My Experience as a Dubbing Artist

article and illustration by Ananya Arvind

On 20th May 2011, there was an SMS on my mother’s mobile: “Hey! I am Freddy here and I am looking out for kids between 12-16 for dubbing in a short film. If anyone is interested please call my mobile number (the mobile number was provided along with these details) and do forward this SMS to people you know.” My mother felt that this was a rare opportunity and suggested that I go for the experience.

Most of us watch animated serials, movies, films, etc, but never realize that the voice backstage—the dubbing artist’s voice—is responsible for a large part of the expressions of the characters. Each voice has to be chosen so that it is suitable for the character on screen.

I went for an audition on the specified day, and got a call from Freddy Uncle on 27th May 2011 saying that I had been selected to do the voice over for the Hindu mythological hero Lakshmana (brother of Lord Rama). I was very excited and was called the same day at 3:45pm to a recording studio in T. Nagar.

When I reached there I saw that the voice over room was very small and I was surrounded with electronic gadgets and carpeted walls. There was a 32 inch television on which the film played in Hindi, after which the director repeated it in English. After that a take was given in which the voice over artists had to put in emotion according to the character.

On that very day I was able to finish my dialogues in half of the script. The other half was finished on the next day. On 28th May I was even paid—I earned my first salary—Rs.1500! After three weeks I was called to the same studio again for a recording correction of some of the dialogues, and realized how many aspects there are to film making, and how much hard work it is!

With my first earnings I bought gifts for all my loving family members who had encouraged me to do this. I bought decorative showpieces for everyone, which I know they will always treasure. The film was telecast on Cartoon Network in October. All my friends and family members loved it. It was a lovely experience!

Ananya Arvind is 12 years old and lives in Chennai, India. She is a student of Class VII. She has been learning Bharatanatyam for the past 6 years and enjoys painting, craft and surfing the net.

Steve Jobs … A Legend; An Inventor

source for illustration: (Steve Jobs tribute logo created by Jonathan Mak, a 19-year old in Hong Kong)

article by Arshia Deep

An amazing man will no longer be with us after today.

Today Steve jobs died of cancer, and somehow he knew it was the end. They say he died peacefully with his loved ones around him. A lot of us wanted to meet him but … life goes on.

I’m heart broken … Somehow I knew he would invent incredible stuff when we are older, but I guess that won’t happen.

He made a spectacular and important speech in 2005. They showed it on the news. He brought the extraordinary iPhone to the world!!!

Everyone is grief struck … he made an impact on all of our lives. It’s hard to imagine that such a great creator can vanish at such a very young age.

I have to do an essay on an inventor, who should I pick? My mom says I have to do Steve Jobs! I will!

He is an idol to lots and lots of people, and we will all continue to use his products. And maybe, someday, someone as spectacular as him will follow his dreams …

Remember one thing, sometimes good things will fall apart so even better things can fall together…

Arshia Deep is a 10 year-old student of class V in USA. She loves books and music, Science and Maths, crafts and art. She cares deeply for nature and animals. She wrote this as a tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on the day he passed away.

The Making of a Tanjore Painting

The Tanjore paintings in the picture have been executed by the author of the article, Ananya Arvind.

Tanjore painting is a famous classical art form from Thanjavur in South India. It originated around 1600 AD  and was encouraged by the Nayaks, who were the rulers of Thanjavur in that era.

This art is a little expensive, but can be treasured for years. A lot of time and patience is needed to create a Tanjore painting that looks good. Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna, Lord Rama and other Hindu gods and goddesses look the most attractive in Tanjore paintings.

The process of making a Tanjore painting involves many stages:

* The artist makes a preliminary sketch of the image on a wooden base.

* The images of weapons, ornaments and thrones are outlined with white  starched string/thread and left to dry for a day.

* A mixture of chalk powder, fevicol and gum in a fixed ratio is applied inside the string-outlined images and left to dry for 3 days.

* Semi-precious stones (usually red and green) are stuck on the jewelry, ornaments, thrones, borders and outlines.

* High quality gold foil (24 carats in high quality paintings) is used to ensure that the painting lasts for generations (the foil has to be stuck on the stones as well).

* The gold foil on the semi-precious stones is then scraped off neatly and carefully with a needle (a blunt one) in order to highlight the stones.

* The main image and the background are now painted carefully using poster colours.

* Finally, the eyes are outlined, usually by an experienced artist, who also fills in the final details and touch-ups.

The smallest Tanjore painting takes about 4 to 6 months to prepare.

Ananya Arvind is 11 years old and lives in Chennai, India. She is a student of Class VII. She has been learning Bharatanatyam for the past 6 years and enjoys painting, craft and surfing the net.

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