Bound by many a noble cause

The mushrooming growth of institutions imparting education for creating independent individuals have fired the youth.

They are choosing to remain connected to the social conditions that shape them and instead of adopting borrowed concepts are thinking independently and creatively.

Twenty-seven year old Mohd. Irfan Dar is an i’ntent specific entrepreneur’. He started as a theatre artiste with National School of Drama and two years ago launched his own film production house Red Stone Films, along with his partner and college classmate Aman Kaleem.

After the Kashmir floods in September, the duo organised a volunteer program ‘Volunteers for Kashmir’ (VK) which brought together 700 people in less than 10 days for the cause. VK provided at least 30 tonne of food and other goods to the flood-affected citizens.

Soon after the situation eased, some volunteers also came forward to adopt children who had lost their parents because of natural calamity and conflict. The filmmaker has taken initiatives to film on some of the most crucial and bold topics, which have attained national and international acclaim. His film Eidiyaan has won ‘Special mention’ in Spain, Alpviram, Hyderabad and 15 other festivals.
Dar says, “My intention is not money or awards, I get motivated by the cause.”
The city has also witnessed entrepreneurial  activities in the sector of e-commerce, sports and dance.

Rishabh Kapoor along with his partner Vardhaman Jain have brought in a new ‘rent and share’ website where people can not only buy but also choose to rent a product for a few days and also share without demanding any payment. ‘Rent and share’ plans to launch a new Mobile App to create hyper local networks to make
sharing easier.

Kapoor says, “The idea is to increase access of good and unaffordable products and reduce wasteful consumption, and also have a product site which works on goodwill.”

Kapoor is a Masters in Public Policy from Netherlands and Jain comes from Goldman Sachs America. The two have come together to make new generation products’ site. On the other hand the founder of Tadpoles.in Ritwik Rudra says that he wants to bring out the ‘undiscovered talent’ in India.

“Children from schools and colleges who are doing exceptionally well in national and international level in various fields are featured on our website. They may be recognised 10 years down the line, but tadpoles’ aims at recognising talents at the earliest,” says Rudra.

Started from a regular sports portal where match reports of young sports people were featured, now within a year Tadpoles.in has grown across the country and broadened its horizon to not only sports but also writers/poets, models, actors, artists/painters, fashion designers, photographers, education, dancing, cooking, entrepreneurs/inventors, young travelers, music, stand-up comedy, politicians and
magicians.

Danish Kamal is the owner of Interwink, a digital platform for innovative design which has been functional for the past two years. “Interwink was formed with a passionate idea of creating a niche agency which would invest in Research and Development, while concentrating on adding value to the team. Today, Interwink handles creative and digital duties of a number of clients and is committed to deliver the best in class design to its clients,” says Kamal.

Now entrepreneurship is no longer related to a certain kind of field, but rather a certain kind of personality. It has transgressed boundaries of IT and management and is reaching towards the broader fields. Certainly this stands as a proof of changing perspectives and economic dynamics that has led the youth to rely more on themselves than the government.

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