PARTICIPANT / Siddhartha Das

  • Name Siddhartha Das
  • Country India
  • Vocation Not Available
  • Education Not Available
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I am a cultural professional who works through art & design
and have a strong interest in developmental issues addressed through it.
PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS
•Currently involved in two self funded photography projects, Delhi, Ongoing
•Participating in the Group exhibition, with about 100 Indian artists,Conitnuum: The Cycle of Life, in support of Udayan Care, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Delhi, 2008
•An exhibition of my photographs used in the book “Threads & Voices,” for the book launch at India International Centre, New Delhi, India, 2007
•Photography & Book Design for “Threads & Voices,” on Indian Textiles edited by Laila Tyabji for Marg Publishers), India, 2007
•Participation in a Group show based on textiles of India and 60 years of India’s Independance at Johannesbourg, South Africa, 2007
•Photography for a book on India crafts by Jaya Jaitly, for Wisdom Tree, India, 2006
•Photography for book cover s: Faber & Faber’s “Bunker 13” by Anirudhha Bahal, 2003; for Harper Collin’s “Eccentric Effect”by Krishnan Srinivasan, 2001
EXHIBITION+SPATIAL PROJECTS
•Design of signage+street furniture, for the Gateway of India precinct, Mumbai, under the aegis of INTACH, for Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Ongoing project
•Main design consultant for an envisaged Museum on Spritituality & Buddhism, near the Buddhist stupa at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, Ongoing project
•Design of signage, information, street furniture, visitor amenities and displays as a team member for conservation & revitalisation of three heritage sites in the north Indian city of Amritsar, Govt of Punjab, Ongoing project
•Design of a forest trail & an interpretation centre on the trees of Forests in central India, at Bandhavgarh Forest, Madhya Pradesh, Ongoing Project
•Concept design of a public space for a new urban centre being developed near Tokyo, Japan, 2008
•Design of Lobby for Incube Business Centre, a Corporate Office, for Punj Essen (formerly Punj Lloyd), New Delhi 2008
•Design of Signage system and Street Furniture (benches and bins) for an township(SEZ) being developed on 400 hectares in Gujarat, 2006-7
•Concept design for a model Arts Centre for Government schools that can be replicated around the country, (in collaboration with the cultural organisation:Spic Macay), for Government of India, August 2006
•Design of display structures for the exhibition: Amarushataka, at Haus Zum Kiel, Museum Rietberg Zurich, Switzerland, March 2006
•Exhibition & graphic design for ‘Tribal Transitions,’ an ehtnographic photographic exhibition on Arunachal Pradesh, a project by the British Museum, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Arunachal University, for the British Council, India, 2005
•Exhibition, graphic design and curation for Indian Fans, at Haus Zum Kiel, Museum Rietberg Zurich, Switzerland, May 2005
•Redesign of a diamond jewellery shop: Naqsh, New Delhi,2005
•Co-Concept designer for the exhibition: “Encounters: the Meeting of Asia & Europe 1500 to 1800” at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, 2004-5
•Six month placement at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Design Department London, UK, 2004
•Outdoor furniture, signage & Logo design for a two-acre seafront of Land’s End, Bandra, Bombay, 2003
•Concept design for a Museum on the 19th century queen, Ahilya Holkar, Ahilyafort, Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, 2002
•Design of an exhibition Showcasing Master-craftspeople for the Golden Jubilee celeberations of the Crafts Council of India, New Delhi, 2002
•Co-designed the travelling exhibition, “Khadi”, Indian Handloom fabric. Designed Knockdown Display Systems, Hardwares, Graphics & Mannequins for the travelling exhibition, for Martand Singh (INTACH), New Delhi, 2002
•Hypothetical Temporary Exhibition on Philippe Starck, Domus Academy + Kartell, as a student project at Domus Academy, Milan, 2000
CRAFT PROJECTS
•My range of branded craft based products & accessories is retailed in Europe at
Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Museum Rietberg Zurich; and Museum der Kulturen (Museum of Cultures) Basel, Switzerland, Ongoing project
•Design of exhibition merchandise for forthcoming exhibition: Garden & Cosmos at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington (2008); British Museum, London (2009), based on miniature paintings from the collection of Mehrangarh Museum Trust from the collection of Jodhpur’s royal family for an exhibition, Ongoing project
•A line of products developed largely with craft communities (turned wood with natural lacquer, marble inlay, hand-woven textiles, handmade paper) and a limited range of ceramics through industrial processes, Self-funded ongoing Project
•Concept design of accessories for select Club Mahindra Resorts, 2006
•Strategy for development of skilled young traditional stone carvers at a national level over a period of three years, for Crafts Council of India. As part of the above strategy, Prototype Development Workshops were co-conducted by me for traditional stone craftsmen to produce a new range of utilitarian products, with the aim of creating sustainable livelihoods.
for Crafts Council of India, 2005-7
Workshops: Bagru (near Jaipur), Rajasthan, January 2007 (workshop)
Subsequent showcasing & marketing in International Stone Fair: Stonemart 07
Auroville, Tamilnadu, August 2006 (workshop)
Bidadi (near Bangalore), Karnataka, January 2006 (workshop)
Agra, Uttar Pradesh 2005 (workshop)
Subsequent showcasing and marketing in International Stone Fair: Stona 2006, Bangalore. Given Best Stall Award in the Artisans village section (Shilpgram)
•Design of a range of utilitarian artifacts of Dhokra, traditional brass cast objects, Mayurbhanj, Orissa 1995
•Apprenticed a family of Block Printers & (Natural) Dyers, Pipar, Rajasthan, 1994
•Study and Documentation of Traditional Crafts in District Patiala, Punjab for Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi, 1994