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Tribal duo’s eventful rise

At a time when most tribal youths strive for secure jobs in government or private sector, a dynamic duo have chosen to tread the uncharted path of entrepreneurship.

Anup Kujur (34) from Ranchi and Sunita Beck (33) from Raipur in Chhattisgarh, both alumni of National Institute of Event Management (NIEM), are running their own business venture.

The talented twosome, who launched an event management firm Times Events in Mumbai in 2011, opened a Ranchi branch about six months ago and are planning to hold a Christmas extravaganza in the capital this year.

Anup, an alumnus of St Xavier’s College in Ranchi, did a course in music from Delhi and moved to Mumbai in 2007 to pursue a one-year programme at NIEM.

“After freelancing with reputed event firms like Cineyug, Wizcraft International, 360 Degrees and D. Karmali and Co., I was planning to launch my own business . I met Sunita at a Mumbai event in 2008. We had similar ideas and decided to float a company of our won,” Anup told The Telegraph at his office near Archbishop’s House on Camil Bulke Path.

Times Events has a branch in Raipur too.

Arguably, Sunita and Anup are the first tribal youths who have opted for a career in event management.

“In both Raipur and Ranchi, no tribal youth has ever explored the field of event management and we are the first ones to step into this field. We have a passion for managing events and we hope to make it big,” said Sunita, who completed her postgraduation in English from Raipur University before pursuing the course from NIEM.

Going by the figures, the duo seem to have had a great start.

The firm has done business worth Rs 1 crore collectively in 2011 and 2012.

They have further set their eyes on the magical figure of Rs 1.5 crore in 2013.

Regarding their Christmas fiesta plans, Anup and Sunita revealed that the event will be held from December 14 to 21 at Loyola grounds near Archbishop’s House on Camil Bulke Path, which also is popularly known as Purulia Road.

“The carnival will double up as a one stop solution for shopping of Christmas decorations and items. Such a kind of event will be held after nine long years in the city. Western music and fashion shows will a part of the extravaganza,” said Sunita.

She added that some youths had organised a similar programme on the occasion of Christmas at the same venue, but since they were not a professional event management troupe, they failed to draw good response from the capital crowd. As a result, the event was never organised again.