Director / Executive Producer / Screenwriter
JK SARAVANA, 29, a survivor with the habit of changing trends in and around his industry that transforms lifestyles, JK Saravana, is the CEO & Executive Producer of the leading entertainment powerhouse, Tantra Incorporated Pte Ltd, Singapore since 2002.
He was thrust into International fame with his 1st Film production venture ‘Chennai 600028’ in 2007.The secret of his success was his commitment, self-confidence and above all a never-give-up attitude.
With prior extensive hardcore experience in Television and Film Production, JK Saravana went on to start his own company, Tantra Incorporated Pte Ltd (Tantra Inc) in Singapore. Tantra Inc is a one-stop complete Media-Hub which caters to a wide range of media needs ranging from television, films, radio, music albums, events, advertising, animation and visual effects. With his own sophisticated production facilities, studios and high-end technicians, he went on to open 7 other subsidiary companies, Tantra Live, Tantra Films, Tantra Studios, Tantra Records, Tantra Television, Tantra Animation & Tantra Advertising.
As an established, award winning Executive Producer, JK Saravana began his trend setting journey in Television with Media Corp TV12 Vasantham Central, Singapore’s national Tamil channel. He has produced numerous programmes and series which have won awards at the MediaCorp Vasantham’s Pradhana Vizha.
‘Planet Galatta’- a popular variety series, ‘Nilakanda’ – World’s 1st Tamil 3D Animation series and the ‘Uncle Taxi Series’– Infotainment series are just some of the recent popular television series brands created by him. His Malay telefilm, ‘Raya Tak Raya’, was the highest rated drama in the last 8 years on MediaCorp Suria.
Apart from Television productions, JK Saravana also paved his way into the Advertising industry. Tantra Inc has been the backbone of branding for many International MNC, SME and leading brands Tantra Inc had also worked on the branding the revamped MediaCorpTV12’s Vasantham in 2008. Combining the power of his ever-youthful team at Tantra Inc, JK Saravana has managed to earn a much reputable and a rather ‘unique’ image among clients in the advertising sector.
Besides Television and Films, JK Saravana has also forayed into exciting events, mesmerizing musicals and mega-huge concerts – he is definitely no stranger to thrilling audiences on stage as well. From mind-blowing Bollywood Concerts, featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Sushmita Sen, to Kollywood Musicals and Shows featuring Isai Gnani Illaiyaraja, Gangai Amaren, S P Balasubramaniyam and the whole Kollywood Bandwagon of Cinema Stars, JK Saravana has done it all and has seen great heights of success!
His passion and dedication towards his work was acknowledged by DBS and SICCI in the year 2009. He won the Young Entrepreneur Award 2009 from DBS and SICCI. He is also nominated for the ‘Singapore’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010’ by the National Youth Council. JK Saravana, who is working with a very vibrant team, boasts the youngest Indian production team in Singapore!
Along with his competent creative team, JK Saravana continues to venture into English and Malay International Film and Television markets as well. Currently, he is producing and directing an international English-Tamil feature film, ‘Pickles’, which will hit the theatres in early August 2008. His next step, Soon-to-be launched, World’s first Indian Diaspora Television Channel, ‘TANTRA TV’. With all things set to go, JK Saravana and Tantra Inc are ready to explore new horizons! As he quotes, “In God may we all find Bliss!”
GOPAL K graduated from the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu (India) with a Diploma in Film Technology and Television Production in 1995. Since then he has worked as an assistant cameraman to several well known cinematographers, the most prominent would be Mr Madhu Ambat. Having worked with distinguished directors such as Raaj Kumar Santoshi, Gopal K ventured into Singaporean media in 2001. Since then he has worked on several TV programmes for various channels like Channel 5, Channel 8, Vasantham, CNA and National Geographic, earning himself a name for his cinematography in the Singapore media industry. The programmes are namely Channel I’s ‘Makansutra’, Channel 5’s ‘Retro Trek’, Channel 8’s ‘Street Smart’ and ‘Planet Gallatta’, and ‘Un Matham Aaguthadi’ in Vasantham. He has worked on several corporate videos and short films.
PRAVEEN KL, the editor has an experience of over fifteen years in the media industry. He began his career as a video editor and slowly climbed up the ranks to become a full-fledged Film editor. He has edited over fifteen movies over the past few years, the most notable one being "Chennai - 600028", "Saroja" and "Goa". He is based in Chennai, India and has been singled out as an innovator and team player adding strength to the production team.
Praveen's enthusiasm for the job knows no boundaries as he continuously strives to upgrade himself in order to keep up with the latest technologies and trends. He received the Best Film Editor Award for 2008, awarded by the State Government of Tamil Nadu, India.
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Praveen Kumar, 25, is no stranger to the world of editing. He started his career in 2007 as a video editor in Chennai's Tamilan channel. He got his inspiration from renowned movie editor Anthony. Aspiring to become the likes of his mentor he eventually progressed to be the assistant editor for the movie Chennai 600028 under the supervision of renown editor, Praveen KL. Recognising his talent he was called aboard Sun TV to be a video editor. Having edited many programmes for Sun TV is just part of his credentials. He has also done video editing for world renowned percussionist, Sivamani's, music videos. He was also a freelance editor for Vijay TV serials. He has also worked on the hit movie Saroja with Praveen KL. For the past 2 years he has captained the post production team at Tantra Inc as the Chief Editor. He is one of the reasons for the many wonderful programmes that we see on the Singapore screens.
Mohamed Noor, 43, debuts as a music composer in this film with close to four decades of music experience. He is one of the most influential percussionists and drummers in South East Asia. He started his music career at the tender age of 5. His desire and the love of music has inspired him to play a great variety of percussions from around the world.
He has performed in many music festivals including the Asean Jazz Fest(Malaysia), Heineken Jazz (Singapore), Big Bang Percussion Fest (London) and many more around the world. He has toured with some of the best Chinese pop stars like Jacky Chueng, David Tao, Wang Lee Hom, Amei and many more. He has also done the opening performances for their concerts. Mohamed Noor has also worked with many great international musicians like the Gypsy Kings, Randy Crawford, Eric Mariental, Shiela Majid, Dennis Chambers, Jeremy Monteiro, Toots Thielemans, Paulinho Garcia and Greg Fishman. Mohamed Noor was one of featured drummers at The Singapore Drum fest 2007/2008.
In addition, Mohamed Noor is an active founding member of Singapore’s Premiere World music Band “Tribal Tide” promoting percussions in Singapore and around the Region. Tribal Tide has performed in various festivals around Asia and has gained great recognition in the Music scene both locally and internationally.