Anand Limaye receives MMS’ Lifetime Achievement Award 2023

MMS’ sixth Roundtable Conference also held

Anand Limaye receives MMS’ Lifetime Achievement Award 2023
Anand Limaye receives the MMS LTA by the chief guest Ram Naik

On 14 April, the Mumbai Mudrak Sangh conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award (LTA) 2023 to industry stalwart and the man behind the 91-year-old India Printing Works, Anand Limaye.

Chief guest Ram Naik speaking during the ceremony

Former governor of Uttar Pradesh Ram Naik was the chief guest while former Nagaland governor Padmanabh Acharya was the guest of honor. The function organized at MCA Club in Bandra Kurla Complex was attended by members of the print community from Mumbai and beyond.

Before Limaye was given the award, Pranav Parikh, the founder of Technova, paid a tribute through a special video message. “It is a great privilege for me to be able to express the respect and admiration that I have for Anandji. He is a very special person with so many qualities rarely found in one individual — simplicity and humility, charm and gentle sense of humor, sharp intellect. His ability to spot and nurture the people he interacts with and his readiness to extend a helping hand without any expectation are the qualities that have served him well. Not only has he nurtured India Printing Works with love and dedication, he has worked tirelessly to alleviate the concerns of Indian printers. Congratulations to MMS for bestowing this honor to the true champion of our industry,” he said.

Tushar Dhote, past president of MMS said, “Anand is my mentor. What I am today in the field of print and what I have contributed to the association is because of Anand. I have followed in his footsteps. You are a living legend.”

Naik recalled how he got acquainted with Limaye 15 years ago. He said Limaye was instrumental in turning him into a writer by giving the idea that Naik should publish his columns in the Marathi newspaper Sakal into a book titled Charaiveti! Charaiveti!! — which in Hindi means Chalte Raho! Chalte Raho!!

Anand Limaye giving the acceptance speech
Anand Limaye giving the acceptance speech

Charaiveti! Charaiveti!! has been translated in 13 languages. As a politician and governor, I was only issuing press notes and annual reports. I could be a writer only because of Anand Limaye,” he said.

In his acceptance speech, which he delivered in Marathi, Limaye thanked MMS for conferring him with the award and expressed his gratitude to Pranav Parikh.

“On this occasion, I would like to mention the extraordinary founder chairman of TechNova Shri Pranavbhai Parikh. Under his guidance, the company rose to be ranked among the top five global manufacturers of plates and chemicals for the printing industry,” he said. “Pranavbhai was unable to attend today’s ceremony physically, but I sincerely thank him for his virtual blessing.”

Thanking his colleagues and the industry, Limaye said the staff, clients and vendors were also behind the success of India Printing Works. At the same time, he said his family was the foremost reason for his success.

“The time spent doing all this was a little business, a little personal, and mostly family time. If I did not have the support of my family who fully backed me in all the work, it would have been difficult for me. I will forever be grateful to them,” he said. 

MMS’ sixth Roundtable Conference

Earlier in the day, MMS organized the sixth edition of the Roundtable Conference

MMS Roundtable Conference taking place
MMS Roundtable Conference taking place

. The theme of this year was ‘Rethink, Redesign, and Realign’.

There were eight tables where industry experts discussed topics pertinent to the industry. The topics discussed were digital labels, digital packaging, automation, high-value digital short run, MIS/ERP, corrugation design and packaging, narrow web, and print on demand books.

The roundtable took place for 90 minutes and after that a panel discussion was held.

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