Monday, May 02, 2011

FIVE Years as a professional TV Guy!

I completed 5 years in the Television industry or so to say, FIVE years of my professional life today (2-05-2011) From a TV journalist to News Anchor to a well recognized Voice Over of Kannada Television Industry, I have seen quite a few ups and downs in these five years. But, by God’s grace, I have seen more ups than downs in the last so many years.
Looking back at my journey, I feel good that I have done quite a few things that I had not imagined I would, when I had started my career as a reporter in TV9 on 2 May 2006. I was just out of college, had come back from the convocation at XIC, Mumbai, after doing my Tv and Video production PG Dip there.
TV9 was nothing more than a Telugu news channel then and had wanted to grab the attention of the Kannada audiences with their new Kannada News Channel. But there was nothing but a building and a little over a few dozen of crew at the building, which did not even have a studio ready those days. And my journey lasted there for more than two years. I was an anchor there, reporter then and the first ever correspondent from a TV channel to have gone abroad to cover a sports event, when I travelled to West Indies to cover the 2007 world cup. Tv9 had just gone on air those days. I had the chance to bring in the latest from the Cricketing world right from where the World Cup action was going on. India crumbled out in the first round itself. Bob Woolmer dies. I was back in India within two weeks. But I had already got a chance to do something which had never happened in the Kannada television industry.
Moving on, I hosted a show on Worldspace Sparsha on weekends called Masale Mandakki. Later in 2008 joined BIG FM as an associate producer for a short period. Then came my stint with Aajtak/Headlines today as a Bangalore correspondent, dealing mostly crime related News.
Come 2009, I joined Suvarna as promo chief and a voice over artist. A new page in my life. Something I had never thought was about to happen. I become the official Voice of Suvarna. This is apart from my voice still being telecast on TV9, which started on Day 1 of that channel!
Now, exactly after FIVE YEARS, I am foraying into the acting world. Starting 2 May 2011, the serial I am acting in, Krishna Rukmini has started telecast on Suvarna, Monday to Friday 7 PM.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Whats up?!

Hey Wassssup?!
And you might say, sarcastically that you see the ceiling, up!
Whoever says this, has a point and all they see in life, may be, is the ceiling. That according to me means that, they might be looking for a secure future. They might even be looking for a roof above their head.
You might ask me, what do we actually need to see when we see up?
I would say, we need to see the SKY, when we see up!
Sky according to me is abundance, the source of endless joy and wisdom. Sky has no limits, sky has no boundaries, sky doesn't even have something called a fence that will obstruct our vision towards what we want to see. Whatever is up there, is up for our visionary delight.
We always keep telling ourselves that "sky is the limit". Do we put this in practice. Do we have that real vision in our minds?
Now, let us all practice by having Sky as the upper limits.
Now let us analyse what else can we see ''up"?
If, for example, you see the ceiling fan, that means you are limiting your vision only to one thing. And that it is revolving inside your head like that ceiling fan. That restricts your vision and hence the possibility to explore further more than that dies out.
So, don't have the vision of Ceiling Fan Up on your mind, as far as you can.
If you don't even see a ceiling, a ceiling fan or the most important and vital Sky in your mind, and all you see is blankness, it means you are either hallucinating that there is nothing which is worthy in this world, you have no vision for your life or you do not intend to have any vision for your life.
I do not believe in new year resolutions. But, since this post on this particular subject has come up in the beginning of the year, I take this opportunity to tell that let us all take this up as our resolution of the year. Let us all try and live upto our dreams, which is sky high. If we do not have any limits to what we dream., then we wont hesitate to try out new things in life. Had the human race not ventured out on trying out new things in life, we wouldn't be in the place and position where we are today.
So, pls tell me, wasssssssssuup!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It had been 'quiet' a while

It has been quite a while since this blog of mine had any activity.
There are so many things to share and so many reasons why I should have penned down my thoughts and informations here, a lot earlier than today. However, I have finally got out of the spell of procrastination and here in front of you.
The past one year has changed a lot in me and also in my career. And in this period I got a chance to make a documentary on Lost Lakes of Bangalore called 'Err-bane Truth' (click on the name for the link of the VIDEO) along with my friend Nishant Ratnakar. It was a wonderful experience to make that documentary. It also won the Lost Lakes of Bangalore contest conducted by Arghyam Foundation which runs Apart from this, we are awaiting t
he results
of a contest, run by Hyderabad Film Festival. Hope things are in our favour and it will all be known on the last d
ay of June! (more details of the fest:
And I am going to complete an year with Suvarna Entertainment Channel and will soon be working as a part time voice over artist for them, instead of the present full time job.
My intention is to work full time on making documentaries etc in the coming days and commit myself more into a little bit of more writing and more travel than I have done in the last few years. The idea is to not waste my time at the office, and spend more of it outside, because, there is SO MUCH to see and do in here!

Vijaya Next, a Kannada Magazine run by Times Of India group featured my opinions on the Radio scenario and Radio Jockeys in particular, attached here is an image of the same.
And there is more to come. Please keep watching this space for the further information on the same.
Thank you!
Badekkila Pradeep

Thursday, April 08, 2010

'August Rush' and gushing emotions!

"The music is within us. All we have to do is Listen"
I think that's the beauty of music. It is there everywhere and within us too. Just stay tuned to the music that plays within you.
I just finished watching this movie 'August Rush' which blew me away and had no option but to let it out at least in this way.
The last film I saw about music was 'Music and Lyrics' and I had thought that the movie was brilliant. And August Rush, released in 2007 steals the cake without doubt. And I bow to the director for creating this wonderful work of art.
This whole write up is an outcome of the sudden emotional outburst I am having right now after watching the movie. I don't have words to describe how I am feeling right now. And I feel the way the child artist Freddie Highmore has performed is brilliant. I loved the way the beautiful Keri Russel looks in the movie and I think beauty cannot surpass the way she looks when she is performing the Cello in E Minor at the concert. Wow, what a sight. And Jonathan Rhys Meyers' performance is still ringing in my ears!
Thank you Kirsten Sheridan (the director) for creating this wonderful piece!

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Banana joke

There was this lazy person who wanted to eat a banana but was too lazy to go get it from the shop. So he starts praying God to give him a banana to eat. Surprisingly, God listens to his prayer and provides him with the best banana one can ever get anywhere in the world!
But it was a foot away from him. He wouldn't move an inch and prayed God some more and told him that he wanted it to be put in his mouth.
Suddenly he sees a person passing by but he was too lazy to ask him for a help.
Are we all like this in life sometimes. The 'maggi' is in the kitchen and I am so damn hungry and I am not even ready to even go boil some water and put that damn thing in it for sometime and eat it!
I hate to say that most of us have become this because of the situations or just because we do not want to do a little bit of physical exercise to help ourselves.
I do not want to be like this anymore, but as I am typing this, I am feeling too lazy to go pick my mobile up and message this to that friend of mine, or just 'comment' on his/her FB page 'wall'!

Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year, New Decade, New Hope!

It is a new year and hope it is a happy one at that
and it is not just a beginning for the new year... It is also the beginning of a new decade.
We all celebrated the beginning with a bang. Well almost all of us.
Hope this isnt as bad a decade as 2000-2009 turned out to be.
the decade gone past had got us reasons to be sad and angry. Be it the WTC collapse or the WMD issue, the killing of Saddam or the recession, the Copenhagen fiasco or many more similar things. India too saw a lot of trouble in terms of political confusion, the attack on Akshardham, the parliament attack, 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2002, the Mumbai floods, bomb attacks in various places like Mumbai, Gujarath, Varanasi, Delhi etc. Even Karnataka saw many troublesome days, like the political confusion created first by Kumaraswamy and then by Reddy brothers recently. The state also had its share of trouble in recent days in the form of floods in the northern part of the state. Dr Rajkumar's kidnap by forest brigand Veerappan, and later Rajkumar's death and the confusion during the cremation. The recent deaths of great Hindustani Classical Singer Gangubai Hanagal, Singer C Ashwath and the Sahasa Simha Vishnuvardhan.
I am not trying to document the incidents of the decade. This is just the recollection of the happenings of the decade in my own way.
The 2012 scare is still looming large and people have more reason to worry since that date is nearer than ever now. Dec 21, 2012 may not be the 'date' with fate. It could just turn out to be the beginning of some more trouble for the planet. This is not because the world is coming to an end. According to me, the world needs to look at the climate issues more seriously than ever, and at least the end of the World syndrome should fuel the fight against the cause of Climate Change to a large extent.
I hope Dec 21, 2012 is not the last day of the World or the Planet.
the previous sentence does not seem as optimistic as I started this article, isn't it?

Friday, December 25, 2009

On Vernacular Blogging!

I have been featured in an article nwhich was written on Vernacular Blogging. Pls have a look at the article!