Indian Telly Awards

The Indian Telly Awards is an annual award for excellence both on-screen and behind-the-scenes of television in India. Conceptualised and created by Anil Wanvari,[1] the founder, CEO of media and services group,, they are in their 12th edition currently. Wanvari is also on the board of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (which runs the International Emmy Awards), and has been a semi-final judging host for the awards since 2006.[citation needed] The awards for Indian television are given in several categories such as best programme or series in a specific genre, most popular actors and awards for technical roles such as writers and directors. The awards are currently managed by a division within called ITV2.0 Productions.

Indian Telly Awards
Current: Indian Telly Awards 2021
Awarded forExcellence in Television
First awarded2001
Television/radio coverage
NetworkStar Plus (2001–04)
Sony TV (2005–09)
Colors TV (2010–14)
&TV (2015–18)
ZEE5 (2019–present)


For the first three years, The Indian Telly Awards were aired on Indian Hindi general entertainment channel Star Plus (2001–2003). From 2004 to 2009, Sony Entertainment Television was the home of The Indian Telly Awards with the channel commissioning to produce it and acquiring the content to air on its channel Sony. Since its 10th edition, the awards ceremony moved to Viacom 18 Hindi general entertainment channel Colors TV. &TV took over the broadcasting rights, starting the fourteenth edition.

The Indian Telly Awards were first presented on 6 July 2001.[2]

TV and film actor Alyy Khan hosted the first awards, held at the Oberoi Trident hotel in Mumbai. Actors Bhakti Barve and Jatin Kanakia received posthumous awards.[3] In 2001 and 2003, the awards were hosted by television Actor Ram Kapoor & his wife Gautami Kapoor

Television actors Ram Kapoor and Roshni Chopra hosted the 2007 awards. In 2008 the awards were anchored by Cyrus Broacha and Mini Mathur. The 2009 awards were hosted by Vishal Malhotra and Mona Singh. In 2010,the Awards were hosted by Ronit Roy and Meghna Malik. The 11th Indian Telly Awards, held in the year 2012, were hosted by Ronit Roy & Ram Kapoor and co-hosted by Manish Paul & Roshni Chopra.


Awards are presented in the following categories:

Technical awards (tc)Edit

  • These awards are given for specific skills which help enhance – or set new standards of technical quality of a TV programme, be it in the area of cinematography, editing, costume or what have you. An individual or team from a production house/post production house which has excelled in this specific aspect during the specific period can be nominated.
  • TC 1 -Special/Visual Effects for Television
  • TC 2 – Art Direction (Fiction)
  • TC 3 – Art Direction (Non-Fiction)
  • TC 4 – Videography (Best TV Cameraman – Fiction)
  • TC 5 – Videography (Best TV Cameraman – Non – Fiction)
  • TC 6 – Costumes for a TV Programme
  • TC 7 – Make Up Artist
  • TC 8 – Stylist
  • TC 9 – TV Show Packaging (Fiction)
  • TC 10 – TV Show Packaging (Non-Fiction) On an Entertainment Channel
  • TC 11 – TV Channel Packaging (Including Channel Ids & Generic Promos)
  • TC 12 – Editor (Fiction)
  • TC 13 – Editor (Non-Fiction)
  • TC 14 – Background Music for a TV Programme (Fiction)
  • TC 15 – TV Lyricist
  • TC 16 – Music Director
  • TC 17 – Title Singer for a TV Show
  • TC 18 – Director (Soap & Drama)
  • TC 19 – Director (Sitcom)
  • TC 20 – Director (Thriller)
  • TC 21 – Director (Non- Fiction)
  • TC 22 – Screenplay Writer (Drama Series & Soap)
  • TC 23 – Dialogue Writer (Drama Series & Soap)
  • TC 24 – Sitcom/Comedy Writer
  • TC 25 – Story Writer
  • TC 26 – Scriptwriter (Non Fiction)
  • TC 27 – Choreographer

Trade awards (tr)Edit

  • These awards recognize excellent performances by MSO's and TV production houses during the specific period. A detailed note should specify the achievements of the nominee during the year.
  • TR 1 – Cable Operator / MSO (Multi Systems Operator)
  • TR 2 – TV Production House

Programming awards (pr)Edit

  • Programming awards will be presented to television software producers and channel executives for programmes of various genres.
  • PR 1 -Edutainment / Science / Knowledge Based Show
  • PR 2 -Entertainment News Show on an Entertainment Channel
  • PR 3 -Public Service Programme
  • PR 4 -Lifestyle & Fashion Show
  • PR 5 -Talk Show on an Entertainment Channel
  • PR 6 -Cookery show
  • PR 7 -Sports Show
  • PR 8 -Travel Show
  • PR 9 -Health & Fitness Show

Jury awards (jr)Edit

  • Jury awards are presented to television Actors and artiste of various shows.

Popular awardsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "An interview with Anil Wanvari". Mid-Day.
  2. ^ "TV entertainment proves bigger than Bollywood". Business Line.
  3. ^ "The Indian Telly Awards".

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