Design Jatre: A razzmatazz

You may have heard of fairs- from urban to rural, promoting food to culture. But, here is a fair (jatre in Kannada) that was exclusively for design- Design Jatre.

Sounding unique, with tad anglicised word, it was different, for taking a relook into the traditional  systems of design that were cyclical in nature, when compared to modern lenient system. The credit goes to International School of Business and Design (ISBD) at second stage, Bogadi in the city. The maiden event, organised within a couple of months of launching courses in design, had many takers, that has inspired the management to make it an annual feature.

The jatre that unfolded with the onset of May, had enhanced the mood at the campus, drawing  students from across the city in a mystical way, till the curtains fell after a fortnight. It had not one, but melange of events, and the invitation says it all.

Chetan, director of design told City Herald, the ‘jatre’ was the offspring of ‘Aralikatte’ a weekly event organised at the college, where a motley group of students exchange ideas, besides spreading their lore on many subjects- be it cinema, something new in society etc.,

As the event was spread over two weeks, it was designed to offer ‘knowledge of food’ from a cauldron. From famous ‘Channapatna toys’ to ‘Bamboo workshop’, lecture on branding of a band to screening of movies, it was a mix of attractions promising a galore of entertainment. And, the event was not restricted to the campus alone. For a workshop on Channapatna Toys, vacant space near a defunct petrol bunk at Ramaswamy Circle was the podium, while for ‘Bamboo’, it was D Devaraj Urs Road. For ‘clay and pottery’, nature’s lap Kukkarahalli Lake was the venue and for ‘Caricature’ Loyal World, a departmental store was the stage.

Mention must be made of ‘Biomimicry’, where in thrust was laid on drawing inspiration from the nature to design a product, rather than striving for a design to save nature. The movie ‘Objectified’ portrayed the way of designing a product and selling the same to a customer. Vasu Dixit, a proud member of ‘Swarathma’ a band not only performed but also gave an account of their success story. Devika Sutha, who creates waste out of art also spoke. Not to forget, the music that connects minds irrespective of its form, Prabhu Rao gave hindustani classical music performance. Prabhu Rao learnt the nuances of music under the tutelage of renowned music exponent Pandit Puttaraja Gawai.

Principal Mallikarjuna Shetty said they were initially apprehensive of the response. But, what disproved the fear was the event itself, nothing less than a fest.

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