Shankar S was born on the 13th of August 1962 in Kolkata. Sparks of his creative talent starting surfacing already during his school days. While doing his undergraduate course in Commerce in 1981-82, he was also simultaneously pursuing passion of creativity in art. He started exhibiting works in group shows that were mostly figurative. In 1992, he started working on artworks based on the theme of trees. Trees had always fascinated him as they offered immense possibilities and challenges for creative expression. "Vriksha" - a Saga of Trees, was exhibited in solo and group shows at various galleries in Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Jamshedpur, Hyderabad, Delhi ... to name a few.
In 1996, he got an assignment as a Museum Photographer of Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata. The interest in photography since 1985 as another medium of expression had given him opportunities to exhibit in some all India exhibitions on photography.
The urge to explore the possibility of creating movement in his tree paintings inspired him to take up lessons in animation and graphic art. In 1997 he joined the Heart Animation Academy in Hyderabad as an assistant faculty and subsequently became the Principal of the Academy. Since 2000 he have held various positions as Production Manager (animation) of Pentamedia Graphics Limited in Hyderabad, Regional Manager of a premiere institute which was into training for animation filmmaking in Kolkata, Studio Head of Metaphor Studios, Kolkata with many accredited animation home productions.
Doordarshan, Kolkata made a short film using his works on the theme of Trees. He also worked as an Art Director for a Telugu feature film, "Hari Villu" directed by Mr. B Narsing Rao and produced by Suresh Productions, Hyderabad.
Presently he is training students in Photography and Lens Media in a reputed international school in Kolkata. He also conducts modular workshops for school students and teachers on subjects ranging from Photography, Story Boarding, and Stop Motion Animation, Video Editing to effective Lesson Planning. His other assignments include illustrations for children’s books, photomontage and digital art, layout for publications, designing of logos and publicity material.
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