Sreeni’s humble journey – In Media, Books, publications, collaborations

I feel very elated and humbled at the same time, looking back at my journey as an edupreneur (educationist + entrepreneur) in the last eighteen years. This journey took me to many countries in the world, met many inspiring personalities, gave opportunity to create new businesses, initiate new endeavours that would facilitate thousands of children and youth realize their dreams, yet the most important thing has been that of discovering many more dimensions of my own journey of infinity (discovering the infinite potential within).

Ever since I returned to Delhi in 2008 after a five year stint abroad and then setting up schools in Hyderabad and Indore, I seriously started working on my passions – performing arts, fine arts, introspecting and writing, facilitating passionate artists who need support, apart from motivating youth to excel and young parents on parenting, creating exciting learning environments. I am inspired by all near and dear who have changed their gears in multiple-areas – brothers, Satya in Urdu poetry and lyrics, Param in holistic healing; My colleagues at Career Launcher : Shivku, GP, Nikhil, Sujit have been role models in many ways for their steadfastness in the endeavours they espouse; My friends who have created their own enterprises, eminent personalities and artists who are excelling in their passions have also been prodding me unbeknown to them. When I was taking stock of the outcome of these endeavours, I feel really charged and motivated to change the gears to do so much more.

The outcomes of this passionate journey has been varied, unexpectedly – publishing of my work in media, books magazines, online portals; invitations to programs, workshops on various media; eminent personalities co-opting me in their work and so on. I thought of showcasing it as a way of keeping myself motivated, apart from being a source of inspiration for many more who wish to excel. This reiterates my thought that, “If I am passionate about my work and dedicatedly persevere then the world will conspire to make it much more meaningful; and take me to places that I have never known.”

The most unexpected of the outcomes has been featuring in a book, “Young Leaders Success Code,” published by National HRD network and IMI. This chapter, dedicated to my leadership style, traces my journey from childhood to 2011…


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Media – Both electronic and print have been kind enough to co-opt me, invite me to be a speaker or panelist on various programmes that address the needs of youth : Education, Careers, Parenting; Also covering my motivational tours and workshops – ‘Dream It, Do It’; ‘Think Big, Start Small’

Sreeni on GeNext on DD, April 30, 2011, 1:30pmSreeni in DD News Charcha mein Sept 03, 2011Find the leader and winner in your child - Motivational sessionEarly Childhood Education - School Leadership Conference2013 posters of Dream It, Do It! tour across the country

As I kept traveling around the world, my constant companion ‘the camera’ did enable me to capture India and the world in its kaleidoscopic spirit and colors; These splendid captures have attracted many publishers to embellish their works across the media – books, magazines, online-works etc from adorning their covers to centre-spreads!

– coffee table book by Ministry of External affairs – “The India Idea” dedicated to Indian Innovation spirit
– Three coffee table travel books published by Parragon on Jaisalmer, Rajasthan and golden triangle
– The cover of a book by Cambridge University Press
– Special issues of Femina; IIMB Alumni magazine
– Penguin’s best five – ‘India – A portrait through your lens’
– Overseas : Online magazines and their offline publications in Singapore (STORM); French publication – Linternaute; Las Vegas city guide

The India Idea – BookThe India Idea – BookThe Golden Triangle - Travel Guide features Sreeni's imagesJaisalmerRajasthan, the land of colors - Travel guidCambridge university press features Sreeni's photo on the cover of the book Devotion and Dissent in Indian HistoryLiving in Two Worlds - Femina Anniversary Issue 2011Living in Two Worlds - Femina Anniversary Issue 2011IIMB Alumni Magazine covers SPANDANIIMB Alumni Magazine covers SPANDANFrench website features my holi photos - LinternautePenguin India : 'India: A Portrait Through Your Lens' - Best 5

My passionate pursuit of performing arts – in front of and also behind the camera – yielded such a rich collection that, in 2013, I initiated my own dance photography exhibition and world dance festival, SPANDAN, that coincides with world dance day; and my annual SPANDAN calendar of Dance – a tribute to Indian dance forms emerged… glad to see the second year taking off in a very auspicious note. I owe my sincere gratitude to India Habitat Centre for being my hospitality partner for my annual exhibition and dance festival. My humble salutations to every artist who has allowed me, encouraged me to capture their performances and participated in my dance endeavours.

SPANDAN in FIRST CITYCalendars 2014 - Spandan and AIDSSpandan Calendar of Dance  - A tribute to Indian Dance Forms 2014Spandan Calendar of Dance  - A tribute to Indian Dance Forms 2014Blogged select captures

I am indebted to many eminent critiques and writers, movements like SPIC MACAY, SRISTI for co-opting me to capture their work and contribute to their cause, and also for embellishing their work in dailies and magazines…

Celebrating selfless service - THE HINDU - June 28, Three photosMedia : SPIC MACAY Coverages feature my photosSPIC MACAY 25th National Convention, in MediaSPIC MACAY 25th National Convention, in MediaMedia : SPIC MACAY Coverages feature my photos
Media : SPIC MACAY Coverages feature my photosSPIC MACAY - 27th National Convention, NITK SurathkalSPIC MACAY - 27th National Convention, NITK SurathkalSPIC MACAY - 27th National Convention, NITK SurathkalSPIC MACAY - 27th National Convention, NITK SurathkalSPIC MACAY - 27th National Convention, NITK Surathkal

Books, publications and Media, a set on Flickr.

In offing, in early 2014 : A couple of books on Indian Classical Dance forms, embellished with my photo-captures, by

a. An eminent dance critique of our country, who is a SNA Awardee and regular columnist,
b. A brilliant young dancer, SNA Yuva puraskar awardee, with an eminent culture ambassador.
c. SPANDAN dance festival and photography exhibition in April

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In Media – SPIC MACAY 27th National Convention, NITK, Surathkal : My humble contribution

It has indeed been a honor and privilege to contribute to the cause of the movement of SPIC MACAY, through my passion for Photography. Capturing all performing arts and activities during the convention has been of value in propagating the cause of SPIC MACAY. While the convention was underway, every evening, photographs taken there, flew into the media offices! Even after the convention, there have been many an article, feature and review in media wherein my photographs accompanied.

I am trying to put these things together here… Thanks to Tiwariji and Manoj, NITK student volunteer for media, who were tailgating the media to publish. My sincere thanks to Leela ji and Manjari ji for carrying my photos to accompany their reviews; also kind of them for sending across the links to and copies of the articles.

FOR READING ANY ARTICLE, CLICK ON THE RESPECTIVE PHOTOGRAPH…You will go to the larger versions or to the article directly that is easily readable…thanks
For my daily reportages that I did from the venue, kindly go to SREENI on SPIC MACAY Stage. You will be able to go through every day reportage by choosing the respective day of the convention, from the series of articles there.

The Hindu – Leela ji’s Friday Review in Delhi, e-paper and other editions

My photo of Sugreeva appears with the article here
My photo of Sugreeva appears with the article here

 
 

[the photo has been labelled wrongly in The Hindu edition – The character shown in the picture is Sugreeva and not Bali, and the performer is not Margi Madhu. Madhu was Bali]

Here is the photo from my series…

Sugreeva trying to enlist Rama and Lakshmana for his cause : Bali Vadham
Sugreeva trying to enlist Rama and Lakshmana for his cause : Bali Vadham

 
 

Jansatta – Manjari ji’s article in Delhi

Guru T N Krishnan's inaugural concert
Guru T N Krishnan’s inaugural concert

 
 

Here is the photo from my series…

Guru T N Krishnan's inaugural concert
Guru T N Krishnan’s inaugural concert

 
 

The Statesman – Manjari ji’s article in Delhi

My photo of Padmashri Shri Chittani Ramachandra Hegde..Yakshagana with article
My photo of Padmashri Shri Chittani Ramachandra Hegde..Yakshagana with article

 
 

Here is the photo from my series…

Padmashri Shri Chittani Ramachandra Hegde..at 79, still going strong
Padmashri Shri Chittani Ramachandra Hegde..at 79, still going strong

 
 

The Times of India – Mangalore and Bangalore

Though Times of India published a longish column with two of my photographs, I wish I had written the column too… Look at the headlines “Musical Extravaganza” and “Six Music groups enthralled”, while we had six of the most prominent and celebrated exponents of the Indian Classical forms of the nation performing! It is insensitive, ignorant and of course hilarious for those who are serious about the purpose and the vision! In the era of paid reportage, this is the standards so called ‘national newspaper’ dishes out!

Yet, we all should be happy that the news appeared in one of the most followed ‘colorful’ newspapers… It is another story to figure out how many read this article in this ‘colorful’ daily!

NITK sways to nightlong musical extravaganza?!
NITK sways to nightlong musical extravaganza?!

 
 
and here are the photos that appeared in the above articles. Click on the photos to see the larger versions on FLICKR
 

Pt Rajan Mishra and Sajan Mishra setting the pace for the overnight
Pt Rajan Mishra and Sajan Mishra setting the pace for the overnight

 
 

Friends from pakistan giving final touches to their work in the intensives
Friends from Pakistan giving final touches to their work in the intensives

 
 

The Times of India 31st May

Guru Margi Madhu as Bali in Bali Vadham, Koodiyattam!
Guru Margi Madhu as Bali in Bali Vadham, Koodiyattam

 
 
and here is the photos that appeared in the above articles. Click on the photo to see the larger versions on FLICKR
 

Guru Margi Madhu as Bali in Bali Vadham, Koodiyattam
Guru Margi Madhu as Bali in Bali Vadham, Koodiyattam

 
 

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The Deccan Herald, Indian Express and Udayavani

SPIC MACAY 27th national convention coverages in the three newspapers
SPIC MACAY 27th national convention coverages in the three newspapers

 
 
The Deccan herald covered reasonably well about the convention, still if you go through the text, you feel, as a participant you would have produced a much better reportage. Scribes do only superficial work. Rush to the venue, catch hold a few and ask some random questions and make a ‘pulao’ of it in half-an-hour! After all they all are doing their ‘job’! Why do not the newspapers really ask the participants to write about?

Even after mentioning clearly in the text that went along with the photographs, about the details there in, they publish in a way that can add ‘sensation’! In India Express, instead of “Students (from Pakistan and India) of Guru Dhananjayans performing Bharatanatyam during the intensive presentations” it appears “Pakistani artists performing Bharatanatyam during ……”.

And the article in Indian Express should have spoken about Gandhi Smriti that facilitated charkha spinning!

The Udayavani

Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra and the Bharatanatyam intensive presentation
Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra and the Bharatanatyam intensive presentation

 
 

Here are my photographs that you can see in the aforesaid newspapers –

Discussion time at Hatha yoga session; Yoga starts at 4am!! It is magical
Discussion time at Hatha yoga session; Yoga starts at 4am!! It is magical

 
 

Gandhi Smriti facilitated the students to learn Charkha Spinning and creating yarn
Gandhi Smriti facilitated the students to learn Charkha Spinning and creating yarn

 
 

Students (from Pakistan and India) of Guru Dhananjayans performing Bharatanatyam during the intensive presentations
Students (from Pakistan and India) of Guru Dhananjayans performing Bharatanatyam during the intensive presentations

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Indian Express and Prajavani

The guru sishya duo - Madhavi ji with Arushi Mudgal performing
The guru sishya duo – Madhavi ji with Arushi Mudgal performing

 
 
The photograph is here…
 

The guru sishya duo - Madhavi ji with Arushi Mudgal performing
The guru sishya duo – Madhavi ji with Arushi Mudgal performing

 
 
 

The puppetry intensive performance practice
In prajavani – The puppetry intensive performance practice

 
 

The photograph is here…
 

The puppetry intensive performance practice
The puppetry intensive performance practice

 
 
 
I also gather that in may cities and towns, we have used the photos and reports to keep the media abreast of the happenings in SPIC MACAY national convention. I will be delighted and obliged if you could send across links or reports that have appeared in your city or state with my photographs.

Kindly feel free to use any photo from the SPIC MACAY stream (link given under) to use it in your city – for media, SPIC MACAY publications and collateral..

I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did, bringing to you….the live action
 
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