Maya Nelluri

Hi I’m Maya; a Journalist, Make-up and Hair Professional, Artist, Celebrity-Event Coordinator, Entrepreneur and Fashion Stylist. I was born in India, raised in New Zealand, and currently reside in Australia when I’m not globe-trotting like there’s no tomorrow!

About

Maya is a Journalist, Make-up and Hair Professional, Artist, Celebrity-Event Coordinator, Entrepreneur and Fashion Stylist. She has worked as an Associate Editor for Southscope and Consultant Editor for Eternal Life Times. Prior to that, she was employed by Channel 6 magazine as a Copy Editor. Maya has also free-lanced for Times and Indian Express among many other publications. As a Fashion Stylist and Make-up and Hair Professional, she has worked on photo shoots and films with celebrities including Rana Daggubati, Nani, Saina Nehwal, Naga Chaitanya, Allari Naresh, Deeksha Seth, Manoj Manchu, Sharwanand, Shriya Saran and more. Her previous two Art Exhibitions were exceptionally well received and lead to her painting for a Mobile Application by Mytha Tech. As a Co-ordinator Maya has worked on award shows such as IIFA Utsavam and SIIMA. She also manages www.woosa.in, an online store with a wide variety of South Indian fashion products.

On a more personal level, Maya is Indian born, New Zealand raised, and currently resides in Australia when she isn’t globe-trotting to her heart’s content. Born into a family that places utmost importance on living by societal norms, her decision to pursue multiple vocations was met with doubt, especially since the change in career paths came after she completed her Master of Arts at University of Auckland, New Zealand, specialising in Organisational Psychology. It was then that author John Green’s words, “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” came to her rescue, and pushed her towards her passion. She enrolled into Samala Robinson Academy, New Zealand, to study Makeup Artistry and went on to excel in every path she chose since.

Makeup, Hair & Styling

Maya has worked on editorial photo shoots and Tollywood films with popular celebrities such as Rana Daggubati, Nani, Saina Nehwal, Naga Chaitanya, Allari Naresh, Deeksha Seth, Manoj Manchu, Sharwanand, Shriya Saran and more. Click here for portfolio.

She’s also had the privilege of working with numerous brides on their special days. Currently working out of her studio in Sydney she provides makeup, hair and saree-draping solutions for weddings, special occasions and photo shoots. Being a South Indian, she understands the importance of getting that perfect South Indian bride look. She also has extensive experience with Indian skin-tones so you can rest assured that you will look your best for any occasion. Visit this page for service list and portfolio.

Publications

*Journalist for Idlebrain.com – Global; 2016 - ongoing Idlebrain is the global market leader in online reporting about Tollywood. Maya interviews some of the biggest names in Telugu and Tamil cinemas for the site, bringing forth exclusive information about the celebrities. Click here for links to interviews. Click to visit Idlebrain.com.

*Freelance Copy Writer – Global; 2010 - ongoing Freelanced for several high profile newspapers including Times and Indian Express, magazines, production houses and corporate companies.

*Associate Editor for Southscope – Hyderabad, India; 2014-15 Wrote and edited for Southscope - India's leading south Indian film magazine. She was responsible for not only interviewing famous celebrities in the Telugu film industry, but was also entrusted with editing the works of all other journalists. Having to co-ordinate with the design company and other areas of production, meant that Maya developed a 360 degree understanding about the print media industry. Click here to view interviews by Maya.

*Consultant Editor for Eternal Life Times – Hyderabad, India; 2014-15 Edited for Eternal Life Times, a holistic magazine which deals with spiritual and existential topics.

*Copy Editor for Channel 6 Magazine – Hyderabad, India; 2012-14 Working for the city based magazine Channel 6 developed Maya’s journalistic abilities and allowed her to delve into reporting about many areas such as film, television, politics, fashion, technology, travel and many more. She was also tasked with pre-editing all other journalist's works. Click here to view interviews by Maya.

Art

*Artist for MYTHA Tech – Global App; 2016 Produced art work for the Mobile Application MYTHA. It is an app created to revolutionize the way mythological stories from across the Indian subcontinent are told. MYTHA takes India’s traditionally oral art of storytelling and condenses these old tales into 10-page books which can be downloaded. The books can be found on Mytha| Mythology Stories Mobile Application. Visit mytha-tech.com for more information.

*Solo exhibition Om Namah Shivay – State Art Gallery, Hyderabad, India; 2015 This particular collection blended symbolic representations of Vedas with depictions of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Mantras were etched into the artwork to give each piece aesthetically appealing texture and spiritual vibes. Click here for photos of the exhibition opening event and paintings.

*Solo exhibition OM – Beyond Coffee, Hyderabad, India; 2012 Maya’s first exhibition was inspired by the song ‘What if God was one of us’ by Joan Osborne. It showcased 19 pairs of sketches. Every pair consisted of one sketch of God Shiva playing various sport as if he existed in the world today. The other half was the soulful eyes of Goddess Parvati, God Shiva’s consort. Click here for photos of the exhibition opening event and sketches.

Events

Can any film lover pass up the chance to work for an award show that felicitates her favourite celebrities? Of course not!

*IIFA Utsavam 2017 - International Indian Film Academy Awards hosted its second South Indian film focused awards in Hyderabad in 2017. The awards boasted of a large celebrity presence from Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam film industries on two separate days. Maya’s responsibilities included coordinating with the Telugu film industry’s nominees, jury and guests. She also provided assistance with multiple other aspects during, pre and post the event.

*SIIMA 2016 - South Indian International Movie Awards of 2016 was held in Singapore. The three-day event boasted of celebrities from all four South Indian film fraternities. Maya’s responsibilities consisted of co-ordinating with performing celebrities during the event rehearsals and event itself.

*SIIMA 2012 - South Indian International Movie Awards of 2012 was held in Dubai. The two-day event was attended by celebrities from Kollywood (Tamil cinema), Tollywood (Telugu cinema), Mollywood (Malayalam cinema) and Sandalwood (Kannada cinema). Maya’s responsibilities ranged from co-ordination with celebrities to assisting in hospitality, travel and other aspects of event management.

Shop

Maya is the proud owner of the fashion brand WOOSA. She personally sources all the South Indian 1 Gram Gold & Nizam Mughal Jewellery, Sarees, Blouses and Gifts available for sale. WOOSA ships within Australia and across the Pacific.

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