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Students make sketches, shoot wildlife

RIGOROUS ACTIVITY has hooked the students at the HT-PACE Kalakriti Summer Camp, as the children got hands-on experience at public speaking, compering, cartoon designing and the basics of photography.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 01:17 IST

RIGOROUS ACTIVITY has hooked the students at the HT-PACE Kalakriti Summer Camp, as the children got hands-on experience at public speaking, compering, cartoon designing and the basics of photography.

Under the guidance of cartoonist and designer from Hindustan Times, Bhopal, Manish Choure, the students have learnt the techniques of drawing caricatures as one of the constituents of cartoon designing.

During the one-week workshop, the children have mastered the art of drawing political cartoons, faces, emotions as well as human figures.

Teaching the students, about the basic structure of a human face, Manish Choure informed the students that any human structure had the basic grid structure, on the basis of which a figure could be drawn easily. The various hairstyles and headgears taught by him left the students spellbound.

During the workshop for public speaking and compering, resource person from All India Radio, Parveen Qureshi, briefed the students about the various constituents of anchoring and compering, which has become an important constituent of life.

She taught the students about voice modulation to enhance the voice quality. Informing about the various pauses during their communication, she said, timely pauses will always bring about clarity of communication and will be effective.

The most thrilling activity, wildlife photography, set the children’s cameras in action. “I have spent a lot of time observing wildlife.

There are people who prefer a life amidst thick forests rather than an urban life,” stated renowned photographer Bhalu Mondhe, in the wildlife workshop, organised by HT PACE at Van Vihar as a workshop part of HT-PACE Kalakriti Summer Camp on Tuesday. Renowned photographer from Indore, Bhalu Mondhe depicted through a variety of his pictures the entire gamut of (black & white and colour) photography and painstakingly portrayed how a photograph should be…and should not be.

Apart from this, one most interesting fact about his life is that throughout his career he never used the ‘old’ film camera to shoot. Bhalu is an accomplished artiste, not just a lensman. He’s also a painter of standing and has many outdoor sculptures and murals to his credit.

He dedicated many years to master the stream of art photography. His stint in Europe for over 15 years broadened his vision significantly and put him on a higher pedestal, compared to a host of contemporary Indian photographers and artists.

Talking to the students Bhalu disclosed the basic difference between wildlife photography and photography. He said like the other visual arts, wildlife photography majors explore art theory, concepts, and professional artistic development, in addition to the general photography curriculum. Photography encourages the student to develop his or her personal artwork through constructive thoughts, he added.

On the question, can we make career in the field of photography, Mondhe said that nowadays students are showing their interest in the field of photography. He said, “Today, photography contains numerous fields like creative photography, newspaper photography, sports photography, special events, photography, publishing, television/film photography, commercial

photography, travel photography, and nature/wildlife photography. To be a good photographer you have to have strong communication skills, selective critical judgment, ability to put others at ease, ability to work as part of a creative team, stamina, ability to act quickly”, he added.

The summer camp has been sponsored by Madhya Pradesh Tourism and Madhya Pradesh Housing Board.