HOUSE OF ART NID, AHMEDABAD | ES­TAB­LISHED IN 1961

India Today - - STATES - —Moeena Halim

THE DRAW­ING BOARD

It was Dou­glas Ens­minger of the Ford Foun­da­tion who first rec­om­mended a school of design to the In­dian gov­ern­ment. In 1956, the gov­ern­ment in­vited Amer­i­can de­sign­ers Charles and Ray Eames to travel to the coun­try’s cor­ners, meet writ­ers, crafts­peo­ple, ar­chi­tects, sci­en­tists and in­dus­tri­al­ists. The re­sult was The In­dia Re­port in 1958. Keenly in­volved in the for­ma­tion of NID, the Sarab­hais, along with renowned In­dian art and aes­thet­ics scholar Prith­wish Ne­ogy and ar­chi­tect B.V. Doshi, felt that Ahmedabad, not Ban­ga­lore or Fateh­pur Sikri, as the Eame­ses had sug­gested, was the most suitable site given its ar­chi­tec­ture, and should be the new in­sti­tute’s lo­ca­tion.

IN THE WORKS

Among NID’s no­table projects are an en­cy­clo­pe­dia of In­dian crafts ac­cord­ing to geog­ra­phy ti­tled Hand­made in In­dia: A Hand­book of the Crafts in In­dia in 2007; chan­nelis­ing khadi and vil­lage re­sources to­wards Afrikhadi, a project that took khadi and crafts to South Africa; the colour scheme for the Mumbai Mono­rail; ex­e­cut­ing the RBI Coin Design Project; the RTI logo, etc.

TAPESTRY FOR TO­MOR­ROW

Three new cen­tres—Vijayawada, Jorhat and Ku­ruk­shetra— have come up. “With ev­ery­one talk­ing of Smart Cities, design think­ing is the need of the hour. Be­cause we’re talk­ing not just tech­nol­ogy, robotics and AI, but their in­ter­ac­tion with peo­ple,” says Pradyumna Vyas, NID di­rec­tor since 2009.

SHAILESH RAVAL

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