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Bodily Affair – Amba & Anirudh adapt text to body postures while expressing Shakespeare’s play at Design Polygon

Anirudh and Amba

Have you ever realized that we can convey our feelings through our bodies also!

Amba-Suhasini K Jhala & Aniruddh Nair, who are currently in the city conducting workshop with students of Pearl Academy under ‘Design Polygon’ have been successfully experimenting with the idea ever since the idea of theater fascinated them.

“Theater is something non cerebral activity to me where I feel one should be able to emote effectively on the stage. This finesse comes as a result of rigorous study of body postures and then the ability to wear it with the finest details”, explains Amba. 

“During the workshop the idea is to adapt classical text to body postures. We are going to present some excerpts from works of Shakespeare through physical theatre. We have been engaging Pearlites in developing stories by taking random postures in groups. The postures will reflect the actions and sentiments felt by the characters of the story through bodily expressions.” briefed Anirudh Nair.

“One has to take care of finer details of life while practicing physical theatre. Every possible curve, twist, flex, reflex, bend that your body can take it emanates a feeling, a sentiment that should be presented with the equivalent élan of choice of words. It needs fine understanding of classical vocabulary and some amount of historical knowledge about the writer in context.” explained Amba.

The workshop hence will end up in a stage performance on February 21 at Jawahar Kala Kendra where the duo shall present some situations from Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet etc. with the students of Pearl Academy.

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Rashmi Munnikempanna inspired Pearlites to explore photography at Design Polygon

Rashmi in her workshop

“A picture never gets old,” says Rashmi Munnikempanna, an artist/ independent researcher who dwells into truth behind images and their representation under various contexts. She is conducting a workshop at five day long Design Polygon at Pearl Academy’s Kukas based campus.

In her opinion it’s the creative contexts that renew a picture’s with a new meaning to it.

“It’s an old saying that a picture speaks a thousand words. The difference that lies between interpretation and representation of a picture that occurs due to point of view or context is the crux of my workshop.” said Rashmi.

Rashmi's workshop

Rashmi shared, “We are analyzing a set of photographs, photographers and going through filmmakers in a quest to derive all the possible messages that they can convey by a slight change in their caption or usage. In the course of time we shall capture new images for the workshop and integrate them with theatrics, drama, stage presentations to explore new applications of the images hence captured.”


The workshop that is being attended by more than 100 students of foundation level, in groups of 20 students at a time, shall culminate into a creative extravaganza on 21st of this month. The pictures hence taken during workshop will be integrated with other streams of art so as to enhance the visual, aesthetical and messaging quotient of theatrical performances put together by other groups at Jawahar Kala Kendra.


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“Theatre is nothing about rehearsals”, says Maya during Design Polygon


Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee – ace kathakali dancer and theatre artist Maya Krishan Rao who is most well known for solo acts says that theatre is nothing about rehearsals.

Rao is currently conducting a workshop under ‘Design Polygon’ at Pearl Academy that is aimed at developing a reflective consciousness of the self awareness and it will also talk about gender sensitization through various acts making students understand its importance.

Maya, who also promotes drama as a method of teaching in itself, praised the enthusiasm and interest of Pearlites during the workshop. They have been exposed to various basic elements of theatre such as tension, attention, spontaneity & expressions. Many more of such elements will be covered in the workshop in 3 days to come.

“The students here are being exposed to random situations that motivate them to strike a spontaneous dialogue that compliments with the elements of acting and successfully converts into a theatre performance,” says Maya.

Pearlites also enjoyed their every single practice and act during the workshops.

Check out some of the moments from Maya’s workshop during Design Polygon at Pearl Academy’s Jaipur campus:

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Design Polygon – The 5 Day Marathon of Music, Drama, Literature, Films and more…



When there is no track of time, thirst and hunger vanishes, sweat is sweet and you surrender your senses to the amazing world of music, drama, literature, film, street art, mythology and all that quenches your thirst for creative expressions – you know that you are a part of DESIGN POLYGON.

For those who do not know, Design Polygon is a set of multidisciplinary workshops offered as an elective integrated module to students of foundation level at Pearl Academy’s Jaipur campus. The workshops are curated keeping in mind the emerging trends in design education, students’ interest & aspirations and Learning outcomes from the curriculum. The workshops are designed to include diverse disciplines such as music, drama, literature, film, street art, mythology, and yet offer foundation students a learning experience relevant to their disciplines.

This series of workshops or shall we say ‘Marathon of workshops’ is called Design Polygon which runs for five days where various workshops take place simultaneously. This year we have 4 amazing workshops under Design polygon which will be culminated on day 5 with presentations/sharing of the outcomes of the proceedings by our students in front of their mentors and audiences. These presentations will take place at Jawahar Kala Kendra, which is a public venue, and everybody is invited to see the outcomes of the workshops. The students are a transformed lot which is more awakened, aspirational, creative and most importantly realized the self with a potential to explore more.
Let us introduce you all to the artists who are mentoring our students during these workshops:

Maya Krishan Rao – Maya is a senior performance artist and a Professor at Shiv Nadar University. Her workshop is about gender sensitization and about developing a reflective consciousness of the self (body).

Anirudh Nair & Amba Suhasini – This dynamic duo is master in adapting Shakespeare. They will work with the students on adapting Shakespeare texts through forms of physical theater and create ensemble work with the students.

Rashmi Munnikempanna – Rashmi is a photographer and her workshop responds to the Photography Manifesto released at Les Recontres Arles Photographie, 2011 which addresses the new direction that image-making practice has taken. Over the course of five days, students will look at photographs, at photographers, at filmmakers looking at photographs while simultaneously making photographs/images.

Thomas John Kovoor– A Fine Art Sculptor and an expert in Bronze casting, Thomas has his Fine art foundry, clay and ceramic studio – Studio Sukriti’ in the pink city of India, Jaipur, which caters to domestic and global markets. The workshops will be focused on the basics of sculpting and metal casting along with some tips on entrepreneurship in this field.

Well! That was about Design polygon and what it has to offer as a whole. But stay tuned for more that we will be sharing with you.

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India Today features Pearl Academy – Communication Design in Focus

The recent feature in India Today talks about how Pearl Academy’s UG and PG Communication Design courses offer unrivalled industry exposure, international opportunities and built-in employability for students who want a future in Design.

For over a decade now, the department of Communication Design has been nurturing successful graduates who forge their careers as designers in the Entertainment and Media industry. It includes dynamic areas such as Films, Internet, Television, Print and Advertising, et al.

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Kites and Sky lanterns of hope and prosperity launched to celebrate Sankrant and Lohri festival

Pearl Academy organized kite-flying event and sky lantern launch for its students and faculty at Jaipur Campus covering city’s sky with colours and lights

 Makar Sankranti and Lohri festivals are celebrated across India in various forms. Pearl Academy, celebrated these festivals at its Kukas campus on 13th January, 2014, by flying kites and lighting wishing sky lanterns spreading a message of hope and prosperity in this New Year.

The Director of Pearl Academy, Jaipur, Mr. Amartya Banerjee said while addressing the students, “These festivals are of great significance and we should adapt their messages in our lives to celebrate them in true sense. They inspire us to be wise, enthusiastic and turn away all darkness from our life and always shine.”

Students enjoyed the day with full enthusiasm in kite flying with their classmates and teachers. The bon fire festival of Lohri was enjoyed by all and everyone danced on Punjabi folk songs. All the students and teachers took pleasure in the warmth of this festival and peanuts, rewri and pop corn were distributed among all as Prasad.   At the end, students flew wishing sky lanterns and made the wish that all the evils vanish from their life and they always walk on the path of virtue and wisdom.

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Intriguing Geometric Expressions by Amit Gehlot

Two design concepts displayed at ‘All India-International Contemporary Art Exhibition 2014’ in the ‘Pink City’


He is a passionate academician and loves geometry which very well reflected in his work which was displayed at ‘All India-International Contemporary Art Exhibition 2014’, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Mr. Amit Gehlot, Assistant Professor-Foundation Design, Pearl Academy, Kukas (Jaipur) presented two of his design concepts at the exhibition which are the result of his explorations during his classroom sessions and assignments at the Academy. The exhibition, which started on 31st January, and continued till 2nd February, 2014, displayed Amit’s work along with many other artists.

Amit Gehlot with his Painting at Exhibition

Amit Gehlot with his Painting at Exhibition

‘All India-International Contemporary Art Exhibition 2014’ is a group exhibition of national and international artists, who come together to blend their art traditions and cultures under one roof.

About his work, which has been inspired from class-room teachings of geometry, Amit elaborates, “I have been teaching geometry for design at Pearl Academy for the last five years. Often while exploring the geometric concepts for classroom demonstrations and assignments, I come across surprising geometric forms and these two art works are the outcome of such explorations. These outcomes always intrigue me to keep my quest for geometry on.”


Geometric Expression by Amit Gehlot

Geometric Expression by Amit Gehlot


Here is brief introduction on our proud faculty – Amit Gehlot

Exploring the space and materials, finding their meaning in functional contexts and spatial precincts, Amit Gehlot is a design professional who started his quest, to understand epitome of professional life through art and design. During 1997, to work as an intern, he applied at an advertising agency in Indore (Madhya Pradesh), and later he got through the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, (IICD, Jaipur) to experience and learn the skills of being a material explorer and a product designer. During and after graduating from IICD he worked for various studios, export houses, and organisations such as Vivaldi Leather Pvt. Ltd., Aricia India, for more than five years. After which he decided to get back to his true calling and to share his knowledge, learn and experiment in the class room and start learning with young, energetic and aspiring designers. Currently teaching at Pearl Academy India and holding the responsibility of the Course Leader for Foundation Design Department for past three years, which is a very promising commitment in which the department has to cater to the fundamental prerequisites for all the other professional cohorts across centers, simultaneously, and with determination.


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Jaipur experiences first ever ‘Creative Careers Conclave’ hosted by Pearl Academy

Eminent speakers from domains of design, fashion and related businesses enlightened aspiring students on promising future careers

Pearl Academy hosted ‘Creative Careers Conclave’ today at Hotel Ramada, Jaipur, on 2nd February, 2014. The conclave was more of an interactive session, thus helping the students and parents to get more information on future careers in creative fields. The conclave was attended by creatively charged audiences consisting of more than 100 students and their parents wanting to know more about the dynamics of the world of art, design and fashion as an education, career and creative pursuit.

Present at the conclave were some of the esteemed leaders from design, fashion and graphic industry. The panel consisted of ace Fashion Designer Mr. Rohit Kamra; Photographer, Architect and Interior Designer Mr. Shine Bhola; Ms. Anita Dhingra – Owner of Jashan (Manmohan Exports) and Mr. Sunit Jain – Owner of Ratan Textiles. The enthusiastic participation of the inquisitive students was the essence of the conclave where they flooded panelists with their queries. It was an equal thrill for the panelists who responded to each question with detailed explanations enriched with experience, knowledge and guidance.

Enlightening more on this initiative, Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “Creative Careers Conclave is an interactive platform for the aspiring students who look beyond the conventional careers and want to know more about the immense possibilities in creative industries. Its quest is to help these young, creative minds in finding out their actual interests and making well-informed decisions for their careers with the expertise and knowledge shared by our eminent speakers who have come here today.”

Adding to Mr. Mehra’s views, the campus Director, Mr. Amartya Banerjee also shared that, “The conclave offers students a one stop shop for all their queries on career options and education in the field of design, fashion, and related businesses. Additionally, it’s an eye-opener for the parents who come here with a set of pre-conceived notions but go back with a paradigm shift in their thought process and outlook towards the education/career options for their children. It is certainly not less than an achievement for us that we are informing the society about the new-age careers and their potential; and that they are more than welcoming to accept this change after attending the conclave.”

Delightful to interact with the youngsters at the conclave, Fashion Designer Mr. Rohit Kamra, said, “The millennial generation is smart and cautious in deciding their career preferences. It is always an insightful experience to connect with them directly through conclaves such as Creative Careers Conclave organised by Pearl Academy. While we guide them to choose appropriate careers for them, they also teach us a lot of new things opening our minds to new thoughts and possibilities.”

“Jewellery Designing is growing at a fast pace and is in the need of a neo breed of jewellery designers. Opportunities are ample and now that we have global companies setting up their businesses in India, this sector is extremely potent of providing impressive career options. The first ones, who will dive deeper, will get the pearls! Aspirants have to decide and choose to excel”, said Ms. Anita Dhingra, Owner – Jashan (Jewellery Brand) by Manmohan Exports, throwing more light on the growing jewellery industry in India.

Mr. Sunit Jain, Owner – Ratan Textiles, shared, “The growing purchasing power of the Indian Middle class has created demand for newer products and services, thereby, creating demand for designers both in soft and hard goods. Due to high demand for young designers, this is a very opportune time to choose textile designing as a career and leverage the professional advantage. This conclave is a platform to call-out all the talented designers to follow their passion.”

Inspiring the students to follow their hearts, Mr. Shine Bhola, who himself is a Photographer, Architect and an Interior Designer, said, “One can be anything he wants to be if he has passion for it. There will be challenges but I think that is the beauty of every career or job you opt as only these challenges will decide and define the success of your journey. There is a new learning, new lesson every day which will evolve you as a professional and a human. So, one must follow your dream with passion and commitment.”

One of the parents expressed how today’s generation is well versed with what they want to do in life and how parents must understand and support the aspirations of these creative minds. “I am all set to be more receptive to the ideas of my children after this conclave”, said that parent.

The conclave was well received by all the participants who expressed their interest in future conclave and interactive platforms of similar nature.

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