THE SUNDAY TIMES
OF INDIA, Feburary 9, 1992
Samaritan helps Indian
By A Staff Reporter
BOMBAY, Feburary 8:"Things usually work
out at the right time," says Ajit Rao, the 32-year-old cartoonist
who was harbouring doubts about pursuing a career in animation.
Then he received a windfall yesterday in the form of Rs 1 lakh to
study 'cel' animation at the Sheridan School in Ontario, Canada'
where he has been twice denied admission due to the lack of funds.
The incredulous Mr. Rao received his gift at the closing ceremony
of Bombay's second International Film Festival last night, when
the Swiss award winner, Ted Seiger, decided to present his prize
money to "someone with a greater need."
Mr. Rao said he is not aware of the tax
liabilities on the gift. "I am completely at sea in money matters,"
he said, adding that he will have to start arranging for an equivalent
amount of money to meet the total cost of tuition, airfare and stay
at Sheridan's summer