Eyes on the prize

A. Karan is ready to take on the world as he gears up for the 44th WorldSkills Com­pe­ti­tion, un­der the guid­ance of Saman­tha Kochhar.

Hair - - In Focus -

At the young age of 19, A. Karan is burn­ing the mid­night oil, un­tir­ingly prac­tis­ing his skills for over 16 hours ev­ery day. Start­ing early in the day, he whips out his combs, scis­sors, dry­ers and starts prac­tic­ing hair­cuts and styles well through mid­night. For Karan, hair­dress­ing is a pas­sion, and it is only fit­ting that he is rep­re­sent­ing In­dia in hair­dress­ing at the 44th WorldSkills Com­pe­ti­tion, to be held in Abu Dhabi in Oc­to­ber 2017. To help him reach his goal, he is be­ing men­tored by Saman­tha Kochhar, World Deputy Chief Ex­pert for Hair and In­dia’s Chief Ex­pert for Hair, who says, “Through his sheer hard work, tal­ent and his rig­or­ous train­ing ses­sions with world-class in­ter­na­tional train­ers and some of the best train­ers in In­dia, he is evolv­ing not only as bet­ter artist but also a bet­ter pro­fes­sional ev­ery pass­ing day. The thor­ough train­ing ses­sions have taught him pa­tience, helped him gain more fo­cus and chan­nelise his thoughts into cre­at­ing unique styles.” Ms. Kochhar has left no stone un­turned to get Karan the best train­ing. He has been trained by top artists in the in­dus­try, such as Joakim Roos—one of the best com­pe­ti­tion

“It has been a plea­sure to su­per­vise the grad­ual pro­fes­sional en­hance­ment of Karan over the months. He be­lieves name and fame will fol­low if you stay true to your skill. He loves and cher­ishes hair­dress­ing. I wish him all the best for the WorldSkills In­ter­na­tional to be held in Abu Dhabi in Oc­to­ber this year,” says Saman­tha Kochhar.

train­ers in the world, Carvi Lai—a well­known in­ter­na­tional hair stylist, ChangChun Wu—one of the best in the world hair­dress­ing in­dus­try from China, and Emma Ek­man—an ace trainer from Swe­den. In­dus­try stal­warts like Asha Har­i­ha­ran, Seema Jer­a­jani, Itty Agar­wal, Uday Takke, Milind Bha­tia have also trained him. Blos­som Kochhar Col­lege of Cre­ative Arts and De­sign (BKCCAD) is his alma mater, and has taken on the onus of hir­ing him and pay­ing him a full­time salary to learn, prac­tice and hone his skills ever since he won the re­gional rounds of the In­dia Skill Com­pe­ti­tion. Coming from a hum­ble fi­nan­cial and so­cial back­ground, Karan has had a jour­ney full of chal­lenges so far. He has had to over­come these ob­sta­cles and hone his tech­ni­cal skills for the com­pe­ti­tion. Mind train­ers have worked with him to help him over­come the self-in­flicted stigma of his back­ground and to gain so­cial con­fi­dence. His teach­ers at BKCCAD have helped in his groom­ing, and he had to work es­pe­cially hard to over­come com­mu­ni­ca­tion bar­ri­ers so that he can make his dream of win­ning ac­co­lades for In­dia in hair­dress­ing come true. Karan ex­cels at cre­at­ing new looks and as he learns some­thing new, he uses his own vi­sion to add a distinct el­e­ment to it. Work­ing hard to hone his tech­nique re­lent­lessly, he is push­ing to achieve his goal and bring back home the tro­phy from the WorldSkills Com­pe­ti­tion. We wish him all the best and hope that he suc­ceeds in his en­deav­our!

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