Tag Archives: India

COMMENT: Somiya Kalavidya

The district of Kutch in the West Indian region of Gujarat is famed for its signature mirror work and dense embroidery motifs with each of the regions tribes and sub-tribes maintaining their closely guarded signature styles. Central to all this activity is the distinct and well-respected Somaiya Kalavidya, an organisation who provide design education for Kutch’s traditional Read More

COMMENT: Going to the Source

Fast Fashion is a highly responsive system of clothing production which is capable of turning high-cost luxury fashion trends into low-cost high street alternatives days after trends have been premiered on the catwalk. Delving deeper into the production of these low-cost high-end imitation garments, in September 2014 I undertook a month long internship in an Read More

Lessons from India’s vibrant and experimental art scene

  India is a country with a unique and vibrant culture that draws millions of visitors every year. But with the tourism industry’s focus on cultural heritage, the happenings of the country’s contemporary art scene are rarely delved into. Yet just as India’s economy is growing rapidly so too is the country’s contemporary art scene. Read More

STUDIO VISIT: Manmeet Devgun

Manmeet Devgun is a defiant yet open artist whose work is an in-depth and honest evaluation of her dual role in life as an Artist and Mother.  Delicately examining the impact these roles have both on her personal life and upon each other, Devgun uses humour to almost celebrate her everyday uneasiness whilst virulently defying Read More

Nek Chand’s Rock Garden: Chandigarh, India

Chandigarh, the capital of the Indian Punjab, was seen as a ground-breaking experiment in town planning when it was commissioned following Indian Independence in 1947.  Designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, the city’s orderly grid of boulevards combined with extensive stretches of green were felt to represent a new India which was ready to embrace Read More

FIELD TRIP: ‘The Silicon Valley of India’, Bangalore (Bengaluru)

Perched in the middle of India’s Deep South, the city of Bangalore is probably best known as the country’s aviation and information technology capital, earning it the moniker ‘the Silicon Valley of India’. Having risen to become India’s fifth most populated city, Bangalore has experienced an overwhelming surge in development over the past decade and Read More

FIELD TRIP: Gujarat, ‘The Jewel Of The West’

The city of Ahmedabad in India’s western state of Gujarat is famously known to be the city where Mahatma Gandhi centred his struggle for India’s freedom. Now India’s sixth largest city, Ahmedabad has grown to become a vibrant commercial hub with an exciting cultural offer. However, as host to the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad is Read More

Highlights from the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

During December 2014, the small fishing town of Kochi in South India’s state of Kerala, was besieged by the international art crowd as the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 (KMB) opened its second edition. India’s first and currently only biennale of contemporary art, the first edition saw a total of 400,000 visitors (just 60,000 less than the Read More

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, was established in 2010 by the avid and well respected collector Kiran Nadar who had the vision to establish a space in which she could share and grow her extensive collection of South Asian Modern and Contemporary art.  India’s first philanthropic museum, the KNMA was at first greeted with Read More