Introduction to Indian Culture: Chapter 2 - Chenda

Kollam | 10.05.2017

In the series of events titled 'Introduction to Indian Culture', KSID hosted the latest installment called 'Chenda' where renowned chenda artiste Shri. Kalabharathy Rajeev took a session on the basics of the traditional musical instrument. The session covered the basics of the art including the history of chenda, construction and technology behind the instrument, introduction to various musical styles and awe-inspiring performances by Shri. Kalabharathy Rajeev and his team.

KSID sparks light to a new association with the creator of the world's largest bird sculpture

Kollam | 24.04.2017

KSID sparks light to a new association with the creator of the world's largest bird sculpture, Mr. Rajiv Anchal, a renowned film director of the Malayalam movie industry, and the creator of Jatayu Earth's Center, Chadayamangalam. Mr. Rajiv Anchal visited KSID, for an interactive session with the students, and shared experiences with live projects at this global venture.

An Introduction to Indian Culture : Bharatanatyam

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Kollam | 14.03.2017

As the first chapter in a series of sessions aimed at improving the understanding of Indian culture, KSID organised a session on Bharatanatyam, performed by Kruthika Subramanian. The session gave an introduction to the basics of the Baharatanatyam, including mudras and abhinaya through slideshows and demonstrations.

Interaction with Shri. Suresh Aravind, Worldwide Vice President, Johnson & Johnson held at KSID.

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Shri Suresh Aravind, Worldwide Vice President, Global Orthopedic Division (DePuy Synthes),Johnson & Johnson visited KSID to give an inspiring and insightful talk to the students on Management, Values and Design on Teachers day. KSID thanks him for sparing his valuable time for the benefit of our students.

Kollam | 06.09.2016

Film Festival at KSID during 27 to 29 September,2016.

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Kollam | 07.09.2016

Over the last two-and-a-half decades, the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films has evolved to be major film festival of the world. MIFF as it is called has become the largest gathering of documentaries, short films and animation films from across the world. It has brought together some of the best films of the world under one roof – not to speak of the ?lmmakers who have congregated to this biennial event. In order to elevate the stature of these films and to sensitize the public about non fiction and animation films in general, Films Division brings together prize winning entries from the festival to various venues in India. This collection of best films from MIFF are called "Mini Miff". This year, KSID is proud to announce Mini Miff Film Festival at our campus. We bring together the best prize winning films of 14th MIFF which was held at Mumbai in January-February 2016 . The festival at KSID campus is to be held on 27th, 28th and 29th of September, 2016. Detailed programme schedule will be uploaded in KSID website.

KSID’s tribute to Eames: An Eames Lounge Chair with Coir

Kollam | 26.08.2016

Kerala State Institute of Design (KSID) signed a collaborative Research Agreement with National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, which is a lab under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on 8th March 2016 to create various products based on coir composite material. CSIR-NIIST is engaged in research and development activities in the field of agro processing, chemical sciences, materials and minerals, biotechnology and process engineering and environmental science and technology. This project involved KSID developing new and innovative products using coir-based composites. Coir is one of the key traditional industries in Kerala and this sector is facing difficulties due to the changing market conditions and inability to industrialise this sector. During 2015-16, India exported more than 750,000 metric tonnes of coir and associated products, which mostly consisted of coir fibre, mats, rope and coir pith products. One of the main reasons for the coir sector not being able to cope with the changing pace of commercialisation is the lack of access to new product development. Most of the traditional coir products are facing stiff competition from other industries like plastics, due to versatility in products and large scale production. KSID team’s key objective with this project was to develop a new product which would break the barriers of mass production, by being able to scale up and down depending on the size of the industry. The team wanted to break the traditional mindset that coir can only be converted into mats, ropes and crafts and to prove that utilitarian products can also be made of this material. Though lots of studies has been done on developing new products by various research institutes, the lack of commercialisation pointed to the poor commercial and technical feasibility of such new products. KSID team overcame this objective by developing a chair, which would be highly feasible for Indian market, as well as using a technique, which could be adopted by untrained manufacturers as well. The first step was to develop a technology demonstrator, which would create confidence in the market about the feasibility of coir as a competent replacement for wood-related products. For this, KSID team selected the ‘Eames Lounge Chair’, made by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956 in United States. This is also a tribute from KSID to the designers who were instrumental in initiating the design industry in India at the behest of then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Since the original design was made in plywood, the team felt that it will be even more interesting to make the same chair in Coir, so as to prove its capability to the plywood furniture manufacturers in Kerala as well. We used coir fibre felt as the raw material with synthetic resin as a bonding agent, with wood veneer cladding. The chair was entirely fabricated in KSID with support from its faculty and technical staff. KSID plans to follow this up by developing more furniture, with original designs, which could be replicated by local industries. The team hopes to get support from the state government and industries to continue the design process and develop more products in this direction, and thereby able to revive coir industry.

KSID Design Fest KX'16 Concludes

Kollam | 26.08.2016

KSID hosted the design summit, KX 2016 on 23 August 2016 that included design talks by senior designers like G Sathiya Seelan, GM-Styling at Ashok Leyland and C S Susanth, Senior Designer, NID Bangalore and exhibitions by students and local crafts. Shri. T P Ramakrishnan, Hon' Minister for Labour and Excise inaugurated the design summit and Smt. J Mercykutty Amma, Hon' Minister for Fisheries and Harbour Engineering presided over the event. Shri. T P Ramakrishnan, Hon' Minister for Labour and Excise also unveiled the coir based furniture developed by KSID in collaboration with CSIR – NIIST. Shri. K Biju IAS, MD-KASE launched the KSID logo and Shri.C Santhosh, President, Chittumala Block Panchayath launched the poster for the 'Mini Miff' film festival, which will be conducted at KSID during 27- 29 September. The event also saw enthusiastic participation from general public and many thronged to see the exhibition stalls set up by the students, like Textiles and Stationery, photography exhibitions, lighting exhibition and the products by Sargaalaya Kerala Arts & Crafts Village, Iringal. The event concluded by cultural performances by KSID students.

Copenhagen School of Design and Technology visits KSID

Kollam | 07.03.2016

KSID is hosting Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) this week at Kollam as a part of developing associations with international design schools and to collaborate on developing solutions for our community. KEA is based in Copenhagen, Denmark and is an independent autonomous institution under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Information and Higher Education, Government of Denmark. KEA offers degree programmes in Design, Technology and IT; The visiting team is from the Sustainable Fashion Program which will explore the garment manufacturing system in Kerala as well as traditional crafts of Kollam such as Screwpine weaving and Lacemaking. KSID and KEA will conduct joint visits to these communities to understand their problems and to device solutions. A one-day workshop on screw-pine processing and manufacturing will be conducted in KSID with support from traditional artisans. Velkommen, KEA!