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Sadhvi Thukral Gets An Academic Award For Most Innovative Project | #PearlWhatsNext

Sadhvi Thukral Gets An Academic Award For Most Innovative Project | #PearlWhatsNext

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Sadhvi Thukral
School of Communication, Media and Film

Kahani Her Mahine Ki – An end to an age old Taboo
Illustrating ideas for a topic with a taboo, this thesis project aims at educating women, especially the vision impaired community about puberty and natural phenomenon of the menstrual cycle in a scientific manner.

India’s varied customs are quaint and endearing. Fertility, marriage, procreation and post-birth rituals are colourful and decorous. But the path to fertility is shrouded and replete with superstitions and strange notions; a topic which is seldom discussed freely. Educating women about their puberty and the natural phenomenon of the menstrual cycle in a scientific manner is rare. It is even worse when girls with impaired vision are unable to find the facts in books or through electronic media.

Additionally, visually impaired girls reach puberty at a younger age than most of us, and it was appalling that neither the syllabi in schools nor in colleges were sensitive to the vacuum. Sadhvi was also inclined towards resolving problems related to disability. So, she embarked on this project “with a vision that had come to reveal itself in slight haziness……” as she reveals.

Sadhvi realised her vision in the form of end-of-semester project and designed a tactile kit, which gives cohesive and complete information on the subject in as much detail as possible, for visually challenged girls to help them to understand themselves better. She chose to author the literature around menstruation and menstrual health which could be converted into Braille, and also produced a three dimensional kit which could be instrumental in acting as a sensory support to the literature.

“The project started to become a reality with the excellent mentorship I received at Pearl Academy. The exposure to core realities was through field trips. The explanations are simple and easily understood. It is somewhat a pioneering project and will help visually impaired girls to understand their bodies and their growth and development in a straightforward manner. It will educate and empower them to lead normal lives, maintain hygiene, procreate and understand each stage of their reproductive life with ease and without embarrassment. It will also help educators, social workers and care-givers. The culture of shame that marginalizes a woman undergoing something as natural as menstruation should end. I will do whatever it takes to achieve that.’’ Sadhvi says with determination.

Most Innovative Project – Academic Awards

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Pallav Chaudhary Awarded For Most Innovative Collection | #PearlWhatsNext

Pallav Chaudhary Awarded For Most Innovative Collection | #PearlWhatsNext

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Pallav Chaudhary
School of Fashion, Styling & Textiles

Kuntiputras – Amazing landscapes in Nature to Dye for…
A moment of truth on an unexpected and unplanned journey to Pangong Lake, lead Pallav to a path of self-exploration benefitting the dormant community of tie and dye artisans

Ladakh’s stark landscape exudes a strange and compelling beauty; the naked mountains and the barren terrain in a panorama of earth hues captivates completely as one sees the gentle ripples in the waters of the spectacular Pangong Lake. Pangong Lake gets its name from the word ‘pangong’ which in Tibetan means long, narrow and enchanted or the lake of great hollow.

Pallav was struck by this beauty, more so as the trip was unplanned and the sights, unexpected. The spectacular blending of colours of the sky with those of the landscape and the lake created a mystic beauty that proved to be a catalyst for Pallav’s imagination.

Pallav captured the nuances precisely and created a series of dyed and printed scarves. He experimented with various fabrics and dyes to replicate and achieve the serenity of Pangong Lake. He also explored various innovative folds and folding techniques to attain a ‘reflect’ or mirror effect.

“I selected this topic for my project due to two major influences; the first is Nature’s amazing beauty and the second, an extremely interesting novel named ‘The Palace of Illusion’ by Chitra Banerjee Divyakaruni which influenced me greatly. This novel adds a new dimension to the epic Mahabharat and is a rendition of the epic from Draupadi’s viewpoint. The project was further given shape and soul by the faculty at Pearl Academy who supported me in my explorations and gave me full freedom to experiment.” says Pallav.

Little did he know that his project will be mutually beneficial for him and the traditional artists before he started to work toward its realisation. “I also benefitted greatly from the inputs I received from traditional artists and craftsmen who shared their expertise with me. I was able to introduce the craftsmen to unconventional techniques and design elements which they blended into their work to achieve a global look. It’s an amalgamation of traditions with the unknown creating something unique and futuristic.”

Pallav’s project encouraged traditional craftsmen to be more market-oriented, productive and conscious about preserving and continuing the tradition of hand-dyed Indian fabrics and securing their future.

Winner – ‘Most Innovative Collection’ Academic Award
Winner – Made in India Competition 2013-14 (By BE OPEN Foundation) Category – Fashion Accessories

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Pearlite Pallavi Kalra Gets ‘Most Innovative Project’ Academic Award | #PearlWhatsNext

Pearlite Pallavi Kalra Gets ‘Most Innovative Project’ Academic Award | #PearlWhatsNext

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Pallavi Kalra

Pearl Academy – School of Design
Winner – ‘Most Innovative Project’ Academic Award

Wonder World on Wheels – Our Immovable assets
A Project directed towards Identifying, Recycling and Reuse of New Delhi’s redundant Blue line buses

Blue-line buses, plying in Delhi NCR, which are laid off the roads due to age and metal fatigue find a new life in their redundancy and acquire a gainful and socially meaningful Avatar…

Pearlite Pallavi Kalra, student of Interior Architecture and Design selected her thesis project Wonder World on Wheels after a lot of introspection. During her research, she realized and concluded that to create something truly original, it requires a lot of work, research and out-of-the-box thinking. According to her, the character of Design is thinking completely off the beaten path and creating something which no one has thought about before. Design is endless and the extent of design is infinite…. Pallavi wanted to add to this the factor of functionality through re-use.

Driving through Delhi NCR she noticed quite a few Blue Line buses that had been rendered useless, due to obsolete machinery or metal fatigue. She also observed that often the homeless and destitute rested in the shade of the buses. “That’s when I decided on my project, Wonder World on Wheels” says Pallavi, “ …It would combine Design with Re-cycling to create something functional!”

DUSIB (Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Branch) has been constantly trying to rehabilitate the homeless and destitute, as well as construction workers who constantly shift location. For DUSIB this is a readymade and viable solution. The redundant buses would provide night shelter to the homeless rather than be junked as scrap. This was truly a ‘Life Changing’ idea as it would, in small measures, uplift the quality of life and infuse the idea of improved hygiene and access to basic amenities to a large section of society.

“At Pearl Academy no idea is considered as outrageous or impractical. The faculty members supported and encouraged me throughout my project. They guided me with their inputs and I am truly grateful for this.” says Pallavi.

Thanks to Pallavi Kalra, the Blue Line buses, previously notorious for their high rate of fatal accidents, will now be seen in a new light as beacons of benevolence. A noble initiative proposed to the society that has potential to provide services Wherever, Whenever and to Whoever (in this case homeless) transforming the society into a better one. She is hopeful of her project, its caliber, and success and so are we!

Winner – ‘Most Innovative Project’ Academic Award
Mentored by Tapan K. Chakaravarty

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Shinny Jain Wins Creativity International  Award 2013, USA | #PearlWhatsNext

Shinny Jain Wins Creativity International Award 2013, USA | #PearlWhatsNext

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Shinny Jain
School of Fashion, Styling & Textiles

Last Errors of Plastic – Wearable Garbage for a better and errorless tomorrow
Germinated from the waste bins of metropolis, this thesis project finally found form and visual presence in the elite world of Fashion as ‘wearable garbage’ because of Shinny and her hope to see a clean and environmentally responsible society

When Shinny arrived from Chandigarh to Delhi with stars in her eyes to pursue an Undergraduate Course in Fashion Design, she was disgusted to see the overflowing trash bins and the heaps of garbage on the roadside all across Delhi NCR. In the last year of her studies at Pearl Academy’s New Delhi campus, that feeling of ‘Disgust’ lead to the conception and birth of her final year project ‘Last Errors of Plastic’.

Shinny’s actual journey began when her mentors introduced her to NGO ‘Chintan’ and there was no looking back after that. She started with a garbage load weighing 5 Kg. of wrappers from Delhi Railway Station collected by one of the NGOs. The wrappers were then sewn together to make some successful utility articles. Looking for new creative avenues, she thought of getting the waste stitched to make ‘wearable garbage’. She successfully created an impressive sample from biscuit wrappers alone!

“From production to consumption to landfills, the packaging industry globally plays a vital role in the usage of plastic, but is not encouraged to recycle. My project addresses this and other key issues such as global warming, overpopulation, methane gas, water pollution and power consumption through garments made out of chips packets and bubble wrap sheet.” says Shinny.

“While it seemed like an impossible dream; my instructors at Pearl Academy helped me to contact the relevant NGO’s and to overcome stumbling blocks. Pearl Academy was a prime motivator at every juncture. Faculty members are always ready to assist and advise without overriding the original idea of the student.”

The humble idea of clearing and recycling waste and discarded wrappers in a use-and-throw society has transformed into a truly life-changing concept. It motivates people to collect garbage and keep their surroundings clean. While recycling and reusing generates income, it also offers employment opportunities and supporting those who sew/weave the garbage, making it a proactive and socially relevant exercise.

Winner – Creativity International Award 2013, USA
Bronze Winner – The Creative Conscience Awards 2014, UK (Category – Fashion & Textile)

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Design mentor – Prasanna Baruah
Technical mentor – Seema Singh

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Vasudha Jindal, India Representative – Clinton Global Initiative 2014, USA | #PearlWhatsNext

Vasudha Jindal, India Representative – Clinton Global Initiative 2014, USA | #PearlWhatsNext

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Vasudha Jindal
School of Design

Furoshiki Bags – One for a clean & green future!
Inspiration from Indian Ingenuity and concern for deteriorating environmental conditions of earth fuelled an interesting Project’s inception; Vasudha revives the Indian Potli’s to their modern avatars…

Coming from a family that puts a premium on education, Vasudha Jindal enrolled for the Interior Architecture and Design program at Pearl Academy. Having grown up in a semi-rural environment, where one is close to nature, and while studying environmental-related topics as an undergraduate, Vasudha came across the issue of land pollution, ground-water level degradation and loss of vegetation due to the mindless use of plastic and Polythene. She also got concerned about the cattle as this poison gets inadvertently consumed by them causing serious health hazards.

“I was introduced by my faculty at Pearl Academy to participate in one of the prestigious competitions on sustainable consumption. It was most difficult for me to select an appropriate topic. My prime concern continued to be water pollution and finding a solution for it. My mentors discussed various topics extensively and provided exceptional in-puts to open my eyes to the magnitude of the problem; without which this project would not have taken shape. I am happy that it has finally come out so well and getting lauds from everyone.” says Vasudha.

Vasudha noticed Indian ingenuity in many areas where pieces of fabrics were adapted to suit the profession or weather, as protection against heat or dust, for carrying small articles or even infants on backs while working in fields. Fabric is adaptable and reusable. With varied forms, functions and colours along with limitless versatility, the idea of Furoshiki (made in a minute) bags sprung as an effective, affordable, green and indigenous solution to multiple purposes.

Furoshiki bags can be made from remnants and suits students for their fashion statement, housewives for their utility, rural area dwellers to carry food to fields; a life-changing idea as its usage could be devised or customized according to specific needs.

“According to me, every small initiative can be a life changing idea; it just needs a positive approach and vision. If only 10 people start using this small idea regularly then the usage of Polythene can be reduced up to 80% every day.” says the environmentally concerned and aware Vasudha.

India Representative – Clinton Global Initiative 2014, USA

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Shachi Parmar

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Ayushi Rastogi Awarded For Best Academic Growth | #PearlWhatsNext

Ayushi Rastogi Awarded For Best Academic Growth | #PearlWhatsNext

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Ayushi Rastogi
School of Communication, Media and Film

Maya’s Golden Cap – Are you ‘game’ to defeat Dyslexia?
From speechless emotions to expressions, from confusions to comprehensions, from shying away to confident performances – this thesis project is a brilliant tool and a hope to numerous dyslexic children.

Ayushi Rastogi, an Undergraduate student of Communication Design at Pearl Academy’s New Delhi campus comes from a family of artists, designers and activists. This has helped to develop her aesthetic sense and values early in life. She is poised to embark on a career in Communication Design but the journey has not been without pain. Her choice of topic for her Final Project has been influenced by a personal set-back in childhood when she was ‘diagnosed’ as Dyslexic.

As she grew up, she understood her condition but made a firm resolve of working towards the progress of dyslexic children in a pleasing and inviting manner. She found her calling in the Communication Design Course at Pearl Academy. Her strong need to change the general perception towards Dyslexics culminated in her choice for her Final Topic – designing a board game for dyslexic children, which is both economical and practical. “I was very clear that I wanted to work with dyslexia as a topic but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. My mentors at Pearl let me take it up and encouraged me to research and develop my project. They guided me at each step to help me come up with a final idea which was my game!” says an elated Ayushi.

To achieve what she had set out for herself, Ayushi attended therapy sessions with dyslexic children at Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon. Her first set of observations was – dyslexic children did not like to attend therapy, sessions were not affordable to children from modest families, development of a feeling of inferiority or behavioural problems in children, neglected talents and capabilities.

The board game ‘Maya’s Golden Cap’ is played by 2 players and emphasizes on positive affirmation boosting a dyslexic child’s ability to tackle basic problems independently. Moreover it is economical, portable and interactive.

Ayushi is working towards removing the stigma and the label of ‘learning disabled’ from young minds and from the society. She knows that it will be long and arduous in the beginning but that does not daunt her from her commitment to create a better future for the dyslexics and for the nation.

Winner – ‘Best Academic Growth’ Academic Award

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Shweta Mohapatra

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Aqdus Saleem’s Iffat vs Ismat | #PearlWhatsNext

Aqdus Saleem’s Iffat vs Ismat | #PearlWhatsNext

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Aqdus Saleem
School of Fashion, Styling & Textiles

Iffat va Ismat – Contemporary Abayas for modern day liberated and empowered women
This Thesis Project embraces two dynamic elements; Islamic ethnic wear and contemporary fashion trends to create a fusion that projects the best of both. The eternal appeal thus created has no geographical boundaries but exudes an international appeal.

Aqdus Saleem, Post Graduate student of Fashion at Pearl Academy, through her project, has endeavoured to create and maintain a delicate balance between tradition and modernity. Her deep-rooted belief in Islamic culture and values were often questioned by her creativity, while the rich Islamic art fascinated her endlessly…. Can women be made to look gracious, elegant and joyous with low-key styling, muted colours and minimal embellishments? Can a designer bring about a life-changing trend through ideas that blend culture and values to create a practical solution? She was compelled to find solutions and answers to satisfy her creativity.

Aqdus, after intensive research and groundwork has developed a clear vision of the attire that modern Muslim women or women living and working in a conservative milieu would require for their daily dressing as well as that for special occasions. Her line of garments allows the wearers the freedom to pursue their lives and professions with ease, comfort and style without compromising on their modesty. The flowing lines, easy fittings are practical for all climates and are aesthetically appealing to the eye and have a global appeal.

“When I joined Pearl Academy I was encouraged to think independently and without fear; I learnt to question old norms and find new solutions. I also learnt how to work within strict parameters. Constructive criticism from my mentors and faculty members gave me the confidence to move ahead. The extensive library of the Academy provided me with adequate information and was a sanctum for thinking and reflecting on my work. My research exposed me to various nuances of tradition and made me understand them thoroughly” says Aqdus.

She is sure that the ensembles designed by her will impact women’s fashion worldwide and particularly to conservative cultures without offence. One can foresee Aqdus’ efforts not only bearing fruit in the near future but also ushering a tidal wave of wearable fashion for women of all age groups in conservative cultures.

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Design Mentor – Ankur Gulati
Technical Mentor – Ramnik Dhillon

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Pearlite Tavleen Dhingra’s Zwina | #PearlWhatsNext

Pearlite Tavleen Dhingra’s Zwina | #PearlWhatsNext

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Pearlite Tavleen Kaur Dhingra
Pearl Academy – School of Creative Business

Zwina – A wardrobe full of hopes and happiness
From a moment of truth in her childhood to a noble cause, Tavleen wishes to answer the needs of unique people with unique clothing that has all the fashion elements intact. A special store for special people is in the pipeline…

Long before she enrolled for the Fashion Business Management Program at Pearl Academy, Tavleen Kaur Dhingra’s sharp eyes sized-up a situation. Like all school girls, she kept a keen eye on her teachers’ wardrobe and noted that her English teacher had a very limited wardrobe as she was wheelchair-bound and had little choice. This left an indelible stamp on her mind, little knowing that this would turn into her profession someday. Today, she is poised to introduce a line of clothing for people who do not have full functional mobility. There are online buying facilities and much more….

During her academic years at New Delhi campus, Tavleen’s enquiring mind probed and analyzed the market and understood the needs of various segments that do not have full functional mobility. Currently, the clothing available for the differently-abled is adaptive, drawing more attention to their disability and lacks a fashion element. Also physically challenged people fall in different categories such as wheelchair-bound, dependant on crutches, having prosthetic (artificial) organs or with limited mobility.

The huge workforce of differently-abled people who are active members of the society is a growing target market. Tavleen’s research and business plan includes a store and detailed step-by-step marketing strategy. Her plan includes a special store ‘Zwina’ selling branded clothing with a tag that says ‘Unique Clothing for Unique People’. The garments will be stylish, flattering and convenient to wear. Shopping for them will be a pleasurable experience and also easy.

“Pearl Academy has been extremely supportive in every aspect of the project. From giving the right direction to the plan to teaching me the design concepts and helping in the business aspect of the idea, my teachers were always there. I think Pearl is one place where we get the right environment to channelize our thoughts, get the expert advice and make our dreams a reality.” Tavleen says with conviction.

First Asian to enter the finale of prestigious James McGuire Business Plan Competition, 2014
Mentored by Shazia Amanat and Anup Sasidharan

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Tanvi Gupta’s Design for Autistic Children | #PearlWhatsNext

Tanvi Gupta’s Design for Autistic Children | #PearlWhatsNext

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Tanvi Gupta
School of Design

A differently enabled centre for amazingly abled children
A vision that extends to designing spaces with a soul – Tanvi Gupta’s perception of design and architecture combines aesthetics with functionality serving multiple purposes in a special centre for Autistic children.

Tanvi’s observation of society made her realize that in India all mental disabilities are grouped together and there are no special schools or dedicated activity centers for each disability separately. Tanvi decided to conduct a research, select and apply her knowledge and skills to design a center for autistic children.

Autism is a lifelong complex neurodevelopment disorder. For autistic persons, the built environment can be extremely frightening and confusing, a difficult place to negotiate and tolerate. Therefore, it is important to create spaces which are cheerful, airy, comprehensible and tolerable. Tanvi took on this challenge and her research into the world of autism gave her a new perspective. She delved deeper and aimed at safety and functionality with dimensions that are unconventional yet comforting with wider corridors, smooth curving walls, corners without sharp edges and minimal visual clutter.

“My mentors at Pearl Academy motivated me to take this up as a final topic. I was helped by them at every stage of the project. In reality it will make a huge impact on society as it will help those diagnosed with autism as well as care-givers and parents. It is a life-changing idea as such a facility with dedicated therapy sessions and a friendly atmosphere will be constructive in helping the autistics to explore their innate and unrecognized abilities and not be labelled in a derogatory manner.” says Tanvi.

Given the challenges that individuals with autism face in life, Tanvi thinks it is vital that the medical, educational and residential provisions are planned with the purpose of achieving their desired outcomes. Her design has collated all the requisite features for a progressive centre for autistic children. Tanvi’s hypothetical design for the centre for autistic children includes medical, institutional and residential facilities in a 5 story building.

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Badrinarayanan Srinivasan

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Suveshi Jain’s The Dying Butterfly | #PearlWhatsNext

Suveshi Jain’s The Dying Butterfly | #PearlWhatsNext

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Suveshi Jain
School of Fashion, Styling & Textiles

The Dying Butterfly – Preserve a flutter for the future!
An epitome of divine beauty, joy, hopes and wishes, butterflies always fascinated Suveshi. But, it’s not the same now as the fascination has turned into a grave concern which was an inspiration for her thesis project to save the tiny, colourful wonders of nature.

Suveshi Jain, a post-graduate student of Fashion Design at Pearl’s Jaipur campus, is an avid Nature lover. The colours and fragility of butterflies have always captivated her and Suveshi’s journey of fascination for butterflies took wings in the childhood itself. But, as she grew up, Suveshi noticed a distinct drop in their numbers that left her clueless.

That set her thinking. Are we going to allow this beautiful creation of nature to fade away because we did not care enough? Will they soon be distant memories? She found evidence that butterflies are depleting faster than tigers. There are no ‘butterfly reserves’ nor was anyone counting their numbers. Will they soon be distant memories? She decided to express her state of mind through her designs to the entire world.

Her project ‘The Dying Butterfly’, that has colour-schemes derived from nearly 170 endangered species of butterflies and around 50 species which are on the brink of extinction, focuses on the likelihood of their extinction in the near future due to industrial emissions and toxicity. Through her Butterfly-inspired collection of eveningwear, she appeals to all concerned to help reverse butterflies’ extinction as their presence maintains a delicate eco-balance on earth.

The fabulous flared silhouettes which create a ‘chiaroscuro’ dark-and-light effect are inspired by butterfly wings. The delicate gauze-like fabrics are supple and create an illusion of floating and flying. The ever-changing, fashion trends depict the short life of the butterflies and the struggle of ethical designers to survive in a highly competitive field.

She credits her success to her instructors at Pearl Academy. “Various crisis/situations that I faced during this project were resolved because of timely advice from my mentors. The atmosphere at Pearl Academy is conducive to learning. The devotion of the faculty members and the staff constantly fanned my passion for learning.” She feels that she is now equipped to realize her dream of being a socially responsible designer.

The young, environmentally conscious and responsible lot of society is what our Mother Nature needs more than anything today. Suveshi is definitely one of the frontrunners!

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Design mentor – Nandan Ghiya

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