Mirchi KAAN Awards is a great platform to encourage talents. In the 8th year, we have seen lots of improvement and innovation in the radio campaigns”.

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