Wildlife photographer Amoghavarsha’s memorable journey down the lane

Shabd 2020 at held JSS Science and Technology University

Mysuru, February 18:- Amoghavarsha J S, a wildlife photographer and one of the filmmakers of the stunning documentary ‘Wild Karnataka,’ inaugurated the 14th edition of Inter-Collegiate Literary and Art Competition, Shabd 2020 at JSS Science and Technology University (JSSSTU), formerly known as SJCE, last week.

Amoghavarsha JS

In his inaugural speech, Amoghavarsha spoke about his journey from a software engineer to a renowned filmmaker. He emphasised on the importance of having a story, and that a photograph has no meaning without a story behind it. He shared words of wisdom and experience and truly inspired the crowd, to find their passion and never stop reading. He said that if people believe in themselves and pursue their passion, they will achieve things even greater than their dreams.

Amoghavarsha compared this to listening to Sir David Attenborough to him narrating his own documentary. He also talked about Mysuru being a hub for literature and art and expressed happiness over the conduct of annual event Shabd. He also expressed his views on helping the environment by going outside and becoming aware of the conditions around us and spread this awareness and strive for a better world.

A large number of people had gathered and were eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse and ask questions to the award-winning filmmaker of the beloved documentary ‘Wild Karnataka.’ The inaugural function was attended by students and faculty members of JSSSTU. The other dignitaries present on the dais were Registrar of JSSSTU Prof K S Lokesh, Principal of SJCE Prof T N Nagabhushana, staff coordinator of SJCE editorial board Prof Vanishri Arun and the two student editors-in-chief of JSSSTU editorial board, Vishruth MU and V Poornachandra.

The function started with Prof Vanishri introducing everyone to the event. It was succeeded by the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest and other dignitaries present on the dais. Poornachandra presented the annual report of the editorial board. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine – Jayzine.

Prof T N Nagabhushana spoke about preserving all the nature around us and also always being innovative. Prof Lokesh spoke about the creativity of the board and the art installations put up across the college and reiterated the chief guest’s message of following your passion.

The chief guest was then felicitated with a memento painted by one of the board members, Sharvari. The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Sanchitha.

Shabd was started in 2006 by the members of the editorial board of JSSSTU with an intention to encourage the literary and art skills of students. JSSSTU was the first institution to start literary and art fest in Karnataka among engineering colleges and it continues to be the only engineering college doing so till date.

In addition to organising Shabd, the editorial board brings out the college magazine – Jayzine, organises Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations, an open mic event called ‘Aralikatte,’ and a speech contest on current topics named ‘Mind Speak’ along with many online contests.

Pictionary, creative writing, debate, love letter writing, JAM, quiz, crossword, poetry, JTGW, password in Kannada and English and logo making, photography, pencil sketching, painting, mask making and spot painting in art were the events spread over two days.

There were more than 300 participants from many colleges of Mysuru and a few participants were from PES College of Engineering, Mandya and R V College of Engineering, Bengaluru. (MR)

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