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Groups formed during college yrs become professional ventures

mumbai Updated: Jul 05, 2011 01:50 IST
Reetika Subramanian
Reetika Subramanian
Hindustan Times
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Last week, Arnesh Ghose, 21, quit his well-paying copywriting job to make time for his theatre group, The Mirror Merchants. The group, which Ghose and his friends started while studying at Wilson College, has now turned into a profession.

“In 2009, I met Tushar Mathew and Royce Noronha in college and we bonded over our passion for drama. We staged plays and won a lot of prizes at college festivals,” said Ghose.

“Initially, scripting and directing plays was a way to de-stress after long lectures. We never imagined that all of us would stick around even after graduation and make time for practice after hectic work schedules,” said Omkar Khandekar, 20, production member with the group.

For several city students, associations formed in college don’t end with graduation. Like The Mirror Merchants, even members of Rang – a music band formed during a college festival – has turned into a full-scale venture.

Arjun Nair, 24, an alumnus of St Xavier’s College, along with Ronit Chatterji, 26, and Neil Gomes, 24, started the band in 2008.

The band members jam on their weekly offs.

“We work by day, and make music at night. We have recorded seven original tracks in Hindi and are looking at touring the country soon,” Nair said.

The band now includes new members, Ajay Menon, 21, Shannon George, 21, and Kanam Pilly, 23, who recently completed their graduation.

At Mukesh Patel’s School of Technological Management and Engineering, eight ex-students turned their addiction to social networking websites into an entrepreneurial venture:

The group’s eight members, all of whom are aged 21, are Avni Agrawal, Mehul Gupta, Rahul Khanna, Navin Chawla, Sanket Baxi, Rajdeep Mandal, Devendra Sheler and Prashant Singh.

Agrawal said, “During college days, we realised that most of us spent hours on Facebook and Orkut. We decided to create our own version of an ‘academic Facebook’, where users can exchange academic material and play interesting games simultaneously.”

SoCheers contains features such as blogging, jukebox, document sharing, videos, chat, and groups.

“It started out as a class project and after our graduation, has turned into our primary occupation,” Agrawal added.