ART MELA, the two day Art festival at IIMA was started by Finesse for the first time in 2012. The Art fest was intended to be a creative getaway for all the artists on campus. It was an opportunity to learn new art forms, hone ones skills and have a lot of fun. We thank Union Bank and Temperature Lounge for sponsoring the first edition of Art Mela and helping make the event a grand success.
As a precursor to the Mela, the club hosted an Online Arts Quiz on its Facebook page, which saw some enthusiastic participation. This was followed by an Acrylic Painting workshop by artist Tanishqua Dewani, MA(Fine Arts). For a number of participants who were using the acrylic medium for the first time, the workshop was a great learning experience.
This was followed by a Caricature Workshop by Prof. Sekhar Mukherjee, faculty at National Institute of Design and a Calligraphy Workshop by Tanishqua Dewani. The workshops were attended by more than 300 participants from IIM A campus as well as from other campuses like NID. An art exhibition displaying the extraordinary talent of the IIM A community was well appreciated and praised by all the visitors.
Art Mela Event Posters
Acrylic Painting Workshop by Tanishqua Dewani
Caricature Workshop by Prof. Sekhar Mukherjee
Prof. Sekhar Mukherjee, coordinator, Animation Design at the National Institute of Design is an award winning animation artist. Prof. Mukherjee regularly contributes comic strips for the Sunday cartoon column in Ananda Bazaar Patrika. In May 2009, he received the CNBC-Aptech award for his outstanding contribution to animation education in India. It was an honour to learn caricature from him.
Prof. Mukherjee introduced the participants to the nuances of caricature. The workshop covered a number of aspects of caricature - capturing the likeness of a person, representation of emotions and storytelling. It was a truly rewarding session for all the participants many of whom were attempting caricature for the very first time.
Face Painting Competition
The Face Painting competition was organized on the first day of Art Mela. It attracted participation from the entire IIMA student community- FPM, PGP and PGPX. The quality of art works were amazing to say the least. Prof V.V. Rao, an excellent artist himself, was the judge for the event.
Art Mela concluded with the most awaited competition: Haute Couture – the Fashion Design competition. What made the event all the more interesting was that all costumes were designed from newspapers and craft paper! As many as 11 teams participated in the event. The participants were from not only the IIMA student community, but included participants from institutes like NID, IIFT and LD Arts College. The competition was judged by Prof Neharika Vohra.
With art lovers and enthusiasts flocking to participate and catch a glimpse of the talent on display, the debut edition of Art Mela was a grand success and was highly praised.