Creative Yatra (CY) an online media space that captures all the arts and cultural happenings across the globe recently had its first contributor’s meet on November 10, 2016, at Ellisbridge Gymkhana, Ahmedabad. All behind the scene, Megamind Writers, avid photographers, creative thinkers, sophisticated designers, and melodious musicians who make CY what it is today came forward to meet and greet each one physically. It began with a warm welcome from CY co-founder Mihir Gajrawala while disclosing interesting facts and figures about CY’s reach and progress so far. It was like a tornado of thought and ideas where experienced contributors expressed how digitalisation and arts are going hand in hand together as catalysts. Mihir focused on how New Media has changed people’s content consumption pattern and while the major flavor of content all around is either infotainment or entertainment, CY is opening up new doors towards ENRICHMENT. He started his address by expressing gratitude to all the content contributors, as for CY content is the soul, and it is the efforts of these passionate contributors that is shaping CY.
CY’s co-founder Dr. Amit Shah, who was here for the meet from NC State, US, expressed his inner thoughts about the journey of CreativeYatra.com; he exclaimed how capturing the journeys of creative people has turned into a spiritual experience for him as a founder. He shared his vision for CY’s international presence and shared the next year’s plan of CY.
Proficient writer, Shri S.D. Desai, who is also an insightful CY reviewer for the performing arts in Ahmedabad, shared how he was initially skeptical about the vision but then started believing in it more than anyone else. He expressed his vision for CY as a unique platform for connecting art enthusiasts under a single roof. CY’s contributor and renowned poet Shri Tushar Shukla shared about his creative journey so far and disclosed his vision of taking written poetry into visual and audio forms within CY. Till now through his efforts, CY is successfully compiling Gujarat’s 600 years of literature legacy in the form of poems. Furthermore, versatile personality and eminent journalist Anurita Rathore, a senior contributor for CY, expressed her intimacy with CY’s mission of interviewing distinguished citizens of Ahmedabad and India. She believes that the ‘heart to heart‘ section of CY has reflected many unsung heroes who literally contributed their life in enriching creativity in people’s life.
Niharika Sanyal a Mumbai-based writer and Anshika Jain a heritage management student both as CY contributors shared how people have started perceiving creativeyatra.com as the Zomato of arts and cultural happenings. They were glad to notice how the current scenario of the internet that focuses content only for entertainment purpose is now transmogrifying into enrichment through CY.
The session also projected 2 short videos, the first one was a montage of CY’s journey so far, expressed by our patrons, and the second byte was a short film on newspapers, which projected the journey of information from a publication press to reaching your home.
CY Being an arts platform should have something groovy within its meet and that’s how musician Meet Rao joined and sang few offbeat but mesmerizing melodies while playing his guitar. The whole conference hall flew into a trance and mesmerized within the melody. The team also had famous Disc Jockey of Sunburn Goa, Kash Trivedi, who exclaimed his inner thoughts of contributing music and suggested how CY should now also incline towards promotion of the vernacular music scenario of India.
Team Creative Yatra was overwhelmed with such massively warm response and has promised to conduct such gatherings in future for brainstorming and creating a space for CY contributors to meet and ideate of newer possibilities of content creation.
Photographs : Ravi Panchal
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