Author: Audiogyan

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A podcast for people interested in Art, Design and Philosophy.
Audiogyan is an attempt to audio document knowledge, ideas and thoughts of people who have devoted their life in the field of performing arts, design or philosophy. It is a genuine attempt document and create a pool of content which can be useful for future generations to come. The podcast is mainly for Indian audience and interviews are also of Indian people.
123 Episodes
1\. Can you paint us a picture of “Design” education in India? How well know it is in comparison to medicine or engineering?2\. In one of your articles online, you mentioned, Design education makes students become responsible citizens. Can you tell us how?3\. Can design be learnt from youtube? Or any online service?4\. What have been your observations w.r.t self taught designer versus a academically trained designer?5\. What are the key attributes to be found in oneself to get into the world of design as a career?6\. What is your long term vision about Design education in India? How do you see it 50 years in future?Prof Dhimant Panchal graduated from NID Ahmedabad in 1980\. With career spanning around 4 decades, Dhimant Sir has worked in all possible fields of design. From Industrial design, Product design, Exhibition design to education. Prof Dhimant Panchal is a key driving force at Maharashtra Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design, Pune. And today we are here to know what it takes to bring Design to living room conversations.
Manish graduated with distinction from the Institute of Environmental Design, Gujarat in 1991\. Thereafter, he worked at The Osho Commune International in Pune, for two years, contributing immensely to the Commune’s varied ongoing projects. Here, he imbibed a new spiritual approach to spatial design, as a means of connecting man with himself and his environment. Having identified the true meaning and purpose of Architecture, he established TAO Architecture Pvt. Ltd. in 1994\. Passionate and enterprising, Manish has a dynamic creative energy and an innate love for nature.1\. What does shelter mean to you?2\. What according to you is the one underlying thread which connects humans and architecture in which they dwell?3\. What is the important of directions when it comes to building architecture. For eg: East versus South facing etc...? Any connection you can draw with Vastu Sharshtra?4\. What are your views on spaces that have started looking that same in the metros of the world? Why is it happening? What is your effort in avoiding it?5\. What according to you should be the focus area of architects in the coming decades to make a sustainable living?
Today I have Amit Doshi and Kavita Rajwade with us on Audiogyan. Amit graduated in 1996 from the Pearson School of Communication at the University of Delaware and moved back to Mumbai after that. After moving back he worked on movies, ads and in television before starting Webodrome Information Technologies in 1999 to create ecommerce websites. Kavita Rajwade is a new media ninja. With stints in print, radio, television, events, sports and with music labels she has always been ahead of the curve. Podcasting is the latest industry she is looking to revolutionize.Today they are the founders of India’s largest podcasting network IVM, Indus Vox Media. And today we are here to discuss some background about podcasting and how is it getting into the Indian market.1\. Can you tell us a brief history of Podcast in India and other parts of the world?2\. How critical is host’s persona?3\. What are your observations w.r.t people on the podcast versus content of the podcast?4\. What makes podcaster go niche and narrower in the subject they choose? How true is this notion - podcast is for geeks and for a niche set of audience?5\. What are the challenges of podcast as a medium w.r.t technology? What is the long term future of podcast in India? May be 10 or 20 years in future?
Today I have Lokesh Karekar with us on Audiogyan. He is One of India's leading visual and communications design artist. An alumnus of Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts and founder of LOCOPOPO and has Co-Founded the 100% Zine. He loves exploring varied mediums. His illustrations capture the essence of people, places and objects. Lokesh explores fun, colourful compositions through abstract forms and freeflowing lines. He was featured in Forbes – 30 under 30 list with leading young entrepreneurs in India. And today we are here to discuss “What does it take to become a illustrator?”Questions.1\. What qualifies to be an illustration and what doesn’t. Technically and philosophically?2\. What goes in your mind when you do illustrations with just line work of single color as oppose to filled color illustrations. How do you perceive these 2 styles?3\. What is your process of picking a color palette for a particular project?4\. With the growing trend of abstract art and minimalism, do you think one needs to be trained in illustrations and art in general?5\. What is Locopopo? Why this name and what do you do there? How do you marry artistic expression versus client brief?
Dadi Pudumjee is a leading puppeteer in India and he is the founder of The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1992\. An alumnus of NID, Ahmedabad, Dadi has been relentlessly working in the field of puppet theatre for more than three decades. Though he formed Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust 30 years ago, his association with puppet theatre dates back to 1967\. The Padma Shri awardee who is credited with giving a modern twist to puppetry by incorporating life-size puppets, music in his shows, feels that puppetry is no more bound to children and it is time to institutionalize the craft.1\. Can you start by telling us a brief history of Puppetry as an art form in India? Why Asia has a strong puppet history?2\. Historically, has it always been for children and entertainment? Where all puppetry was used?3\. In one of your articles online, you mentioned “Puppetry is gradually becoming a potent tool to address social issues. It is not just kids’ entertainment any more. Can you tell us few instances of how have you used puppetry outside it’s traditional and confined ways?4\. What all different type of puppets have been explored? String based, hand puppets, semi-sculptural…?5\. Traditionally, how long does a puppetry show lasts? Which type of people are involved in any performance? Director, Writer etc...6\. Who is a puppeteer? What does he do?7\. At Pune Design Festival, I saw a small performance of yours in which you brought life to shoes? What all can be used in puppetry?8\. What is the most important ingredient required to bring realism in a puppet show?9\. At least from my experience, Puppet "look" have a distinct aesthetic style. If yes, why? How have people experimented with different looking puppets? Can there be a almost real human looking puppet?10\. What is future of puppetry w.r.t stories, techniques, form factor and more...? How can people get into puppetry?
Today I have Siddharth Sirohi with us on Audiogyan. Co-founder of a furniture design company called Baro, in Mumbai. From film production design, Bombay-based Siddharth followed his heart into making furniture that told a story. Siddharth’s aesthetics are highly influenced by the simplicity and classic lines of mid-century modernism. And today we are here to discuss with him the origin of Baro and it's philosophy and more gyan on design.Questions1\. On your website you’ve said, ‘old school patience’ is the key to good design. Can you start by telling us what do you mean by that?2\. You are also attracted towards Wabi Sabi form. Can you tell our listeners more about it and Which part of that philosophy attracts you and how have you translated that in your product?3\. I personally keep swinging between ethnic, vintage style of art versus modern, contemporary minimalistic style of art. What would be your suggestion to marry both the worlds? Or do I polarise one?4\. Your furniture is made from Reclaimed Teak wood. Can you tell us more about it? What is reclaimed and why?5\. Miles Davis once said, "sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself” - How did you discover your school of aesthetics and then translate that into your furniture / products?
Today I have Umesh Gopinath with us on Audiogyan. Umesh is designer, blogger and Amateur photographer. He is constantly thinking, observing, learning and trying to find simple solutions for everyday problems. Currently he is heading the design team at Newton Mail which got acquired by Essential this year. Newton mail is a wonderful pretty looking email client which is built in India. Today we will be speaking with Umesh what went behind the scenes and get some insights into his interesting design philosophies.Questions 1\. What is Newton mail and whats so cool about this mail client?2\. Why another mail client?3\. What were the key goals set to make this product?4\. What was the process & challenges of coming up with a design language that is OS agnostic?5\. What according to you is the coolest feature about Newton that was driven by a design team and is almost invisible6\. What is the process of taking product and design decision of what to build and what tot junk at Newton. For eg: You killed the sent folder.7\. What is the future of Newton? What is the future of email since a lot of stuff is happening on WhatsApp, Slack and Short messaging format?8\. Last 2 questions are personal.    1\. On your website, you say that you are inspired by Dieter Rams, Jason Fried, AR Rahman, BLJ, Vandana, Vikas & JP. What is the common thing you see in these people that you get inspired?    2\. I guess you believe in "Less, but better" design philosophy. Can you tell us how and why this philosophy resonates with you?Please download the email client. It is just $49.99 per year which is about ₹4,500; Approx, 358 per month.
Today I have Sajid Wajid Shaikh with us on Audiogyan. He is one of the most sought after Designers in India. Sajid is a self taught visual artist specializing in illustration and design. He uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. He has worked for firms like Umbrella Design and Contract Advertising. on clients which include Google, Yahoo, Adidas, Redbull, Elle to name a few. Today we are here to discuss about illustrations and more importantly lines and faces.Questions 1\. What does the word “abstract art” mean to you? What exactly goes in the mind of an artist when they are working on an abstract thing?2\. Does an artist need to be rebel? Classical / traditional versus evolving / experimental?3\. Can any artist (or you for that matter) know that they have exhausted of all possible variations that can be created for a given artwork / thought? Within the same medium?4\. How do you perceive art and design? Since you balance both the worlds nicely.5\. Why are you so fascinated (if I may say) Faces?
Today I have Pavithra Dikshit with us on Audiogyan. She is a typographer, Graphic designer and presently working in Landor, Mumbai. And this is the way she positions herself online, I’m 1/3rd of Postcard People which is an avenue to revive sending out postcards. And I’m 1/8th of Kadak which is a collective of South Asian women who work with graphic storytelling of different kinds. Today we are here to talk about graphic design with Pavithra.Questions1\. You say your exploration in design is within Indian context. What do you mean by that? What is Indianness when it comes to graphic design?2\. How big and wide is the canvas with respect to Indian Graphic Design?3\. Can graphic design be tactile in nature? What is the role of paper when it comes to graphic design? How critical is that element? Since I am always exposed to digital graphic design?4\. In some of your articles online, you have mentioned about you being super disciplined and lover of side projects. What can be different ways for a graphic designer to explore side projects?5\. So there is a connection between your work, life and work-life? How does your day job work in this sense?6\. How do you choose what you should work on? Especially with side projects. Everybody has so many ideas? You seem to have built a few composite projects, why is that? Is that a style?7\. A lot of your recent work involves words and typography. Could you talk about it? Also you’re reading and sharing a lot more of the books. Have you always been a reader? Is that important for a graphic designer in today’s world?
Today I have Aziz Kachwalla with us on Audiogyan. Aziz studied to be a Product Designer from the NID Ahmedabad, after graduating with a B.Tech degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Mumbai. With over 2 decades of experience in exhibition, lighting, retail and furniture design. The Orange Company is his design consultancy firm that does large multi-disciplinary interior architectural projects. His design studio is located at Mazagaon in South Mumbai and his workshop is called At-tin.Questions1\. What does Ply as a material mean to you? How versatile Ply is as a material? How different is Flexi-ply from regular ply?2\. What have been your observations while playing with other materials? Can you share any particular product / case study of the piece of furniture you made using other than wood?3\. In India, we have seen people having more inclination towards Wood (Teak, Rose etc…), Is that the case as per your thoughts? Why?4\. How does usage of different material for furniture come into main stream market? How does the progression happen? Do designers and artists like you have to show the way?5\. What material do you think will dominate India furniture market in the coming years? Why?
Comments (11)


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

May 3rd

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


Siddharth Sawant Thanks a lot. Appreciate your feedback.

Nov 19th

Pratik keni

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

Oct 29th


Pratik keni Sure. Noted. Thanks for the feedback.

Nov 6th

suhrid sukumar

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

Oct 24th


suhrid sukumar Sure. Noted. Thanks for the feedback.

Nov 6th

Dhruva Rathod

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

Jul 28th

Deepak Teji


Sep 18th
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