Forum No.23
8th Sept 2018

Forum No.23
8th Sept 2018

Forum No.23
8th Sept 2018

Forum No.23
8th Sept 2018

Forum No.23
8th Sept 2018

COLLABORATION | MAKES IT SPICY

COLLABORATION | MAKES IT SPICY

COLLABORATION | MAKES IT SPICY

COLLABORATION | MAKES IT SPICY

COLLABORATION | MAKES IT SPICY

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COMPUTER SCIENTIST
Rahul Narain

ARTIST

Rohini Devasher

COMPUTER SCIENTIST
Rahul Narain

ARTIST

Rohini Devasher

COMPUTER SCIENTIST
Rahul Narain

ARTIST

Rohini Devasher

COMPUTER SCIENTIST
Rahul Narain

ARTIST

Rohini Devasher

COMPUTER SCIENTIST
Rahul Narain

ARTIST

Rohini Devasher

ENTREPRENEUR
Anandhi Dasraj
ENTREPRENEUR
Anandhi Dasraj
ENTREPRENEUR
Anandhi Dasraj
ENTREPRENEUR
Anandhi Dasraj
ENTREPRENEUR
Anandhi Dasraj
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A social-entrepreneur, Anandhi Dasaraj has mainly worked with tribes and indigenous crafts. She enrolled at the Indian Institute of Forest Management, where she had a 2-year stint with forest communities, living and working closely with forest dwellers. Later, she joined TRIFED set up by Government of India to market forest produce and worked there for 16 years, during which time, she had the opportunity to go to Assam on a project. The experience exposed her to the problems of working in isolated regions and the corruption inherent in Government projects. When she returned, she became involved with ‘Tribes India’, a chain of stores initiated by Maneka Gandhi (then minister of social justice and empowerment) to retail tribal handicrafts and crafts made by physically and mentally challenged persons.

Anandhi moved to the capital city and worked with various communities with the intention of engaging them in design-led interventions. She recounted her visit to the Toda community in the Nilgiris who create intricate embroidery, when the locals laughed at her team’s interest in buying old torn pieces but agreed to sell for a sum of 100 rupees. While they were leaving a young girl of the community came running and asked permission to copy some of the old designs with a remarkable number of stitches, onto a small piece of cloth. In a way this was the only documentation of the craft and a memory of her ancestors. Anandhi explained how in our country most of our traditions are at risk. The Intellectual property of the people is captured only in their minds and we must do more to protect it through design-led interventions. Communities need some level of hand-holding to standardise and market their work.

Post TRIFED Anandhi worked with Rajiv Sethi on a World Bank project which provided 360 degree support to artisans to enhance their products called -‘Jiyo’. She worked with the Guntur craft cluster on a food project and found out that knowledge of the older generations is not translating to the newer generations. For example, they documented 32 types of Podi (chutney spice powder) which are eaten at different types of the year and serve different purposes. Being a South indian herself she was only personally aware of 5 types.

Anandhi believes we are still groping with issues of creating sustainable livelihoods for communities by harnessing their skills. The other projects at Jiyo ranged from beautifully packaging for pickles from Guntur and working with master craftsmen in textiles and furniture using natural fibres and hand painted tiles. The goal, she believes, is for designers to work with artisans to create contemporary products so that they can sell and flourish, and thereby, benefit the community.

Written by Joash Youtham

ARTIST
Anjolie Ela Menon
ARTIST
Anjolie Ela Menon
ARTIST
Anjolie Ela Menon
ARTIST
Anjolie Ela Menon
ARTIST
Anjolie Ela Menon
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Anjolie Ela Menon is a leading contemporary artist of India. After a stint at the J.J. Institute of Applied arts, Mumbai, she went on to get a degree in English Literature from Miranda House, a women’s college in Delhi university. She held a solo exhibition of 53 paintings exploring varied styles at the young age of 18 and was awarded a scholarship to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Having been known by a lot of names, she always prefers to refer to herself as ‘The Queen of Jugaad’. “Jugaad is a very important tool in the creative process,” she says. Originally inspired by the ‘Kantha’ quilt made by women in West Bengal, where different pieces of cloth are put together, she went on to explore the aspect of jugaad through her work. The seeds for such creative approaches started early in her life. Growing up in an army family, constant shifting of homes and cities was inevitable. Permanent furniture was difficult to maintain and her mother would convert trunks used for storage into seating. She credits her mother for teaching her the art of frugal living setting an example with her innovative lifestyle.

Menon also expressed her love for antiques. When she started off by painting windows in the 70s, she was inspired to create a series of paintings where she used an actual window frame in front of the painting. This led to a genre that lasted for 10 years. She started painting on objects and resurrected them as art pieces. Other interesting explorations were her digital juxtaposition of images to create the series called ‘Menongitis’, along with other contributors from the Menon family. She also spoke about her experiences and interactions with M.F Hussain, recalling his impeccable sense of humor.

In her 62-year long career, Menon has not only been a part of various movements, but also created movements that have influenced many. She has created multiple series of paintings like the ‘Divine Mothers’. Whenever she encountered skepticism, she dealt with it, but she has always believed in her dreams. She says, “Whatever we create is part dream, part reality. But dream is a reality, as we have seen it!” She was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors, by the Government of India in 2000. Her work has been featured in multiple exhibitions.

Written by Riya Mahajan

COMPUTER SCIENTIST
Rahul Narain
COMPUTER SCIENTIST
Rahul Narain
COMPUTER SCIENTIST
Rahul Narain
COMPUTER SCIENTIST
Rahul Narain
COMPUTER SCIENTIST
Rahul Narain
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A computer scientist working on computer graphics and animation, Rahul Narain recently joined his undergraduate alma mater, IIT Delhi, as an assistant professor in January this year. Before this he received his PhD from the University of North Carolina, was a postdoc at UC Berkeley, and then spent 3 years as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota before deciding to return to India.

Retaining a keen interest in art and design, Rahul sees computer animation research as an exciting area at the intersection of computer science, mathematics, physics, and visual art. His work focuses on developing simulation algorithms for animating complex phenomena like fluids, cloth, deformable objects, and crowds. Rahul took us through several simulations, which he along with his team have been working on. The visualisations ranged from the motion and behaviour of fluids to the impact of a ball being thrown at different surface materials like glass and rubber. He also shared the simulation of a crowd evacuating from a complex and large office space. Rahul visualises himself as the craftsman who makes the paintbrush for a painter. The audience was hooked on to the fact that all these simulations were essentially numbers and that such work helps build various softwares for designers and architects.

Rahul’s work has found use at two major visual effects studios and a virtual garment try-on startup. He is also interested in applications beyond visual entertainment, such as interactive computer-aided design and biomechanical modeling.

Written by Vinod Anthony Thomas

ARTIST
Rohini Devasher
ARTIST
Rohini Devasher
ARTIST
Rohini Devasher
ARTIST
Rohini Devasher
ARTIST
Rohini Devasher
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Rohini Devasher, a Delhi based contemporary artist, was trained as a painter and printmaker. She works in a variety of media including sound, print and video. She received her M.A. in printmaking from the Winchester School of Art in the UK and her BFA in Painting from the College of Art in New Delhi. Rohini’s work mostly focuses on observing, recording, functionalizing and re-imagining objects and spaces that exist at the interface between science, nature, perception, culture and production. The idea of how in biology, we have invariant patterns and variable details but some things still remain the same, really excited her. She worked at the India Habitat Centre prior to her M.A; later she worked at the Khoj International Artists’ Association between 2005 and 2010. Her work is perfectly situated between the empirical and the imagined. Using the light produced by video feedback, for example, Devasher has crafted images of the metamorphosis of dragonflies, and of trees illuminated against a pitch-black background. In her large-scale, mixed-media works on paper, she presents microbes or chrysalises in intricate, delicate detail. Some of her current work involves research and fieldwork in astronomy. During her talk she mentioned a life-transforming experience she had when the longest solar eclipse could be witnessed in India, as the path of the phenomenon was traveling through Patna. This sensited her, making her aware about her position in the planet like never before.

Rohini’s first solo show ‘Breed’ was held at Project 88 in Mumbai in 2009 followed by her second solo ‘Permutation’ at Nature Morte, New Delhi in 2011. One of her projects was about looking at the notion of deep time through a Museum’s collection of fossils and corals. Rohini created a wall drawing taking inspiration from them. The concept that emerged looked at layers, which meant the lower you go, logically, the further back in time you travel. Both of these ideas require a deep sense of imagination and this excited her the most. She loves doing wall drawings which are site specific, temporary and destroyable. Devasher’s attention to detail and her naturalistic rendering make her forms look almost real, reflective of the deep connection between science and art.

Written by Jigyasa Thukral

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