I am Sumeru. I was born in 1987. I'm a filmmaker and musician based in Mumbai.
I am a trained sculptor (Bachelor of Fine Arts). I never pursued it beyond college. I took a liking to acting during college. I was part of some really bad Kannada daily soaps (barring 1-2) and some really good plays. So, I started off as an actor.
I was drawn to writing-direction while acting, so I pursued a post-graduation in film-video communication (Master of Design); and became a filmmaker. I made some documentaries, assisted on ads and made corporate films. Things took off well, but the work felt very unsatisfactory. I learnt that money was a terrible motivator for me, even if the allure for it existed.
Through everything, music persisted. I sing alright and can play some chords on the piano. Music is my first love. I want to keep calling myself a musician for as long as I can.
In 2019, I left a city that I was done with, took up no projects and did nothing for a while; I wanted to be intentional with what I was doing. And then... the pandemic hit.
- I have since started this website—my blog. I write personal essays here. Start by reading this or one of these.
- I started a weekly newsletter in Jan 2021 called Sunday Slant. I describe it as weekly musings and other nonsense with interesting links. . I have a lot of fun writing it. I urge you to read/subscribe (it's free).
- I started my YouTube channel where I upload songs often. I have actively been mulling over the idea of starting a vlog.
I am yet to figure out how I am going to make money doing all this. For now, I'm enjoying the shit out of it.
tl;dr — I'm a coNtenT crEAtoR