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A Day at Pearl…

A Day at Pearl…

Like the river water flows smoothly, like the tree grows unknowingly, likewise our time flowed in Pearl Academy. It felt like a gentle breeze came and flew away giving us some memorable moments.

Everything went so undisturbed and smoothly that it’s hard to comprehend. It all started on 22nd September 2016 at 9:41 am when we all were settled in the bus and after few minutes the journey to experience those “22 years of nurturing experience “at Pearl Academy began. It was 11:13 am when we reached the place, we all were looking forward to working with the faculties and students of Pearl and our hopes got high when we realized that the faculties there were very friendly and ingenious. They assisted us from the start to end. They made us realize that no matter what the circumstances are, they will help us out to accomplish our goal.

At a leisurely pace, time drifted and we were getting into it. Between all this, there was a time when one of the faculty indirectly stated, “You can dominate your goal only then when you know its weakness and power”. Those were the words which etched in my mind, maybe to all my comrades present there. As I mentioned earlier, all the moments, all the fun and everything was a gentle breeze, which came to lend us some enjoyable time but there is a balance between fun and sorrow. The same we experienced when we heard that this workshop was going to end by 4:00 pm.

And with the flow of time, it was 4:00 pm when everything came to pause and all the elevated fun crashed.
We all were regretting and were just left with the possibilities like if we had more time to work with the faculties, it would have been more fun.

But we know somethings can’t be changed.

After attending the whole event we settled in the bus by 4:23 pm and finally with a group photo made it a memorable day.

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Pearlites unleash creativity at Kala Ghoda

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Pearl Academy unleashed a spool of creative energies in its second year as design partner of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, the country’s prestigious art and cultural event in Mumbai.

In a creative blend of imagination and talent, students encouraged a dialogue around the environment and sustainable practices through their art installation Cosmic Coalesce and recycling project Junk Genie, which created magic out of junk. The recycled products, a huge hit with the audience, were sold at the venue and the proceeds will go to St. Catherine of Sienna Orphanage and School of Bandra West. In a display of infectious joie de vivre, Pearlites also painted live on a large blank canvas at the venue.

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India’s largest private institution for design, fashion and creative business, Pearl Academy believes in creativity beyond borders. Students collected unwanted or broken articles from households and worked with their faculty at Pearl Academy to creatively transform them into planters, key-chains, wall-clocks, decorative lights, colorful baskets, wind chimes, wall-hangings, recycled tyre seats, candles, etc.

On encouraging the spirit of Remake, Reuse, Reassemble and Recombine, Virat Bapat, faculty mentor for Creating Magic Out of Junk initiative said, “We reoriented common junk in interesting ways to create functional lifestyle accessory items, conceptualized and executed by the students themselves. The students are working towards a good cause and they have learnt a lot in the process.”

Shradha Vidulkar, student at Pearl Academy shared, “This has been an amazing learning curve for me. The faculty helped us practice some basic concepts of design, which made the product beautiful and also added to its utility.”

The Cosmic Coalesce, symbolizing creativity beyond borders, is composed of 16 metal frames, with illusory layers of embroidered fabric, lit up at the center for a celestial glow. It’s a vision of cosmic oneness, with arching branches and trees, created using hand embroidery, appliqué work, weaving and burnt-out print techniques, resulting in a synthesis of depth and color.

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The metal frames are divided into four layers with four specific walls. Fabric is stretched on all 16 frames, each serving as one side of a vertically oriented cuboid. There are four such cuboids inside each other. Explaining the concept, Ruchita Verma, Director, Pearl Academy Mumbai said, “India is associated with gorgeous fabrics, which are spread across states and societies. According to Indian tradition, all parts belong to a whole, and must ultimately return to it. What better way to depict this than through the Cosmic Coalesce?”

She added, “It has been our endeavor at Pearl Academy to constantly mentor and nurture creativity of our students. An installation is a good way to challenge their creative intellect and have their creativity blossom.”
Painting live on a canvas at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival also gave Pearlites an expressive outlet to translate their emotions into powerful paintings. Sharing her experience, Krutika Shah, a communication design student at Pearl Academy said, “This has been an amazing learning experience for me. It has given me the freedom to experiment and express my creative streak. It was great fun to work on a concept like this.”

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The artworks created by students of Pearl Academy were on display at the Kala
Ghoda 14th February Arts Festival till  2016. Pearlites work – Cosmic Coalesce, Junk Genie and Live Canvas painting which caught the attention of many were also covered by the leading national daily Hindustan Times. And here’s to the Pearl Academy’s Mumbai team who made it all possible.

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Buckle up Mumbai as Kala Ghoda gets ready to set the track on fire..

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One of the most awaited art festivals in the country, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is back! This year Kala Ghoda will open its doors from 6th to 17th February 2016. Offering a huge kaleidoscope of music, dance, theatre, literature, food, street stalls, cinema, workshops, visual arts, urban design and architecture and heritage walks in the store, this 12-day extravaganza promises to be a riveting ride like never before.

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a community celebration of the arts within one of the most beautiful and historic precincts of Mumbai, The Kala Ghoda Art District.
Last year, Pearl Academy collaborated with the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) as Festival Design Partner. Continuing their association, this year as well Pearl Academy will add a dash of spice and colours to the festival which takes the stakes a notch higher.

With an entire brigade of creative minds Pearl Academy is taking a new initiative called ‘Junk Genie’ – for the pre-Event, we appeal all Mumbaikars to share the household waste and trims with us and our students will work on them to create something interesting, there will also be an art installation on ‘Cosmic Coalesce’ – Environment and creativity without borders, and a canvas painting themed ‘Tic Tac Toe’ were too to be displayed at the event.
Furthermore, Pearl Academy, Mumbai campus is also hosting a design boot camp named as #Social Hearts.

kala Ghoda1Pearl Academy with the support of Hindustan Times will collect the waste from the city, Pearlites will don their creative side by making interesting art pieces out of scrap. These works of art will be displayed and up for sale at the festival and all proceeds will go to St. Catherine of Siena School and Orphanage.

 

Next will be an art installation “Cosmic Coalesce” that will aim to create an illusion through layers of fabric Cosmic1representing trees, branches co-mingling into each other and generating depth and colour synthesis. The embroidered motif/ image on all the four sides of the installation will represent a tree form, found anywhere or everywhere, whose branches grow & spread without any constraint, limit or fear. As the branches on different panels blend into each other, a symphony is formed and the music reverberates and takes the surroundings into it engulf. It celebrates the continuous never ending blend of cosmos that knows no borders or end. The centre of the installation would be lit up and lend it a soft luminosity as intrinsic to all cosmic objects or celestial bodies.

Meanwhile, to celebrate the free spirit and constant enthusiasm of young minds, a huge canvas installation will also be exhibited at the event named Tic-Tac-Toe. India is being touted as a young country, as the maximum number of citizens is below the age of 35. Through this installation, the spirit of free minds will be on display uninhibited and without any bars. The students embark on this journey of first conceptualising and then working on the theme of the magic that is going to unravel itself on the blank canvas stretch in front of them. The size of the canvas is estimated to be around 10*15 ft. (vertical) and 15*10 ft. (horizontal).

#Social Hearts is a design Boot Camp hosted by Pearl Academy, Mumbai Campus where individual students (11th Grade and above)/Schools/College Student Groups came in large numbers and use their creative prowess for a social cause. The top 5 entries are on display and for sale at the Pearl Academy stall. The proceeds will be donated to St. Catherine of Siena School and Orphanage.

So, gear up for the most-happening and visually appealing spectacle that is going to start as the soothing spring approaches. And don’t forget to celebrate the spirit of passion and bonding beyond borders by Pearl Academy at the event!

Some glimpses of the artwork to be presented at the Kala Ghoda 2016:

 

 

 

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Pearl Academy’s wave of Creative Careers reaches Delhi University

Hansraj College witnessed a compelling, informative and eye-opening round of the Creative Career Conclave, an initiative by Pearl Academy.

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The big auditorium was aptly filled by the large gathering of more than 250 enthusiastic students. The creatively charged audience at the conclave was enthralled by the rich information and knowledge that the esteemed panellists shared with them on several creative careers. Students wanted to know more about ‘Careers of Tomorrow’ and with Pearl Academy introducing courses in niche segments such as Sports Business, Fashion  & Lifestyle eCommerce and Journalism & Mass communication, the conclave became all the more relevant.

Ms. Jyotsana Raghunathan, Associate Professor, Pearl Academy donned the anchor’s hat to initiate the event. The experts present during the conclave featured names like well-known fashion designer Rina Dhaka,         Principal Architect Manish Gulati (MOFA), ace photographer Rohit Dhingra and Dr. Bhavna Chaddha- Head Corporate Relations, Pearl Academy.

Rina Dhaka started the session with emphasis on various aspects of fashion designing and discussed hardships associated with the glamorous world of fashion. To a query on the scope of Fashion marketing in India, Rina said, ‘Marketing is a wonderful medium to communicate your thoughts among the masses if you have good communication skills you can become a good seller. Every Fashion designer or a Fashion house requires good marketing professionals to promote or sell their brand in the market.’

The second speaker Manish Gulati – Principle Architect, MOFA carried forward the discussion further and gave important insights into the world of architecture. “Architecture as a field leaves you free; it opens up a lot of dimensions to play with.” He talked about his journey which started from Retail, Exhibition and Events and finally finding his passion in architectural and interior design practice.

Talking about  his inspirations, Manish said, “When you observe the world around you; its hues, textures, psyches, people, diversity, landscape, all become a part of a collective consciousness.”

In his impressive portfolio, Manish has designed the launch of Virgin Atlantic in India, 25years of India Today, Delhi Daredevils (Delhi) office and various big profile government infrastructures. He ended by saying “Design and architecture go hand-in-hand and requires an innate passion for it to make a career out of them.”

Dr. Bhavna Chaddha, AVP Corporate Relations, Pearl Academy, threw some light on the recent news about Startup India that was launched last weekend. She talked about the Action Plan which includes some amazing incentives for startup entrepreneurs such as a massive Rs 10,000 crore fund. The government has also proposed to create a new category of business (“Innovative Startups”) with  guidelines that will make it  easier to start these businesses. Further, she added that Pearl Academy will soon launch its own incubation centres across all its campuses to promote the budding ideas in the innovation space.

The session with the industry experts was in line with Pearl Academy’s objective to guide and empower students with knowledge and perspective, which would further enable them to assess their future and be somebody tomorrow.

 

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Indian Designer makes it big at the coveted International platform

“Not every Indian designer wins an International acclaim quite that often, but when it does, it makes it big.”

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Delhi-based designer Suket Dhir’s brand Suketdhir won the famous ‘International Woolmark Prize’ this January 2016 at the Pitti Uomo (the biannual menswear trade show) in Florence, Italy. The award recognises design excellence using merino wool.
Dhir made it to the list of six finalists from over 70 nominees around the world, before winning the award. He quoted to NY Times on his win “I didn’t expect it, but I was hoping. My god was I hoping. This is the most beautiful and surreal moment for me, my family and all my team back in New Delhi. It is a real game changer for the house of Suketdhir.”
Launched in 2009, the brand wins a cash prize of $70,000, and also partnerships with department stores around the world to sell the winning collection. This award will steady the career ship for fledgling designer’s career. Dhir said that while he wanted to go international, he didn’t have the right contacts. So, this win will provide him the perfect Launchpad to grow his name globally on the fashion circuit.
“The judging panel said it was impressed by the collection’s contemporary take on classic Western tailoring with an Indian twist – homage to the style of his grandfather that marries sharp lines with a romantic sub continental fluidity,” the New York Times report further stated.

In 2014, designer Rahul Mishra also bagged the similar award in the women’s wear category.

Earlier last year, Suket Dhir also shared his valuable inputs with the fashion design students of Pearl Academy Noida. During the chat with the Pearlites, Mr. Dhir quoted the importance of organic fashion in the near future. Dhir also runs a Weddingwear and Womenswear capsule but these are not his priority list.

Check out more of his work: Here

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‘OFFLINE’ – A FACULTY RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES

“Leadership is not wielding authority – its empowering people.”

‘OFFLINE’ is a unique initiative by the Research and Curation team of the School of Design at Pearl Academy. It is meant to be an informal and collegial yet a robust and rigorous forum for faculty to present previous, current, or future research projects and ideas. Here, the faculty propose discussion around professional projects that provoke or are able to lead to a research investigation.

Such intellectual and thought provoking initiatives are laying a strong foundation in the field of Design and expand the array of opportunities to play with. The title suggests the valuable intellectual ‘labour’ our academicians engage in when they are not ‘online,’ that is after fulfilling their teaching and administrative duties.

Let’s briefly walk through the topics covered in this super exciting series called ‘OFFLINE’.

• ‘Textile Tectonic’ by Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee (School of Design) – The inaugural seminar exposed the textile and sartorial foundations of architecture through the writings of John Ruskin. Dr. Chatterjee’s made a presentation on the Transformations/ Text / Tectonic/ Textile which depicted John Ruskin’s architectural historiography as ‘creative’.

• ‘Design and Fashion: Method and Madness’ by Dr. S. Badrinarayan (School of Design) – Dr. Badrinarayan’s talk considered the role of method and madness (where madness is interpreted as arbitrariness, a chance eruption into the calm waters of the method) in the parallel disciplines of architecture and fashion.

• ‘Green Energy Retrofit’ by Manisha G Das (School of Design) – In the third instalment of the series, Ms. Das discussed the findings from the study that was initiated at SUM@ark during the presentation. It is part of a series, which constitutes the research identifying parameters that may catalyse Green retrofits within residential built stocks in urban precincts.

• ‘Portents and Prospects of Corporate Social Responsibility in India’ by Dr. Poonam Kumar (School of Creative Business) – The primary aim of the research is to understand the development of CSR policy in India over the past few years. The paper she presented also examines an in-depth analysis of current DPE (Department of Public Enterprises) guidelines, GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) reporting and its implementation in few companies in India.

• ‘MILLENNAGOGY’ (Teaching Design in the Digital Age) by Nidhip Mehta (Head, School of Design) – Digitalism is the new technological heroism. This research emphasized the fact that history doesn’t exactly repeat itself, but it echoes itself. In the past, design pedagogy tended to be ahead of the technological curve, but now the design academia is now facing a crisis that hasn’t been seen in 150 years. In this presentation, Nidhip aptly explains how we got here, what it means for the current student generation, and what to expect in the future.

• ‘Wearable Structures’ by Rashmi Malik (School of Design) – An interesting study carried out by Ms. Malik aims to break the monotony of the traditional jewellery and encourage the use wearable structures. In her presentation, Ms. Rashmi discussed the benefits of Computer-aided 3D jewellery modelling, which is an excellent tool to supplement the conventional approach of representation (freehand technical drawing) and the traditional jewellery techniques, in order to be able to develop projects from the design phase through the development stage and up to actual production. Her ongoing research focuses on parametrically designed jewellery via computational tools and hybrid explorations among the several design disciplines.

OFFLINE occurs fortnightly on a Friday late afternoon, a great way to celebrate the end of the week. With its increasing popularity, ‘OFFLINE’ is seen as not just a gathering but a culture – “a culture of reflecting thoughts, sharing ideologies, investigating issues, and synergizing the creative intellect at and beyond Pearl!”

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An evening to remember with ‘Jean Claude Biguine’

Written by Srishti Kar, a student of Pearl Mumbai.

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**Laughter**!! **Clink of glasses!!**

**”Did you see who is here today?”**Whispers..!!**

**”OMG!! I love her shoes”**

“Guys meet Samir!! He is the CEO of Jean Claude Biguine, India…Samir!! Meet my students from Pearl Academy Mumbai!!”

In the winding lanes of Bandra, amongst the charming little boutiques and decadent patisseries, lay the new salon of JEAN CLAUDE BIGUINE PARIS, hosting the launch of the brand and the Autumn-Winter colour palette. But to us, it was our first step into the world which we have set out to conquer, rule and make our own.

‘The Art of Colour’, a stunning Fall collection of the hottest haircolors and trends, was launched as a joint collaboration by Wella professionals and Jean Claude Biguine Paris. The evening saw an inspired guest list, a mix of industry professionals, TV personalities, socialites, bloggers and distinguished members of the brand, who came all the way from France. Several famed personalities also made an appearance, including Kushal Punjabi and Suchitra Pillai. It was certainly a night to be remembered.

Rosé glinted and sparkled over the clink of Chandon glasses as delectable eats made their way through the people. The ambience was a beautiful harmony of vintage Parisian decor and mesmerising starry disco lights. The crowd mingled, laughed and swayed as we soaked it all in. The main event was the fashion show exhibiting the absolute best in colour, cuts and style. Jean Claude Biguine, after having ventured into makeup and nails previously, now displayed their expertise in the arena of hairstyles. And coming together with Wella, their showcase displayed the best of both worlds. While Wella is identified more with classic styles, Jean Claude has a more vibrant aura, and the two identities combined in a fantastic amalgamation. The show was kick-started with a welcome note by the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger Stephanie Timmins from Feisty Fox. The models swirled around the guests in ethereal gowns, in classic black and white colours, which set a perfect contrast to the eclectic rock chic hairstyles they sported. The balance of the bold couture hairstyles with the classic beauty of black and white, as surreal lights bathed us all in hues of pink and purple, seemed almost poetic as it sang true to the theme of the night, The Art of Colour.

The conclusion of the show gave way to the continuing merriment of the evening, as people swayed to music, ate, drank and clinked their glasses. To our joy, we even got acknowledged in the conclusive thank you speech, which was just the cherry on top, and the perfect end to a perfect evening. As we walked out with our gifts bags, away from the lights and music, we knew, this was just the start.

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Global Days of Service (Delhi): Workshop for Acid Attack Victims

Global Days of Service began as an initiative at Walden University in 2006 and has since grown to include the entire Laureate International Universities network. Local institutions have found many ways to participate in this initiative, hosting community events, serving those in need and partnering with other organizations already doing great work. The 2015 Laureate Global Days of Service were scheduled for 12th to 18th October, 2015.

At Pearl Academy, celebrated these days across four campuses through multiple community service projects. Our students and staff to participated actively and contribute towards the betterment of society.

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In the Naraina Campus at Delhi, a special workshops was organized by Pearl Academy for the acid attack victims. The workshop was centered around ‘making it easier to live with the scars’, an initiative under community service in Laureate Global Days of Service, 2015.GLOBAL2 The workshops aimed at creating awareness amongst the victims of the acid attacks towards the non-surgical ways with which they can camouflage their scars.
The initiative was spear headed by AVP-SDS Reena Mehra. Pearl Academy had tied up with “Atijeevan”, a charitable organization started by our Alumni Pragya Singh, who is a survivor of an attack herself.  The workshop was conducted in three parts- Dermatology, Make-up and Styling demonstrations. Our educators for the workshops were- Dr. Anuj Pall, Dr. Shalini Pall, Ms. Anu Kaushik, Liz and Pragya.

Dr. Anuj Pall and Shalini Pall run a NGO named ‘Mehaan’ which works for disaster management, education and women empowerment. The doctors educated the victims about the treatment available for the various kind of burns sustained. Dr. Shalini Pall gave a graphic description as well as explained to the minutest detail about the treatments of burns and the equipment used to treat the same. Dr. Anuj Pall explained the cost effectiveness and the ease of the treatment. Dr. Anuj runs a clinic called “La Skinnovita” and has promised free treatment to all the attendees of the workshop. Pragya further added that the cost of the equipment would be borne by the “Atijeevan” foundation. The second part of the workshop involved make-up and styling tips for the victims which help them conceal the scars and feel beautiful. The make-up workshop was conducted by Ms. Anu Malik and Liz, renowned make-up artists in the industry who now run the MAMA Academy in Janakpura. Ms. Anu Kaushik has recently concluded a photo shoot for Vogue with acid attack victims. She demonstrated ways in which one could revamp their scars and merge them with their skin color. Ms. Anu and Liz gave make-up kits to the victims and also offered free learning of the make-up techniques.

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The last segment of the workshop involved styling where the students and faculty of FSID taught the survivors about the various body types and the colors and attire well suited for their body types. They even demonstrated how to style themselves with scarfs. The workshops concluded with a vote of thanks by Pragya and Reena Mehra.

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Top recruiters from Retail and Creative Industries visit Pearl Academy

“It’s difficult to change if you are not aware”

We are Eminent Paneliststalking about the change that industry is experiencing; change that the candidates need to bring in their portfolios to score better placements; change that these ‘managers of tomorrow’ want to bring in the industry.  Besides this, industry trends, placement hurdles, peer pressures are some of the concerns that bother final year students who are looking for their first major breakthrough in the industry after completing their studies.

To answer all such queries of Pearl graduates who are on the verge of stepping into a new world full of possibilities – HR Summit is the initiative for them. Hosted by Pearl Academy, India’s leading design institute, this summit was an interactive platform for the final year students of Academy’s ‘School of Creative Business’. During the ‘HR Summit’, students got a chance to interact with the industry experts and have an understanding of the industry expectations as well.

The panel consisted of eminent HR and industry experts from leading brands like Infinite Luxury, Limeroad, Triburg, Ikon Retail, and Design Worldwide. Panelists talked about two key issues – What to expect during ‘First 90 days in a company’ and ‘Shaping Managers of Tomorrow – Industry expectations and Best Practices to Increase Students’ Credibility’. They also discussed the latest recruitment trends, expectation of employers (hard skills vs soft skills), and what students can do to leave a strong impact in the first 90 days of their joining.

Megha Singhal - Designer & Product Developer, TriburgThe event started with the opening speech of Megha Singhal, an alumna of Pearl Academy, who is a Fashion Designer at Triburg. “It was my huge appetite for constant learning and the attitude to add value to the company through my work that made me climb higher on the ladder.” said Megha who will be launching her own apparels venture shortly.

Sanjay Sarma - CEO, Design WorldWideThe second speaker at the summit was Sanjay Sarma, CEO, Design WorldWide. He shared 15 Mantras of success with the students to become a smart industry professional. He touched upon topics such as importance of unlearning, following your passion, curiosity, right attitude should be supported by right aptitude, balance between work and life, planning, learning from collective experience, etc. among others. “Attitude is good and each one of you should have it provided you have the aptitude to match it. Think like the Navy and act like the pirates”, said Sanjay to the students. “The coming age will be of entrepreneurs who will change the entire way our industry works.” he added further.

Indrajit Sen, HR Consultant and Corporate TrainerAdding to the ongoing insightful discussion, Indrajit Sen, HR Consultant and Corporate Trainer, gave three rules of learning – Enjoy being uncomfortable, Empty your Cups, and The More you give, The More you get. Indrajit also said that the industry is looking for solution providers and adaptable individuals. “Mentoring is a very important part of the entire recruitment process. One should always seek for information from all corners of life and try to gain experience” said Inderjit.

_MG_2479Priya Mary Mathew, Head-School of Creative Business, Pearl Academy, thanked the panelists for their views and valuable time. She quoted “The real struggle starts after the college where each one of you will fight your own battles. It will not be a bed of roses; thorns will outnumber roses most of the times. But as your teachers, we have equipped you with knowledge, skills and wisdom to march ahead and reach your destination.” said Priya to the future managers of creative industries.

The HR Summit was a hit in terms of student participation and involvement. The Pearlites learnt about the next steps to achieve an accomplishing career.

 

 

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Unlearn, Unravel, Unwind and Understand with Pow Wow Ping’15

Wow, what a Success!

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Living up to its expectations, the unstoppable bandwagon of Pow Wow created the buzz, the liveliness, the energy, the vibe which set the tone for all the new Pearlites before stepping into the world full of creativity and innovation. All the young entrants of the Academy participated in the event with full zeal and enthusiasm. Happy faces, cheerful moods, hi-fives, chirpy groups were making the inaugural event an affair to remember for the years to come.

 

The purpose of PowWow’2015 is to help new Pearlites unlearn, undo, unveil and unravel all the hidden mysteries which have occupied their minds during their schooling phase. Pow Wow is a series of super crazy workshops which introduces the fresh incoming students to a plethora of multi- disciplinary, energetic and multi- sensory activities- through active involvement – that is, through first-hand, investigative experiences, both hands-on and minds-on in nature. The young minds would be engaged both physically and mentally in investigating and manipulating elements in the surrounding environment.

IMG_7563Take for instance; a workshop on ‘Bamboo’ by Suresh Kumar helped students exploring the possibility of the material being a beacon, material of the next century. The workshop aimed at making the students develop not only art but also products which have a good aesthetic value. Students are making different objects and products with Bamboo. Two Bamboo experts have come in from Mehrauli and own a shop in Rajiv Chawk. A total of 30 students enrolled for the workshop. According to the mentor, Bamboo is a substitute for steel and plastic. Even houses in Uttarakhand are being rebuilt from the material due to its sturdy nature.

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‘Sixth Sense’ is considered to be an ability of an individual to perceive the subtle-dimension or the unseen world of angels, demons, heaven or hell, etc. or to connect with it. An interesting workshop – ‘The Creative Connexxion’ by Renuka Taneja is inspired from this untapped dimension. Aimed at developing the senses of the young shining minds and enhance their intuition or sixth sense, this workshop will help students to design or create a better world in the future, she said. The touching motive of this workshop is to instil the feeling of gratitude, kindness, honesty and thankfulness among students towards each and everything present around them in this whole universe. We must say that is a beautiful initiative in the right direction to nurture the young minds!

Drama, acting, imitating, show business, et al have always caught our fancy since the childhood stage. At some point in our lives, we all have wanted to become a Hero or an actor who performs for the large crowd and entertain them with his style and moves. ‘Action Express’, a theatre workshop by Himanshu Mehta (Actor & Director) helped students in exploring themselves and shedding their hidden inhibitions through a series of games, activities and various exercises. Interesting storylines, funny concepts, spontaneous actions, cheerful participants have certainly enlightened up the whole workshop. The level of energy and enthusiasm shown by the freshers were commendable.

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Everybody loves to Dance; this is one such word which gets our feet tapping, moving and grooving. A unique workshop ‘Dancing Bodies- Shifting Spaces’ by Aastha Gandhi focusses on movement generation through elements like geometry and images. During the workshop, the students were taught how costumes affect the movement of the body. The central line of the body is around which the body forms different shapes in various dance forms. Geometries of the bodies are formed around the central line of body. Changing dimensions of space is what this workshop aimed at teaching. It emphasized on opening the creative buds, so that the students see design, shapes, spaces and patterns and think with a design perspective. IMG_7601
Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of this workshop as they showcased some of their favourite moves on interesting Bollywood numbers.

A popular saying goes as “Almost everyone with a camera on their Smartphone is a photographer.” Then there’s the other one that goes like “Anyone with a DSLR in his hand considers himself as a photographer.” Photography is an art which needs to be preserved for the well-being of our society. ‘Exploring beyond the Image’, a photography workshop by the well-known photographer Sandeep Biswas proved out to be a huge hit among the new entrants of the academy. He not only discussed the history of photography but also shared his wealth of experience with the participants about the contemporary advancements in this field.

He taught the students the art of reading an image; understand every single detail of image, perspective of photographer while clicking the image, the thought process while choosing the subject. Our budding photographers and young photography enthusiasts looked super happy after learning the new tricks from the master himself.

IMG_7553A super interesting material/craft workshop on ‘Rejuvenating Beads’ by Afsana Chaudhary explored the possibilities of creating products and a range of accessories to familiarize the students with the work culture of the artisans.
The workshop has been aided by Aghaz Group: a group started by 60 women who are skilled in the trade. Four artisans of the group, including the group leader and her daughter have come to teach the students the art. The experts are from Hapur, a village in UP. A group of 30 students attended the workshop and tested their skills with proper guidance from the experts.

This year Pow Wow worked around the theme ‘Ping’ which tends to generates response. Ping is considered as an online expression and is a measure of the latency we feel in everything we do, whether it’s clicking a link, posting a status update, sending a message, playing a game, uploading a file, streaming an online video, or anything else.
A gentle poke on the social media helps draw attention. When you poke your friend, you get poked back. Then you poke again, and get poked back again, and so on, called Ping-Pong poking. Response to stimuli- it encourages curiosity, awareness and tolerance towards new experiences.

Similarly, the sole idea behind POW WOW PING is to generate response or gather feedback from the participants by involving them through an array of activities and exercises. More than 1200 participants from four different cities made this fun-filled event a huge success and helped all the new entrants of the Academy to write a new beginning for the most the important chapter of their life, The College Life!

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