This Republic Day, the Indian advertising industry and ad agency Ogilvy & Mather have ample reason to celebrate. Piyush Pandey, executive chairman and creative director, Ogilvy & Mather, India and South Asia, has been given the coveted Padma Shri award. The category is 'Others-Advertising & Communication'.
A quick look at some of the congratulatory tweets his peers and fans have put out there:
Congratulations to Hafeez Contractor, Piyush Pandey & @SudharakOlwe for being awarded the Padma Shri. Big win for Indian creativity!— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) January 25, 2016
#PiyushPandey 'fevicoled' to Padma Awards. Congrats!!— mithu mammen (@mithumammen) January 25, 2016
Piyush Pandey's Padma Shri is the FIRST for advertising. (Prasoon Joshi and Alyque Padamsee were recognised for art). @BrandStoryboard— Anant Rangaswami (@AnantRangaswami) January 25, 2016
Pandey recently launched his biography Pandeymonium.
Among advertising campaigns, his team's recent effort for Rajasthan Tourism has grabbed a fair share of attention.
Other well known admen to have received the Padma Shri in the past include Alyque Padamsee and more recently, Prasoon Joshi.
Watch this space for more.