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A world through his lens: My Life My Passion -C Radhakrishnan

Celebrity photographer Shri C Radhakrishnan spoke about his life and passion to the Gitamritam campers.

 

He started his talk with a slideshow of some photographs. He spoke of how his young son gave him suggestions for creating videos on Youtube. He said that he is here to learn from youngsters and that learning should never stop in one’s life. He spoke of his early life in Ernakulam. He spoke of his simple life, playing cricket and how his life revolved around his home, his school and the temple. He spoke about his mother’s love for movies and him listening to movie narrations from his mother and he was always eager to know who the cinematographer was. This is where his visualization capabilities started. After schooling, he had to move to Hyderabad to look for a job due to his family situation. His typewriting skills came handy in finding a job. He said anything that you learn will become useful in life, whether you learn by force or out of interest. Later he learned television mechanics. He got his first camera when he was in college and that is how he started being involved with photography. He started by taking photographs of events like birthdays and weddings and his work appreciated by people. He missed his college exams when photographing one such event, such was his passion. He said it is important to understand what one is interested in, and people to support a successful life.

 

“Passion is something you will do even if you have a billion dollars in your bank”. This is how he explained passion, to the students. He said despite that amount of money one should be pursuing his/her passion and not want to rest, and that is the seriousness with which one should pursue one’s passion. He advised that there are two major requirements to pursue one’s passion. One is to stay in an environment that would evoke the passion and let it come out. Next, it is important to recognize it early and test if that is what one wants to do in life. He decided early in life to go to Mumbai to become an advertising photographer. He said that when we think about something very seriously, nature will conspire to present the opportunities in front of you. People who he did not know gave money or film rolls, and he got opportunities to meet the right advisors. Nature conspires to send you the messiahs at the right time to help you, and we realize these messiahs only later in life. He then spoke of his career and the hard work needed to establish his career. He shared his experience of how he met Amma in Mumbai and how Her blessings got his big break to do a shooting on Mother’s day. From that day on he never had to look back on his career. Finally, he said he would talk of any phase in life as a struggle since he did what he loved. He then shared several photographs and the experiences taking them with the audience. He left the campers inspired with his humorous and interesting talks and his passion for photography.

Feedback

He made us see the beauty of life through the field of the camera. – Anjana A

His amazing insights on life and his passion was extremely helpful to me and for me to think outside the box when it comes to my passion and what I love to do. -Devika Vinod

He is a lively person. I learnt that we should always stick to our passion even when society tells us that what we are doing may not be highly paid or respected. -Abhinav Saikrishna Maddipati

The most adorable person from whom I learnt to proceed with what passion I like and he helped me understand the divine even better. -Ananya G

I got to know how beautiful nature actually is and that it is not only the celebrities that have to be shot, everyone/everything is beautiful. -Dhanushree Ramakrishna

He has an awesome personality. He is funny and optimistic. -Radhesyam Raghav K R

I was inspired by his words, ” change the habits”. -Nitheesh Surya K S

He taught us to have confidence in our passion. -NS Sudarshan

I knew Radhakrishnan sir before camp as I was following him on youtube. I never imagined that I will see him in person. It was a very good experience. -Logesh R

Learnt that you should never stop learning and it is important to be down to earth. -Radha S Navada

The fact that everything we learn helps us someday and all the skills we develop will help us in one way or another was something that I found to be important. -Anagha Manoj

I am impressed by his speech. Like him, I too have a crush on photography. So I listened to him very keenly and took him as an role model. -Treshai Hary S

Learning never stops and we must be the first to own up to our mistakes and ask for pardon. Every moment is the right moment. -U Shriram

I learnt that for learning there is no age limit. -Subiksha R

He was a great photographer and I want to be a simple man like him. Even though he is a great man, it was his simplicity that  attracted me. -Keerthana G

 

 

Photography: shoot what you Love

A photography workshop was conducted by Br. Dhyanamrita. He explained how to take an interesting photo and what frame of mind one needs.

Feedback:

One of my interests is photography. Till I attended this class I didn’t know that photography can also be related with Gita. Swamiji taught us how to take good photographs of this changing world and life. Thank you, Swamiji.
– Prabu Vignesh S

I was a boy with fairly no idea about photography. All I used to do was to take photos without having much knowledge about the technicalities involved. Thanks to this session, as it brought about a big change in the way I look at and imagine objects.
– Vasudevan N

I gained knowledge on the creativity behind the photos, like how to take photos in the right ways – eye, view, etc.
– Aswathi TS

That was the session which I found was amazing. I could come to know various things in photography.
– Shruti Sreevalsan

I learnt how to take a photo and I got few good tips.
– Thiru Ramakrishnan T

The photography workshop was very informative and inspired us to be creative.
– Jayadev HR

With this we saw how beautiful the nature is and how we can enjoy the nature.
– Mopuri Saitheja

I like this class most because I learnt how to take photos more effectively.
– Miryala Akhil Bharadwaj Maharaj

Eyes are not enough to see but important. See everything without any bias and prejudice. Seeing is happiness!
– Aiswarya PL

I really like to click photos but didn’t know how to do that correctly but here I came to know how to do that properly.
– Priyadharshini J

It is very easy to think just clicking pictures makes a good photographer, but photography is a way of mind is something I learnt. Things about various nontechnical nuances of photography was taught which I think will be taught nowhere in the world(100% guarantee). The pictures which we saw were too creative, innovative and kindled us to think differently. The proof of this was us trying our hands-on-photography during the trek. Dhyanji you are very versatile.
– Daamini Visaalaakshi

The session taught us the angle through which a photo needs to be seen and when it should be clicked.
– Neeraja Valsan

Although I expected a hands-on workshop, I learned a few concepts of a ‘good photography’.
– Prarthana Shedge

Wow, that’s epic. From photography, I learned that everything in life should be achieved at the right, time right place and that is how photography is.
– Arun Prasath B

I love photography, it is my passion. Swamiji helps us to know more about the photography.
– Ruxana VP

The session was very interesting and informative. Got more interest in photography.
– Saranya

Well, I got to know that photography is not just about clicks and cameras, but the attitude, the passion, and patience is important as well. Loved it!!
– Geethanjali VS

We came to know about the aspects that make a photo meaningful and powerful through Swamiji’s vision like right mind, right frame, right moment, right eye, right settings, etc.
– Akhila A

From this section, I learnt how to take the right decisions. Before attending I was very weak in my decision making. Now onwards I will opt for the right thing.
– Aarathy ER

I only knew to pose. It was the fist time encountering the technical aspects. It was worth it.
– Aswathi Krishna RL

It was a nice session by our Swamiji and nice pictures. I got amazed by seeing that we can take a photo in different angles.
– Silpasree SJ

Swamiji’s photography workshop was very useful and informative. He taught us the different ways and dimensions to take a photograph. I would like to thank him for his effort, even though he has not taken any official classes in photography he is a photographer by nature, he shared with us his life experiences.
– Anjali Anil

Dhyanji, You opened our third eye, the camera and taught us the main qualities of a photographer which we can’t learn from anywhere else. You also made us realize how to use this third eye to see what our normal eyes fail to notice. Thank You, Swamiji.
– Arjun CB

After I became interested in photography I am more aware of the movements happening around nature. Thanks Swamiji for sharing the knowledge of photography with your students.
– Abhishek Suratkal

It gave me some passion to continue as a hobby and ideas in capturing exquisite photos.
– Sujith P Shaju

It was totally a new thing for me. I wished to always be there in the pictures but didn’t want to click pictures. Gita helped me in looking through the cameras eye with new creativity.
– Dilip Kumar B

Photography, as is my hobby (wild life, nature and portrait) is the most interesting thing to me. And I have improved my photography through this session.
– Rahul Kowshik R

Since my passion lies in photography I knew most of the things. Also I should mention dhyanji is very good in his photography skills.
– Nishanth Bhat K

It was good to be frank. I got interest after seeing all those photos.
– Koushik KKS

First time in my life I looked at my world with the hi-tech which the Lord has given to me. I understood how photos too change the world.
– Sathyamoorthy A

This session taught me to how we should think and act when we take photos.
– Ram Prasath VR

I got to know what is special about photography – “see through your mind not camera lens”. Started taking photos which I feel is really different.
– Prashanth S

Dhyanji once again helped us with a few tips which are very useful.
– Divyaprasaath S

A well-conducted workshop by a self-trained photographer. Our beloved person with the most captivating laugh. Guess who?
– Hrishikesh Sivanandan

I thought taking a photo was only to view the picture and just click it but now I understood it needs something more than that.
– Balakrishnaveni A

I did not know anything before. I think I acquired some aesthetic sense. It was fun.
– Gayathri PS

The class was taken from a totally different and an amazing point of view of the person standing behind the camera. Even in spite of not being interested in that stream it was a wonderful experience to see those fantastic shots!
– Medhini Menon

From this class, we learned the importance of concentration and also learning the factors required for a photograph was interesting.
– Parvathy Venugopal

The session was good. Got to know the essentials for taking an interesting photo.
– Anjanikumar Pathak

 

Photography workshop: Shoot what you Love – by Dhyanamrita

A photography workshop was given to children by Br. Dhyanamrita. The children were taught how to take an interesting picture.

Feedback:

Hereafter my photos will be loved by everyone – Srinivasa Raghavan S

Dhyanji taught us about photography in an interesting way. I don’t know the A B C of photography but now I am taking photos a little bit better. I also came to know how to be artistic. – K.S.Megha

Wow we know how to take a professional photo. – Shree Rengan.S

After attending the photography class, a new change came into us. We began to look into a new world. Just simple bugs were now more precious than the best gems in the world. I have now entered into the world of photography and I see the world as a photographer. Thanks to Swamiji for the class. It was very useful. – Srinath. S

I was able to really see and know when and what to shoot. Then ask your mind, “why do you want to take that photo?”. – G Preethi

I have got creative idea and I have got vision to take photo. – Jeeva.s

It is very tough to take good photos, and I learnt it from this camp. – M. Ieniyan

In this session I learnt how to become a good photographer. It will be very useful to me in future. – R. Kowsanth Kalidas

It was a very interesting session. Photography has always been a great passion for me and my dad. Now I’m sure I can click some really great pics after some practice and teach my dad too! – Chitkala S

Taught how to have right eye, choose right moment etc; being creative it supports both realism and imagination. – Divyadayanand

We got to know how much effort we should take to be a good photographer. – Sanjan C S

I have always found photography a really interesting subject. So, learning more about the way a photo can be shot nicely, with the features in the camera was cool. – Rishika Rajkumar

In this section Dhyanji taught us how to shoot a photo by observing the right moment and time. Then we shot many interesting photos by ourselves. – Amrita S

Dhyanji taught us different methods of taking photos and this was a special session. – Ramakrishnan PS

It helped us to take very nice pictures and I can say it was very very useful to me. – P.Surat Kumar

After attending the photography sessions, I came to know that any person who fiddles with a camera is not a good photographer, learned some camera tricks :). After all it is no point of having a good camera alone, it is a unique way to see the world around us. – Mrinalini Ashok

I learnt how to take photography in different angles and different types of photo types like portrait and that we need to have so much of patience to get a good photo. I also learned that we should wait for the correct time and the correct position to take a good picture. – K.S.Amrita

Feedback:I really don’t take photos well. But after attending the workshop I’m looking forward to take it up as my passion. It was really good! – P. Anandh Krishna

It was very interesting and I learned a lot which has enabled me to take better pictures. – Vaishnavi G

I understood that apart of capturing faces and storing it in the camera, there is another WORLD created by cameras. I saw much beauty in the world through the workshop and through the eyes of cameras. – Shivankari. P. R

During the photography workshop I learnt to take perfect photos. We also learnt to notice each and everything. We started to notice the movements of clouds , dripping water etc. – Athmika Prajesh

The photography workshop taught us new techniques through which we have learnt to improve our ways of photography. – Akash P Rajan

We were taught a new creative form of art. – P. Mukundh Krishna

It helped us to know the techniques when used, would give us an attractive photo. – Rahul. C. M

From this we understood that we have to wait for the right opportunity to take that beautiful photo. – M.Rithikaa

Photography session taught that one’s imagination and camera always makes a wonderful photo. – G. Sathiyapriya

After coming here I learned how to take natural photos very carefully and with patience. – Sangeetha.M.T

It was an interesting session where I understood the tricks of the camera clearly. – A. Madavan

I thought it was very simple to take a photo. But after this workshop I came to know that there was much to do for taking an interesting photo. – B. Pavitra

Dhyanji showed us how to take a good photo and taught us some of the tricks for the same. – Hrishikesh . G. Menon

I was taught how an ordinary object could be made interesting by our imagination. – Amrtya Rajkumar

It was a really fun workshop where we all went outside and took a lot of interesting pictures. It was really fun. – Madhav Govind

I was really eager to know how to shoot pictures. When I knew there is a session based on photography and when I understood there is a connection between photography and Gita. I was really happy. – Jayasudha

I had a blind idea that if I have a camera I can be a good photographer but now I understood that it is not the job based on craziness but the job based on creativity. – K Gayathri

Photography workshop: Shoot what you Love – by Br. Dhyanamrita

Br. Dhyanamrita took a workshop on photography where children were taught about the basics of photography. He believed that if we master the basics, a good photo will happen automatically. His pictures inspired the children. They realised that the photography is an art and they need concentration, presence of mind, dedication and grace to get a good photo. The session was well received by waves of thunderous applauses.

Below are the pics shot by the children. Most of them are using camera for the first time. The pic are original, not altered or cropped even… as it is shot by them.

 

 

Some feedback from the workshop

This photography has given me some idea and courage to click beautiful pictures by focusing on certain things. – Sinatra, Karwar

I enjoyed this session and realised photography is not easy. – T Shashank Yadar

He taught us how to click photos and made us realise me must have patience to take photos. – Vaneesh V, Belgaum

His photos are amazing – Sourath S Hosalkar, Karwar

Earlier I knew only to click, now I feel like a photographer. – Vishwom S Revankar, Karwar

He made us realise the relevance of “focus” as mentioned in Gita. – Sunidhi Naik, Karwar