Motif matters

A two-day seminar at The K. R. Cama Oriental Institute viewed the evolution of design as an art form in India
Farrokh Jijina

Everyday objects such as teacups and kettles and other similar articles can teach us about our culture, stated Dr Annapurna Garimella, the keynote speaker at the two-day seminar titled "Design, culture and history: The idea of objects in modern and contemporary India” organized by The K. R. Cama Oriental Institute (KRCOI) on January 5-6, 2019.  "There is a deep relation between design and folklore… objects ‘move’ between people and histories,” said Garimella. Titled "A humble theory of design and sociality,” Garimella’s talk focused on "humble” objects: cups, kettles and pots used for tea drinking; designs of temples; and grinding stones......

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