Light & Life Academy

A Modern Day Gurukul

Iqbal Mohamed and Anuradha founded Light and Life Academy on 21 March, the day of the equinox. To forever serve as a reminder that LLA will always be a Gurukul and will balance the learning of light and life. Maintaining a synergy between a well-structured curriculum and free-willed study. It encourages classroom and corridor learning; just the same. In a place that is both a school and a home.  

At Light & Life Academy, the belief is that every image created is a combination of vision and inner vision. This is symbolized in the logo. The Academy's every endeavor, therefore, is to go beyond the teaching of the art & science of photography, towards awakening and nurturing each individual's unique vision and inner vision.

Light and Life Academy is truly a modern-day Gurukul.

Light & Life Academy is a not-for-profit education trust, set up in Ooty, India, with the initial support of Kodak India & Eastman Kodak, USA in the year 2001.

Professional Photography Courses

This course is designed for the aspiring Professional photographer. The course offers a very good understanding of the techniques of Photography and nurtures individual creative expression.

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PG Diploma in Professional Photography Course: Admissions In Progress

Travel Photography captures the essence of a place and its people. Nature Photography captures the mood of a natural scene, from landscapes and seascapes to wildlife and macros. This course offers a very good grounding of what is required to become a Travel and Nature Photographer.

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Diploma in Travel & Nature Photography Coures : Admissions In Progress

For hobby photographers and serious ameteurs, LLA Online offers the "Get Ceative with Photography " program. A first of its kind, in 9 Indian languages and English, ensuring that the fundamentals of photography are learnt in concrete manner, while also allowing you to explore your creative side!

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LLA Big Studio

Light and Life Academy is perched on a mountaintop about 7000 ft. above sea level near Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India, with a spectacular view of the Ketti valley, arguably the second largest inhabited valley in the world. It's a calm, peaceful 60,000 sq ft theater in the lap of Mother Nature with up to three seasons visiting it every day. Know more….


Life @ LLA

Students share their learnings and experiences from the Architecture Specialization by Iqbal Sir.

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The 21st of March is always a special day at LLA! This year it was doubly special.

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The graduating batches (18 & 19) came together as students for one last time.

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Batch 20 Unwinds

Students of Batch 20 get their “act” together with a game of cruel charades.

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Students share their thoughts after completing the Light and Lighting module.

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As artists, when we have a deeper understanding of ideas that govern the world

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Here's a look at the best images by the students of batch-20 from their Intro to 35mm session.

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Every picture has a story to tell… So what’s the story here? - A workshop by Pankaja Srinivasan

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