Depicting love for land in sand


Art of Patriotism A video on the national flag is being made by the students of an animation studio. An image of the Bharat Mata in sand (inset).

But with the efforts of a small group of artists, this Independence Day the same sand will portray much more than just granular material.

Stirring the passion of freedom and patriotism, students of an animation institution, have described the nation’s unity in diversity via the medium of sand.

A group of nine members, along with a faculty, the students of the institute located in Jayanagar have made the animation movie completely out of sand portraying the lyrics and meaning of India’s national song “Vande Mataram”.

The national song as sung by the popular artist, A R Rehman, giving the background score, the animation video shows each stanza in a real form in the video. “We took nearly three months to complete the project. It was a collective effort but a tedious one,” said Kareem Meppedi, the faculty member who assisted and designed the video with the students.

Complete with 2D images, the project has been launched after working on 24 frames which has been shot in one second each to animate one single character. There are all together 9,326 frames in this movie.

Morphing images of the National Flag and the Lotus into a Tiger which is then turned into the Ashoka Chakara, the National symbol, the group has provided a vivid description of the song and the implications of the lyrics on India. The video also consists of the
“Jallianwala Bagh Massacre” depicted with British Raj soldiers shooting down innocent people.

The six minute video ends with the portrayal of Gandhi and a young kid bowing down to Mother India ending the background score of the National Song. Winning accolades at the national level and screened at the Milano Film Festival, Italy, the video has been a tribute to India’s 62nd Independence day to be celebrated this August 15. A tribute that glows in the form of sand.  

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