Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mega Learning Experiment – Part 8 - Radio, Film Making, Photography, Stand Up Comedy at the Media Conference

Bring Alive Conversations with Radio!

Sonia Parasnis a radio professional with 13 years of experience in the field was the first speaker on Day 2. The first talk was scheduled for 10 am. I had come in a little early to avoid the rush hour traffic on the local Mumbai trains.

Learning points from Mrs Sonia’s talk were:-

·     Be yourself – On radio you do not have to sound like anybody else, you just have to be yourself.
·     Create visuals as you speak
·     Think well on the spot. Learning to improvise and adapt to situations is a much needed skill on radio.
·     Be relevant to your time and understand the zeitgeist of your time.

Photography and Capturing Life in the Moment

Pablo Bartholemew was the next speaker for the day. He is an award winning Indian photo-journalist and won the World Press Photo award in 1975 and 1984. For thirty minutes he took us through over a hundred pictures he had taken over the years and spoke about each one of them as he went through them. He also mentioned that learning how to navigate through life and adapting to changing times were important skills for students to learn.

I asked him a question about whether a student looking to get into the field should spend four years at an institute or four years working as an apprentice under an established professional. He answered by saying that it was important you did not lose your individuality when you worked under or for somebody else. Getting a sense of maturity with tools could always help and an apprenticeship was great for that.

The day ended with talks by the documentary film maker Anand Gandhi and a social media panel by the top digital marketers of India. Anand Gandhi spoke about the evolution of culture and why it was so important every individual contributed to it, to ensure the quality was maintained. The social media panel discussed latest social media trends and using these platform to build life long connections with your customer.

Live Concert to End the Learning Experiment

It was 6 pm on the 9th of February, 2014. I had accomplished my learning challenge over the past nine days. Between 1st February to the 9th February, I was fortunate to attend the:-

1)         IIT Entrepreneurship Summit
2)         Kala Goda Arts Festival
3)         Mumbai International Film Festival
4)         Zeitgeist Media Conference.

I was exhausted, but would do it all over again if I had to. Learning was suddenly such an adventure.

It was also the last day of the Kala Goda Arts Festival. There was a live concert by the India actor and singer, Farrhan Akhtar in front of the Asiatic Society Library.

There were hundreds of people shouting in the crowd as I reached the venue. But I was at peace. I could not struggle anymore. I climbed up on a fence between a few people just outside the venue and danced and sang the night away.

The night ended with Farhan quoting a few lines from one of his father's beautiful poems. The translation of the title in English was, 'Then You Are Alive' and in that moment, dancing the night away with strangers from every corner of Mumbai, I felt alive....I felt truly alive.

Poem 4 - Toh Zinda Ho Tum

Dilon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho.
Toh zinda ho tum!
Nazar mein khwaabon ki bijliyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum!

Hawa ke jhonkon ke jaise aazad rehna seekho

Tum ek dariya ke jaise, leharon mein behna seekho
Har ek lamhe se tum milo khole apni baahein
Har ek pal ek naya samaa dekhiye

Jo apni aankhon mein hairaniyan leke chal rahe ho

Toh zinda ho tum!
Dilon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum!

Let us Learn Together
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