Bhimsain Khurana Tells Young Animators to Work Hard

Thiruvananthapuram:  Bhimsain Khurana, known as the Father of Indian Animation, has advised the youth that there is not short cut for growth and the only way forward is by hard work.

He was addressing the young animators at the concluding session of the two-day Toonz Animation Masters Summit held at Technopark here the other day.

“A story needs to be told well to reach out to the audience and they enjoy it. Every nuance and every small gesture in animation is critical as it defines the story line effectively. Therefore, there is no short cut for a good animation, it has to be done with great detail and precision.”

“The Animation Industry in India has evolved technologically to a great extent and the demand for Indian animators is huge in the global market. We need good story tellers who have the capability to visualise and communicate the story effectively. I urge every animator to focus on this aspect more closely,” he added.

Noted Cartoonist and writer Madhan, who was the chief guest at the valedictory function, presented the Flying Elephant trophies to the winners.

In his address he said, “Cartoonists are born and cannot be made. It would be easy for me to teach someone how to draw if he has an inherent sense of satire in him but not if it is the other way round! A cartoon requires the perfect blend of wit, quick thinking, an understanding of the political scenario, a command over the language, a sense of objectivity, and above all, the ability of not being overawed by anyone. In the absence of any of these ingredients, it could taste like beer gone flat.”

Akshata Udiaver of YouTube Family & Learning and Sach Chandaria of the Chandaria Group (The parent company of Toonz Media) also graced the valedictory function.

The two-day summit organised by Toonz Animation culminated with the announcement of the winners of the ‘Flying Elephant Animation & Short Film Competition’. The prestigious award was won by Lih Haur, the Malaysian Director, for his film ‘The Cliff House’ in the Animation Short films category. Venika Mitra’s ‘All I Want’ won the top honours in the Live Action Short Film category, while Akhil Naryanan won the award for the Best Short Film in the Student Category for his production ‘Planto’. The competition this year received over 925 entries from upcoming and aspiring animators

Masters like Anjum Rajabali – Bollywood screenwriter; Ronojoy Chakraborty, Sony YAY!; Shrikumar Menon, Founder CMD & Creative Head of PUSH Integrated Communications; John McKenna, One Animation and Dong-Su Jung, ICONIX, Korea made presentations on the second and culminating day of the summit.