Mayor Of London Boris Johnson Celebrates 100 Years Of Bollywood At Annual Asian Business Association Dinner

Top Quote During the annual Asian Business Association (ABA) Dinner, held at the Grange St Paul's Hotel on the evening of 10 September 2013, Mayor of London Boris Johnson was presented with a vintage Bollywood poster by founder of Copal Art and evening co-sponsor, Ajay Seth. As 2013 marks the 100 Years of Bollywood centenary, the poster was from iconic 1960s film Mughal-e-Azam. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 10, 2013 - The ABA dinner, part of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), also featured a raffle for charity partner Oxfam, to which Copal Art donated an LP of Mughal-e-Azam's celebrated soundtrack. Each guest also received a special gift of a vintage vinyl Bollywood record from Copal's extensive collection of rare and collectible Bollywood memorabilia.

    Commented Ajay Seth: "Copal is extremely proud to sponsor the Asian Business Association Dinner, as part of our commitment to supporting Asian businesses. We are honoured to have the presence of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and commend the hard work that both he, as well as the London Chamber do to support the various business communities of London. As this year marks the official 100 Years of Bollywood, Copal is honoured to present Mayor Johnson with this unique taste of Bollywood, for what is more iconic than the legendary film, Mughal-e-Azam?"

    During his speech, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The strong cinematic links between London and India are illustrative of an historic and warm relationship that continues to flourish. I was thrilled to visit Mumbai last year to meet some of Bollywood's leading movers and shakers and I am pleased to help celebrate 100 years of this iconic cultural art form."

    The evening also included a special display of vintage LP records and an artwork by the late legendary Indian painter MF Husain from the collection of Copal Art.

    Some 400 guests attended, including leading figures from the worlds of business, media, politics and society.

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    Notes to Editors:

    Copal Art
    Founded in 2005 by successful serial entrepreneur and art lover Ajay Seth, Copal Art researches, procures and makes available Indian artworks to its clients, uniquely mindful of both aesthetic and market considerations. With an active client base, Copal has developed a strong following that continues to grow and thrive. Copal Art's business model and strategic plan has been validated by its success, as well as by the strategy arm and consulting practice of the international firm Ernst and Young. Copal's core competencies lie in three distinct areas: Research and Advisory Services, Art Bank Development, and Client Portfolio Management. For more information, visit

    Ajay Seth
    Ajay Seth is the Founder and Chief Mentor for Copal Art. An entrepreneurial spirit has been the hallmark and driving force behind of Seth's 38 year career. Prior to founding Copal Art in 2005, Seth was the CEO and Managing Director of Lovett & Virginia, focused on diversified personal care products. With a historical background in accounting and auditing, Seth spent time at Godrej, DCM Group and Haryana Breweries. Early in 2000, Seth began collecting art and in the ensuing years this hobby became a passion, culminating in the founding of Copal Art. Seth's vision is to educate and enable audiences to appreciate all forms of art, but with a particular focus on Indian art. An avid supporter of artists, Seth believes in helping to foster their development through sponsored activities and active support. A graduate of Delhi University with a Bachelors' in Commerce, Seth is a Board Member of Ekatra (a body of the Raza Foundation) and has been awarded the Amity Global Leadership Summit Award for sectoral excellence in art. For more information, visit

    Mughal-e-Azam marks one of the milestones in Indian cinematic history. When it was first released in 1960, it smashed all box office records. In 2004, it became the first film in celluloid history to be successful coloured and re-released. A recent poll celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema in the UK has voted Mughal-e-Azam as the greatest Bollywood film of all time. The soundtrack of Mughal-e-Azam is also a timeless classic. Music director Naushad Ali composed 20 songs for the film, although only 10 were included in the film, all of which are included on the official LP. It also holds the honour of being the only Bollywood soundtrack to feature two songs rendered by the Hindustani classical music maestro Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. The original recording was a mono single track, with no separate tracks for the voice and the instruments. Yet they have stood the test of time.

    Asian Business Association (ABA)
    London Chamber of Commerce Asian Business Association (ABA) was established in 1995 and is the voice of Asian business in London. They have campaigned on a wide range of policy issues and will continue to represent the views of our members in the future. The Asian Business Association's success is a true reflection of the success of Asian business in the UK, in nearly all business sectors and industries. Membership of the Asian Business Association is open to Asian and non-Asian business people and is free as part of London Chamber of Commerce membership. For more information, visit

    London Chamber of Commerce
    On 25 July 1881 London Chamber was established at Mansion House in the City of London with 130 members. A number of these firms or their successors still play a role in London Chamber today. The aim of the newly formed body was to influence public opinion, the legislature and to effect reforms that individual companies would not be powerful enough to bring about. From its earliest days the London Chamber's prime role was development of international trade and the representation of the interests of the London trading community as well as assistance to members in resolving day-to-day trading problems. For more information, visit

    - Annual Asian Business Association (ABA) Dinner, Grange St Paul's Hotel, 10 September
    - Guest speaker Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
    - Co-Sponsored by leading art authority, Copal Art
    - Copal Art founder, Ajay Seth, presented Mayor Johnson with vintage Bollywood film posters from iconic 1960s classic Mughal-e-Azam.

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