Pune, a college city steeped in culture and history, has long lived in the shadow of its big sister Mumbai when it comes to the realms of business, commerce and the service industry as a whole. While Mumbai is without question a commercial behemoth and has certainly earned its formidable reputation, there are a number of Pune-based companies that are spearheading a creative revolution across diverse niches and industries; harnessing the arguable advantages that the city has to offer over its neighbours in terms of space, community and ecological diversity.
Here are five Pune-based creative companies that are standing toe-to-toe with the rest of the country with regard to both innovation and creative excellence.
A luxury hostel and co-living space catered to university students, Tribestays’ progressive ethos and modern amenities are is perfect for those of you who are tired of the arcane and draconian ways of traditional college hostels. Tribestays aims to create an environment where students are able to learn, relax, socialize and party while having their day-to-day needs completely taken care of. With daily meals, a fully functional in-house cafe, laundry facilities, fitness centres and dorm rooms that wouldn’t look out of place in a four-star hotel, you’d be hard pressed to find a more comfortable environment while at university.
Find out more about Tribestays here.
II. Grey Spark Audio
Grey Spark Audio is a modern, boutique, fully equipped studio that has catered to a diverse range of audio and production requirements for musicians, bands, companies and agencies across the country since 2010. Every producer who works with Grey Spark carries years of practical know-how, expertise and experience, allowing them to take your project to the very next level. The studio is a meeting place for Pune’s vibrant and eclectic music scene; regularly hosting live shows, listening sessions and production workshops that aim to put Pune on the global music map. The Grey Spark Audio Academy is also where fledging producers can go to learn new skills and techniques as well as hone their abilities in a safe, nurturing environment for sonic experimentation.
Find out more about Grey Spark Audio here.
Find out more about the Grey Spark Audio Academy here.
GreenTokri is an agricultural produce brand that was founded almost two decades ago. Their base of operations, on a sprawling farm on the outskirts of Pune, is where they grow and cultivate all manner of vegetables, preserves, pickles, dressings and herbs. They use a combination of traditional agricultural practices and the latest cutting-edge techniques and technologies to create products that are wholly organic, free of artificial preservatives and have as low of an environmental and ecological footprint as possible. They also conduct specially curated farm tours and experiences, where individuals and groups can spend a day learning, observing and even help carry out the various agricultural methods and processes that are used at GreenTokri every single day.
Find out more about GreenTokri here.
With unique, handcrafted designs and an uncannily artisanal flair, SVED is a brand that aspires to create far more than just your run-of-the-mill shoe. For SVED, their products are both an experience and a reflection and a representation of the wearer. Combining immaculate craftsmanship and premium materials, SVED aims to meld old-world and contemporary aesthetics into sleek, sophisticated footwear.
Find out more about SVED here.
If artisanal ice cream is more your speed, then look no further than Sammey’s. Their range of ice creams, sorbets, and milkshakes are the perfect balance of wholesome and decadent, with just the right mix of flavours; spanning everything from your standard salted caramel and strawberry swirl to unusual ones like mint oreo, notorious marshmallow and jamun sorbet.
Find out more about Sammey’s here.
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