Kalakriti was the category that catered to all the engineers masquerading as artists, and their need to produce some aesthetically pleasing artwork. With colourful paint and glittery clay scattered on the corridor of IC and NLH, the competitions rightfully adhered to the saying, “Love of beauty is taste; the creation of beauty is art”.
Over 20 participants took part in groups of 2-3 to create a collage of the given theme, “art forms in India”, making use of old newspapers, scissors, and glue. The collage had to have pop-ups and other manifestations of motion art, depicting action and movement.
“The purpose of this event is to bring out the child in everyone, the creativity and art we’ve been honing since childhood. The topic was given on the spot as we wanted to see how creative the teams can get,” said Asmitha Reddy, Event Head. The teams were judged on how relevant their collages were to the topic and how creatively they depicted motion art.
Although an hour was all they had, the participants put their creative minds to work by carefully dividing the work amongst each other and making the best use of the given resources. With a wide range of art forms being depicted in unique and beautiful ways, Collage demonstrated how beauty can be weaved out of minimal resources.
Play With Clay
An event sure to take anyone down memory lane, ‘Playing with Clay’ had participants make clay models using play-dough, spray paint, and toothpicks. Keeping with the festivities of celebrating the ‘International Women’s Day’, the organisers had set the theme as ‘Women Empowerment’. From models depicting the practice of sati—to a beautiful portrayal of a sentient Mother Earth carrying the entire planet in her arms—marvellous sculptures were seen being made by the participants. However, a few hadn’t correctly judged the weight distribution of their model, leading to it refusing to stand upright.
The participants depicted a 3D replica of what they wanted to render using only basic arts and craft skills, which they learnt as toddlers. This, the event head proclaimed, gave the participants a level of creative freedom that is seldom found in college-level art events. While they might have soiled their clothes and dirtied their hands, they didn’t get the customary scolding they would have otherwise all those years back as kids.
Achromae gently set the mood for creativity and imagination in the heart of the campus. With a gracious supply of charcoal sticks, pencils, erasers, and paper, the participants racked their brains to define their purest of emotions in the form of a masterpiece. The young artists nibbled on pencil heads and stared at the ceiling as numerous fragments of ideas whizzed through their minds about the theme, ‘Shattered’.
The room gently slipped into action as the once-white sheets acquired delicate strokes of black. In the silent backdrop, the only sounds were of the rustle of charcoal sticks on paper. Shreya Singhee, a contestant, remarked, “It was fun using charcoal for the first time. It requires a lot of patience and care.”
The last few minutes were spent carefully detailing the art pieces to make sure they stand out. The rubrics for the judging process included clarity of theme and originality. With thinking caps on and charcoal wands on point, the room brimmed with black magic.
Faces were turned into canvases at Kalakriti’s event, Fantasy Faces. It was a face-painting competition with the theme being ‘Tribal’. Students took part in teams of two, where one had to sacrifice his/her face as a canvas for the other to draw on. The event saw a good participation of around fourteen teams.
It was interesting to see the artists at work, as they transformed their friends into otherworldly creatures, straight out of a childhood folktale. While some stuck to basic yet striking patterns and colours, others created intricate designs like peacock feathers and flower vines. They were judged on the relevance of their masks to the theme, as well as their painting skills. The participants seemed to be enjoying themselves, with one of them remarking that the event gave her an opportunity to try out something new and torture her unwilling friend at the same time!
The volunteers were continuously assisting the participants with their requirements for paint and water. It was quite well-managed despite the bustle around NLH. As the event took place on the IC stairs, the spectators were treated to a beautiful show of colours of talent.
‘Relay Art’ was all about creating an artwork as a team. A painting of a scenery was depicted on the screen for some time for the participants to look. After a few minutes, the picture was taken down, and a battle of paint strokes began. The participants formed teams of two to compete, and each participant got 15 minutes to work on the painting, after which they had to switch with their team member and wait for them to do their bit. They could only use acrylic paints as the medium to complete their masterpiece.
This event tested a lot of friendship quotients and depended on how well a team works as a unit, as opposed to two individuals. The work had to be coordinated in such a way that no explicit demarcation was visible on the artwork when the switching between team members took place. “Since the outline of the painting shown was fairly easy, the most challenging part is matching the depth of the colours and blending the parts that appear uneven,” said Kriti Anandan, the Event Head.
Each team was expected to closely duplicate the artwork shown to them in the beginning, using proper painting techniques. Although the unsolicited advice from a teammate felt similar to the backseat advice a driver hates, the participants found the event to be fairly recreational.
Rangolis have always marked their significance in Indian traditions with their auspicious value, especially during festivals like Diwali. Satrangi managed to live up to the theme of Revels’18, as participants adorned the otherwise dull floors of the Chemical Engineering Department with colourful rangolis. The contestants were provided with coloured chalks and weren’t allowed any other equipment, even as a stencil.
Within the one hour provided to the fifteen teams, they managed to transform the corridors into a piece of art. From geometric mandalas to intricately detailed peacocks, the participants laid out their creativity. They were judged based on their innovation, artistic composition, and originality of their designs. Despite the blazing heat of the afternoon sun, the participants were engrossed in their work as they sat crouched on the floors, focused on achieving their desired designs with the limited colours provided. Overall, the event perfectly managed to capture the essence of this year’s fest with its traditional touch.
Kalakriti gave participants a chance to take a trip into the fictional universe, by creating their own comics. While the theme of the event, “If animals had superpowers” might seem a cakewalk at first glance, the artists struggled as they put forth their creativity onto the A-4 sized sheets in just an hour. They also had to throw in humour to make their comics as entertaining as possible.
While the ten participants worked diligently on their masterpieces, the organisers and coordinators admired the artwork as they peered over the participant’s shoulders with brimming curiosity. The room held a silent anticipation as the artists concentrated on their work with nothing else on their minds for an hour. From cats with sly superpowers to dogs being heroes in an apocalyptic world, the event saw it all. Comixtrip marked itself as a successful contest, especially with the amusing comics made that sprung a chuckle out of the judges and the organisers alike.