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Group of second year college students start event management firm; host desi rock band event in the city.

entertainment Updated: May 09, 2011 14:17 IST
Nirmika Singh

Giving summer internships a miss, this group of college friends has decided to turn entrepreneurs instead. BMM students Aman Sharma, Prakhar Khandelwal and Rachel Ernest founded an event management firm, Dream Organisers a few days ago and they couldn’t be happier about the new venture.

“We conceptualised the idea about a month ago. We all had some experience in organising events for our colleges and NGOs that we have worked for in the past, so we thought of starting our own company,” says Khandelwal, who studies at Raheja College. The founders are joined by four other friends, making it a team of seven. Six of them have been school friends and former students of R B Kanakia High School, Mira Road. Dream Organisers will be hosting their first event - a desi rock band competition on May 15, at Matunga. One of the criterions for participation is that the bands have to perform songs in any Indian language. Indian Ocean’s bassist and lead vocalist Rahul Ram and MTV Rock On winner Nirdosh Sobti will judge the bands. The winner will take away a cash prize of Rs. 50,000. Says Sobti, “The team of Dream Organisers is an enthusiastic bunch aiming high at a very young age. Also, this event will give a platform for upcoming bands looking for recognition. The reason we added an Indian element to the competition is so that the winning band can try their luck at commercial success too in the future.” Pepsico and Furtudos are among the sponsors for the event. “We are grateful to both Rahul Ram and Nirdosh Sobti for their encouragment and helping us out with technical modalities,” says Khandelwal.

Only a few days into their maiden enterprise, the young team has already bagged an offer to manage the event for Swedish metal band Degrade Dead that will be touring India in July. Says Aman Sharma, who studies at Hinduja College, “It is a great start for us and we want to specialise in managing music events in the future.