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Audiogyan (founded in 2016) is a collection of conversations with luminaries of the Indian creative world. It’s a passion project to document thoughts and ideas of Indian designers, artists, musicians, writers, thinkers, and luminaries of the creative world.

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50: India’s Design Hero - Prof. Balkrishna Doshi.

This episode is the 100th Episode of Audiogyan and I am super honoured to have none other than Prof. Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi (Born in 1927). I decided to mark this 100th episode with living legend of design and architecture. Doshi sir is considered to be an important figure of South Asian architecture and noted for his contributions to the evolution of architectural discourse in India. His more noteworthy designs include the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and the Aranya Low Cost Housing development in Indore which was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In 2018, he became the first Indian architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. I am completely aware of my limitations while taking interview of a person of this stature but a humble and genuine effort to document Prof Doshi’s thoughts on design.1. What is your philosophy / ideology while designing? For eg. Laurie Baker worked on more cost effective, energy efficient architecture, Or Charles Correa is celebrated for his sensitivity to the needs of the urban poor. In short, what does the word “Design" Mean to you? The Pritzker jury announced that you have "always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends”. What is the secret behind it?2. What according to you is the reason that cities have started looking similar. Same flyovers, same glass and steel buildings? Have spaces become more inclusive as we are evolving? What is the role of architects in giving character to these structures? And has there been any innovation to improve the working style of the people lower in the pyramid? Do you think architects should address these concerns?3. How has RCC changed lives of architects and designers? Has it become more challenging or less? How has the landscape changed because of RCC4. What are your thoughts on Vastu Shashtra when it comes to architecture?5. What according to you is the difference between good and great? To further ask this question, as per my knowledge, an artist or a designers should ensure that he or she is consuming the right content, be in an appropriate environment to nurture and grow artistic sensitivities. What is your take on it? How can one go about building their own styles?


5 Dec 2018

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37: Insights into illustrations with Mira Malhotra

Today I have Mira Malhotra with us on Audiogyan. She is an artist associated with Kultureshop.Mira is a Mumbai-based visual artist and graphic designer and Founder of Studio Kohl. Her personal work is essentially Indian, witty and contemporary, characterised by her visceral use of line. A post-graduate from the National Institute of Design and a B.F.A. in Applied Arts, Mira’s rare approach to design is rooted in logic and common sense but enriched by her distinct aesthetic and creative flair. Her work has been featured by Kyoorius, RedBull Premieres and Vh1 and has represented India in the Triennale Museum, Milan and SouthBank Centre, London.Questions1. Can you give a quick snapshot of how you became a designer / artist and what is Studio Kohl?2. What are the characteristics of illustrations which make each artist’s work unique?3. Your style of work is “rooted in logic and common sense” - How do you define your work exactly?4. In one of your interview with My Creative wall you mentioned “Design/Art is vague and cannot be learnt from a textbook” - what does that mean?5. How can one break boundaries of art and still be relevant?


2 Nov 2017

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23: Thoughts on Design Education in India with Dhimant Panchal

1\. Can you paint us a picture of “Design” education in India? How well know it is in comparison to medicine or engineering?2\. In one of your articles online, you mentioned, Design education makes students become responsible citizens. Can you tell us how?3\. Can design be learnt from youtube? Or any online service?4\. What have been your observations w.r.t self taught designer versus a academically trained designer?5\. What are the key attributes to be found in oneself to get into the world of design as a career?6\. What is your long term vision about Design education in India? How do you see it 50 years in future?Prof Dhimant Panchal graduated from NID Ahmedabad in 1980\. With career spanning around 4 decades, Dhimant Sir has worked in all possible fields of design. From Industrial design, Product design, Exhibition design to education. Prof Dhimant Panchal is a key driving force at Maharashtra Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design, Pune. And today we are here to know what it takes to bring Design to living room conversations.


14 May 2019

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45: Education of typography within Indian landscape with G V Sreekumar

Prof. G V Sreekumar is Head of IDC school of Design at IIT Bombay. He was trained under the legendary Prof. R.K. Joshi while studying Master of Design in Visual communication at IDC. He has worked on a Malyalam font in "Vinyas" a spine based font design software developed by Prof. R.K. Joshi and NCST, Mumbai. He is famous as a publication designer also and has designed several popular magazines in India including CHIP, DIGIT, Overdrive, Chandamama, Society, Savvy etc… His areas of specialisations include typography, calligraphy, information design and human anatomy drawing. He has over 17 years of experience as a faculty in IDC, IIT Mumbai. 1. What is the role of typography in society?2. Can you tell us how important is typography even for a layman? From using the right font to influence in politics to typefaces used in signages to avoid accidents. What is the canvas of typography?3. How regional typography is important as we are moving towards a digital world? Why are fonts in Indian regional language necessary?4. Can you tell us what are prospective research areas for people interested in Indian Typography?5. How does the future of Indian typographic landscape look like? How have different foundries, education institutes contributed to where we stand today?


14 Dec 2017

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19: State of animation in India with Vaibhav Kumaresh

Today I have Vaibhav Kumaresh with us on Audiogyan. Vaibhav is an animator; the creator of the timeless animated angry maths teacher Simpoo, the cheerful Chulbuli and the amazing Amaron claymation commercials . The founder of Vaibhav Studios along with few of his power packed team members have been successfully producing some interesting Indian animation.1\. Can you tell us history of animation films in India? How long we have been doing this commercially?2\. Why is animation dominantly perceived as children’s thing?3\. Inspite of us, Indians having a strong tradition of story telling, do you think we are trapped inn this narrow view of animation? If yes why?4\. How do you see future of animation in India. What can we expect in the next 2 decades?


9 May 2018

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13: Vijay Tendulkar Biography by Ramu Ramanathan (Part 1)

Vijay Dhondopant TendulkarBorn on 6 January 1928 and passed away on 19 May 2008. Tendulkar Sahab was or should I call is an unarguably a leading Indian playwright, movie and television writer, literary essayist, political journalist, and social commentator. He is best known for his plays Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe (1967), Ghāshirām Kotwāl (1972), and Sakhārām Binder (1972).Welcome to Audiogyan Biographies. Today we will be documenting Vijay Tendulkar with a bit of help from Ramu Ramanathan.Ramu is an Indian playwright-director with acclaimed plays to his credit. Ramu has previously been a guest on Episode Number 29 of Season 1. He spoke about Stagelife Characters. Ramu is my go to person to understand tidbits about Indian Theatre.I am very curious to know, who were Tendulakar Sahab’s influencers? I am asking this because I was reading, Manus Navache Bait (Man is An Island), one of his first plays, was remarkable. People had never heard such dialogues before. Theatre at that time used very stylised acting and long sentences with very flowery language; it was distanced from reality. Something similar to which you spoke in the Episode 29 about Samuel Beckett and other playwrights trying to bring court room dramas to dining rooms. So do you have any insights what made him start this way?What was happening in from 1960 to 1990s that Tendulkar wanted to express his thoughts through violence; because according to my limited knowledge, he said, that he lived in a simple middle class family which was doing fine.What do you think; what made Vijay Tendulkar show violence to create awareness about violence, rather than showing something morally good or ethically sound? What is this style of showing real? Where does this form stem from?What was his trajectory of him expressing violence throughout his plays? Did it increase due to ongoing unrest or it decreased? From Gidhade to Kamala?Some of his plays were censored. What made him write so boldly in his new plays, despite being censored?What is the one thing which young generation playwrights should learn from Tendulkar and what is that one should avoid considering the current times?https://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/report-vijay-tendulkar-is-a-scathing-interpreter-of-maladies-4810 https://web.archive.org/web/20081201033510/http://www.indianexpress.com/res/web/pIe/ie/daily/19991020/ile20071.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTqj3GVs6bM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bF3GLjn1iI (Part 1 to 6)https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/society-the-arts/story/19801231-vijay-tendulkar-indian-theatre-only-complete-philosopher-773665-2013-12-02


24 Mar 2020

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9: Indian Memory project and more with Anusha Yadav.

Anusha Yadav is a Portrait Photographer, Brand Culture design consultant, and a curator of narrative, visual and theme based archives and ideas. She founded Indian Memory Project in 2010\. The world’s first online visual & narrative based archive that traces a personal history of the Indian Subcontinent through images found in family and personal archives.1\. What is Indian memory Project and what was the thought behind starting it?2\. There are millions of untold stories and unsung heroes in almost every part of the world. What is your process of capturing them through you project?3\. Which according to you is the best format of capturing memories? Why? 4\. How is one’s memory relevant to other’s?5\. Since you are a photographer, are memories alway black and white? Is there any significance?6\. How has your photography and graphic design skills help you grow this project?7\. What is the long term vision of Indian memory project?


6 Feb 2019

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14: Vijay Tendulkar Biography by Ramu Ramanathan (Part 2)

Vijay Dhondopant TendulkarBorn on 6 January 1928 and passed away on 19 May 2008. Tendulkar Sahab was or should I call is an unarguably a leading Indian playwright, movie and television writer, literary essayist, political journalist, and social commentator. He is best known for his plays Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe (1967), Ghāshirām Kotwāl (1972), and Sakhārām Binder (1972).Welcome to Audiogyan Biographies. Today we will be documenting Vijay Tendulkar with a bit of help from Ramu Ramanathan.Ramu is an Indian playwright-director with acclaimed plays to his credit. Ramu has previously been a guest on Episode Number 29 of Season 1. He spoke about Stagelife Characters. Ramu is my go to person to understand tidbits about Indian Theatre.


31 Mar 2020

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31: Design thinking in Indian context with Ashish Deshpande

An Industrial Designer from the National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad, India, He started his design entrepreneurship in 1989 almost 29 years ago, by co-founding Elephant, one of India’s pioneering design practices. Ashish leads the Product & Retail Experience Innovation group but believes that design must not be narrowed into disciplines and understanding users is a key component of any innovation activity. He has been a speaker at various conventions and seminars & regularly conducts workshops on Product Innovation Process. Ashish is President of Association of Designers of India (ADI) since 2010 and a founding team member of Pune Design Festival since 2007.1\. What is design thinking in the Indian context? Where people live with so much jugaad?2\. Where do you think India stands in terms of design standards across the broad? 3\. Which sector of industry needs maximum design support? Why?4\. Do design agencies like Elephant have a CSR kind of program where they can give back to societies which need design help?5\. What is the future of design look like in India?


25 Jul 2018

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14: Everybody is an artist - with Ankita Shinde

Ankita Shinde is an artist from Mumbai. She runs her graphic design business under her studio name ‘AnotherDayAnotherColour’ in Mumbai and has worked with brands like Adidas, Ebay, Lenovo, RedBull, ASUS, Vogue and more… Her work has been featured in several online and print publication - Mid day, Hindustan Times, Creative Gaga, Cosmopolitan, Juice magazine by Jabong, Pool magazine, Design Taxi, 22words.com, Kyoorious to name a few.Ankita is an artist and an explorer and believes that everybody is. She has founded petaproject.org where they empower and enable everyone to take up pet projects. She is passionate about education, about the ways in which slight transformation in the process of education can lift up an individual’s innovation capability. 1\. You strongly believe “everybody is an artist”. Please tell us how? What makes a data operator or doctor an artist?2\. You have been documenting your insights and experiences in form of dawnings, words and photographs. Can you tell us what is your over all creative process like?3\. How does documenting your process help in your creative process?4\. Can you share your process when you worked on minimiles?5\. What are your thoughts on education in art? Again, if everyone is an artist how can one evolve it’s art?


28 Mar 2018

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41: Where do ideas come from? With Sidharth Rao.

Audiogyan is DesignUp’s podcast partner. It’s one of a kind Design-in-Tech conference happening on 15th and 16th Nov 2019 in Bangalore. Visit https://designup.io/blr2019/ for more details. Today I have Sidharth Rao with us on Audiogyan. Other than being an agency CEO, he's an angel investor and serial entrepreneur. You can find a lot about how to be an entrepreneur and what mistakes big CEOs made and more in his recently launched a book called “How I almost blew it”. We will be speaking about that in the later part of the episode but more importantly we will also try and explore where do award winning ideas come from and how critical it is for the founder to be creatively minded than just a business man?QuestionsYou have been creating award winning campaigns ideas since 2003 with Chidiya Udi which you did for MakeMyTrip. What according to you is an “idea"? How has that definition evolved in last 20 years? Is it just a kick to do something out of the box or genuinely looking for a gap and mitigate with not-so-traditional fixes? It is said that ideas are cheap. We also find that lot of entrepreneurs say, idea is 1%, execution is 99%. What is your take on that? Winning Abbys, afaqs and other Indian advertising awards is one and winning Cannes is something else. What new got added or updated in your creative thinking to make it to the international level advertising awards? How have your ideas and ways to communicate changed due to digital penetration in India? From making Viral videos for MMT and Rediff to Swiggy's, Voice of Hunger? What is transpiring across through this evolution? When Webchutney was young and rebellious, I remember you carried a tag line “did it!” Where you openly declared that we just did it. What will this Sid say now? I am pointing to the young but relatively mature Webchutney? Is it always necessary to be young in the advertising world? Only young people get ideas? How critical is for a founder / CEO / entrepreneur to be creative than just being a business man and spotting growth opportunities? Is it an inherent quality or one has to keep him or herself re-inventing for growth? This stems from your chapter with Kunal Shah. Sometimes it’s best to get a CEO than force fitting the founder to be the CEO. You also often said that I am more of a founder than CEO. Has that opinion changed? Can you share any examples which you stumbled upon while doing research for your book, where the company stood out differently than just doing pure business or service, since the founders were creative and had more to offer? Of course in the Indian context What made you publish this book? I am sure it’s not sharing experience. There is something more to it like answering back few unanswered or stupid questions which were thrown at you or may be more… What say?


17 Sep 2019

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20: What does it take to become a illustrator with Lokesh Karekar

Today I have Lokesh Karekar with us on Audiogyan. He is One of India's leading visual and communications design artist. An alumnus of Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts and founder of LOCOPOPO and has Co-Founded the 100% Zine. He loves exploring varied mediums. His illustrations capture the essence of people, places and objects. Lokesh explores fun, colourful compositions through abstract forms and freeflowing lines. He was featured in Forbes – 30 under 30 list with leading young entrepreneurs in India. And today we are here to discuss “What does it take to become a illustrator?”Questions.1\. What qualifies to be an illustration and what doesn’t. Technically and philosophically?2\. What goes in your mind when you do illustrations with just line work of single color as oppose to filled color illustrations. How do you perceive these 2 styles?3\. What is your process of picking a color palette for a particular project?4\. With the growing trend of abstract art and minimalism, do you think one needs to be trained in illustrations and art in general?5\. What is Locopopo? Why this name and what do you do there? How do you marry artistic expression versus client brief?


23 Apr 2019

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13: Dreams of animation world in India with E Suresh

Today I have Suresh Eriyat with us on Audiogyan. Popularly known as E Suresh. He is an Indian animator, director and founder of his animation studio Studio Eeksaurus. He started his animation career with Famous House of Animation soon after he graduated from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Suresh was the first to launch clay animation commercials in India. He created Amaron battery advertisements, music video Bindu re Bindu, the Simpu series for Channel V to name a few. Suresh has been instrumental in creating a market for animated ad films by going beyond the traditional technique and storytelling. Questions 1\. What does the word continuum mean to you? How to see this concept?2\. In one of your interviews on youtube you mentioned that you can animate anything and bring to life? What all elements that bring life apart from movement?3\. How do you envision future of animation in India? What are your dreams around it?4\. What are your thoughts on animation films versus live action? What is more relatable?5\. How can we achieve theatrical success for an Indian animation film in India? Is it important to do so?Rapid fire questions - By Vaibhav Kumaresh1\. What's exciting about ad films to you?2\. What excites you in a script?3\. What kind of music do you listen to?4\. What are the inspiring trends in animation film making around the world?


5 Mar 2019

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46: Art of dissent with Orijit Sen

Today I have Orijit Sen who needs no introduction in the world of arts. He is an Indian graphic artist and designer, comics creator and illustrator. His graphic novel River of Stories, published in 1994 by Kalpavriksh, is considered as the first graphic novel of India. He is the co-founder of People Tree. This NID graduate has done several exhibition and museum design projects in India, the UK and Russia. His comics have taken the social media by a storm. Few were blocked by Facebook which led to an outpouring of support from friends, fans and followers and was restored.1\. What are your thoughts on censorship / self censorship in art? Where and how do we draw a line?2\. Have you ever tired to channelise you rebellious thought process in some other way than comics or art? How has the journey been of this rebellion?3\. Why do you think people have become so sensitive and get easily offended?4\. What are your thoughts on art of dissent? What would you tell artist of the current time to deal with such a low threshold to free speech?5\. What according to you is the role of comics in the world of arts? How impactful it has been in the past and how impactful it could be?


7 Nov 2018

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35: Insights into the world of Indian Signages with Prof. Ravi Poovaiah

Ravi Poovaiah, Professor, at IDC, IIT Mumbai. His current pedagogy as well as research and design interests are in fields related to Interaction Design, New Media Design, Visual Design and Product Design. Most of the things about him are documented on IIT IDC website. Ravi sir is one of the most loved professor at IDC and I got a chance to interact with him during a 3 day workshop at IIT. Product Expo. Many years ago. Although he has a huge body of work in almost all aspects of Visual and communication design, I was very impressed with one of his projects called Trinetra; a collection of Indian glyphs and icons. I call it a Indian Noun project. So this Audiogyan tries and document some aspects about Communication design but more importantly and a personal curiosity of how are signages designed? Especially in India.What is a signage system? What is the importance of a well designed Signage system? What is the state of Signages in India? Where do we stand if we compare with other countries? What are the challenges while designing a Signage system for India? Language, material, Population, position w.r.t space etc... What are peculiar things to be understood while designing signage system for India? Can you tell us what is Trinetra project / tool about? What your thoughts on the future of Signage system in India? How can corporates or independent designers contribute to Signages in India?


6 Aug 2019

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48: Art walk and talk with Alisha Sadikot

Episode 4 of 5 featuring Alisha Sadikot. She is the founder of Inheritage ProjectThis is a 5 part series with Bharat Flooring and tiles and Audiogyan. In the coming weeks we will be talking with various artists, heritage conservationist, brand creators, illustrators and architects associated with Bharat Flooring & Tiles.Those who don’t know what is Bharat Flooring & Tiles, (btw, we will be calling it BFT throughout the series). It’s a company formed in 1922 which is leader in quality cement  flooring and has been primarily making customised, handmade cement tiles. The timeless elegance and durability of these tiles make them works of art and an invaluable part of the country’s architectural heritage. It started as part of the Swadeshi movement and with over 90 years of reputation, BFT is now the most preferred choice of interior designers and architects across India, You can find relevant links in the show notes about BFT.Alisha Sadikot is an independent museums and heritage learning professional instigating critical and creative public engagement with urban histories, art, museum collections and heritage spaces in Mumbai. Her practice, through the Inheritage Project (founded 2011), focuses on educational, family, specialist and other groups from the city.https://www.bharatfloorings.com/QuestionsAS: How do you define urban history? What are the various parameters constitute “Urban”?AS: How and why is History important? How does it help to reflect back on what are we doing?AS: Do you have any subtext while doing these walks? Do you feel it’s need? What are your thoughts about it?FV: What has been BFT contribution in creating heritage structures. In one of you article online, I read that it was also a preferred choice for Maharajas. Can you share some insight into that?AS: In one of your articles online you mentioned - “No two walks are the same, even though the route could be.” Can you please elaborate?AS & FV: In your walks, you must be having a lot of buildings and spaces from South Mumbai. Can you tell us any peculiar things about the floorings? - Since we are doing this with BFT, i have this genuine plug to know, what is the contribution of BFT in these century old buildings of Mumbai?AS: Is there any template or pattern which has emerged out of your practice which can be used by others to start these kind of tours in their cities and villages. I am sure Kochi, Varanasi and many other cities will have great history and mythology? Does Mumbai have any mythology?


5 Nov 2019

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22: Murals, painting and more… with Amitabh Kumar

Amitabh Kumar lives and works in Bangalore. He is a designer/artist and has worked as a part of the Sarai Media Lab where he researched and made comics, programmed events, designed books and co-curated an experimental art space. He is faculty in the Srishti School of Art and Design and Technology and is an initiating member of the Delhi based comics ensemble, The Pao Collective. He has been painting murals across India for a couple of years now and today we are here to talk more about Murals and his work.Your work has a distinct grungy look. How did you arrive at this styling?You have done a lot of murals around different cities in India. Can you tell us what a Mural is and what is it’s importance?Can you tell about your any specific artwork which created a high impact on the audience / viewer? Why and how?Do murals always have to tell stories?What is the importance of initiating a dialogue with strangers when you have worked on a mural?


25 Apr 2018

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3: Designing interiors for your city with Ayaz Basrai

Today I have Ayaz Basrai with us on Audiogyan. Founder of The Busride Studio based in Goa and Mumbai. Ayaz Graduated in Industrial Design, specializing in Product Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 2003\. Ayaz studio ‘The Busride’ as an independent Design Studio specialising in the design and creation of environments, ranging from Hospitality, Entertainment venues, Film and Production to Exhibitions and temporary installa- tions and more.. And today we are here to discuss about interior design of a city. Questions 1\. If we consider city to be our home, which is the living area, which is the bed room and how would you define kitchen and so on...?2\. What are your thoughts on doing interior design of a particular city?3\. Which according to you are well designed cities in the world, why?4\. Why do we need to design cities? How essential are aesthetics when it comes to designing a city?5\. Bus Ride is working on a project called as India Future projects. Can you shed some light on it? What is it and what is the objective behind this project?


2 Jan 2019

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46: Kulture Shop and Indian art scene with Kunal Anand and Arjun Charanjiva

Kunal is Creative Drector and Co-Founder overseeing the design,. curation snd creative aspects at Kulture Shop. Born and raised in Zimbabwe and them the Uk,, he was part of the Asian Underground music/art movement and a spearhead of a dynamic and flourishing Indian graphic art scene. He is an accomplished entrepreneur as well as an award-winning creative director, art director and graphic artist. With over 15 years experience, his interests lay at the intersection of art, design and culture.Arjun Charanjiva if founder of Kulture Shop. He comes from a FMCG background and has worked in marketing for several years and many brsmds.. He came back to India in 2007 and worked in the corporate world. He quit everything in 2010 and founded Kultureshop and since then has been instrumental in promoting art and artists in India1. What is Kulture Shop? How did it happen?2. What is the need of a physical store?3. How receptive are buyers of Kulture Shop products? Who are these buyers?4. Which are the most hot selling products and artists which we should look for?5. How is the work that Kulture Shop doing, influencing the society6. How is Indian art scene evolving? What are the challenges in regaining Indian identity of art?7. I can see a lot of moment w.r.t art on social media and offline events? How are they received?8. Can you briefly talk about plagiarism and stealing which happens in art. How & what is Kulture Shop doing for it?9. Whats the future of art in India w.r.t restoring the work of giants on whose shoulders we lived on?


15 Dec 2017

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47: Philosophical perspective on Indian Education System with Vikram Gahlot (Part 1)

Vikram Gahlot is a teacher, thinker and philosopher. He started his career in Webchutney where he was heading the search engine marketing vertical. But soon realised that teaching is his passion. He now teaches at MBAguru and imparts gyan to students who wish to get into MBA, IIM and IIT’s of the world.1. Guru-shishya parampara fundamentally is so nice. How did it digress and how can we revive it?2. Why are certain subjects glorified and few sidelined while each subject has it’s own glory?3. What are your thoughts of grading system in education?


21 Dec 2017

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