For my final semester project, I carried out a research in the field of crime reporting in Tamil channels. The research article is published in the Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities in Volume – 6, Issue – 7. All thanks to my guide who helped me plan out this research in a constructive manner.
Anna University, POSH cell conducted several events on Women’s day for spreading awareness on sexual harassment. This was a really good initiative by the POSH cell. So, participating for such a cause makes me feel proud.
Attended a 2-day workshop organized by the Vancouver Film School, Canada at M.O.P Vaishnav College, Chennai. The workshop was a hands-on training experience on Autodesk Maya. Mike Monks and Mike Hayes from the Vancouver Film school were the ones that trained the team on Maya and can I add that any workshop wouldn’t have been better than this one.
Paper on ‘A study on the construction of crime stories in Tamil Channels’ presented at the National seminar on ‘Media, Culture and Community’ at the Pondicherry University.
Making a documentary is no joke. The past month I started working on the documentary with working title ‘One among us’, a 15 minute documentary on how Transgenders have gained identity in the society through learning the art form bharathanatyam. The six month journey of producing this documentary has lead me to meet new people and their perspectives.
Ponni, trained and talented bharatanatyam dancer who has been training the slum children who are interested in learning the classical art of bharatanatyam and gets paid according to the social standard of the student and doesnt demand a penny. In her words she says “I am much more proud to address myself as a classically trained bharatanatyam dancer in this society, this frames my identity”. Anjali is also one such dancer who now teaches the slum students with Ponni.
This documentary has given a soul stirring insight on not only the plight of transgenders in the society but also to what extent they have surpassed the obstacles and risen above. We met a transgender lawyer, dancer, host for this documentary. Me and my team travelled to Chidambaram to also shoot at the Natyanjali festival, 2015.
Three whole years have passed by since I went on a semester abroad program to Birmingham and today I thought about reflecting on what has changed since then. There have been so many changes in how I view certain things now, my perspective and outlook on a lot of things has changed over the years but the semester abroad program has been the starting point.
Perseverance is the key!
Being in a country that is totally alien to me has made me persevere for what I want, my goals. Hard work never fails is the mantra. I have worked more than I ever have in that six months. Even though I was more of sleepless nights of editing, interviewing, researching I did have a clear perspective in what I had to do. Learning everything from the scratch, the softwares, the techniques in interviewing as the way they work there is completely different from what we do here is for sure a journey. I am very proud to think that I did top the class in a module with all this going through.
Ability to think differently
From selection of topics to the way of writing the reports there had to be a certain level of uniqueness. You had to stand out in the way you process things. Making your own decision matters. Moving out and living alone from the family is in itself a struggle. Goals are what that makes us look through the obstacles that might hinder us on the way.
Making new friends
Going to an entirely new place where you don’t know a single person was definitely thrilling. I was lucky enough to meet my housemates who were more like a family to me. There was not a single time I regretted being there. It feels pretty awesome to think about people that you have met just for six months becoming friends for life. Adding to that, I was amazed to see my classmates being very helpful and kind. I have worked on four major group projects where team work matters more than any parameter. They have all been very successful.
The abroad experience
Apart from the academics, I have always wanted to wander around and experience new cultures. This was an absolute opportunity for me to visit places that I have never been to before. I traveled to the London Eye, Madame Tussaud, London Bridge, Stanford upon Avon, Tower Bridge, Soho, Isconn temple, Gurudhwara, Drayton mannor and many more. It was quite an experience to think through.
The CTDT (Centre for Technology Development and Transfer) at Anna University called for proposals for interdisciplinary research projects on February. There were several proposals from every department of Anna University, from which some innovative project proposals were selected and funded by CTDT.
Surprisingly, there were not much research papers on the traditional South Indian Classical Music as such. We decided to identify the effectiveness of various modes of education on South Indian Classical Music. We had to pitch in our presentation by the end of the month. It was a really good learning experience, as it was my first research proposal presentation. The panel members also discussed with us on the methodologies we proposed, the topic as such and also gave us more inputs to go about the project.