'Creativity sans story falls flat like Bollywood flicks'

Two-day seminar on animation and gaming begins at CIST

CEO of Big Animations, Pune, Ashish Kulkarni on Friday stressed on creating a conducive atmosphere to unveil creative minds.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of a two-day national seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Information Technology and Animation, Visual Effects and Gaming’, organised by the Centre for Information Science and Technology (CIST), University of Mysore, here on Friday.

He said, the education policies set up in 1956, mainly concentrated on making India an industrial nation, but after 60 years it was realised that the country missed something important — ‘creativity.’ Animation is just 13 years old in India, while gaming is about seven years old. But the media existed long back in other parts of the globe.

Elaborating on the education system, he said, there is no room for creativity in the country’s education system.

Teachers and parents, unaware of the importance of creativity, do not encourage it. “There is no marks assigned for creativity in schools and colleges, which lets children down in arts.”

Observing that being literate without a creative mindset will pose problems to the youth, Kulkarni said, education is not essential only to curtail poverty but also to be creative to encounter problems in life.

Students will land in a soup when they enter media and choose it as their career. Daily practise with minimum tools is necessary to acquire skills.

“As paintbrush and paint is required for a painter, hammer and nail for sculptor, pencil and eraser for caricaturist and paper and pen for a writer. The basic requirement for all those skills is creativity,” he added.

Mentioning about the mega media era, he said, power and capability are needed for a successful creation.

Candidates taking up animation as course  should master the skills of creativity as learning computers alone would not facilitate animation.

People are obsessed with engagement entertainment which would be replaced by experienced entertainment in future days, he said.

He said, every human being possess a story telling skill in genes. Describing the animation industry as also a story telling medium, he said, creativity within a plot is necessary or else it will flop like a few Bollywood movies.

Kulkarni noted that the ‘Tom and Jerry,’ ‘The Popoye Show’ and other animated series created during the 1960s and 1970s still have an impact amongst viewers for their successful story telling method. Animation exists beyond boundaries and has a long shelf life.

Ex-vice-chancellor of Kuvempu University K Chidananda Gowda, vice-chancellor of University of Mysore V G Talwar, director of CIST K V Aiahnna, Balakrishna of Infotec, Amrutha Valli and others were present.

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