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Saraswathy Srinivasan
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Alchemy Graduation Day: Director K. Balachander presenting graduation certificate to a student. With him are (from left) Gautham Vasudev Menon, S.P. Muthuraman and CEO and Creative Director of Alchemy, Vijay Viswanathan.
Alchemy Graduation Day: Director K. Balachander presenting graduation certificate to a student. With him are (from left) Gautham Vasudev Menon, S.P. Muthuraman and CEO and Creative Director of Alchemy, Vijay Viswanathan.

Alchemy, a professional School for Acting and Modelling, celebrated its seventh Annual Graduation Day on October 30. The chief guests for the occasion were film directors K. Balachander and S.P. Muthuraman. Ace director Gautham Vasudev Menon graced the occasion as a special guest.

Students who had completed the one-year Diploma in Acting and Modelling for 2009 – 2010 received their diplomas from the dignitaries. Students who had completed the one-month short term course in Acting for the Camera received certificates.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Balachander said that he was very happy to be present at a venue that was filled with so many aspiring fresh talent. The veteran director, who has launched many new faces in Kollywood, said Alchemy was doing a great job by honing talents with professional skills required for the film industry.

Mr. Muthuraman, in his speech, advised the students to cultivate patience and perseverance. The director, who is credited with directing superstar Rajnikanth in the most number of films, narrated how Rajini worked hard and prepared for his role in every film.

“His improvisation skill is what made him a super star,” he said and gave the students useful information on acting.

Gautham Menon initiated a great interaction session between the students and Mr. Balachander, through which some very interesting tips were the students. He said that going by the placement track of Alchemy, the institution was rocking and was a real boon for acting students.

CEO & Creative Director of Alchemy Mr. Vijay Viswanathan, thanked the dignitaries for their valuable time and the guidance given by them to the students.

The Graduation ceremony was followed by a theatre production staged by the students as part of the placement show activity. Several directors, producers and members from the film and television industry were among the large gathering.

Alchemy is located at 16/15, 3rd Floor, Third Cross Street, Kasturiba Nagar, Adyar. Phone: 98413 27673, 6512 1119

Saraswathy Srinivasan

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