Strumming Away to Glory

CELEBRITY OF THE MONTH | Prasanna is an internationally renowned guitarist, music composer and the Founder President of Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, the largest music college in South Asia. Prasanna has composed the original music score for the 2009 Oscar Award winning documentary ‘Smile Pinki’. He has also scored music for the critically-acclaimed Tamil feature film, ‘Vazhakku Enn 18/9’ that is currently running in theaters. A pioneer in performing Carnatic music on the guitar, Prasanna has more than 11 Carnatic albums to his credit, as well as recordings of original music such as ‘Be the Change’, ‘Electric Ganesha Land’ and more. In an interview to Spark, Prasanna talks about his fascinating musical journey of being a guitarist, composer and the President of Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. Anupama Krishnakumar listens in.

We’d like to Believe we are not Offbeat!

In an interview to Spark, Karthik Kumar talks about Sideways Training and the work they do. Vani Viswanathan listens in.

RJ-ing is Definitely Some Serious Business!

Plenty of energy, vivacity and lots of songs. That’s what hits you first when you think of RJ-ing. Well, that’s true and yet, there’s more to it than fun too! We are happy to present an interview with RJ Pavitra, touching on her job as an RJ, the fun and serious aspects of her work and more. Interview by Anupama Krishnakumar.

Believe in your Dream : An Interview with Rashmi Bansal

Rashmi Bansal is the author of the bestseller ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ – the book featuring inspiring stories of 25 IIM Ahmedabad graduates who took to entrepreneurship. Rashmi’s second book, ‘Connect the Dots’ that features inspiring stories of non-MBA entrepreneurs has been published recently. Rashmi writes on youth, entrepreneurship and careers and is also the author of the popular blog Youth Curry ( In an interview to Anupama Krishnakumar, Rashmi talks at length about both her books, the Indian market and about JAM (Just Another Magazine – – the youth magazine of which she is co-founder and editor. Additionally, don’t miss out on her advice to aspiring entrepreneurs! Excerpts from the interview.

Filmmaking : A Learning Experience

Arun Vaidyanathan, filmmaker, is the director of the critically acclaimed Tamil feature film,’ Achchamundu! Achchamundu!’ (There’s fear! There’s fear!) that deals with the burning issue of child abuse. He also has many award-winning short films to his credit. In an interview to Spark, Arun Vaidyanathan tells Anupama Krishnakumar about his journey as a filmmaker – right from his inspirations, memories of his early

filmmaking years and his stint in the Tamil television industry, to the making of ‘Achachamundu! Achchamundu!’ and memorable moments while directing his debut feature film.