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From Humble Origins to Winning International Gold, A Gardener’s Son Shines Big

Mahesh Lonkar Photo

As a photographer gets to know his subject's environment better, the photographer often sees the subjects in a different way and would photograph them looking quite differently. The people connection is what makes the photos stand out. This seems to be the philosophy of Pune based Mahesh Lonkar who loves to photograph people in their natural settings. For somebody who didn't have money to enroll for a foundation course in art, winning PSI GPU Gold in the 15th PSI International Salon is indeed a true reflection of his indomitable spirit. We celebrate his success story.

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A crew of misfits who create magic in unison

The Knights Crew

Conventional social norms say perform well in education, get a job, settle down. Safe is easy, and it's something everyone will suggest. Safe is understandable, but sometimes being a misfit, following your passion and doing something risky will have the best payoff. Meet Pune based dance group The Knights Crew, formed by students of B.M.C.C., who have challenged the social stereotypes and stood up for thei­r passion of dancing. With sheer dedication and commitment, they have won almost all the college dance competitions of Pune they have participated in the current academic year.

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His short films have earned him international repute

Makarant Sawant Short Films

Mumbai based Makarand Sawant is a well known personality in the world of Theatre, Film and Television. With his unique approach of presenting the story, his short films, documentaries, advertisements and corporate videos always leave an everlasting impression. His sensitivity, social awareness, humorous nature, madness are always reflected in his short films. 2017 has started with a bang for him as his short film Antyesthi has won many awards in a short timespan and has charmed audiences.He has recently finished directing his first music video and dreams of making a feature film in future.

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His mastery is in making Trivial look Exceptional

Mohammed Ibrahim Photography

The visual drama and artistry of his photographs are born out of a keen eye of the surroundings. Selecting, isolating, and enhancing a subject by finding that favourable light and then using techniques to enhance the most striking elements is something he has mastered over the years. His passion shines throughout his work and has attracted a wide audience around the world. Meet Mohammed Ibrahim from Mumbai, who recently won a Global Photographic Union Honourable Mention in Monochrome photography at the prestigious 15th PSI International Salon Competition held in Mumbai.

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His Short Film on Female Infanticide has won International Acclaim

Rahul Khandalkar - Award Winning Short Film - Born to Die

Ignited by artistic creativity and constrained only by their duration, short films have transformed traditional storytelling. With the growing influence of the Internet, short films are increasingly attracting more viewers and have become a popular medium for story-tellers today. Born To Die, a touching tale on female infanticide by Rahul Khandalkar's Confluence India Films, has made headlines as it has been honoured with four awards in international short film festivals and has also bagged nine nominations and seven official selections in various short film festivals.

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This Orthondotist won PSI Gold in Nature photography at the 15th PSI International Salon

Matrishva Vyas

His initial compulsion of maintaining the clinical photography records to practice as an Orthodontist ultimately turned into a hobby and passion for nature and wildlife photography. Meet Nagpur based Dr. Matrishva B Vyas who recently won the Photography Society of India Gold prize in Nature photography at the prestigious 15th PSI International Salon Competition held in Mumbai. His shot Lethal Grip was selected amongst nearly 2000 entries with participants from over 40 countries.

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He built his Stature in Caricature

Prashant Arts

Caricatures have our childhood associations with humour, happiness and fun. The images, and your messages, will stay with people much longer than they might otherwise, simply because you have tapped into the human desire to listen to narratives and to laugh. With the motto, "Give us your pictures, we give you smiles", Pune based master caricature artist Prashant Sinha has given everlasting memories to over 5 lakh people since he started his venture Prashant Arts in 2006. With a team of creative artists, Prashant receives domestic as well as international orders and his work has won him numerous followers.

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Daughter on a mission to grow her father’s legacy in creating talents

Universal Rhythm and Dance Academy

Strong-willed children become adults who change the world as long as we can hang on for the ride and resist the temptation to "tame" the spirit out of them - Sarah Stogryn. Such is the indomitable spirit of Shweta Pardeshi who is on a mission to grow the legacy of her father Rajendra (Raju) Pardeshi in creating talents in dancing in Pune through their Universal Rhythm Dance Academy (URDA). We celebrate the success story of this father-daughter duo.

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Pune based Rahul Deo wins thematic category of Cover Shots in Canon Wild Clicks 6

Rahul Deo wins Canon Wild Clicks 6

Canon Wild Clicks - India's Only Live Photography Contest concluded its Season 6 recently spanning across 4 days in one of India's hidden wild treasures - Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh. The event was conducted by Nature Wanderers in partnership with Uttar Pradesh Government and Forest Department of Dudhwa. Pune's Rahul Deo, an avid wildlife photographer and IT professional, was adjudged the winner of the thematic category of Cover Shots amongst 100 contestants from all over India. We present to you his success story.

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Wall n’ Creations – Venture by this artist duo makes boring walls look awesome!

Wall n' Creations

Life is not only too short for boring clothes, but also for boring walls! Walls can be much, much more than a backdrop or a space used for putting up shelves or hanging pictures. Anakims Varghese and Kapil Sharma strive to make boring and empty walls beautiful and a reason of praise and envy amongst all. Engineers by profession and Artists by passion, the duo founded the wall art startup Wall n' Creations five months back and have already beautified over 1000 square feet of space with their amazing creativity and artwork.

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