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Admissions Open : June 2009

Posted in Announcement by takshaa on May 22, 2009

The admissions office has begun to accept applications for the semster starting June 2009. A new admissions cycle has begun and our applicant pool is beginning to take shape.  We have such an extraordinary community of artists here that the prospect of adding to them is thrilling.

Take a look at the student work uploaded into the gallery, surf on to our YouTube Channel and Facebook Fan page,  ask questions, explore and try and get a taste of what makes Takshaa no. 1 rated and the only independently and internationally accredited animation school in the country.

We are happy that you are considering TAKSHAA and we are very excited to welcome you to our community of extremely passionate artists. Last date to submit applications is June 9th 2009. Applications for admissions for most programs are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

For any other specific questions contact admissions@takshaa.com or +91-99451 37770

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Business Standard

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009
Our Bureau / Bangalore October 05, 2005
Manu Ittina, the animation artist who worked on Hollywood blockbusters like ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Madagascar’, has set up his studio complex Ittina in Bangalore.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Manu Ittina said the facility, located at Whitefield, would see animation artists from across the globe coming together to produce extremely quality television commercials, creature effects and next generation video game cinematics. For the project, the other principle creative professionals include Bill Miller and Ruturaj Arolkar.

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Financial Express : Superior technology key to developing top-end animation studios

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009

Posted: 2006-05-20 00:00:00+05:30 IST
Updated: May 20, 2006 at 0000 hrs IST

: The Ittina Animation Studios is a studio with state-of-the-art creative, technical and production capabilities and the goal to foster a new generation of animation storytelling in India.

Manu Ittina, who set up the studio in October 2005 in India, has worked with Dreamworks on Hollywood blockbusters like ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Madagascar’. Takshaa, the new educational division of the studio can accommodate up to 250 students and boasts of a state-of-the-art lab equipped with 100 high-end workstations.

Takshaa, spread across 15,000 sq feet, has the potential to become one of the largest computer animations schools in the country. According to the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), India has presently a very thin slice of the $50 billion global animation industry pie, at about 300 million.

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Hindu : Make Art Jump To Life

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009

Make art jump to life

Rasheed Kappan

Students of animation have to master digital compositing, lighting, lip sync and much more.

Photo: AP

Watching illustrated characters get life, walk, run, talk, act like all of us is a fascinating sight to behold.

Movies of the likes of Finding Nemo, Bug’s Life and Toy Story had our hearts go out for those adorable moving figures. Behind these remarkably enticing works of art lies a dynamic, extremely creative field called animation.

If you have the imagination, the drive to make art jump to life, the field has tremendous potential. Of course, only if you are a professional trained in the intricacies of the ever-evolving subject.

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Hindu: Bringing Hollywood quality to Indian animation

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009



DREAM WORK: Manu Ittina. Photo: Murali Kumar K. Manu Ittina, director of Ittina studio, an animation studio in Bangalore returned from Dreamworks, after a five year stint in Hollywood, to set up Takshaa, an animation training institute. Education Plus quizzed him on the scope of the industry in India.

What prompted you to give up a career in DreamWorks and return to India?

India, with its artistically rich and diverse culture has tremendous potential to make good animation. The industry here is relatively young and has a promising future and I feel that I am gaining a lot by coming back here. I have worked for various high quality animation films and have even received onscreen credit for Shrek 2 and Madagascar as Character Animator and I wanted to bring the same quality focus and high end work to this country. I can now use this opportunity to tell our Indian stories to the world in a manner that is respected and loved. In this sense I have not really given up on a career but taken it a step further.

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Hindu: Drawing Inspiration

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009
Four differently-abled youngsters studying in a Bangalore animation school are all set to prove that nothing can stop them from getting what they want

PHOTO: K. GOPINATHAN

DRAWING INSPIRATION Their hearing impairment has not in any way dampened their enthusiasm for learning

Their lines are lucid and they are most articulate with the pencil firmly tucked between their fingers or the mouse under their palm. Harsh Todi, Nupur Mehul Gandhi, Mathew Kurian, and Anvitha Arun are a tight-knit group of students who thoroughly enjoy their artwork at Takshaa Academy for The Artist — an animation school in Whitefield.

The fact that they have different levels of speech and hearing impairment has not in any way dampened their enthusiasm and love for animation, drawing, and an exciting career possibility in this thriving field. When they approached Takshaa for admissions and had their portfolios reviewed, Executive Director Manu Ittina was totally blown away. “They all showed such pronounced imagination abilities. There is an aspect of art which is supposed to be therapeutic, and so their creativity is more pronounced,” says Manu.

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IndiaEduNews: British varsity to train Indian multimedia students

Posted in Uncategorized by takshaa on May 20, 2009

University of Teesside

Bangalore: University of Teesside, a leading British university at Middlesborough in northeast England, will train students of Takshaa Academy for the Artist in multimedia, animation and gaming under an agreement signed here Monday by the two partners.

In a statement, Teeside deputy vice-chancellor Cliff Allan said the partnership was aimed at producing graduates with proficiency in the fast-emerging areas of multimedia and gaming to meet the growing demand for skilled artists in the animation industry.

“The specialised courses will provide competitive advantage to Indian students in the employment market. Academy students can learn the skills in Bangalore or on progression to the university in Britain,” Allen noted.

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Interview of Manu Ittina in The Hindu

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009
Manu Ittina

Manu Ittina

Interview of Manu Ittina in The Hindu

All animated about the future
The Hindu – Sept 14th 2005

Manu Ittina dreams big for a 25-year-old. The animator, who has made his mark in Hollywood, is now dreaming of turning India into a destination for original animation.

You seen Marty the zebra making an announcement on the shell-microphone? Or Alex the lion making faces as he chokes and spits out grass he ate, in the animation film Madagascar? Then think Bangalore boy. It may be a jungle out there in Hollywood’s animation land, but Manu Ittina, at 25, is the Mowgli of this domain.

Young, ambitious, learning and experimenting, this animator is back in his hometown with big plans of setting up an animation school, a studio, and a film production company.

Manu grew up just like all of us, watching Tom and Jerry on TV and worshipping Jungle Book and its characters. But he never really understood what it would take to make such a film. So when the runaway hit Toy Story came along, Manu, who was 17, was totally blown away by the mind-boggling animation. Slogging away at his computer science P.U. course, he decided he won’t ever be able to forgive himself if he didn’t study animation. He must be feeling good now, having worked on superhits such as Madagascar and Shrek-2. MetroPlus catches up with this young Turk over a cuppa at Royal Orchid Central at Manipal Centre.

Microscopic numbers

“As Indians we don’t have much of an animation vocabulary,” says Manu. Even today, though there is a perception that a lot of Indians are tucked away in Hollywood’s studios, he says most of them are in the technical sections. “The community of character animators is still microscopic.”

And it is this thought that brings Manu back from the lucre and lure of Hollywood. “I really love animation and want India to be a destination of original and indigenous animated work, not just outsourcing. Outsourcing is a sign of short-sightedness.”

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