ASHIK ASHIK K.S

experienced CO-ORDINATOR, PRODUCER/VIDEO JOURNALIST
NEWS| ENVIRONMENT | SCIENCE | HISTORY | LIFESTYLE FEAUTRES

Personal Strength

Currently working with Pearvideo , a prominent Chinese news Video Platform as Overseas Stringer Coordinator managing over 5000 video journalists covering 207 countries . Can quickly identify a video news story for online viewers. Expertise in identifying professional Video Journalists to get news stories. Have contacts with over 200,000 experienced journalists through social media platforms. Very good in liasoning and managing workflow between news desk and Video Journalists. Cultivated strong association with Associated Press Television (APTN), New TR and other international video news agencies for the last 13 years.

Worked with Zoomin TV a leading online news network in Europe from January 1st 2014to December 31st 2015 as Chief Editor for India.

PROFEESIONAL EXPERIENCE

• International Journalist with 22 + years of total experience. • Covered a range of areas (e.g., news, sports, business, education, healthcare, lifestyle, Environment, History, travel) as a full-time Producer /Video Journalist

\ • Expertise in making documentaries – produced several documentaries

• Producer of a BBC World Service Trust 11-minute Documentary “Beyond the Waves “based on the after impact of Indian Ocean Tsunami.

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Ritual Spa for Indian Elephants
Kerala , India
By ASHIK K.S
11 Jul 2014

July, 2014
Guruvayur, Kerala, India

Every July, elephants in the southern Indian state of Kerala are treated to ritual spa treatments at elephant rejuvenation centers.

The Punnathoor Cotta elephant yard, attached to the famous Guruvayurappan Hindu temple, is one of these rejuvenation centers and hosts up to 59 elephants. The elephants are pampered with 30 days of hose baths, massages, and wholesome ayurvedic elephant food.

These elephants play a key role in Kerala’s legendary temple processions and holy celebrations that occur throughout the year. July or ‘Karkkidakom’, is the 12th month in the local Malayalam calendar and coincides with the monsoon season. Karkkidakom and the monsoon season are considered a month of rejuvenation for humans and animals alike.

Shot List:
1- W/S BOARD in MALAYALAM LANGUAGE “ Rejuvenation for elephants”
2- M/S board
3- C/U board
4- W/S Punnathoor cotta exterior
5- W/S elephants in the yard
6- M/S elephants
7- C/U elephants
8- SOUND BITE – SASIDHARAN SREEDHARAN – Manager of the yard – Malayalam language

The rejuvenation treatment for elephants is carried out every year for the well being of the elephants and to regain their health and energy. This is a regular feature usually carried out during the month of July every year .

9- W/S bathing massage
10- C/U Brush , stone etc using for massage bath
11- various shots of bathing
12- Sound Bite – Dr. Divya Vadayeri- Vetenary Doctor of the yard- MALAYALAM Language.

Every elephant is provided with separate rice preparation depending on the peculiarity and physical condition of the animal. Certain elephants are given a diet of rice and horse gram with necessary medicinal additives, while certain others are fed on a diet of rice and green gram supplemented by both allopathic and Ayurvedic medicines.

13- W/S of special food
14- C/U food
15- W/S assembling for food
16- Top angle shots of assembling
17- M/S feeding
18- C/U feeding

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Spear Piercing at Hindu Festival
Thiruvananthapuram
By ASHIK K.S
11 Jun 2014

11 June 2014
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Followers of the Hindu god Murugan, pierce their cheeks with spears to illustrate their devotion. On the 11th of June, Hindus in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, celebrate Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war, victory, wisdom, and love. Murugan is always depicted holding a spear and to show their piety, many devotees stick long metal shafts, quite often one-and-a-half to two meters in length, through their cheeks. Once pierced, the individuals are said to go into a trance-like state, unable to feel any pain, and dance down the street accompanied by friends and relatives who help them carry their spears. It is considered a mystery to some why those who are pierced feel no pain and why the piercing itself creates no blood or scars. This type of ritual piercing is particularly popular in India’s southern states, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This ceremony takes place in the Chenthitta Devi Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala.

Shot List

1- M/S Temple ritual

2- W/S Devotee Anoop Kumar

3- M/S Anoop

4- M/S vel – The long steel spear

5- Head Priest Gopi Chellappan piercing the steel rod into the cheeks

6- C/U steel spear piercing the cheeks

7- M/S Anoop with long steel rod

8- Low angle shot another devotee walks with rod

9- SOUND BITE – Gopi Chellappan – Main Priest- MALAYALAM

When it is pierced into the cheeks it does not create any pain and if at all, it would be less than that of an ant bite. It is the same experience when the spear is removed from the cheeks no pain, no wound or scar, it is all because of the blessing of the deity Lord Muruka.

10- W/S of the temple

11- M/S the drums

12- C/U drums

13- Soundbite – Devotee Anoop Kumar – Malayalam.

I have all in search of a job for livelihood that is all my prayer and that is for which I am participating as a devotee

14- M/S walks through the street

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India Vote Counting
Thiruvananthapuram, India
By ASHIK K.S
16 May 2014

May 16, 2014

Thiruvananthapuram, India

Mar Ivanios College counting station
Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala of Southern
India.

Shot List

1- Counting Officers

2- Preparing for counting

3- Ballot boxes opening

Counting of two constituencies were held at Mar Ivanios College
counting station . Thiruvananthapuram and Attingal Loksabha
constituencies were counted in this station . The process began in the
morning by 8 am and concluded around 2pm .

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India Results
Thiruvananthapuram, India
By ASHIK K.S
16 May 2014

May 16, 2014

Thiruvananthapuram, India

The Bharatheeya Janatha Party led National Democratic Alliance has won the majority of seats in India’s general election . BJP candidate Narendra Modi all set to the Prime Minister of the country.
The NDA has secured nearly about 330seats in the 543 member Parliament. For a simple majority the alliance needs 272 seats.
Narendra Modi has won from Vadodara constituency and Varanasi constituency.
BJP got a remarkable victory over the ruling party Indian National Congress. Narendra Modi swearing in ceremony will be held at New Delhi on Wednesday.

SHOT LIST – SHOTS from THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Capital City of Kerala, Southern India
  1-      BJP flag
2-      BJP workers watching the election results
3-      Workers cheering up
4-      Vox Pop- Jyothish Nair
5-      Vox pop- Anoop .S.Nair
6-      SB- P.S.Sreedharan Pillai- BJP National Executive Committee member
7-      Various of Indian National congress workers celebrations
8-      Congress flag
9-      Workers riding bikes
10-  SB- M.M.Hassan- All India Congress Committee member

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India Election - Transgender Candidate
Madurai
By ASHIK K.S
24 Apr 2014

Madurai, India

April 24, 2014

Bharathi Kannamma is the only transgender candidate in India's Loksabha Elections 2014 . She is contesting from Madurai Constituency in Tamil Nadu State.

On 24th April she cast her vote at Thiruvalluvar Maha Corporation High School in Madurai in the sixth phase of the voting.

She is facing tough completion in Madurai Constituenc. There are 31 other candidates in the fray .

She is running as an independent candidate and iis focusing on getting a sizable share of the vote.

But she knows that there is no chance for win in the election.

In Madurai there are 6.98,306 men voters and 7,04,073 women voters.

Bharathi Kannamma is an economic graduate from Thyagaraja College Madurai . She is 53 and works with an NGO as a consultant.

Shotlist:

1- W/S Polling booth Thiruvalluvar Maha Corporation High School – Madurai , Tamilnadu India

2- M/S an old couple arriving

3- M/S old couple getting down

4- C/U old couple getting down from a cycle Rikshaw vehicle

5- M/S transgender candidate Bharthi Kannamma Voting

6- M/S votting sequence

7- SOUND BITE – BHARATHI KANNAMMA - ENGLISH

8- M/S Transgender after voting

9- C/u a Transgender Alishya showing vote

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India Election - Madurai, Tamil Nadu ...
Madurai
By ASHIK K.S
24 Apr 2014

The sixth phase of India general elections held on 24th April 2014 . Polling held for 117 constituencies spread over 12 states .
A total of 2076 candidates are in the fray in the sixth phase. 219,511,409 voters are in the 117 constituencies. The polling began in the morning at 7 am and it concluded at 6 in the evening. In Madurai constituency inTamil Nadu large queues were visible at the majority of the polling locations. People are waited for hours to cast their vote.
At Muthupetti Lower Primary School polling station of Madurai constituency in Tamil Nadu State a large number of people were in the queue.

1- Wide shot of polling booth Muthupetti Lower Primary School

2- Low angle shot of a goat

3- M/S queue

4- M/S various of queue

5- C/U a woman voter with her child

6- Voters showing their id cards

7- M/S voting

8- M/s showing vote

9- Soundbite – R.Arya- TAMIL

I am the happiest person , just now casted my vote for our nation …. Other than that what I say