Author: Audiogyan

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Conversation on Design and Arts.

Audiogyan a Philanthropic project to document & archive thoughts and ideas of Indian designers, artists, musicians, writers, thinkers and luminaries of the creative world. Audiogyan doesn’t celebrate the guests’ accomplishments or take a trip down memory lane; rather it objectively documents work, case studies, first principles of individuals who have devoted their life in the field of Design and performing arts.

Audiogyan releases every Wednesday.
208 Episodes
Yes!!!!!!! We are celebrating this 208th episode with Anand Gandhi. I am super thrilled and excited, and at the same time a bit nervous to have Anand on the show. I am just introducing him for the record in case if this audio is found 100 years later. Actually it's always a challenge to introduce great minds like him - I would simply call him, a philosopher, film maker, explorer, game designer and one of the most important thinkers of our time. Question What is cognitive gym that you talk about?
Today on Audiogyan we have one of the most well-known, influential, and senior Graphic designers of our time. Sujata Keshavan. She is the founder of Ray and Keshavan and Varnaworld. Sujata graduated from the National Institute of Design in 1984. She did her Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from the School of Art, Yale University 1987. At Yale, Sujata studied under designers Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson, and Armin Hofmann. And today we are here to know her design philosophy and my personal curiosity that can design be tangibly measured?
1. We can't start from the wheel but can you give us a brief history of transportation in Mumbai? Also, how are these transportation departments categorized? Local perception of commuters and as per government taxonomy? 2. What is a general practice for building and designing a road? What is challenging about Mumbai being a cluster of islands? 3. What was the situation of Mumbai roads despite having a local railway 50 years ago and how is it today? 4. On which parameters are road safety and ease of transport measured? How are these conducted and how does Mumbai perform on those metrics? 5. What is the long-term future of transport in Mumbai?
1. Real India is 60%+ villages. Can you give us a sense of the broad landscape of arts and crafts in our country? 2. After working for more than 2 decades in this space, especially at Ranthambore, what are the insights you can share w.r.t crafts? 3. Why is Kashmir so fertile when it comes to Crafts? 4. What is Commitment to Kashmir? How does it work? On which criteria these artisans are handpicked? 5. What are the top 3 or 5 challenges which Kashmiri Artisians are facing? 6. What all changes happened due to 370 in Kashmir? 7. It is so juxtaposition that, Mumbai is the financial capital of India and also houses to a biggest slum in Asia. Similarly, Kashmir being an area of dispute and terror for nearly 7 decades and yet most beautiful when it comes to design and art. How do you reconcile this thought? 8. Can you tell us which are the really unique indigenous products produced from Kashmir and why?
Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya - An Architect, academician, and thinker, Neelkanth Chhaya has researched and worked extensively in the domain of appropriate architecture for India. He has documented places of historic significance and authored numerous critical papers. He retired in 2013 as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, at CEPT, Ahmedabad after a 24-year teaching sojourn at the School. 1. What according to you is standardization? Where do you see it happening? Do you see it happening in Architecture? Do you see it happening in design at large? 2. It is said, standardization and process bring scale - How true it is in design? How important is a scale for a developing country like us? Are we trapped in a cycle now? 3. Does standardization kills diversity, ingenuity? What according to you is the biggest tradeoff of bringing standardization in design as a discipline? 4. You have been an educator for more than 40 years. The education system is designed to meet the demands of the market. Market demands profit. Profit can be achieved only through scale. Can one scale without standardization? 5. Do you envision further standardization 50 years from now?
A writer, traveler, and photographer; Shivaji Das with us on Audiogyan. He has authored few books like, ‘Off the Beaten Track: Collecting Stories of Unheard Lives,’ ‘Journeys with the caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores and Sumba, Indonesia,’ and most recently, "The other Shangri-la". Shivaji’s writings and work with migrants have been published in journals such as TIME, The Economist, BBC, and more... He was born and brought up in the north-eastern province of Assam and now stays in Singapore. Today we are here to discuss travel writing as a practice or as a profession. Let's find out.
Navneet is Head of Design at PhonePe. He has been a hands-on practitioner of design and user-focused creative arts. We speak about value-centered design in the Indian startup ecosystem. 1. How big or small role does design play in today's Indian startup ecosystem? 2. You have spoken about the irrational user. Tell us more about it. How have you translated those learnings in your projects, at Google, yahoo or even now in PhonePe? 3. You speak about value centered design. Can you tell us in detail what do you mean? Are there any best practices which you have implemented at Phonepe? How effective it has been? 4. If you had to teach designers, either economics or being a full stack designer - what would you choose and why? 5. Know the rules to bend the rules - What has been your experience while dealing with budding designers who come from user centered school of thought? How can they develop value centered design approach? Reference Links
Dr. A. Srivathsan is an architectural scholar with more than twenty-five years of experience in teaching, architectural and developmental research, and professional practice. Before joining his role as the Executive Director of CAU, Srivathsan served as the Academic Director of CEPT University for five years. He holds a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology along with a Master’s degree in Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Today we are here to document how are contemporary sacred spaces designed, mainly the Hindu temples.
I celebrated 100th episode with India's design Hero, B.V. Doshi, and I am equally thrilled and excited to celebrate this 200th episode with another legend - Sudhir Patwardhan - one of India’s finest painters.
Karno Guhathakurta with us on Audiogyan. He is a Creative Director at Please-See agency which has designed numerous brands. They have done brand building for Foodhall, LazyPay, Mami, and many more. We'll try and get some insights behind the brand building and discuss the MAMI logo in the latter half of the episode..
Today I have Tarun Deep Girdher on Audiogyan. Tarun is a Activity chairperson at NID. He is passionate about and also teaches Type Design, Typography, Printing Technology, Illustration, Visual Narratives, and Environmental Perception. Tarun's professional projects include socially relevant communication projects, he has deep concerns about inclusive design, disability, gender sensitization, etc. He has designed more than two dozen publications. Apart from such a huge body of work, Tarun has also designed over thirty logos including Right to Information, and None of The Above (NOTA) for the Government of India - and that is the topic of our discussion today. Designing for the government.
Jayashree studied German at the JNU in New Delhi and also taught German after receiving her MA. She has been working at the Goethe Institute since 1996, was a program officer for twenty years, and since 2016 has been the Head of the institute's library in Mumbai. In addition to the Indian languages Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit, she is fluent in English and German. She has translated German poems and plays into Hindi, Marathi and English. She also writes poetry in Marathi, which is regularly published. She has translated plays, poems, short stories novels and children's and youth literature from English and German into Hindi and Marathi.
Martin Scorsese once said, "Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out." I guess, MUBI also has a similar viewpoint. They are particular of which movie is on the platform and which is out. Svetlana Naudiyal joins us Audiogyan. She is a Director of content at MUBI India. Svetlana has a rich background in cinema, content, and curation. She has worked previously in different capacities for NFDC, MAMI, Drishyam Films to name a few.
Trust, privacy, security, and many such words have got a different meaning in the coming decades as we moved from chawls to high-rises. Well, to discuss more about chawls and urban culture and their design, Today I have Rupali Gupte with us on Audiogyan. Rupali is an architect and a co-founder of Bard Studio in Mumbai. Her works include research on Indian urbanism with a focus on architecture, urban culture, urban economy, property, housing, urban form, entrepreneurial and tactical practices. Rupali is one of the founding members of the urban research network, CRIT (, and the School of Environment and Architecture (
In this episode of Audiogyan, we have N.K. Chaudhary and Kavita Chaudhary. We try and understand the broad landscape of textile design in India at the backdrop of Jaipur Rugs, real design sensibilities of India, and a short but beautiful case study called Manchaha
Geetanjali Kulkarni is an actor, who has been performing for theatre, films, and the web. She has been always ahead of her time. Her quest to do something unconventional always paved a different way for her and the people around her. Geetanjali's dedication is contagious and has given certain meaning to the most uncertain profession called Acting... Today we are here to discuss one of my favorite topics, education, but through theatre and acting or should I say performing arts.
I have Pinaki De with us on Audiogyan. He is a well-known and multiple award-winning graphic illustrator-designer who regularly works for leading publishing companies like Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and more... He has designed book covers for over 500 books to date. A Charles Wallace Trust fellow has Ph.D. in comics theory. Pinaki juggles his creative work with academics, as he has a day job as an Associate Professor of English in Kolkatta.
Debjyoti Saha joins us on Audiogyan. For those who follow him on Instagram knows his style of work and the recently gone viral series, Korona. But I am not going to introduce him by that. Debjyoti is an animator, illustrator and draws comics. His work is heavily influenced by his interactions with cities he has lived in, and it’s clear that his observations of such detail, reflects in his animated and illustrated stories. What got me interested in knowing his thoughts and work (which he himself calls) which is not very heavy on production, but has a deep-rooted thought.
Ashley Lobo joins us on Audiogyan to share his philosophical thoughts and connect the dots of the western world to India's spirituality through dance.
Pinaki De is a Kolkata based award-winning graphic designer who speaks about Satyajit Ray's work as a graphic designer and illustrator.
Comments (19)

Surya Prakash

A lively concise interview on the beauty of industrial design,It's role in society, implications on human emotions and the creating responsible design in the age of environmental, political and social challenges.

Dec 20th

mukunda raju

nice pod cast

Aug 20th

surendhar svs

more architecture talks would be nice

May 27th

Shiva Lakshmanan

This is my first time in audiogyan. As an architect, I love the topics covered. Also, this is the first podcast where the anchor is an "active" listener. Keep up the good work.

May 21st
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I think you should record the intro again if you mess up so much.

May 3rd
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Vinay Mantri

I really appreciate your episodes. Good job!

Feb 4th

dhananjai pande

can't wait for the next episode. really insightful conversation and I am really looking forward for the books.

Jan 23rd

Siddharth Sawant

Great effort. Some suggestions - Let the guests speak freely. avoid interrupting them - Ask open ended questions i.e. less of yes/no questions - Do not lead. let the guests speak their mind. it may or may not align with your previously held beliefs. - Do not try and corroborate ideas across different interviews. difference of opinions between guests is what let's us see the world from multiple viewpoints. - Have a strategy for the conversation. what do you want the listeners to get out of the podcast? e.g. are you introducing them to the guest or are you introducing the field that they work in? - Please invest in better recording equipment, also some investment in sound processing software. I greatly appreciate the hardwork that went into creating this unique podcast. keep it up. best wishes :)

Nov 15th
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Pratik keni

khup sundar 😊 fakt madhe madhe english bolaycha kami kela tr bara hoil

Oct 29th
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suhrid sukumar

Just try to interrupt the speakers a little less.. With your umms.. And aahh.. And okss..

Oct 24th
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Dhruva Rathod

Was waiting for Podcasts in Indian context and Indian design community.Good to see that

Jul 28th

samrat hazari

waoooww really appreciate your time and effort s thank you

Dec 19th

Deepak Teji


Sep 18th
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