To give a professional boost to their passion at an early stage,students form interest groups and communities of art,photography and film-making
There are a lots of people who go through mid-life crisis,realise what their real passion is and then decide to pursue it. But today’s generation is a step ahead. The youngsters know what they want and are ready to struggle in order to perfect their art up to a professional level during their college years itself. They arent keen on simply following the herd – but decide to create a future to their own liking.
Total Jugaad Studios (TJS) that makes music as well as movies is one such example,Jugaad for us means a creative work-around for a problem; it is the will to create despite the boundaries life presents you with,” says Akshay Rajan,a video film design student. In the beginning,the group couldn’t even afford proper equipment,but we kept pushing the limits of the ridiculous solutions we did come up with,hence the name, he adds. Akshay is one of the three founders of TJS. They conceptualised the studio in their second year of under-graduation. The studio is now a year old and is gaining more popularity by the day. Students sharing a similar interest can join TJS. Another example of an early start is Ashish Pillai. Photography was always a hobby and something I was keen on. I made the decision of making it a profession while pursuing my first year of Arts, says the 21-year-old professional photographer who is also appearing for his final year examination for BA English at present. He is currently working with Demotic Creative which was also a start-up by a young entrepreneur,Bhuvan Chowdhary. It isnt all easy for young blood out there in the field,says Ashish. Its a general perception that good photographers are mostly middle-aged. The older they are,the better. People dont trust a young guy to do the job,” he feels. Even though the work is hard,Ashish knows that there is nothing else that he’d rather be doing.
Anurag Ramgopal,who is a partner at the media house Kunstler (German for artist),also knew what he wanted to do at the age of 20 and headed the A2 Project. A2 stands for Artistic Articulation. It was a group of 19 to 23-year-olds working together to showcase their talent of film-making. This was a stepping stone for me and I guess for all those who were a part of it, he says. Starting off young made him realise all the trials faced by young filmmakers. Now that he has the resources,Anurag has created Indie-Films,which he describes as a community of young,Pune-based filmmakers.” “We plan to get together to really showcase their work. In Pune,there aren’t many venues where the youth can screen their movies without any constraints. In the coming months,we plan on hiring areas in order to showcase the hidden and enormous talent that the city possesses, he says. Going by the example of these young,inspiring individuals,it is safe to say that one can look forward to great things from the city’s brilliant student community.