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Indian Aesthetics & its interdisciplinary approach of Visual Arts by Kavota Aganya, Vadodara

In exploring the subject of aesthetics in the Indian tradition, it will include art as its central axis and its interdisciplinary approach of Visual Arts. The broad objectives of the course are to provide students with theoretical tools of understanding art and culture. To give a brief survey of Indian aesthetic theories and principles by which any product is judged in a given epistemic field and to examine and explore the link between art, design and aesthetics.

Areas will include:

  •  Introduction to Aesthetics and its scope
  •  Natyashastra of Bharat Muni & post Bharat Scholars
  •  Rasa Theory & its implication (delineation of sentiments: study in the growth of form)
  •  Dhvani Theory ( Theory of sound in reference with poetry )
  •  Alamkara Theory (artistic embellishment)
  •  Riti (style in art), Guna & Dosha (merit and demerit in work of art) Interrelationship of the                  various aesthetic concepts and their relevance to work of art
  •  Shadanga and its relevance to Vishnudharmottara Purana.
  •  Selected text from shilpashastras concerning techniques of painting, sculpture and architecture
  •  Sompuras – Shilpin’s tradition in Gujarat (in reference with Architecture & sculpture)




Films are audio visual narratives that expand the wordy narratives of literary fiction. Films based on literary works have been produced since the beginning of the world of cinema. In fact, films and novels share the same root of storytelling through theatrical performances. The proposed course is an introduction to the array of films based on literature. It will be a study of contemporary films based on literature –both fiction and nonfiction with a glance of history of the movies based on literature. It will also comprise of discussion and analysis of some of the best and worst movies based on literature. It will help students get a cognizance of the relationship between the two media of expression and how do they exist /enhance or affect each other in the world of digitalisation .The course will focus on developing an insight into the following:

  • What is the relationship between the original text and the movie based on it?
  • How do the two media negotiate the narrative (the plot, the space and the time)?
  • What are the innovations in the adaptations of novels into films?
  • How do films, as a medium, affect the world of fiction?

The course will be offered as a combination of watching selected films/ film clippings and readings of the material that shall be made available during course. There will be an assignment towards the end that shall evaluate student’s understanding and insight into the subject



Urban Cartographies – Hardik Vyas, Akshay Anand

Purpose and Application

An attempt to bridge, synthesize and introduce new tools for analysing cities, as compared to various traditional theories, behavioural and physical documentation. And offering a model view, of city as a system of processes and exchanges, which is perpetual and evasive to grasp.

And establish the understanding as the foundation of a new science of urban flows and networks that uses big data and sharp theory as tools to dig deep into how and what cities are, and how they can be designed in better ways.

These urban cartographies are an important traces of human movements with the cities, which ultimately forms a cohesive macrocosm of one‟s own experiences and interaction with the city.

Methodology and Deliverables

The methodology involved ones own orientation with the place, neighbourhood and city, rather to call reorienting. In which various scale dependent exercises were done;

1. Mapping their movement within the school

2. Mapping their movement within their respective neighbourhood

3. Mapping their movement within the city

These exercises had to be accompanied with a narrative, with individual‟s choice of medium; irrespective of physical cartography. Thus one could explore linkages between perceptions and the physical world, with personal narratives.

The final outcome was a composite collage map, where participants drew their own personal narrative about their neighbourhood and connect their movement to the school. These were done without physical cartographic layers of road, and other landmarks. The students eventually linked their understanding of scale of where they lived and approximated their respective place in the map, in the participatory exercise.

The concluding session was followed a BBC documentary on “Britain from Above” which covered the entire lifecycle of events occurred in 24 hours, in which various, human movements, societal, economic and service transitions were observed.



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Interpersonal and Communication Skill Development – Ms. Mira Shah