A handful of committed voice artists had visualized the need
for an association with some clear cut objectives in mind.
- To redress the grievances
of all voice artists, especially in the area of the recovery
of their dues.
- To weed out some of
the undesirable practices prevailing in the voicing industry
- To create more job
opportunities for its members with fair wages.
- To take care of the
welfare of its members.
- To foster a spirit
of professionalism and to build a dedicated, sincere and
hardworking cadre of creative artists.
With these views in mind
an ad-hoc committee was formed. These pioneering members worked
tirelessly to enroll more members and spread awareness amongst
the voice artists.
The first annual general body meeting was held at Andheri
on the 27th of June 1999 with 190 members actively participating
in the deliberations. The second general body meeting was
held on the 2nd of October2001 at Andheri. After this the
general body meeting became an annual affair with its members
increasing to over 600.
Over the years, AVA has formulated a constitution and an oath
of loyalty and integrity. The AVA was also registered under
the trade unions act 1926 on the 6th of January 2000. An affiliation
was secured with FWICE, ie. Federation of Cine Employees,
by August 2000, becoming the 21st. proud affiliated unit of
FWICE, which has a membership base of over 50000.
Identity cards are issued to all members, and a wage card
was introduced. Group SMS-ing was introduced to quickly inform
members of urgent communications. A Yahoo group firstname.lastname@example.org
was also created, and so was an AVA website www.avaindia.org
Some of the important
activities undertaken by AVA
Workshops / Seminar
With a view to train voice artistes the following Workshops
/ Seminar were conducted On the 15th & 16th of May, 2004 at
S.N.D.T. Women's University Juhu-Mumbai. On the 29th & 30th
of May, 2004 at Sri Guruji Art Academy, Hiranandani Estate-
From 2nd June 2005 to 4th June 2005 at Palm India Expo - 2005.
Wages Tariff Card
To streamline the payment structure, AVA has released Wages
Tariff Card with as many as 27 categories of voicing, with
the recommendation of minimum rates for various categories
of voicing work, which is approved by the Federation of Western
India Cine Employees.
AVA's Interactive Voice Directory
The Interactive Voice Directory on CD contains the voice samples
of our members. This was released at the hands of Shri. Anil
Chopra - CEO Studio Systems during 5th Plam India Expo 2005
on 2nd June 2005.This Voice directory will be useful to Producers,
Production houses, Ad Agencies, TV channels & Radio stations
as a reference to select voice artistes required for them.
The cost of the Interactive Voice Directory on CD is Rs. 500/-.
The first ever AVA Awards honoring creative excellence in
voice artistry on Radio,Television and films has been instituted
by Assoication of Voice Artistes which is to be held on 27th
May 2006 at the venue of Plam India Expo-2006 & Cinema India
Expo-2006. AVA Awards is the need of the hour, which shall
provide high esteem to the talented voice artistes and shall
fulfil the aspirations of the young Voice artistes seeking
a career in this honorable profession. Prominent awardees
include Amitabh Bachchan, Sharukh Khan, Kadar Khan, Khushbu,
Rajesh Jolly,Anurag Pande and Ameen Sayani, also Sahara, Zee,
Star, Jaya TV, Doordarshan, Films Division, All India Radio,
Telebrands & others.
Recognition of Senior Voice Artistes
Due to the initiative taken by AVA, the following eminent
personalities were conferred with Awards of recognition by
Dadasaheb Phalke Academy a) Pt. Vinod Sharma-2002/03 b) Shri.J.R.Vanamali-2003/04
c) Shri Bal Kudtarkar - 2004/05 d) Pt. Raj Joshi-2005/06
Foundation Day Celebration of
Foundation Day celebration
of AVA will be celebrated on 27th June 2006 at S.P. Jain Institute
of Management Research Auditorium at Bhavans College, Andheri
(W). During this occasion honorary members, senior members
will be felicitated. It is an occasion for get-together, for
the members of AVA to display their hidden talents in the
form of various entertainments.
Apart from these, AVA proposes to take up various welfare
measures i.e. Group Insurance, Medical Aid, and Retirement
& Death benefits etc.
Today, The Association of Voice Artists is a well oiled machine.
We thank the stalwarts who started this movement, and also
those who continue to steer it to higher levels. We are also
grateful to all those who toil silently behind the scenes
to see the AVA grow from strength to strength.
LONG LIVE THE AVA