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MUMBAI: Did you enjoy watching the latest Bollywood blockbuster, but were not very happy with the star cast? Don’t worry now you can watch the same movie in the comfort of your home by directing it yourself and changing the actors. Yes gaming movies are the new buzz in the tinsel town and will be shortly released across India. You can replace the actors with your favorite ones and enjoy the movie your way. Sounds interesting? Well that’s what this lad from Bihar is upto, by changing the face of the Indian cinema and creating an emerging new wave in the industry. Pranjal Singh with roots from Patna and memories from Lucknow is an Indian film director, producer, actor, editor, story and screenwriter.

What started as a sheer love for photography by the camera given by his maternal parents became a passion and soon a profession. Often seen with his camera wherever he goes, he enjoys capturing moments and making evenings memorable. Born on April 4th, 1993 as the first child of R.P. Singh and Mrs. Rita Singh he had a pampered childhood. His love for art was evident at the age of three when he would enjoy listening to song on his father’s walkman in the garden area. An ardent nature lover he was a great observer and captured all the beautiful things he saw in his painting. From paintings the art love moved to photography.However, the gifted camera broke after a while and since then a fear set in him of having one.

Parents obviously were upset about the same as at one point of time it was a luxury item present only with few unlike today where everyone is a photographer with smart phones in hand. He pleaded his parents for a new camera but obviously the request was declined and this was way back in sixth grade. With friends going shutterbugs with their roll camera on picnic and farewell parties, he knew he wanted one too. Those days it was Reliance India giving offer of paying their landline bills on time and winning a camera in return. He so much wanted to own the camera that the universe conspired and he won the Fujifilm Roll Camera of 499 rupees by paying the bill. Thirty six pictures were all you had and if lucky maybe a forty on the roll if u carefully utilized it.

Pranjal saved every frame for special moments and only clicked shots that he really wanted to. That one twenty rupees roll was very close to his heart. The love for clicking and being clicked was sure enough a childhood thing. As a kid he would love wearing formal dresses especially suits and posed for his father. He would check camera angles and developed a hang for the equipment. Black belt in martial art, studies never fascinated him though he was quite ok in the same and followed the norm of one degree after the other.Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) from Amity University made him leave Bihar. It was easy settling down in the Awadh land with warm friends and a charismatic personality like him. One of his friends owned a DSLR and when he held it for the first time he knew that was sure enough the love he was looking for. Occasionally he would bunk classes and take pictures from all possible angles.

He even started attending media classes in which his friends were enrolled and was occasionally thrown out of classes since he was not a part of the Mass Communication department. He took the step of talking to the Dean of the College and was granted permission to attend classes of both BBA and Mass Communication. His happiness knew no bounds and the next dream of owning a camera began to sink in.Loving dad came into the picture gifting him a camera of his choice and there began his professional journey and tryst with images with his first ever DSLR which is still his priceless possessions among other cameras. From capturing his college’s fest moments to friend’s parties, he did lot of experimentation with his camera in 2009. He created a Facebook community on his name which later changed into a page where he used to share images. It gaiT AAO NA. That was his kick start to fame and popularity with huge responses from colleagues and family members.Pranjal’s father however wanted him to pursue MBA whereas he was quite sure by this time that his heart was into film making.

To make everyone happy he decided to pursue double Master’s and with support from College was able to complete his dual degree into MBA and MJMC. His dad’s advice,’ Don’t Just Follow Dreams, Make Dreams Catch You’ has always stayed with him. Mr. K.K Ohri, also assured him relaxation in attendance and asked him to continue with his passion. He was given a 14 month contract by K.K Narain, TOI to cover pictures in Page 3 Parties and was also awarded in the Discovery India competition where he held the sixth rank worldwide and first in India. He did 45 episodes for Discovery as well.Post Degree completion Pranjal was offered a monthly job of Rs 4000/- which he refused to take up and decided to divulge in his camera work. He started capturing world through his lenses.

Back to back he made six albums and started making short video films and went on to direct several short films, raise your voice, jai Ho, A documentary on Patna, Music Videos like Bhavra, O Janiyo, an advertisement of Royal Enfield and a short film titled Zindagi Ek Lamha. He started his own production house called One Click Production with a mission to give the best of art to those who hired him. From a 40,000 rupee camera, he has earned nothing less than 70 Lakhs till date.One Click Production is one of the most emerging Production Houses in India, covering 6 cities including Lucknow, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Gurgaon and having more than 500 employees. Together they believe in customer satisfaction and show keen interest in taking projects like Music Videos, Documentary, and Photography shoots, Short Films, Digital Marketing, Government Projects, Commercials Advertisements, Wedding Films and Feature Films. Pranjal has trained more than 200 photography students who had no camera or film knowledge and given directions to their life.

Pranjal’s Documentary ‘Zindagi Ek Lamha’ featured the adversities of the abandoned senior citizens, and talked about how he felt as he heard scores of heat-wrenching stories of being ill treated and abandoned by kids. His documentary on Patna gave light on cities rich cultural heritage and explored hidden treasure in the city which is often labeled as ‘Jungle Raj’. The documentary depicts the essence of the city’s diversity in culture and food. It was a step in changing the mindset that people had about the state. It was featured on Patna Doordarshan and most of the regional channels of ETV. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar himself congratulated Pranjal and he was invited for interviews and talk shows with his coverage running in most of the newspapers.Pranjal’s childhood dream of making films came true with Bullet Raja when he was taking pictures.

at the break of dawn, on the sets and was mistaken to be one of the camera crew. Since he was there all day coordinator Geeta thought he was working for them and started assigning him duties and even paid him 5000 bucks for the same. On learning he was not part of the crew but thoroughly impressed by his hardwork and dedication she called him to Janpath for next shoot and from there his journey with the film fraternity began. From Ishqzade to Dhed Ishqiya, Dawat-e-ishq, Tanu Weds Manu, he gave his skills wherever required. From associate director to assistant director his next role is that of a director with Raj Kumar Hirani.Pranjal had got his purpose for living and he used his skills wherever he could. With a new girl in life both personal and professional life started blooming.

He involved himself in lot of PR activities for varied multinationals and did extensive digital marketing. His music video ‘bhavra’ contestants got selected in India’s got talent and he himself started working on numerous Bollywood projects. He did a number of television serials like Jugadi Lal, travel shows, baat cheet shows, and even a film for UP broadcast ‘raise your voice’ on women related issues. Along with his work he himself has been featured both in local and national media for the varied work he has been done. Doodrdarshan, ETV, NDTV, ABP and several other media houses have lready broadcasted his exclusive interviews on their channel. He was also awarded by International Film Festival.Currently, one of the important projects that Pranjal is currently working is that of a gaming film.

which is going to change the way we watch films. From changing star cast to directing, gaming films can be handled through the control panel and run as per one’s own whims and fancy. It’s not some kind of animation but pure reality and would be just the way you watch films with a difference that you can decide whom you want to see. It can be run with the help of joystick, android mobile or play stations and would be available for as low as rupees ten. He is planning to launch it soon and first 5000 subscribers to this world’s first gaming film would be absolutely free. France on his mind, Pranjal is going there for the project in April and is in the process of finalizing shoots.

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JAMMU: Internationally acclaimed Cultural Critic Ravinder Kaul and this year’s Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winning theatre director Mushtaq Kak made their presence felt at Global Culture Summit at Abu Dhabi. They were among only three Indians who attended the Summit. The event was hosted by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and presented in conjunction with publishers of Foreign Policy Magazine The FP Group, Washington and TCP Ventures, New York. 

Speaking about ‘Culture in Conflict-Zones’, Ravinder Kaul highlighted the deterioration in the cultural values of Kashmir Valley, which has been witnessing violence and suppression over the past 27 years. Lamenting the abject surrender of the civil society and cultural institutions before terrorists, hardliners and religious fanatics, he said that the civil society must stand up to the pressure mounted by hardliners if it wants the secular, multicultural, multilingual and multi-religious ethos of Jammu and Kashmir State to survive and progress.

He lauded the government and the people of the UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular for making all out efforts to promote Abu Dhabi as a major cultural centre of the world. Setting up of Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum and Art Centre at New York University, Abu Dhabi were steps in this direction, he said. “While Abu Dhabi is making every effort to create a heaven in a desert, some vested interests are trying to convert Kashmir, heaven on earth, into a desert, he lamented. 

Intervening in the discussion focused on ‘The Arts and Fighting Climate Change’ Kaul said that the ancient civilizations had evolved a mechanism for living in peace with their surroundings, environment and living species other than human beings. He cited examples from his native Kashmir and said that till not very long ago there existed a centuries old tradition of keeping aside a handful of rice for stray dogs before one started eating a meal. Moreover, during the first shaving of hair of an infant, the hair was buried in earth along with walnuts that would eventually grow into walnut trees. He also highlighted the tradition of various winter rituals and festivals in Kashmir when rice and other eatables would be left on the rooftop for the birds and cats to feed on during snowfall when they had hardly anything to feed on. Such laudable and shining practices were on the decline, while the worst and retrograde facets of religion and culture were being revived, he rued. 

He also intervened in the debate ‘The Unintended Consequences of Technological Change’ and said that technological advances like live-streaming etc. were creating a situation that would kill the joy of witnessing a live performance of music, theatre, opera or dance in the years to come. He also said that e-books were denying the readers the joy of holding a book in hand and experiencing the fragrance of an old book. ‘Efforts should be made to preserve these invaluable experiences while making technological progress for bringing culture closer to the lives of the people’ he added.                        

Mushtaq Kak, held screenings of his plays ‘Ishq Malangi’, Andha Yug’ and ‘Chekhov in My Life’ on the sidelines of the Summit which were witnessed by participants from over 80 countries. Through these screenings he highlighted the point that culture has immense power of bringing people together and ensuring a peaceful world. All human beings have a right to express themselves through their culture, literature and language and this must be done in manner that would unite people rather than dividing them, he said. All the three plays were hugely applauded by the viewers for their content, directorial vision and style. He received invitation from participants from several countries to stage these plays in their respective countries.

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JAMMU: An International Art Exhibition of Drawings and Prints in Black & White was inaugurated today by Ms. Larisa Surgina, Russian Curator and Sh. Ramesh Chander, Indian Curator, International Centre for Roerich under International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), in the Modern Art Galleries of the Centre at Naggar, Distt. Manali (HP). The Exhibition has been organized by Himachal Art Heritage, Sunder Nagar (HP) in collaboration with ArtFort India, Chandigarh and Verman Cultural Celebrations, Jammu. Sh. Naveen Dhiman (HP) and Prabhinder Lall (Chandigarh), senior artists and Sh. Alexender Terevereve, Assistant Russian Curator were present on this occasion. Sixty six worksby thirty three artists including six artists from abroad have been displayed in the galleries. The exhibition would culminate on 22nd April, 2017.

Art works of Jammu & Kashmir artists Jang S. Verman, a senior artist and Anuradha Devi and Shivali Jamwal, two young artists from Jammu, have been displayed in this International Art Exhibition. Other participating artists are Prof. (Dr.) Clemens Beungkun Sou (South Korea), Ashiar Naeem, Dubai, Liyu Wu, Taipe (Taiwan), Ruhsar Ozer, Istnabul (Turkey), Prof. (Dr.) Takis Alexiou, Athens (Greece) and Zumrur Ozmen, Izmir (Turkey) from abroad and Anand C Shende, Dalvinder Singh, Gunita Chadha , Neeti Joshi, Naresh Malhotra, Parminder Kaur, Prabhinder Lall, Prabhjot Saundh, Promod Arya and Ritika Dhiman from Chandigarh, Deepika Gautam, Bilaspur and Naveen Dhiman, Sunder Nagar (HP), Aradhana Tondon, Panchkula, Deepali Deshpande, Gurgaon, Mukesh Saini, Greater Noida, and Varun Baggi, Faridabad (Haryana), Huma Ulla Khan, Bhopal (MP), Neeru Dhiman, Gaziabad (UP), Roma Bahl, New Delhi, Indu Mishra and Nijeena Neelambaram (Kerala), Ar. Parl Bachu, Amritsar (Punjab), Ritu Singh, Mumbai (Maharashtra) and Sankari Mitra, Kolkatta (West Bengal).

ArtFort India and Himachal Art Heritage in collaboration with other organizations have already organized International Art Exhibitions at New Delhi, Kolkatta, Nagar and Jammu and Art Camp at Naggar during the recent past. The works reflect various trends of style as well as mediums used by the artists. Only Drawings and Prints in Black & White have been displayed in the show.

The purpose of organizing a show, entirely dedicated to black & white art works, is to revive the mediums in long tested visual expressions used by our ancestors to express and share their views. Further Black & White works are not involved in details which create diversions in the imagination of the viewers. The third view in this regard is that while viewing Black & White visuals the viewer merges his ‘imaginative fill ups’ to complete the visuals according to his wish.   

 

The three artists from Jammu viz. Jang S. Verman, Anuradha Devi and Shivali Jamwal have already participated in many art exhibitions and camps in and outside the state at state, national and international levels.