Stories behind the artwork: Life and the actor

Krishna is known for leela, the attitude of playfulness towards life. In this, the realized being does not abstain from life realizing its falseness rather embraces it and plays it like an actor. The difference being he does not associate the temporary joys and sorrows with his identity anymore. Yet he plays those parts passionately... Continue Reading →

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Stories behind the artwork: Swan and the peacock

One represents the seeking of truth, the other represents the celebration of life. One represents indulgence, the other represents withdrawal. Though the material and the spiritual world apparently appear to be in contrast to one another, deeper understanding of either reveals it as reflection. The peacock at the peak of his realization looks at himself... Continue Reading →

The India Studies: Course outline

To understand India it is important to understand its soul. This is a country with a strong spiritual core. When Krishna guides Arjun encouraging him in battle, he still discourages him in violence. Now this itself is a controversy that a mind which is not trained in this school of thinking cannot penetrate. This kind of controversy is in the lengths and breaths of India. To understand India, one has to train. This is a course outline for a design institute which could prepare its students with that stronger base.

Odissi dancer, Jaya Mehta tells us how and why dance, music and yoga is an important aspect of Indian culture and history

Jaya Mehta is an Odissi dancer with a rich background in Indian art. She has a BFA in Painting from College of Arts, New Delhi; and a Masters in ancient Indian history from JNU. Through this interview she lets us have an insight into this culture and enlightens us with how dance, music and yoga can be much more than just hobbies. She tells us why have these occupied so much of Indian tradition and what is it that makes this culture unique.

Connecting culture to design: Where is the “problem”?

Different cultures over the period of time have developed different ways of "problem-solving". If you look at it that way then design and culture seem to follow similar routes. What is it then that the culture has to contribute to design? What is it we have missed out on? Is culture only about orthodox practices? Or can we rather add so much to "design" if we only understood its contribution.

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