Mahesh Bhat, a photographer and author of Unsung and Bangalore: First Person Singular is also a teacher at The One School Goa.
Bangalore, India was home for Mahesh, so when I heard he had started teaching photography in Goa, I was curious to learn more about his new adventure.
Mahesh heads the photography department of a relatively new educational establishment, for those interested in creative fields such as photography, mass communication and multimedia. It's the first of its kind to be totally dedicated to nurturing creative minds in India and beyond. The school is located in North Goa, away from the hustle, bustle and stress of big cities (just check out the images of what the students are experiencing every day!). The school offers a 3-year graduate diploma program. It's an intensive program, Mahesh tells me, modeled after the Santa Fe Workshops or the Maine Media Workshops + College.
I had a chance to speak with Mahesh about The One School Goa. So, listen in:
As we wrapped up our chat, I wondered if I could speak with a few of the school's current students to get their views on the school and what it means to pursue a career in the creative arts.
A few days later, Mahesh connected with Shantanu Sheorey, the school's founder and a few students. Shantanu is a highly acclaimed commercial photographer with a long history in the industry. I was pleasantly surprised to see his own son enrolled as a student at The One School Goa.
Take a moment to listen to that conversation here:
This is the approach to the school:
Dinesh Khanna, acclaimed photographer and educator sits down to critique a student's work:
Paddy fields right outside the school's gate!
I know I can't wait to visit The One School Goa!