Sunday, June 24, 2012

IIT Bombay Mood Indigo 2011

I realize there's so much I haven't blogged about in the last one year - my projects, for example. Here's an Art Installation I created for Mood Indigo 2011, the annual fest of IIT Bombay. The Indian Institute of Technology, better known as IIT, is a global frontrunner amongst technical education institutions. It has several branches across India - in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kharagpur etc. Its alumni count amongst the who's who of the world - some more popular names include Narayana Murthy and Nandan Nilekani (founders, Infosys), Chetan Bhagat (bestselling author), Arvind Kejriwal (social activist & pioneer of RTI Act), Arjun Malhotra (founder, HCL),  Krishna Bharat (principal scientist, Google) ...and these are barely a few names.

With such illustrious credentials, IIT hosts its annual fests with matched enthusiasm and vigour, with budgets that would put a Bollywood movie to shame. Mood Indigo of IIT-B held its 2011 chapter themed on the Wild West. Our studio offered them a wide range of choices suitable for various locations across the vast campus. Unfortunately, we couldn't match rhythm with the laidback Mood Indigo management -- we had other equally important projects to complete... our calls went mostly unanswered, the IIT Team did not bother to revert on most occasions, we had to beg and pursue for almost everything from payment to site photographs of our work ....and eventually all this mis-coordination made sure the installation was left with an inconspicuous location -- on the main road leading from the entrance to the fest. Nevertheless, the students should be appreciated for organizing an event of such magnitude while balancing studies simultaneously. However much I felt bitter on seeing my artwork vandalized during the event, one cannot forget that these people are just young boys and perhaps it would be too ambitious to expect professionalism from them at this stage. Someone higher should have guided them better. Here are the pics.....

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