One of the first doctorates in photography across the nation, an alumni of Indian Institute of Management and an Internationally certified trainer by Oce ITC; Amit conceptualized ‘Photoshala’ in 2009. With an experience of over 15 years, he has been associated with names like Canon India, Doordarshan, Sahara, Maruti, Excel Entertainment Pvt. Limited, Staff Selection Commission, NIFT, Amity, Sharda University, Jamia Millia Islamia, NIT, FDDI, IIP, Genesis Global School, Pathways, Step by Step, and over 50 others. Having published hundreds of photographs and over 50 videos, he is also the recipient of ‘Best Photographer of the Year’ award (2009 & 2010) by International Boulevard of Photographers. His book titled ‘Commercial Photo Studios in India’ was recently released by renowned film maker – Sh. Mahesh Bhatt.
As a Reality Director and Director of Photography, he has been associated with many popular television shows (like BiggBoss, Dance India Dance, Indian Idol, Masterchef, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Life Mein Ek Baar, The Voice kids, etc.) on top channels of the country like Sony, Star India Network, Zee, BBC Worldwide, NatGeo etc. With thousands of hours of video broadcast under his belt, he is a young mind with strong understanding and deep technical knowledge on all aspects of still and video production. His work has won acclaims from likes of Colosceum Media Pvt. Ltd., Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Endemol Shine India, etc. Currently, he is working for the show ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’ as a reality director and heads the Photoshala Operations of entire West and South India.
Mr. Azad has an engaging pronunciation towards filmmaking and photography both in terms of production and appreciation. He has credited his interests and talents towards a metaphysical cinema with Award winning films both on student and professional level. His films have won and participated at some of the most prestigious venues like ‘ the Kala Ghoda film festival- Mumbai, Oscian Cinefan Film festival-New Delhi, PSBT, Whistling woods Film Festival-Mumbai, Film Booth and many more. His passion towards light, sound and the dynamics of the human body prop anchored him through a Theatre Appreciation Course at National School of Drama and a World Cinema Appreciation Course at the Film & Television Institute of India. Currently, he is heading the Department of Fashion Communication at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi with an academic profile of 11 years.
An independent Film Maker & ex-member of Central Board of Film Certification, Mr. DS Azad has an engaging pronunciation towards Hindi Cinema and visual art with numerous Feature films, Documentaries, TV serials, Music videos and Theatre plays to his name. He has spent over 35 devoted years in the Mumbai Film Industry and worked with renowned artists like Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Mithun Chakraborty, Mehmood, Dr. Shri Ram Lagoo, Shekhar Suman and so on. Right from directing documentaries and TV Series like ‘Ye Hindustan hai’, ‘Karamati’ ‘Bioscope’, ‘Pehal’, ‘Aadaab Arz’, ‘Maqbool ki wapsi’ and ‘Kalandar’ for various government bodies namely Prasar Bharti, Doordarshan and Films Division to short films like ‘Rajasthan ke nayak’ on nationalistic issues; from Hollywood productions like ‘Nine Hours to Rama’ based on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Raj Kapoor, David Jairaaj, David Nevin directed by Robinson to acting and directing various stage plays for Hindustani theatre; he has been on the visual forum for decades. With his regular contribution to art scene ,he has participated and hosted several seminars and lectures on the art and aesthetics of film production and appreciation. Recently, he represented India at the Indian Panorama, the Cannes Film Festival 2010 and delivered lectures on the ‘Expanse of Indian Cinema and New Boundaries.’ He has been on the advisory panel of the Central Board of Film Certification and is a Member of Indian Motion Pictures Directors Association, IMPTDA; Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association, IMPPA.
Former Technical Director of Doordarshan and Station Head of DD Mathura, she has nearly 40 years of association with media and television industry. She has been part of thousands of video productions and live shows, aired on DD National, DD Bharti, DD Sports, DD Krishi, DD International, and on All India Radio. During her tenure, Mrs. Chawla has covered numerous events such as Independence Day Parade, Republic Day Parade, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games to name a few. Right from live concerts, to news productions, to international sports events, Mrs. Chawla has the expertise to handle all sorts of video and radio productions. She was also the. She guides Team Photoshala with her strong managing abilities and industrial experiences.
A Post Graduate in Mass Communication, her forte is project management and editing. With close to eight years of experience she has served names like Press Information Bureau at the Commonwealth Games, Wiley India, Aptara Corporation, Thomson Digital, Origami Creatives and Cengage Learning. With her strong marketing, management and communication skills she manages the entire backend business of Photoshala including Vendors, Clients, Employee Engagement, Designing and Editing of Media.
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