IRAA Jury 2021

Vijay Benegal

Vijay Benegal - IRAA Award Director 2021, Eminent Recording & Mix Engineer and Co-founder, OdBle Consultants

Vijay Benegal’s career as an independent Sound Engineer has spanned close to three decades with experience on diverse sound recording and mixing projects for radio, films, television, and music albums. Artists he has recorded for include Ustad Zakir Hussain, Indus Creed, Shankar Mahadevan, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal-Shekhar, Ranjit Barot, and many more. Film recording projects have included album and background scores for Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya, Armaan, Kaante, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and others. He is also a Live Sound Engineer having worked with local and international artists such as Kailash Kher, Indus Creed, Slash, Niladri Kumar, Steve Smith, Louiz Banks, Dave Holland, Chris Potter and other luminaries. Vijay is currently touring with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy as well as Ustad Zakir Hussain’s Cross Currents.

Promod Chandorkar

Pramod Chandorkar – IRAA Honorary Chairman 2021, Eminent Recording & Mix Engineer and Founder & Director, Soundideaz Academy Pvt. Ltd.

Pramod Chandorkar has been working as a Sound Engineer in the music industry from 1995 till date. He has worked on numerous mega-hit albums and films as a Chief Sound Engineer. He is one of the few audio engineers who have excelled in all branches of audio ranging from music recording, live sound, film sound design and studio design and audio education.

Currently other than being the Founder & Director of Soundideaz Academy Pvt. Ltd. a premier institute conducting courses on Sound engineering, he also heads an impressive Audio post-production facility. He is also a FOH Mix engineer and the Head Technical Engineer for Sonu Nigam Live in concert and has been traveling the world for his tour for last 18 years. He has mixed live for several artists like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. He has also received the Zee cine award for best Song recording in 2005 and 3 IRAA & 3 Palm live sound awards too.

Aditya Modi

Aditya Modi – IRAA Award Director 2018, Chairperson of Audio Engineering Society, India, Member of CEDIA

Aditya Modi, the IRAA Award Director this year is already here on stage with us. Aditya is the Chairperson of Audio Engineering Society, India. A 2006 & 2007 IRAA winner himself, Aditya graduated with a Recording Arts Degree from Full Sail University, after which he has worked under Avinash Oak and Daman Sood at Western Outdoors. After receiving an offer from Mr. A.R. Rahman, Aditya moved to Chennai and has worked with him on several of his film projects and his live concerts. He also runs a distribution company – Modi Digital and operates the Indian Operations of an acoustic design firm called WSDG.

Ashish Saksena

Ashish Saksena - Eminent Recording & Mix Engineer and Director, Purple Haze Studio Pvt. Ltd.

Ashish Saksena is the owner and chief sound engineer of Purple Haze Studios. He has been in the music industry for over 30 years and has worked on many prestigious projects with music directors like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal & Shekhar, Louis Banks, Ram Sampat, Ranjit Barot. He also engineers live concerts for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, K.K, Ayushmann Khurana etc.

Bishwadeep Chatterjee

Bishwadeep Chatterjee - Eminent Sound Designer and Co-founder, Orbis Studio.

A graduate in Sound Recording and Sound Engineering from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Bishwadeep Chatterjee’s career spans over 3 decades. He has worked in virtually every department of recording for Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries, Television serials, Advertising films and Music Albums.

He has worked as a location Sound Recordist for Bandhini- a documentary by Ketan Mehta and Salaam Bombay, by Mira Nair. Some of his most prestigious projects as a Music Engineer has been for Television serials like “Chanakya and “Swabhiman”, Music albums like “Ab Ke Sawan” and “Dooba-Dooba”, Films like “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”, “Devdas” and “Munnabhai MBBS”.

He has also designed and mixed the sound for films like Chokher Bali, Parineeta, Madras Café, Piku, Bajirao Mastani, Padmavat, Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots and now the forthcoming Sanju by Rajkumar Hirani.

Along with several awards like the Filmfare, IIFA, Screen, Producers’ Guild, Zee Cine, GIMA etc, Bishwadeep has won the prestigious National Award for Sound Design twice- for “Madras Café” in 2014 and “Bajirao Mastani” in the 2016.

Indrajit Sharma

Indrajit Sharma known as “Tubby” - Eminent Music Composer/ Arranger/ Producer

In his career span of over 3 decades, Tubby has Produced and Composed music in all genres from Jingles to Film Songs, Independent Albums to Original Background Scores; and more recently he is acknowledged as a jazz musician as well, having represented India in festivals overseas. With hit films like My Name is Khan, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Guzaarish, 2 States & more recently Raazi under his belt, he is among the country’s most celebrated Background Score Composers.

Jim Satya

Jim Satya - Eminent Music Arranger, and Music Producer

Jim Satya, the Music Arranger, and Music Producer, is a well-known name in the music industry. He was born in a family of musicians and has completed his Grade Exam from Trinity College of Music, London. His experience as a music arranger has spanned numerous award-winning feature film projects in multiple languages like Barfi – winner of Filmfare and various awards in Background score and songs categories.

Mujeeb Dadarkar

Mujeeb Dadarkar - Eminent Sound Engineer and Co-founder, OdBle Consultants

Mujeeb Dadarkar, Sound Engineer and Co-founder Odble Consultants, is a well know name in the music industry. He has been a recording engineer and technical consultant to the Audio/ Video industry since 1983. His experience as a sound engineer has spanned numerous documentaries, advertising and feature film projects. He has also worked extensively as live sound engineer for world-class artistes like Ustad Zakir Hussein.

Sreejesh Nair

Sreejesh Nair, Pro Audio Application Specialist, AVID and Dolby Atmos Certified Mix Engineer

He owns to his credit a span of 19 years’ experience as a Sound Mixer in the industry. Sreejesh is a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Kottayam and has mastered Audio Engineering From Chetana Sound Studios, Thrissur. He started his career as assistant sound re-recording mixer in Rajkamal (FutureWorks) studios and has worked on more than 200 movies since then. He was part of the First Dolby Atmos Mix theater installation in India and the first Dolby Atmos Premiere mix room in the world. Sreejesh Nair won the 60th National Film Awards for the best Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track for the film Gangs of Wasseypur. He has also done quite a few art installations in Paris and Mumbai with artists like Shilpa Gupta & Rajivan Ayyappan. He is currently working as Solutions Specialist at Avid.

Shantanu Hudlikar

Shantanu Hudlikar, Eminent Recording & Mix Engineer

Formerly Chief Sound Engineer at Yash Raj Film Studios, Shantanu Hudlikar started his professional career as an engineer in the year 1990 at The Music Room, Bombay, and went on to head the studio as chief engineer in 1991. He has worked with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Rupert Hine, Gustavo Santaolala, Dr.Ilaya Raja, John Leckie, The Bombay Dub Orchestra, Deep Forrest, Ranjit Barot, Soulmate , Advaita, AR Rahman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy & Shekhar, Pyarelal Sharma, Colonial Cousins and Pritam, to name a few. He has also worked with some of the finest names in advertising and film such as Highlight Films, Whitelight, Genesis, Yashraj Films, Dharma Productions, Excel Entertainment, Aamir Khan Productions, and Vinod Chopra Productions to name a few.

Yogesh Pradhan

Yogesh Pradhan - Eminent Music Arranger

Yogesh Pradhan is a well-known Violinist, Bollywood Music Arranger & Music Composer who has worked on numerous albums and films.

As Violinist, he has worked with leading music directors such as R.D.Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Raamlaxman, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik, Nadeem-Shravan Etc. As music arranger, he has worked with Ismail Darbar, Adnan Sami, Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit, Sajid-Wajid, Vishal Shekhar and many more and has to his credits, films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Lucky, and many more.

Vijay Dayal

Vijay Dayal - Eminent Sound Engineer & Chief Recordist at Yash Raj Studios

Vijay Dayal, Chief Sound Recordist at Yash Raj Studios, began his career as a musician but his inclination towards understanding the technicalities of sound fascinated him and his interest in learning the technical aspect grew. He started executing sound mixing of shows and is currently doing live and studio engineering. Some of the movies he has worked on mixing engineer includes Dhoom 2, Dhoom 3, Sawariya, Om Shanti Om, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Gundey, Ek Tha Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai, Sairat, Agnipath and Ra One. As an FOH engineer, he has worked with Asha Bhosle, Ajay-Atul and Pritam Chakraborty.


Vijay Dayal

Rohan Ramanna

A music producer, recording engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and entrepreneur; Rohan Ramanna was a founding partner at India’s Cotton Press Studio and was one half of the songwriting/production duo Nicholson//LANDS. He has toured both within India and internationally playing his own material as well as a session drummer for multiple artists. He is one of the founding members of the Salvage Audio Collective, a production team operating out of Mumbai’s Island City Studios credited with the much acclaimed and award winning music for movies such as Gully Boy, OTT Movies such as Yeh Ballet, Guilty on Netflix and many more. Apart from his touring schedule, he has actively been composing, producing, mixing and mastering music for commercials, independent artists and bands for well over a decade.

Vijay Dayal

Raag Sethi

Raag Sethi is an award-nominated producer, engineer, guitarist and bassist from Ahmedabad, and also the founder of Compass Box Studio. He has been instrumental in promoting indie talent in Gujarat and India through the one take Compass Box Live Sessions on YouTube. His work has been featured on almost every major music publication in India. He has had the opportunity to work as an associate music producer with Clinton Cerejo through the NEXA music program and has also worked with Grammy-winning engineers for his projects. He has worked with over 50 indie artists including Meera Desai, Hanita Bhambri, Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, Aditi Ramesh, Ramya Pothuri, Samar Mehdi, Chirag Todi, Heat Sink and more.