Recently, the Chief Mentor of Fashion domain at Times & Trends Academy, Mr. Chandrakant Sonawane won the "Best Costume Designer" award for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus "Padmaavat" movie, in a grand ceremony of Star Screen Awards held in Mumbai.
Mr. Chandrakant Sonawane a leading Costume Designer of Bollyood is not just the Chief Mentor for fashion design students but also a guiding pillar for Interior design students at TTA.
Mr. Chandrakant Sonawane has helped TTA’s Reverse Innovation Course which started with an aim to bridge the massive gap in the current Indian Education System. Every year, thousands of students graduate from colleges/institutions with dreams and hope in their eyes for a secure future. But once they leave college, most of them get a reality check; they are in shock over the job reality. Others realize that they truly aren’t even ready to face the competition. But if not through the education system, then how else are the students supposed to be prepared. To address this massive gap in the education system and to make students market ready, the pioneer in vocational education, Times & Trends Academy introduced 10 weeks comprehensive Reverse Innovation Programs for Interior Design & Fashion Design students.
Due to this course, Times & Trends Academy’s students have brought laurels to the institute in the past and continue the same even in recent times. Students from fashion designing domain have been selected for various projects in the Film and Television industry. It’s not so easy to enter the Bollywood industry and TTA students have got golden opportunities to work in Bollywood.
Here are the names of students from Times & Trends Academy who have been shortlisted for various prestigious Bollywood movies & television serial projects:
• Shrushti Mulage & Aparna Agrawal – Padmaavat, Indian epic period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
• Anisha Kukreja, Jhanvi Bankar & Shreya Patil - India's Best Dramebaaz Season 3, a talent-search Indian reality television show on Zee TV
• Snehith Gopolla – Bucket list, Madhuri Dixit’s Marathi debut movie.
• Vidhisha Amdabade & Saba Ansari – upcoming Dharma Production and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment’s movie.
• Veenayraj Petty, Shreya Patil, Pooja Bhirhade, Arti Pisal & Manisha Dikare - upcoming Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment’s movie.
• Purva Bhutada & Ashvini Solanke – upcoming Bhansali production’s movie.
• Sakshi Burman & Sejal Kalawadiya – upcoming serial on Star Plus Channel.
• Shrenik Jain, Mrinali Thanwani & Shweta Atre – upcoming Devgan Entertainment & Software Ltd. production’s movie.
• Priti Shangtani, Shruti Devaidnya – upcoming SAB TV’s horror-comedy genre serial.
• Shreya Agrawal, Kalyani Walsetwar – Star Plus Channel’s serial ‘Maharaj ki Jai Ho’.
Most of these opportunities for the students have been offered by Times and Trends academy’s Chief Mentor and leading Bollywood Costume Designer – Mr. Chandrakant Sonawane. He has done the costumes and styling for major Bollywood hits such as Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, Ram Leela, Bhoomi, etc. He recently designed costumes for a Marathi hit flick ‘Bucket List’ that starred Madhuri Dixit. Times & Trends Academy is blessed to have Mr. Chandrakant Sonawane as their Chief Mentor.
Amit Agrawal, Founder, and Chairman of Times and Trends Academy have mentored Chandrakant during his early career as a Fashion Design student. On this Students’ remarkable achievements, Mr. Amit Agrawal said, “All these students are extraordinarily creative with the out-of-the-box thinking. We are really proud that our students have got a grand opportunity to prove their mettle. At TTA, we will continue to provide such platforms to students where their creativity will take them to places. We are thankful to Chandrakant for investing his precious time in mentoring our students and offering them such wonderful career opportunities. As working in the film industry is a dream for many of the fashion aspirants, this wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance and mentorship of Mr. Chandrakant Sonawane.”
Rashmi Agrawal, Director of Times and Trends Academy said, “All of the students are hard-working students here at TTA. They pour their heart into everything that they do. Their approach to things is very creative. And this creativity and hard work while making the portfolios and even at their work helped them to get these brilliant opportunities.”
Aparna Agrawal, who got a brilliant opportunity to work with Chandrakant for Padmaavat, said, “I always wanted to be a Costume Designer. And this dream has come true because TTA could provide such an amazing platform for me. I thank Pooja Ma’am, Amit Sir, Chandrakant Sir, Rashmi Ma’am and everyone at TTA for providing me with an amazing opportunity and mentoring me so well that I could achieve my goals. This is just the start and I want to do so much more as a Costume Designer.”
Times and Trends Academy is one of the Premier Vocational Training Academies that offer courses like Fashion Designing, Fashion Styling, Fashion Boutique Management, Interior Designing, Interior Business Management, Event Management, Animation, Graphic Designing, Jewellery Designing, and Finance & Accounts.
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