Our Association ‘Western Indian Motion Picture & TV Sound Engineer’s Association’ was established in 1956. Before it, the Cameramen & the Sound Recordists were united under the “Association of Senior Technicians of Bombay”. Two siblings cameraman Rajnikant Pandya and Sound Recordist Chandrakant Pandya had sought ownership right of a plot in Sree Sound Studios, Dadar, Mumbai. On foundation of WIMPTSEA & WICA, the duo started to use the plot as joint office. The cameramen had the 60% Ownership and we had the share of 40%. The journey in the beginning was pleasant but later it become precarious. The time and the circumstances were not favourable to us. We had to face series of hurdles. We had to struggle for our existence and recognition in the Industry. We fought to get rid of monthly service and become freelancers. The membership was day to day increasing, but the Association came in trouble, when the differences between the two crafts began to raise head. With the fund collected by arranging ‘Kalyanjee Anandjee Night in 1989, we purchased an office in 1994 at Juhu Sangeeta Apartment, Juhu in the name of trust. We started to work from there. In 2006-2007, we got a severe shock, when we had been deprived of our right on Sree Sound Studio Office on auspicous occasion of Diwali & Eid. We lost our 50 years old shelter. By grace of almighty, at least, by that time we had been in a good financial position.
However, the Association did not look back. It ran on normal speed up to year 2004. Right from 2005, the newly elected committee began to make records of progress and prosperity. The fund began to rise drastically and within 05 years, we reached to the fund capacity of Rs. One crore. Our membership till date has raised upto 1400. Many welfare activities for the members are performed regularly. From 2005, we started Group Insurance scheme under Life and Accidental coverage. Within those few years, we proved ourselves capable to pay a considerable amount to the families of our deceased members. Today, the Association is run by the Managing Committee of qualified, energetic & result-oriented sound-professionals. The office of the Association is up to date and in no time, action is taken on the applications and complaints of the Members. Due transparency is maintained. A member may get his/her queries attended. Informations and accounts of the Association, without any hesitation are furnished on demand of the regular members. The vigilance team of the Association keeps control on non-members, exploitation of the members and tries to provide them justice at every stop and cost.
The Association is determined to make it’s members acquainted with latest technical advancement. We have also been trying to provide the ESI facilities to our members, the monthly earning of whom is below Rs. 15,000/-. The Association was registered under Trade Union Act in the year 1956. In the year 2011, the Association purchased it’s new office in Mourya House Complex in Andheri (W). With this, we have become owner of two offices. It indeed shall be a matter of Pride for us. When we recall the past, we find ourselves in the state of great comfort, ease and contentment. This became possible only by our virtue, courage and unbreakable unity.