Completion Report of ‘CATCH ‘em YOUNG’ May 2013
‘CATCH ‘em YOUNG’ – PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN – sponsored by the National Centre for Performing Arts Mumbai gets over
A report by Hemant Acharya
Twenty-eight brilliant boys and girls, 9 to 16 years of age, on a summer vacation from the finest schools of south Mumbai, took part in the above workshop conducted by India’s oldest photo-guru Dr (Prof) P K M Pillai who founded the first school for photography in India – PILLAI’s SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY – under the sponsorship of the Indo-American Society Mumbai, as early as 1960. Interestingly, one of the participants in this program was Sanaya Havaldar, whose father (owner of the famous Mazda Colour Lab), aunt, and grandfather were students of Dr Pillai over the years!
The children reveled in learning digital photography with a proper understanding of the basics, Though even those with cell-phone cameras were welcome to register, most of the participants had high-end digital compacts – over ten of the kids had DSLRs – and they took pains to understand their controls and functions! On the last day of the program, I heard Dr Pillai tell the parents of a 9-year-old that they could now confidently invest in a DSLR for her. . . .
Children had a grand time – as the pictures will show – developing new perspectives and THE ART OF SEEING: shooting to their hearts’ content in simulated studio set-up with lights and models, table-tops and props – making new friends, and seeing their own pictures through an LCD projector – a facility rarely available to most hobbyists.
Dr Pillai was ably supported by Dr Deepali Kadam, his recent student and prize-winner, and Mr Mukesh Parpiani, eminent photo-journalist who was his student forty years back and is now Head of Piramal Art Gallery at NCPA, and his whole team.
The course concluded with the students interacting with the Editor of BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY, India’s premier magazine. He pointed out the enormous potential of photography in today’s world, and the value of this skill in the daily life of any student for projects and research work.
PICTURES OF THE WORKSHOP
IMAGES MADE BY ‘didi’ DR DEEPALI KADAM
She was so busy with helping the kids with their cameras and questions, that she had no breathing time for picture-making!
THE GURU (Dadaji) DR PILLAI COULDN’T RESIST PICTURE-MAKING WHILE THE CHILDREN WERE SHOOTING THE HOLY MEN!