The Ramesh Sippy Academy for Cinema and Entertainment – Launched by Amitabh Bachchan.
The Ramesh Sippy Academy for Cinema and Entertainment – Launched by Amitabh Bachchan.

The media and entertainment industry in India has registered an explosive growth in last two decades making it as the fastest growing industries. Cricket, Cinema and movie are the most favorite love for Indian’s.  What stands out as a glaring vacuum and has sprung up as a core need is the presence of reputable cinema and entertainment educational institutions in India. The launch of RSACE is a big step in the direction of filling this lacuna. The establishment of The Ramesh Sippy Institute for Cinema and Entertainment and the first full-time Degree courses it will soon offer are important milestones in the journey of film and entertainment in India. The Garware Institute of Career Education and Development and The Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment with Mumbai University held the inaugural ceremony at the Kalina University campus’s sports auditorium in Mumbai on March 9.

On this occasion, the dignitaries like Prof. Sanjay Deshkmukh, Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai; Indian Film Industry Legend Ramesh Sippy, Chairman, RSACE; Prof. Anil Karnik, Director of GICED; Kiran Joneja Sippy, Managing Director, RSACE; Mukesh Sharma, Director and Dean, RSACE; Ashish Kulkarni, Advisory Board Member RSACE; Dr. M.A. Khan, Registrar, University of Mumbai; and Anil Patil, Director Academics and Planning, University of Mumbai were present on the occasion. Forty-Two years after Sholay was released, Ramesh Sippy’s Jai, joined him on the occasion as the Chief Guest. No prizes for guessing that Amitabh Bachchan’s entry elicited r, riotous applause from the audience.

Proceedings began with the rendition of Vande Mātaram, “I bow to thee, Mother”, a poem written in Bengali and Sanskrit, from Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1882 novel Anandamath. The Police Band played the harmony.

Amitabh Bachan then lit the ceremonial lamp. The dignitaries on the dais joined him in doing so. Anil Karnik, Director GICED rendered the Welcome Address. Prof. Sanjay Deshkmukh felicitated Amitabh Bachchan and presented him with books instead of the customary flower bouquet. Ashish Kulkarni, Advisory Board Member, RSACE then shared an overview of the entertainment landscape of India. He also shared his concerns about the need for an apt number of skilled, educated and trained personnel in the industry. Kiran Joneja Sippy, Managing Director, RSACE addressed the gathering. She outlined the vision of Team RSACE and also introduced the members of the Advisory Board of RSACE.

The privilege of introducing the director of gems such as Andaz, Seeta Aur Geeta, Shaan, Shakti, Saagar, Buniyaad and Sholay is honor. It is said that Ramesh Sippy is the Chairman of RSACE and he will help to mould the future generation of professionals of the Indian entertainment business.

Amitabh Bachan then launched the official Inaugural Brochure of RSACE. This was the photo-opportunity that members of the press and the electronic media were waiting for.  So much has been said about him, so much written, his tales of great cinematic achievement will travel down generations, spanning centuries. Why could we think of no one else to have as Chief Guest? Well, whose is the first name that comes to your mind when I say, cinema and entertainment? It is his. Awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour and the Padma Vibhushan, Amitabh Bachchan is truly a living legend. He then spoke and everyone, well, just listened.

Prof. Sanjay Deshkmukh, Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai then addressed the gathering.Many other actors like  a Jackie Shroff, Bhagyashree, Juhi Chawla, singers Sonali and Roop Kumar Rathod, Rohan Shetty, Sabbas Joseph, Aarti Surendranath, Bharat Dhabolkar and many other friends and well-wishers of the Sippy family attended the cermony.

The event was simple and important. Director at ETC India, Priya Sharma was the force behind the event, weaving the different elements together, overseeing it all. On-ground technology requirements and show direction were handled by Wiz crafts. Older and quieter and humble as ever, the baritone Shahenshah has transformed over the last few years. From the angry young man of Indian cinema, I think he has finally taken over the mantle of the grand old man of Indian cinema. (These are strictly my views alone!)

Mr. Sippy and his great passion of imparting world-class education to students of cinema and entertainment is remarkable.

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