Conversation on Design and Arts.
Audiogyan a Philanthropic project to document & archive thoughts and ideas of Indian designers, artists, musicians, writers, thinkers and luminaries of the creative world. Audiogyan doesn’t celebrate the guests’ accomplishments or take a trip down memory lane; rather it objectively documents work, case studies, first principles of individuals who have devoted their life in the field of Design and performing arts.
Audiogyan releases every Wednesday.
Cognitive Gym with Anand Gandhi (4th Anniversary episode)
Yes!!!!!!! We are celebrating this 208th episode with Anand Gandhi. I am super thrilled and excited, and at the same time a bit nervous to have Anand on the show. I am just introducing him for the record in case if this audio is found 100 years later. Actually it's always a challenge to introduce great minds like him - I would simply call him, a philosopher, film maker, explorer, game designer and one of the most important thinkers of our time.
What is cognitive gym that you talk about?
From Graphics to Textile, with Sujata Keshavan
Today on Audiogyan we have one of the most well-known, influential, and senior Graphic designers of our time. Sujata Keshavan. She is the founder of Ray and Keshavan and Varnaworld. Sujata graduated from the National Institute of Design in 1984. She did her Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from the School of Art, Yale University 1987. At Yale, Sujata studied under designers Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson, and Armin Hofmann. And today we are here to know her design philosophy and my personal curiosity that can design be tangibly measured?
Transport design with Dhawal Ashar
1. We can't start from the wheel but can you give us a brief history of transportation in Mumbai? Also, how are these transportation departments categorized? Local perception of commuters and as per government taxonomy?
2. What is a general practice for building and designing a road? What is challenging about Mumbai being a cluster of islands?
3. What was the situation of Mumbai roads despite having a local railway 50 years ago and how is it today?
4. On which parameters are road safety and ease of transport measured? How are these conducted and how does Mumbai perform on those metrics?
5. What is the long-term future of transport in Mumbai?
Commitment to Kashmir with Devika Krishnan (ACS)
1. Real India is 60%+ villages. Can you give us a sense of the broad landscape of arts and crafts in our country?
2. After working for more than 2 decades in this space, especially at Ranthambore, what are the insights you can share w.r.t crafts?
3. Why is Kashmir so fertile when it comes to Crafts?
4. What is Commitment to Kashmir? How does it work? On which criteria these artisans are handpicked?
5. What are the top 3 or 5 challenges which Kashmiri Artisians are facing?
6. What all changes happened due to 370 in Kashmir?
7. It is so juxtaposition that, Mumbai is the financial capital of India and also houses to a biggest slum in Asia. Similarly, Kashmir being an area of dispute and terror for nearly 7 decades and yet most beautiful when it comes to design and art. How do you reconcile this thought?
8. Can you tell us which are the really unique indigenous products produced from Kashmir and why?
Synthesis of standardization with Neelkanth Chhaya
Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya - An Architect, academician, and thinker, Neelkanth Chhaya has researched and worked extensively in the domain of appropriate architecture for India. He has documented places of historic significance and authored numerous critical papers. He retired in 2013 as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, at CEPT, Ahmedabad after a 24-year teaching sojourn at the School.
1. What according to you is standardization? Where do you see it happening? Do you see it happening in Architecture? Do you see it happening in design at large?
2. It is said, standardization and process bring scale - How true it is in design? How important is a scale for a developing country like us? Are we trapped in a cycle now?
3. Does standardization kills diversity, ingenuity? What according to you is the biggest tradeoff of bringing standardization in design as a discipline?
4. You have been an educator for more than 40 years. The education system is designed to meet the demands of the market. Market demands profit. Profit can be achieved only through scale. Can one scale without standardization?
5. Do you envision further standardization 50 years from now?
Travel Writing with Shivaji Das
A writer, traveler, and photographer; Shivaji Das with us on Audiogyan. He has authored few books like, ‘Off the Beaten Track: Collecting Stories of Unheard Lives,’ ‘Journeys with the caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores and Sumba, Indonesia,’ and most recently, "The other Shangri-la".
Shivaji’s writings and work with migrants have been published in journals such as TIME, The Economist, BBC, and more... He was born and brought up in the north-eastern province of Assam and now stays in Singapore. Today we are here to discuss travel writing as a practice or as a profession. Let's find out.
Very useful and detailed discussed in and around design
Love the episode on guru shish parampara.
Loved the Indian memory project with Anusha Yadav. Interesting conversation!
Kedar brings out the value
I have been listening to Audiogyan for sometime now and loved every single episodes of this podcast. Kedar brings out the best insights on design and related topics I enjoy listening to while I commute to my office. I highly recommend design enthuisiasts to check Kedar's work.