Seen at the launch are Tanuja Chandra, Salim, Ram Sampath, Rajesh Touchriver, Tanay G and Raman Madaan
he sixth SAE Technology College in India was launched in Mumbai, on March 25. It offers internationally certified diploma and degree courses as well as dual diplomas in Audio Engineering — Digital Filmmaking.
SAE also offers an upgrade to further studies as degree, post graduation and doctoral in these three disciplines.
Established in 1976 by Prof Tom Misner, a leading producer and audio engineer, and headquartered in Byron Bay, SAE is present in over 18 countries across four continents, and it has 49 colleges spanning the globe. The leader in Media Education, SAE was the first of its kind offering professional courses in the technology domain for media. SAE acquired Studios 301, the world’s largest and the second oldest audio studio to complement it, in its quest for industry leadership.
SAE Colleges in India are designed to follow the International SAE standards, the focus being preparing the student for a professional career in the above mentioned fields. In India, Media Education revolution was first experienced in Chennai in 2000, with Bangalore, Coimbatore, Trivandrum and New Delhi following suite. Mumbai is the latest addition to the educational empire.
The board of education in India comprises eminent industry stalwarts like filmmkaer Priyadarshan, cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan, producer Rajesh Touchriver, filmmaker Suresh Balaje, singer Dr S P Balasubramanian, audio engineer Deepan Chatterjee, Philip Umit Kilic and Dr. Clive Pascoe of SAE International, Dr. Jackson (Management Sciences), Ramesh Nambiar for Industry Relations, Dr. (Mrs). Hema Raghavan, principal, Gargi Womens College, Delhi, Amitabh Sinha (Media Convener), Ibrahim Vernon (executive director, RED FM).
The students of the college have been well placed with known names in the industry like BBC, Empire Studios, Sunny Super Sound, Sahara TV, CNBC, Padmalaya Studios, Infosys Ltd, Kuwait TV.
The launch of the SAE in Mumbai had the following guests on its list of panel speakers from the entertainment industry:
Tanuja Chandra: Finished a formal course on filmmaking from USA and has directed teleserials and films like Tamanna, Dushman, Sangharsh, Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar. Presently she is working on a Filmstar featuring Mahima Chaudhury and Priyanshu Chatterjee. Later on this year, she will be making her first English film with the backdrop of 9/11.
Salim and Sulaiman: The composer duo have composed music for TV, Indipop albums and background score for Bhoot and other films. They are also involved in programming and arranging of Zakir Hussain and Adnam Sami’s albums. Bhoot won for them the Best Background Music Award at the 10th Annual Screen Awards this year. They are currently busy with Yashraj Films’ Hum Tum.
Eric Pillai: An Alumni of the City of West Minister College, London, he has worked on films like Yaadein, Lucky, Tere Liye, Khushi etc. The albums he has worked on include the ones for Euphoria, Silk Route and Adnan Sami’s Tera Chehra. His upcoming release is Sami’s new album.
Tanay G: An Audio engineer for eight years, he has won the IIFA Award 2003 for his sound recording for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Devdas. He has also worked on films like Gadar – Ek Prem Katha, Monsoon Wedding and Richard Clayderman-Rahul Sharma’s album Confluence. He has worked on almost 200 productions till date and is currently working for Rajiv Rai’s Asambhav.
Rajesh Touchriver: An alumni of Trichur School of Drama and Wimbledon school of Art, London, he started off with a controversial film In The Name Of Buddha which was screened at many international film festivals. He is currently working on a British film.
Raman Madaan: An engineering and management professional with 12 years of experience, he handles the regional operations of South East Asia for Discreet. He has worked with companies like IFLEX, handling Western Europe oeprations and with SDRC, USA.
Ram Sampath: A prodigy in music, he has composed over 3000 jingles and done the music for Shiamak Davar’s debut album Mohabbat Kar Le and Shaan’s Bhool Ja. He made his film music debut with Khakee and has bagged AB Corp’s Ranveer.
The panel spoke on the importance of formal education in Audio Engineering and Filmmaking. Madaan announced the tie-up of Discreet with SAE on the production course run in the area of special EFX and games development, hitherto not available in the country, while Salim underlined the importance of music knowledge for audio engineers and his experience with SAE trained engineers.
Chandra spoke on women in entertainment and requirement of formal education for film makers, and Pillai explained about album production and how formal education has taken the West a long way in sound engineering.
On the occasion, SAE unveiled its student composed and engineered album titled Chimes 2 and its technology newsletter for the entertainment industry – Lissenup.
Rathish Babu, CEO, SAE India and China said, “With the amount of content required by the TV channels, Broadband operators, DRM operators and video content, we have just touched the tip of the iceberg in providing production trained manpower for the entertainment industry. But then SAE has been doing it for 26 years globally and it’s a question of time the industry here takes note.”