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50: India’s Design Hero - Prof. Balkrishna Doshi.


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This episode is the 100th Episode of Audiogyan and I am super honoured to have none other than Prof. Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi (Born in 1927). I decided to mark this 100th episode with living legend of design and architecture. Doshi sir is considered to be an important figure of South Asian architecture and noted for his contributions to the evolution of architectural discourse in India. His more noteworthy designs include the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and the Aranya Low Cost Housing development in Indore which was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In 2018, he became the first Indian architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. 

I am completely aware of my limitations while taking interview of a person of this stature but a humble and genuine effort to document Prof Doshi’s thoughts on design.

1. What is your philosophy / ideology while designing? For eg. Laurie Baker worked on more cost effective, energy efficient architecture, Or Charles Correa is celebrated for his sensitivity to the needs of the urban poor. In short, what does the word “Design" Mean to you? The Pritzker jury announced that you have "always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends”. What is the secret behind it?

2. What according to you is the reason that cities have started looking similar. Same flyovers, same glass and steel buildings? Have spaces become more inclusive as we are evolving? What is the role of architects in giving character to these structures? And has there been any innovation to improve the working style of the people lower in the pyramid? Do you think architects should address these concerns?

3. How has RCC changed lives of architects and designers? Has it become more challenging or less? How has the landscape changed because of RCC

4. What are your thoughts on Vastu Shashtra when it comes to architecture?

5. What according to you is the difference between good and great? To further ask this question, as per my knowledge, an artist or a designers should ensure that he or she is consuming the right content, be in an appropriate environment to nurture and grow artistic sensitivities. What is your take on it? How can one go about building their own styles?

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What does simple design mean? What is lunch and dinner code word? What are important traits of becoming a good designer? How do you become a designer?

About Sunit Sunit is a partner & co-founder at Design …

30: What it means to be an artist with Aarohi Singh

September 11th, 2017


How do you define your canvas? How has that process evolved in years?

If your products are one-of-a-kind, how do you define value to it?

Can you …

29: Understanding stage life characters with Ramu Ramanathan

September 3rd, 2017


Who or what is an Antagonist and a Protagonist? Do societies define hero, heroins & villains, do hero and villains guide societies or is there an …

28: Understanding voicing and dubbing in a nutshell with Prasad Phanse

August 12th, 2017


What would you say is the most difficult part of being a voice artist? How difficult it is if you make your switch from acting to purely …

27: Fundamental similarities and differences between Hindustani and Carnatic Classical Music

August 11th, 2017


What are the fundamental similarities and differences between Hindustani and Carnatic Classical Music? Do we have 22 Shrutis in Carnatic Classical music? How are these divided and why are the considered different than …

26: Epistemology of voice & music - Part 2 with Pt Shrikant Ranade

August 4th, 2017


What is the correct way of breathing? What exactly happens when you inhale and exhale? Can you train your body to inhale and exhale correctly and …

25: Efforts behind effortless acting with Dilip Prabhavalkar

July 30th, 2017


How did you enter this field of acting, writing and direction? What is the role of body in acting? How did you manage to play so many different …

24: Understanding Raag Vyawastha with Pt. Chandrakant Limaye

July 25th, 2017


  1. The biggest asset of Hindustani classical is the framework of Raag (Raag Vyawastha). Why do we need this framework and how does it help?

  2. How is one …

23: ABCDEF (Epistemology) of voice & music with Shrikant Ranade - Introduction (Marathi)

June 26th, 2017


  1. What do you mean by sound, nada or Dhwani?

  2. How do we generate voice?

  3. What do you mean by correct and incorrect breathing?

  4. How can you control voice with …

22: Understanding motorcycle design with Chetan Shedjale

June 22nd, 2017


  1. What is motorcycle design and how can one get into it? What does one need to learn to become a motorcycle designer?

  2. What are the design goals while …

20: Part - 2 Understanding 22Shrutis with Dr. Vidyadhar Oke

June 15th, 2017


Introduction and emergence of Harmonium in India and when and how did it come to India or Indian classical music? How can a technically wrong …

21: Part - 1 Understanding 22Shrutis with Dr. Vidyadhar Oke

June 15th, 2017


What is a Shruti? Why is it the most important aspect of music? What do we use in our Music, ‘Shrutis’ or ‘Nadas’? How can we practically differentiate between Shrutis and Nadas? How a Raga is formed? Can we ‘measure’ a …

19: Understanding fonts and typefaces with Mahendra Patel

June 8th, 2017


What is a difference between a font-family and a typeface? How does one define / gauge / comment that a particular font is bad and good? For e.g.: …

18: Resurgence of Marathi poetry in Mumbai with Sanket Mhatre

June 1st, 2017


Whats your connection with poetry and what does poetry mean to you?Whats the Poetry scene in Mumbai? Why is poetry reading growing again? Do the new …

17: Need of a Guru with Guru Bhanumati

May 25th, 2017


Who / What is a Guru? Why does one need Guru in Dance or life in general? How can one find the right Guru?

16: Is there a real digital solution with Saket Vaidya

May 18th, 2017


  1. From BA in Psychology, to Social media analyst, from program manger to Tech head, and from Operations to now digital solution architect. Can you tell …

15: Understanding Tabla and it's nuances with Pt. Sudhir Mainkar

May 8th, 2017


A details introduction on Tabla, taal, naad and lay... What is peshkara? What is Farashbandi? What is qayda? What is rela? Why does Aroh and avroh exist in singing? What is khali bhari?

14: Epistemology of design in India with Anirudha Joshi

May 4th, 2017


We can clearly see a big gap between the syllabus and what actually is required when you become a professional designer. 1. Why do you think it exists? 2. How do you think it we can reduce this gap? 3. By …

13: Last temptations of an actor with Atul Kulkarni

April 20th, 2017


How can one stay genuine to his or her role and still stay detached? What is the process of developing a character where you can showcase the …

12: English-Bandhish With Kiran Phatak (Marathi)

April 13th, 2017


What do you mean by Bandish? How has Bandish evolved and will evolve? What's missing in today's Bandishes? You have made few bandish in English …

11: Radhika Phanse

April 6th, 2017


How is Natyashashtra and dance therapy connected? In ancient India, Classical Dances were aimed at the betterment of health of dancers. How and why did it digress? What is making it come back as a therapy? One of your …

10: Design nuances of Indian Rupee Symbol with Uday Kumar

March 29th, 2017


Design nuances of Indian Rupee Symbol - What were the design goals while designing the rupee sign? I mean visual harmony, culture, context and any …

9: What is tone of voice with Kruthika Subramanyam

March 23rd, 2017


What is tone of voice? Why do brands need it? Or it is important in other domains as well? What is the role of language in defining the tone? How …

8: Creative challenges with Varun Grover

March 23rd, 2017


In the creative field, it is said that it thrives on limitations. Who defines these limitations? And then how come people get offended? Should art …

7: Nuts and bolts of product with Subramanya Sharma

February 23rd, 2017


What are the main differences between the actual silicon valley and Indian valley of startups?

What do you think are the main factors for building a …

6: Voicing as a career option with Sandeep Karnik

February 16th, 2017


What is voicing? And what is a difference between voicing, dubbing, playback and giving voice for animation? How does one get into this field? Any courses, skill set required? Which emotion do you think is the toughest? …

5: Copy, branding & advertising with Anusha Pinto

February 9th, 2017


Gyan session on Copy, Branding and advertising with Anusha Pinto. What are the challenges in making a no-so-good brand better? What is the role of …

4: Traditional Dance; Kathak with Prajakta Sathe

February 2nd, 2017


What made you consider Dance as a profession? What are the possible job prospects if you decide to devote your life to dance? With Nach baliye and Boogie Woogie, has it impacted Indian traditional dance forms. if yes, …

3: What is Sound Design? with Aditya Sorap

January 26th, 2017


What is sound design? What kind of skills you need to become a sound designer? How has technology impacted sound design? What are the challenges of …

2: Films & perspectives with Kedar Jape

January 1st, 2017


Should art depict society or should society evolve by looking at art? How much do you think commerce effects art? How do you know your story is …

1: Theoretical & Practical design with Sharad Patwardhan

December 27th, 2016


How do you see design? What should one learn when one is in design school? What do you mean by Horizontal & vertical lines? What according to you …

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