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GROOVING TO HIS TUNES DJ Piyush and Navdeep at the DJ School

GROOVING TO HIS TUNES DJ Piyush and Navdeep at the DJ School   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: SATISH. H

It's the first DJ school in A.P and the head faculty DJ Piyush gives us the first look

He has been there and is still doing that. Picture this - a already popular DJ in Hyderabad, he is the winner of the 2005 War of the DJs contest, travels abroad for shows and has to his credit a remix album that's making waves currently. And so you assume that DJ Piyush Bajaj has enough on his plate. But no, the best is yet to come. What's keeping him on his toes is actually his pet project - a DJ School. Named Panache, it is a first in Andhra Pradesh and one-of-its-kind in India. "It was in pipeline for almost a year, before we actually put into action," explains Piyush, who has been in this industry for nearly a decade now. Partnering him in this venture is his friend since college days Navdeep Ahuja, an education consultant by profession. If the DJ brings along with him the technical expertise, Navdeep has the requisite management skill. He explains how the music industry is a global one and is currently growing at 30 percent every year. At this point, Piyush wants to clear some misconceptions about the profession. "Being a DJ is not about drinking, smoking or doing drugs. It is a highly skill based profession and a well paid one. DJs have also diversified into other music-based sectors like remixing for films, cutting albums or even starting their own production company," clarifies the DJ, who's remix album Aap Jaisa Koi hit the shelves recently. The title track featuring him and Meghana Naidu was even shown at the music festival at Cannes. The school, situated in Abids, offers a three-month certificate in Djing and one-month course in advanced pro-djing. And their syllabus has been recognised by the Audio Engineering Society. And keeping the comfort of outstation students in mind, the duo has even bought three flats in the next building, which will be given out to rent to them on sharing basis. One is tempted to ask how his DJ School is different from other schools in Mumbai or Delhi. And the head faculty, Piyush comes up with the answer. "Unlike ours, most schools run very informally on one-to-one basis. .

MANGALA RAMAMOORTHY

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