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.
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!