Ramesh Narayan has been inducted into the AFAA Hall of Fame, 2021, at the inaugural session of the AdAsia conference being held at Macao.
Earlier, outgoing Chairman of AFAA, Raymond So, had said "The AFAA Hall of Fame sets out to recognize the best of the very best. Ramesh Narayan is a legend who has the ability to look past what's good enough and focus on making everything better than it has to be".
So read out a citation that outlined the highlights of Narayan’s career, the leadership positions in all the relevant Indian marcom industry associations, the contributions he made to social causes, communication skills, among others.
Narayan said, "I'd like to thank AFAA and all my friends across Asia for this huge honor bestowed on me. Around 23 years ago I was invited by my friend Pradeep Guha (you see I don't say the late Pradeep Guha, because he lives in our minds and in our hearts) to join the AFAA movement and help make a bid to bring the AdAsia to India. This culminated in the AdAsia 2003 Jaipur. However, for me it was an introduction to industry work, as against only my own agency work, and that experience is ongoing. I'd like to acknowledge the immense work done by all the architects of AFAA and to accept this honor on behalf of all of them.”
He further went on to thank the industry and said it keeps the “wheels of our economies moving”.
“However, I feel all this pales into insignificance before the power of this industry to help rid the world of diseases like polio. To raise money and combat calamities across the world, to help raise our collective voices for the environment and elder care and gender equality. And against domestic violence and animal abuse. Can you think of any other industry that can claim to do all these things? Yes, my friends. That is the real power we as an industry wield. And that is what I call communication as a force for good,” he added.
Narayan has earlier been honoured by the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) with their Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Advertising Association (Global) with their Global Champion Award, the India Chapter of the IAA with an induction into their Hall of Fame, the Public Relations Society of India with their Special Award, and the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI) with their Lifetime Achievement Award.
He has been President of the Rotary Club of India and the recipient of many Club and District awards.
Since the AdAsia was being held as a virtual event, a unique hybrid event was held in Mumbai to present the AFAA awards.
Pradeep Guha was posthumously inducted into the AFAA Hall of Fame for 2019 and his wife Papia Guha accepted the award. Apart from this, Srinivasan Swamy was presented with the AFAA Special Merit Award for 2019.