Josy Paul was inducted into the Hall of Fame 2020 at a glittering ceremony at the Calcutta Rowing Club on Saturday February 8th.
The event was attended by leaders from advertising, marketing and media, and the leading lights of Bengali theatre and cinema.
At the award ceremony, the citation read: “HALL OF FAME 2020. To the man who has written a unique chapter in Indian advertising. The one who has redefined how we interact with brands. Whose creative vision has made him an undisputed icon, touching countless lives with his work. The man who inspires us to dream, every day. Advertising Club Calcutta is proud to induct into its Hall of Fame, Josy Paul 8th February 2020 Calcutta.”
Kanchan Datta, President, Advertising Club Calcutta, shared his thoughts on the occasion of Ad Club Honors 2020, “In advertising our job is to enthral through great stories. The human mind instinctively loves great storytelling. In the past, we have had the privilege of honoring great storytellers from our world, like Alyque Padamsee, AG Krishnamurthy, Piyush Pandey, Prasoon Joshi, Aggie, and this time we are honoring Josy Paul (pictured right above). We are proud of all of them for captivating millions of minds around the world.”
Paul was visibly moved as he said, “Thank you, Advertising Club Calcutta. Thank you for your belief in me and my work. I am so overwhelmed I am trembling with gratitude. I can’t help but remember all the people who made me, who believed in me. I am a sum of these amazing mentors. Their belief is contagious! Belief is a crouching tiger that shows itself when you are facing failure and rejection. I carry their torch of belief with me and pass it around to my colleagues, partners, and everyone I meet.”
The event saw Advertising Club Calcutta present ‘The Storyteller’s Award’ to Shri Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay. The Storyteller’s Award honors notable personalities, from other fields of art and communication, who have instilled inspiration, wisdom and ingenuity through their fiercely original storytelling. “The eminent author, Shri Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay, is a living legend in Bengali literature, whose work has enthralled generations beyond age and language.” said Datta, as he handed over the award to Shri Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay who received a standing ovation.
The evening was hosted by Sujoy Prasad Chaterjee and featured eminent singer Ujjain Mukherjee and Anwesha Mitra.