2015: A year in innovative technology
In the past few years, a paradigm shift has taken place in the world of technology. This year too brings us an interesting trend of technological innovation.
Firstly, the entire concept of wearable computers is about to go mainstream. Secondly, augmented reality, which blends a virtually created world with a human world, will make way for virtual reality, or the creation of a completely virtual universe, with which a human being can interact. (Spy Kids 3D, anyone?) Thirdly, the car industry is going to see a very interesting phenomenon at work.
Without further ado, let us dwell deeper in these three
Manik Katyal is a young entrepreneur and founder of Emaho Magazine. The four-year-old magazine is primarily focused on promoting photography as a creative art, catapulting the young and passionate to the center-stage. It presents itself as a suave blend of global and Indian photography, culture, travel, arts, and music.
The Emaho Foundation, on the other hand, was established very recently, keeping the Emerging Asia Photography Grant in mind. The Grant’s 2015 edition is looking for photograph submissions till July 31st, after which, an extremely well known and talented jury will be selecting a grantee. For the chosen photographer, a $5000 grant
The Umbrella Man
Siddhartha Gigoo left Kashmir more than two decades ago, but still hasn’t left it in essence. His characters can be observed treading along the paths of the Valley, while the rhythm of his poetry can often be heard from its tallest peaks. But the author of Garden of Solitude can sometimes transcend time and space to create something as phenomenal as The Umbrella Man, a short story with the sensitivity and universality to captivate every reader. He was recently selected as the Asia Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the latter, with a prize worth £2500. He will
Airplane Poetry Movement
Nandini Varma and Shantanu Anand have rather exciting lives. While they are college students at one end, they are the trailblazers of one of India’s recent-most cultural movement at the other—performance poetry. They founded Airplane Poetry Movement (APM) in December 2013, with around a bunch of 5-8 poets turning up at their initial events. A year and a half later, they already have a national presence, with events across Pune, Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangaluru, taking place in colleges, cafes, lounges and amphitheaters. Campus Diaries, a platform to promote initiatives and talent across the student-sphere, has encouraged them through their
Everyday Words and Love Songs
‘The fringe characters are often as important as the ones in the lead in the Marquezian world of Goan brass bands. There is a cat, for instance, whose breakfast comprises of a few old pages of sheet music and a pet crow that repeatedly pokes his beak into a pocket trumpet. But it was the players themselves who intrigued me to listen beyond their immediate worlds, to see beyond their songs. An old man caresses his rusty trombone while he narrates stories of the ‘50s when he played drums for the active cabaret scene in Bombay;
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What are the three essential details you would advise young cinematographers to look at before starting a film?
1) Love the material—if it doesn’t excite you, it will show.
2) Understand what your director wants and how you can serve the story. There is no ego in a good collaboration.
3) Embrace your fears and listen to your instincts.
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
We used three cameras all the time on Show Me a Hero, which was quite intense and a lighting/management challenge. I had to light spaces to be able to shoot 360 degrees. That was a challenge in itself. But I loved it, and my very ‘natural’ lighting style was well suited for such a task.
What genre of film do you find most fun to work on?
Any film where the energy of the group is harnessed to make something better than one could have made on his/her own.
In the recent times, which film blew your mind in terms of cinematography?
Ida, the Polish film by Pawel Pawlikowski.