Ganesha: the Elephant God

Lord Ganesha or ‘Ganapati’ denoting the Lord of the Ganas, is also known as Ekadanta, Gajamukha, Lambodara. The eldest son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, he is considered the ‘manas’ or mind if Shiva is ‘atman’ or the soul. He is worshipped for his various qualities in the beginning of all religious rituals as he... Continue Reading →

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Re – imagining Design: following M P Ranjan

M P Ranjan, India's foremost Design Thinker, said on 16 October 1997 at the AEP Bridge Semester, National Institute of Design: “Design is a responsible and creative activity that aims to understand human needs and aspirations in order to generate effective alternate solutions that can resolve these needs. By its very nature the process of... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Ma :)

Happy Birthday Ma 🙂 This Birthday coincides with the world celebrating #MuseumWeek where through the week there is a different theme for each day - you are perfect for each 🙂 For those who are not aware, Ma is a Museologist, with a doctoral degree in Mughal carpets. She is also a musician, trained in Rabindra... Continue Reading →

#projectinterpret’s first quarter…

#projectinterpret was kicked off on 1st January, 2018, by VarnikaDesigns. In the first 3 months, it has gathered its first few pilots and travelled back in time with them. Here's a quick recap below: 1st #projectinterpretpilot is Manju Ramanan, the Editor of the newly relauched Filmfare Middle East, Dubai. She visited Mumbai early this year... Continue Reading →

Sandeep Sangaru designs dreams

“You will need to have a dream and then explore all its dimensions and details and then refine the offering through an iterative process that blends imagination with action in the real world.” Design Thinker M P Ranjan, 2011 For Sandeep Sangaru, this dream began at Kashmir more than two decades back when he went... Continue Reading →

the #projectinterpret journey

The #projectinterpret journey continues with exciting adventures and avid pilots of the project... the interpretation of history through objects figured high on the list! The fantastic 'India and the World' exhibition at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India) at Mumbai has finally closed. But, with its... Continue Reading →

#projectinterpret

  Do you want to sense your existence, dance with the colours, laugh with the ripples, design the moment and live some more? In 2018, VarnikaDesigns launches #projectinterpret - a multi sensory, cultural, interactive space that attempts to seek ways to know ourselves, appreciate our histories and our people, and interpret ourselves in this extremely... Continue Reading →

The Design Overture

  "The ability to feel, to see, to discover, to think, to build and model, communicate and to evaluate form the core of design learning..." M P Ranjan, NID, 2004 In July 2002, Suranjana Satwalekar initiated me into the blitzkrieg of Design. Bewildered and gawky, I started with thinking that when NIDians went for a... Continue Reading →

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