Category Archives: Past Events

An Animated Saturday in Indore

1. Return of the Jungle – Vaibhav Studios
2.  Character Design – Vaibhav More Films
3. Career options in Animation, Gaming, VFX & New Media – Ranjit ‘Tony’ Singh
Speakers: Team TASI (Vaibhav Kumaresh, Ranjit ‘Tony’ Singh, Vaibhav More)
Date & Time: 19th January, 2019 – 10am to 5pm
Venue: SAGE University Auditorium, Indore

Additional attraction: A trailer presentation and launch of Goopi Gayan Baga Bajayein by Narayan Parasuram



An Animated Saturday in Pune

Session details:
– Behind the Scenes of the award winning Nickelodeon stop motion animation idents – with Vaibhav Kumaresh
– The Art of Caricature and Structural Drawing – by Vishal Wadaye
– Open Mike Sessions with Industry Experts
– Introduction to Animation with Light – with Ranjit Singh and Vaibhav Kumaresh

DATE: 15th December, 2018
TIME: 10am to 5pm

VENUE: Assembly Hall, Azam Campus, Camp, Pune

A full day of education from the masters of their craft. Starting off with Vaibhav Kumaresh showcasing a detailed behind the scenes of making of the stop motion idents for Nickelodeon. He showed various styles of work including puppet and cutout animation including custom rigs and camera setups that were used to create these lovely channel idents.  Followed by a live demo by expert Vishal Wadaye who started from very basic shapes and took the audience thru a mesmerising 90 mins of his control and wizardry. The post lunch session began with a light animation demonstration by Ranjit Singh and Vaibhav Kumaresh where they created a short animation sequence using a torchlight to paint individual frames of the film. This was followed by a detailed explanation by Ranjit of the types of torches, leds, tips and tricks to create custom light brushes and color filters that can be used in this technique. The finished film was screened such to the delight of the audience with repeated chants for ‘once more!!’.

A light animation demo created live on stage with members from the audience

The industry connect session at the end of the day was really informative. 2 local studios – Philm cgi and Phoebus among the many who were invited joined us on stage. They shared their views on the state of the industry and the current shortage of skilled artists. Extending an open invite to visit their studios, both stressed on the need for students to start engaging early with the industry to really understand the needs of the job market and take corrective action in their education / projects as early as possible.

Thank you Pune for your response and support. It was good to be back.


A Tribute to Bhimsain followed by Concept Art with Nikhil Shinde

Date: 26th May 2018
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Whistling Woods International, Film City Complex, Goregaon East, Mumbai
Session 1 – Kireet Khurana
Session 2 – Nikhil Shinde


We all gathered at the sprawling Whistling Woods campus under TASI’s banner to pay homage to Bhimsain -a legend of Indian Animation- by holding a retrospective of his films.

Son Kireet Khurana gently reminisced and took the audience thru a rollercoaster ride of the struggles and passions of Bhimsain through those good old days of Film Division’s, Cartoon Film Unit. Films like, The Climb that won him the prestigious Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival followed by the classic – Ek Anek aur Ekta – with its iconic title song ek titli, anek titliyaan, that cracked open the thirst for animation for many wild aspirants like us in our formative years, to take it up as a career!

Munni -a horizontal multi-plane breakthrough of those days, The Fire and what it took to composite live action and time-lapse footage with hand-drawn hand-painted acetates under the huge cameras. Also the grit it took to bring to the nation this art-form, with trials and errors, no line testing or compositing softwares to preview, counting on focused judgment and literally shooting in the dark and awaiting the results after the processed film arrives from the lab.

Luminaries like Mr. Subash Ghai spoke highly of Bhimsain and his obsession for the craft. The session ended with a slew of announcements, The Bhimsain Scholarship @ WWIL  for deserving and meritorius students of the institute for a total amount of Rs. 3 Lakhs in his honor to promote budding animators.

The Khurana family in association with TASI, announced The Bhimsain Emerging Talent (BET) award with a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh and The BET trophy design competition.

The best eulogy that summed it up was by Mrs. Bhimsain Khurana – a real tribute to a lifelong comradery and bond she nurtured with her better half. We could feel our throats choke as her voice gently broke down in an outpour of devotion to a life well lived, on his terms and with his own design.

The post lunch session showcased the lovely work of an upcoming and superbly talented artist – Nikhil Shinde. He took the audience through a detailed illustration of his approach to his digital paintings. Many an experienced artist in the audience learned a host of useful tips and tricks that give Nikhil’s work that unique look and style. Be it a 2d or 3d look, he emphasised the need to break free from the clutches of tools and software. A truly gifted artist, his humility and soft demeanour do an excellent job of hiding the raging passion that lies beneath.

Contributed by Gayatri Rao and Ranjit Singh


10am to 1pm – Session 1

10:00 – 10:30 Registration
10:30 – 10:40 Brief Introduction by TASI, followed by Kireet Khurana
10:40 – 10:43 “Meet Bhimsain” Audio visual presentation
10:43 – 11:05 Mr. Subhash Ghai – Announcement of Bhimsain Scholarship
11.05 – 12:45 Bhimsain Animation retrospective
The Climb (1 min)
Kahani Har Zamane Ki (9.21 mins)
Mehmaan (8 mins)
Business is People (8.17 mins)
Munni (9.14 mins)
The Fire (9.5 mins)
Ek Anek aur Ekta (7.06 mins)
Mahagiri (5 mins)
“O” (5 mins)
Locked (5 mins)
The Prince and the Magician (7 mins)
12:45 – 13:00 Bhimsain Emerging Talent award audio visual presentation
Announcement of Trophy Design Competition… click here for details

1pm to 2pm –

  • Lunch Break

2pm to 5pm – Session 2

  • A session on Concept Art Development with Nikhil Shinde

A Tribute to A Legend – Bhimsain Khurana


Considered as India’s animation pioneer and avant-garde film maker, Bhimsain was one of the pioneers of parallel cinema movement in India of the 70s.

Born in Multan (now Pakistan) in 1936, Bhimsain moved to Lucknow after the partition. Belonging to family of artists, he gravitated to arts and music early, studying fine arts and learning classical music which held him in good stead throughout his life. In 1961, Bhimsain moved to Mumbai after he secured a job at the monolith Films Division as background-painter. It is here that he learned the art and craft of animation film-making.

In 1971, he became independent. His first animation short film “The Climb” won him the prestigious “Silver Hugo award” at the Chicago Film Festival. He christened his company Climb Films (now Climb Media) after the film’s success. Since then there has been no looking back. “Ek Anek Ekta” (1974) is considered India’s most popular animation short film. This was followed by path breaking feature films “Gharaonda” (1977) & “Dooriyaan” (1979) and many TV series and documentaries bringing him accolades and awards galore.

Bhimsain has an unprecedented 16 President’s National awards, several International awards and lifetime contribution awards by leading institutes and organizations.

The Animation Society of India is deeply saddened by the loss of our great stalwart. We shall always cherish the memories of our interactions with you. This tribute is a small token of our love and appreciation for your guidance, encouragement and pathbreaking work that showed the way to many young artists. Rest in peace.

For more information about Bhimsain and his work visit his website.