Mumbai’s educative music conference is back for another run with some notable new speakers.  

UK Trade & Investment , British Council and Visit Britain in collaboration with India’s Submerge Entertainment is heading to Mumbai on December 3-4. The conference aims at formulating the potential collaborations between the UK and India, with reference to the rapidly evolving music business. With a panel that features some of the most influential individuals in the industry, as well as educational seminars, networking events, conferences and artists showcases, The Exchange is definitely something you need to experience.

Here are some of the speaker’s at this year’s Mumbai conference that you need to check out.


1. Jaideep Singh

Jaideep Singh has oveer 15 years of experience in Indian media. He heads the Live Viacom18 Business division of Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd., a division that creates large format live properties across all genres of music and entertainment, integrated into all Viacom India broadcast platforms. Jaideep Singh has built many music/youth related properties that are uber-successful now, namely, MTV Video Music Awards India, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards India, Vh1 Supersonic Goa 2013, among others.

Jaideep Singh


2. Rishi Malhotra

Previously having worked at Home Box Office (HBO), Inc. where he pioneered HBO’s SVOD products, digital distribution, and original VOD content for many HBO franchises, Rishi Malhotra is now the Co-Founder and CEO of Saavn, India’s leading music streaming service. Venerable with experience and tact, Rishi’s speech at The Exchange is one to look out for.

Rishi Malhotra


3. Nikhil Chinapa

Nikhil Chinapa has been a prevelant presence in the electronic music industry for over a decade. He started out as an MTV Vj, featuring on all MTV shows at the time, and has progressed into one of the most influential names in the scene. From being the co-founder of Sunburn to “festival curator” for Vh1 Supersonic, he launched Submerge in 2001, India’s first – and now largest – Indian Electronic Dance Music (EDM) company in India.



4. Dhruv Jagasia

One of the behind-the-music veterans of the indie scene, Dhruv Jagasia has managed massive names such as Indian Ocean and Midival Punditz over the last decade. he is also the ex-Managing Director of NH7 Weekender and an RJ on Radio Mirchi. For someone who knows the media industry in-and-out, his speech at The Exchange is bound to be immensely interesting.

Dhruv Jagasia


5. Shridhar Subramaniam

Shridhar Subramaniam is the president of Sony India & Middle East and he is also the chairman of Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL). Shridhar is well-versed with the music and media industry; under his leadership, Sony grew rapidly and expanded its footprint in India additionally by entering regional language music and also moved up the entertainment value chain by producing films.

Shridhar Subramaniam


6. Ram Sampath

At 21, Ram Sampath founded his own independent label, called Mutherfunk Records, through which he released his rock band’s ​​self-titled debut ​album​​, “Colourblind”. He is also one of the few Indian composer/producers who has achieved mainstream success with non-Bollywood music albums like Shaan’s, “Tanha Dil”, Sona Mohapatra’s debut album, 2 episodes on Coke Studio @ MTV India & the music on Aamir Khan’s groundbreaking TV show, Satyamev Jayate.

Ram Sampath


7. Prateek Kuhad

Having performed at venues across New York, Prague, New Orleans and India, Prateek Kuhad has played at festivals such as the Bacardi NH7 Weekender (2012, 2013, 2015), Ziro Festival (2014, 2015), VH1 Emerge (opening set for Alt-J) and more. With the release of his much awaited debut album, In Tokens & Charms, in January 2015, Delhi-based singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad firmly established himself as one of the frontrunners in the Indian independent music scene. Prepare for a look into an indie artist’s perspective with his speech at The Exchange.


8. Pearl

Pearl’s career started off when she was exposed to the vast European clubbing scene back in the 90s. She then carved an unusual career trajectory for herself becoming a dj and promoter simultaneously, and booked her first artists from Europe for Indian shores back in 2001. Pearl began setting processes into place for every aspect of booking artists for this territory – whether it was artist contracts, artwork, remittances, licenses or promotions. She is now one of India’s most influential electronic music exports and entrepreneurs.



9. Shubhra Bhardwaj

Entrepreneur, artistic director & a poet, Shubhra Bhardwaj has over two decades of experience in managing large-scale events in the field of sports, performing arts & entertainment. Founder and Creative Director of Ferriswheel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Shubhra is currently based in Mumbai. Born in Baroda, she is a pioneer in the field of Indian & international folk arts and has over two decades of experience in the field of performing arts & entertainment and sports. She has a comprehensive & impressive body of work that lists creative services in more than sixty countries ranging from mid-sized festivals to large-scale public events.

Shubhra Bhardwaj


10. Nina Condron

Nina Condron is a ‘Business Development Manager’ for Horus Music Ltd., a fully independent music distribution company from the UK. She is involved in the development and expansion of the company and helps to build new client relationships with labels and stores in the global and digital sphere. She is one of the more powerful female speakers at The Exchange, do catch her speech at the conference.

Nina black and white Hi Res


11. Munbir Chawla

Munbir Chawla moved to India in 2011 and is the co-founder and director of ‘Wild City’, an online music magazine and events company based in New Delhi. He’s also the regional partner of Border Movement, a music magazine and platform for cross-border collaborations and residencies in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other countries in South Asia. Moreover, he manages and represents artists through a booking agency called Vital Agency and hosted the first edition of Magnetic Fields in 2013.

Munbir Chawla