Pooja Patel meets 14-year-old Sindhuja Rajamaran, a caricaturist, 2D animator and the world's youngest CEO!
If you were a 14-year-old, what would you do after returning from school? Play with friends, watch some television or play video games? Well, here's one 14-year-old girl who comes home from school only to don the role of Chief Executive Officer of a Chennai-based animation company called Seppan. Sindhuja Rajamaran holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's youngest CEO. Sindhuja says, "It's a different feeling to be a CEO. I am not forced to work or anything. I just love my work and have fun while working. Now it doesn't feel strange anymore that my team members are between the age group of 18 and 25 years. It's a great opportunity. I took it as a challenge and have thus learnt to be a good CEO. I want to run my own production house and deliver quality film products, both in India and globally. I desire to be an employer who hires experts and novices and creates more job opportunities in India and overseas."
Sindhuja is the fastest 2D animator in the country as certified by the Nasscom Animation and Gaming Conclave (2010) and the youngest digital caricaturist certified by Corel Corporation, India. Her father's paintings have been her inspiration as she has observed his work since she was a child. Sindhuja says, "I started to learn art and practise it by observing my father's work. On seeing my interest towards the arts, my father started to teach me animation. I slowly grasped the techniques of animation and realised that though the process of 2D is tedious, the output is pretty attractive. That's the way it started. I gradually learnt Flash, After
Effects and Maya 3D software."
Sindhuja's first 2D animation project was based on the topic, 'Do Not Disturb Insects'. This was designed for her school exhibition. But the second project was totally different. It was created out of her personal experience. Her father is a health inspector and he shared a lot of information and statistics about health care and its state in India. His information and anecdotes inspired her to create an awareness campaign for which she decided to use animation as a medium of expression. The film was based on the theme, 'TB is Curable'.
Sindhuja shares, "These projects helped me a lot in terms of my work experience and perhaps this prompted my school principal to ask me to make a short film on global warming. The film had to be featured in a campaign conducted by Exnora, a non-governmental organisation, in collaboration with my school, Vellamal Matriculation Higher Secondary School. To make the project interesting and get into the Guinness Book of World Records, I had to make the three minute film in 10 hours. I managed well, completing the film within just
eight-and-a-half hours. I am now waiting for a response from the Records."
Sindhuja is aware that being a CEO is a big responsibility and she knows her priorities very well. She wants to study overseas, dream high and achieve targets. "I think school life is an important part of everyone's life. I feel I need to know about science, mathematics, English, Tamil and social studies. After I complete my schooling, I want to study at the Vancouver Film School in Canada and would like to specialise in animation. My dream is that when I turn 20, Seppan will be a company with a turnover of Rs 1 crore."
RobinAge wishes Sindhuja the best of luck in the pursuit of her goals.