ABAI is a non-profit organization committed to developing the Animation, VFX and Gaming industry in India. We are a connector of the ecosystem – industry, academia, government & the community – and a catalyst for development.

ABAI Initiatives/Activities

While our initiatives are pan – India, we work very closely with the Government of Karnataka state in terms of both recommending as well executing policy for the Animation, VFX and Gaming Industry.

We are very actively involved in projects/initiatives pertaining to:

  • Skill development
    • Finishing School to create production ready plug and play talent. ABAI has put forth a unique, 1st of its kind proposal which has received a green light from GoK and is in the works, details to be updated shortly…
    • Digital Arts Centers to help traditional fine arts colleges embrace digital. GoK is supporting Fine Arts Colleges across Karnataka to embrace digital by providing grants to set-up digital labs. ABAI is anchoring this project for GoK and is facilitating the process and helping with training, curriculum and industry alignment.
    • Centre for Artists & Talent Development to foster a vibrant community. ABAI is working on this path breaking proposal, details to be updated shortly…
  • Market & ecosystem development (in bound)
    • Organizing & curating high quality industry events
      • Annual flagship event ABAI Fest & Summit
      • Digital Arts Symposium
      • Animation, VFX and Gaming tracks during Bengaluru’s flagship annual event Bengaluru ITE.Biz
  • Visits to markets, conferences, exhibitions and festivals (international as well as within India)
    • Annecy, MIPCOM, MIPTV, Children’s Media Conference, UK (CMC), FMX, SIGGRAPH Asia etc – to help Karnataka companies to promote itself and stay connected with latest and greatest - business, technological and creative developments - in the industry.
  • Supporting start-ups and IP creation
    • Karnataka was the 1st state in India to announce a policy to support start-ups
    • IP creation / short films etc. are on the radar and have been recommended for the upcoming AVGC (Animation, VFX, Gaming and Comics) Policy
  • Infrastructure development
    • Digital Media City
    • AVGC Lab comprising of mo-cap stages, vfx camera set-ups, DI & color grading suites, incubation space etc.
  • Policy recommendations
    • ABAI has made some very forward thinking recommendations for a new AVGC policy for GoK which is due to be released in the near future. We are confident that it will give a huge boost to the AVGC sector in Karnataka.

Meet the executive committee

The driving force behind any organisation is a strong foundation, and ABAI’s strength comes from its Executive Committee, who bring with them not only decades worth of experience but also expertise in different fields of the AVGC Industry.

From left to right, the persons are:

Hanif Mohammed, Treasurer
Ramesh Rao, Secretary
Srinivas Bindiganavale, Joint Secretary


Biren Ghose, President
Ganesh Papanna, EC Member
Adi Shayan, Honorary Secretary


Siggraph Asia, Macao

5thDecember, 2016, Macao

A team from ABAI is traveling to Macao to be part of this great event.

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Bengaluru ITE.Biz

28thNovember, 2016, Bengaluru Palace

AVGC gets a boost at ITE.BIZ

ABAI as an association partner at the recently concluded Bengaluru ITE.Biz 2016 - a premier IT event in India has curated 2 AVGC tracks on VR/AR/MR, Animation and Animation technology

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CII, Big Picture Summit (5th Edition)

26thOctober, 2016,

GoK and ABAI jointly participated in this M&E event. Karnataka was the partner State for the event. Honorable Minister for IT, BT and Tourism Mr. Priyank Kharge delivered a special address in the panel ‘Digital – The new mantra for innovation and growth’. The address covered the progress and plans for AVGC sector in the State of Karnataka under his dynamic leadership. Onwards and Upwards…

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ANNECY Film Festival and MIFA 2016

13thJune, 2016,

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival and its Market (MIFA) is the annual appointment for over 7,000 professional. Annecy/MIFA 2016 was held at Annecy, France from 13-18 June 2016.

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ABAI Fest & KAVGC Summit 2016

16thApril, 2016, Hotel Ashok Lalit, Bangalore

ABAI Fest & Summit is ABAI’s flagship annual event organized with support from Government of Karnataka. The objective of this event is to get the Animation, VFX, Gaming and Computer Graphics community together, enrich, energize and inspire the community.

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AVGC Panel @ Bengaluru ITE.Biz - Dec 2015

8thDecember, 2015,

ABAI organized a panel discussion at the Bangalore ITE.biz on 10th December 2015 at The Lalit Ashok, Bangalore.

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Info Session by HQ-Vancouver

28thNovember, 2015, Taj Vivanta, MG Road, Bangalore.

Mr Francois Bertrand, VP Business Development - HQ Vancouver, Mr Mel D’Souza-HQ Vancouver gave a presentation on business opportunities in Vancouver, BC on 28th November 2015 at Taj Vivanta, MG Road, Bangalore.

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Educators Round Table 27th Nov 2015

27thNovember, 2015,

ABAI’s Train the Trainer (TTT) project is the first of its kind in Karnataka- A novel project that aims to enhance the effectiveness and productivity of the talent pool in the AVGC Industry. The vision here is to provide an academically challenging educational experience that helps candidates acquire the necessary skills for a successful career as a trainer.

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Digital Art Symposium

3rdNovember, 2015, Nimhans Convention Center, Bangalore

ABAI with the support of GoK is organizing a Digital Arts Symposium on 3rd of November 2015 at the NIMHANS Convention Center, Bangalore. Requesting you to kindly post this flier on the home page and to give a link on the flier which will direct to a new page (Digital Art Symposium). Also requesting you to add the same in the Events list under Upcoming events.

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ABAI International Trade Meet 2015

22ndSeptember, 2015, Hotel ITC Gardenia, Bangalore.

A World Trade Meet was organized by ABAI on Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 at Hotel ITC Gardenia, Bangalore. The objective of the meet was to have captains of the industry and Government of Karnataka meet with the Trade Commissioners, Diplomats and other key stake holders in round table interface. This offered an opportunity to inform the participants that AVGC industry would like to engage in meeting visiting trade delegations to India take delegations to AVGC events worldwide and explore opportunities of working together in mutual interest.

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Gwangju ACE (Asia Content & Entertainment) Fair - 2015

17thSeptember, 2015, Kimdsejung Convention Center, Gwangju, South Korea

Gwangju ACE (Asia Content & Entertainment) Fair is an international content licensing fair supported by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, hosted by Gwangju Metropolitan City and co-organized by Kimdsejung Convention Center, Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency and Gwangju Design Center.

It is one of the most prestigious culture content exhibitions, which shows Broadcast Game Character Animation Edutainment and all types of licensing content. It has acquired a set of certifications including the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry by UFI and the Association of Korea Exhibition Industry (AKEI) by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), thereby growing into an international cultural contents exhibition. Additionally, Gwangju ACE Fair has been chosen as a promising exhibition for 4 consecutive years (2012 to 2015)

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Clay Animation Workshop

11thApril, 2015, Bangalore

We are delighted to announce that ABAI is conducting “Clay Animation Workshop”

The workshop is design to help the animator to learn the basics of stop-motion animation. Groups design their own clay characters and then produce a short animated film using multimedia tools.

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6thFebruary, 2015,

ABAI Fest – India’s biggest Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics film festival held annually in Karnataka, India with the support of Government of Karnataka is a confluence of Indian and Global Digital art industry. Fest is an ideal platform for artists from various backgrounds across the globe to come together to celebrate the art of digital storytelling and exchange ideas.

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KAVGC Summit 2015

6thFebruary, 2015,

KAVGC Summit, the annual business meet for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics (AVGC) industry organised by ABAI with the support of Department of IT, BT and S&T and KBITS is the ideal platform for the Knowledge sharing, business development and networking. The summit’s power packed audience has always included senior Government officials, trade body representatives, CEOs, entrepreneurs and senior management.

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ABAI International Trade Meet 2014

24thSeptember, 2014,

An International Trade Meet was organised by ABAI on Wednesday, 24th September 2014 at Hotel ITC Gardenia, Bangalore.  The objective of the Meet was to have captains of the industry and Government of Karnataka meet with the Trade Commissioners, Diplomats and other key stake holders in an informal meeting.  This was offered an opportunity to inform the participants that AVGC industry would like to engage in meeting visiting trade delegations to India, take delegations to AVGC events worldwide and explore opportunities of working together in mutual interest.

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22ndSeptember, 2014,

Invest Quebec and the Government of Québec, in partnership with ABAI, hosted Roadshow for Montrial International Gaming Show 2014 at the JW Marriot Hotel, Bangalore on 22nd September 2014.

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Pre-Production Workshop

31stMay, 2014,

The workshop is designed to demonstrate each step of the pre-production from conception to completion of storyboard; it connects all the various panel and lecture components into one cohesive experience.

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Advance Master Class Storytelling

25thApril, 2014,

The main objective of the Advanced Masterclass Storytelling Workshop is to make the participants more enthusiastic and passionate about storytelling and subsequently story writing.

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Beauty of Bright

20thFebruary, 2014, Bangalore

ABAI is opening its doors and you are invited to our LIGHTING WORKSHOP! We welcome fresher and Junior Professionals from Institutes and Animation studios. A great platform for students who have finished their 3D animation course and want to make a career in lighting as their specialisation.

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International Animation Day - 2013

23rdNovember, 2013, Kuvempu Kalakshretra, Bangalore

ABAI supports the International Animation Day - 2013 celebrations to be held in Bangalore.

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KAVGC Summit 2013

28thAugust, 2013, Chancery Pavilion

The KAVGC Summit is the annual business conference conducted by ABAI – the nodal trade body for the Animation, Video Games and Comics business in India. The KAVGC Summit held annually for the last 3 years with the support of the Government of Karnataka, continues to increase its focus on the business and industry of AVGC, aiming to provide a forum for knowledge sharing and improved connectivity among decision makers and stakeholders in the sector. The power packed audience will include senior Government officials, trade body representatives, CEOs, entrepreneurs and senior management. As usual, the event will feature the "Who’s Who" from the international AVGC world sharing their experience and expertise and making themselves available for those who want more from them.

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Get in touch

If you're interested in the work we do and want to get involved, or have any queries regarding our work, send us a message.

N. Vikash Rao
Officer Events & Marketing
No 584, 2nd Floor,
1st 'A' Main Road,
HSR Layout 6th Sector,
Bangalore 560102
Karnataka, India

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