Two to tango
MAMTA GAUTAM, 30 AND RAJIV SUBBA, 30, Entrepreneurs
Graduating from National Institute of Design usually means a bright future, working with some of the biggest names in the industry. But classmates Mamta Gautam, an architect and Rajiv Subba, a sculptor, decided to get their hands dirty instead. The two joined forces and with the help of their alma mater and National Design Business Incubator (NDBI) formed their own company, Dirty Hands in 2008.
IT’S DIFFERENT Dirty Hands, a studio that deals with design, structure, and hyper realism is the only place in India creating life-size silicon mannequins. These mannequins can be used to replicate a real scene, especially in movies where they can be used instead of a body double.they have even impressed Bollywood with their work. “We are creating structures for three films by a well known director,” says Rajiv, a sculptor.
BOLLYWOOD LESSONS They chose this medium as it opened a world of possibilities in front of them. Using silicon is not easy, “We had to get the silicon from abroad and there was no one to teach us how to go about it. Internet helped pave the way and we learnt fast,” says Rajiv. The substance is expensive and the process is cumbersome. “Producing one life-size mannequin takes about two months,” he says. The firm is also getting into medical prosthetics with silicon. “We are working at building life like body parts,” he says. “The texture, colour and even patterns of body hair will be as close to the real thing as possible.”
NEXT “Not much is being done for the ease of the senior citizens,” says Mamta, “We are planning to create items like toilet seats and shower areas for the convenience of the older people .”
second opinion “They are young, dynamic and have chosen a unique branch of
design. Together, they are doing exceptionally well.”
NEELIMA HASIJA, COORDINATOR CERAMIC AND GLASS DESIGN, NID
“Nobody was doing anything with this very useful substance, so we decided to
explore its utility”