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Born in Srinagar, Kashmir (India) and Schooling at the famous CMS Tyndale Biscoe High School, Srinagar, Kashmir. The school motto "In all things be men" was an inspiration that shaped his mind and attitude to life. It is this mindset that made him a long distance swimmer, made him climb mountains, hitchhike, play hockey and football. He furthered his education at S. P. College, Srinagar and then at the Centre for Advanced Study in Pure Mathematics, Punjab University Chandigarh. Thereafter, got entry into the famous FTII (Film & Television Institute of India, Pune) Completed Diploma in Cinema with specialization in Cinematography in1974. Early recognition came when the documentary film "A Young Surgeon" shot by him the won the prestigious PV Pathy Memorial Prize for the best Documentary of that year at FTII. The same year he did a documentary "Dauligiri" on the epoch making Battle of Kalinga in Orissa, for the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.

Joined Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 1974
At Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad as a Cameraman in the project SITE (Satellite Instructional Television Experiment) an ISRO-NASA Project. Was involved in the design, development and the production of television programmes for "development" with prime focus on rural development. These programmes were being designed to test the efficacy of Satellite Broadcasting for Development. Hailed as the world's largest communications experiment, it tried out Direct Community Broadcasting using ATS 6 Satellite in India for the first time.

As a Cameraman & Director Photography
Though trained as a Cinematographer/ Motion Picture Cameraman, took lead in using low cost video as the future medium of mass communication. The advantages were spontaneity, economy of operation and flexibility. Though its initial drawbacks like poor image quality, resolution and limited dynamic range worried professionals, nevertheless, it progressed leaps and bounds thereafter.

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