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‘Animation and Gaming should be included in School and University Curriculums’ : Experts

The Toonz Academy, since its launch in 2002, has seen 6,000 of its students joining the animation industry

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Thiruvananthapuram, March 29, 2017: Steps should be taken by the authorities to ensure that animation and gaming are included in school and university curriculums, according to experts.

Ever since these animation industries started operations in the country, there has been a huge demand for these professionals, said P. Jayakumar, CEO of Toonz Animation, the premier animation production company in the country, to reporters here on Wednesday.

“The art of these new techniques has to be explored when the children are young and the best way is to include these topics in the school curriculum in a small way and then at the university level. These are good enough to be included in the Skill Development Programme also,” Jayakumar added.

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“Today, there are 250 companies in India and the potential is massive as Nasscom predicts the Indian Gaming market to be in excess of $1.1 billion in 2020. This is an industry where even education can be made simple if one adopts animation and gaming technologies, so as to make it child friendly,” said Rajesh Rao, chairman of Nasscom Gaming Forum, a gaming industry which started with just one company in 1997 and reached 20 companies in 2010.

The Toonz Academy, since its launch in 2002, has seen 6,000 of its students joining the animation industry. To take full advantage of the gaming potential, Toonz on Wednesday tied up with San Francisco based Unity Technologies for the launch of the fifth Unity Authorised Training Centre in the country which trains students in the latest in gaming.

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“See, we have limitations and we are doing our part by running courses in animation and gaming. To add to our efforts, it is the government who has to take this to the children, as there is a massive shortage of manpower in these skill sets. The only way is to equip more and more youngsters,” Jayakumar said.

“The gaming industry is such that even one person can create a game and turn out to be a millionaire and Unity helps with the required software, with utilities downloaded for free,” said Arvind Neelakantan, product evangelist with Unity. (IANS)

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC