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Archive for August, 2010

Lalu’s film ‘Ehsaas’ – web premiere!

The National Institute of Design’s (NID’s) auditorium was brimming over on 18th August with students curious to watch their resident chaiwala’s directorial debut — a five-minute film Ehsaas — directed, shot and edited entirely by him.

Lalu, who is so called because of the red t-shirt he usually wears, has even composed the film’s music.

His relatives have been selling tea outside the NID main gate for years now. As Lalu grew up around the institute, he knows many of the design school’s past and present students, and teachers.

Final-year UG Film Design student Rudro Bhandary came up with the idea of shooting a documentary on how someone who has never been technically trained, but has seen a lot of film-making and films (courtesy NID), would go about making a film all on his own.

With a modest budget of Rs 1,000 and the institute’s camera on free loan, Lalu began his project.

The film is technically sound and begins with a tilted frame. The plot revolves around a lazy youth who is compelled to take up work to overcome his family’s poverty. The protagonist’s wandering ways are depicted through loud music and unsteady shots, which steady out when he finally makes up his mind to accept a job offered by a stranger.


Elle Decor Awards is open!

Urvashi Urvashi!

Arun & Shashi Ghosh Gupta’s film to be screened at ‘Jeevika’

The hardships and struggle for survival, sprinkled with moments of the lighter side of people, dwelling by the Ahmedabad city roadsides, will be viewed by an audience at the Indian Habitat Centre at Delhi.

The Asia livelihood documentary festival called ‘Jeevika’ will be held between, August 27 – 29 at the aforesaid venue. There would be screenings and discussions on 21 top documentaries from the country and abroad. Directed by Shashi Ghosh Gupta, the film has been produced by NID faculty Arun Gupta.

To be screened on August 27, the short film of eight minutes has nicely captured and presented the life of street vendors and dwellers of the city. The film not only captures the emotions and struggles of the people, whose occupation and means of survival runs by the roadsides of the city, but it has also nicely, captured and portrayed their positive outlook towards life.

Freelance writer and film-maker Shashi said, “The film takes a peek into the world of street entrepreneurs, who lead their lives in the shadow of constant threat. The film looks at the problems faced by them, in a sympathetic yet intimate manner.”

The documentary narrates the compulsion for survival and the need of supporting a family that has driven them to take up these hardships and how they dream for a better future. Shashi said, “Seeing their life everyday, I thought of capturing it in my film. I intend to create more films on similar lines, in the future.”

The film can also be watched online at:


Source: DNA

Alumnus Sandip Paul wins Red Dot Concept 2010

Congratulations Sandip!

Buckminister Fuller Challenge 2011 is open!

The Buckminster Fuller Institute announces the Call for Entries to the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an annual $100,000 prize program to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.–the-buckminster-fuller-challenge.htm

Exhibition design dept announces seminar in museum design

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Please join us for a day of talks and discussion on designing for museums. This seminar, organized by the Faculty of Exhibition Design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, seeks to investigate issues related to museum exhibition design and the role of designers.
Date: Weds, 1st September
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Venue: NID auditorium, Paldi