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September 2016

Zoya Mohan

An original powerhouse of talent. Zoya Mohan, carving a name beyond the mainstream

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Talent alone is not enough to achieve your dreams, but how you utilise and make the most out of your talent is what matters. The perfect example of this is Zoya Mohan, a talented and driven musician. Zoya Mohan born Indian, raised Californian has brought a unique infusion to her music. She was first recognized…

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Claude Lorean

Trading in one lens for another – Claude Loren, Biotechnologist turned professional photographer

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On moving to Bangalore, seven years ago, Claude Loren was introduced to the world of photography. He was pursuing his Masters in Biotechnology while also earning a Diploma in Clinical Research. Little did he know at the time, having never owned a ‘point-and-shoot’ before that his weekend interest would soon turn into his mainstream career.…

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Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar – Making people laugh is no joking matter for this stand-up comedian

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Rated as one of India’s top stand-up comedians, Praveen Kumar is as funny as they come. Joking about his nomination by several top media outlets (TOI, Forbes, IBNLive.com) as one of India’s best comedic talent, he says, “I didn’t do anything. I just did my part and did not know the criteria they had.” “It…

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Prakhar Gautam

He quit Chartered Accountancy for the Stage because storytelling was all that Prakhar Gautam wanted to do

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Prakhar Gautam is a well known writer and theatre director. He even has to his credit a theatre company called Parindey Production. His story is one for the books. Talking about his journey, he says, “Writing is something I always did and always loved to do. The trigger to quit CA and pursue writing as…

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Reshmi Shekhar

Part time doodler to full time artist – Reshmi Shekar, creating quirky pieces of art one illustration at a time

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Reshmi Shekhar’s venture ‘Curiosity Kills The Cat’ (CKTC) got its name as a result of her penchant for doodling cats. In fact every piece she creates carries a hidden cat behind or tail. It’s her signature that brands every exclusive item that she designs. In her own words, “Curiosity Kills The Cat was absolutely unplanned;…

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Ishaan Raghunandan

Capturing nature in all its glory – Ishaan Raghunandan is one talented shutterbug

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Ishaan Raghunandan is at his best in the midst of nature, clicking away and immortalising on film the beauty of the wildlife around him. He works in the field of wildlife conservation and rural documentary, where he uses his skills as a photographer to shed light on several causes including education, freedom and environmental protection.…

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Raina Dsouza

Raina Dsouza – Infusing every event with her infectious energy – Namma Bengaluru’s talent powerhouse

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Being an MC is no easy task. You have to be confident, a great speaker, energetic, a quick thinker, a keen audience observer and so much more. And you have to juggle all these skills flawlessly. MC Raina Dsouza makes it look effortless and natural, such is her prowess. Speaking about how she got into…

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Nitesh Narayan

Nitesh Narayan – Making music sound better by using his mad skills to give listeners a great experience!

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What a heady experience to hear your favourite band/musician play live! Seeing them in-person, hearing them sing and/or play, and feeling the pulsating music. All of it put together creates one magical experience. We owe a good deal of a thrilling musical experience to sound engineers like Nitesh Narayan, who are in charge of ensuring…

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Viresh Bulla

Viresh Bulla – Upping Bangalore’s Chaat culture, one delicious dish at a time

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As Indians our love affair with food only grows stronger every day. An Indian who isn’t a foodie is an anomaly. No surprise then that Viresh Bulla’s ‘Chaatimes’ (a chain of fast-food joints specialising in Indian chaats) has become quite the hit in Bangalore in a short period of time. Offering not only tasty dishes,…

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Ashish Rajkhowa

Ashish Rajkhowa – Taking the Big Risks, Bending the Hard Rules, Stretching the limits – That’s just everyday life for him

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Banker, Entrepreneur, DJ; with hopes of doing much more. Meet Ashish Rajkhowa, a versatile personality who believes in bending the rules ‘his way’. Elaborating on the philosophy that drives him to stray from the beaten path, he says, “It’s just a matter of time before today begins to feel like the status quo and I…

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Teena Vellara

Teena Vellara – Numerous talents all wrapped into one vivacious package!

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Brimming with versatile talent, Teena Vellara is making waves in several fields. From running a fashion brand called ‘Kai-keyi’ to starring in a big Bollywood movie with Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, she has had an eventful journey so far. Despite having no acting background, Teena and her twin sister Tessa landed a role in…

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Aloka Dsouza

Aloka Dsouza – #FashionBeyondShape – Not just a hashtag, but celebrating beauty in all its diversity!

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In an ultra competitive industry like fashion, what makes Aloka Dsouza stand out? A designer with a strong conscience who doesn’t just want to create beautiful clothes but also make women in all shapes and sizes feel beautiful and accepted. Aloka was bitten by the fashion bug at a young age. Recollecting her childhood memories,…

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Mariette Valsan

Mariette Valsan – As versatile as they come, a powerhouse of multiple talents

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A beautiful face that is complemented by a striking personality. Mariette Valsan wears many hats – model, actor, singer and entertainer. But her passion is not limited to being a performer, she is as enthusiastic about saving the environment and rescuing street dogs. Mariette Valsan’s journey into show business began when she was discovered by…

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Johanna Pinto – She was created to create. Bangalore’s very own ‘Artist To Lookout For’.

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Growing up, we all have interests and hobbies, but we tend to leave them behind in our childhood. Not Johanna Pinto, who has remained dedicated to her love for painting, a passion she has been drawn to since her early years. As she recalls, “My love for painting started when I was in the 2nd…

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Elston Menezes – Taking the road less travelled? More like creating a path where there was none.

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Meet Elston Menezes – laid back and unassuming, a guy most would describe as ‘chilled out’. But beneath that calm exterior burns a fiery passion that drove him down a path that most would shy away from. What, you ask, makes Elston a trail blazer? Elston Menezes is the co-founder (with his cousin and close…

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