Consumerism skills

Sukant Panigrahy will be holding an exhibition of his installation art made from waste material at Phoenix Marketcity from Friday. Debarati Palit Singh caught up with him

He is an established art director who has designed sets for films like Ek Tha Tiger, Gangajal, Joker, Dev D and many other films. But Sukant Panigrahy hasn’t restricted his talent to just designing sets. The man, for the last three years, is trying to create awareness about over-consumerism that has led to a lot of waste.
Sukant is exhibiting recycled installations. He has crafted insects out of recycled waste material. So one will get to see a spider, mantis or a butterfly made from electronic and plastic waste.

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MGF 2015

Imagine a two-acre garden with art sculptures, scores of watering spots for horses and children and women making colourful handbags amidst green hills. The idyllic picture gets better when you know the handbags are being made from recycled waste.

This summer vacation, the weekend gateway of Matheran has more to offer – from May 21 to 25, the hill station will host an eco-friendly arts and culture fest, the Matheran Green Festival.

From art installations, paintings, graffiti, performing arts, music, photography exhibitions to film screenings and more, the festival has a lot to offer. The brainchild of New Bombay Design, a design firm, it is being organised with the help of the Matheran Municipal Corporation and Matheran Pratishthan, an NGO. Kala Nirvana, an organisation dedicated to art residency, is curating the event.

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Great minds think alike

m.a.f.i.a.—Musicians Artists Filmmakers Interesting log….. Aajaao! Can a message be more explicit or curious? Probably not. And true to its name, the idea behind it was not any painstaking effort to organise art events but to do some addabazi, says the founding member of m.a.f.i.a, Gurpal Singh.

“We wanted to get away from the oppressive city atmosphere for a while to share each others work, thoughts, ideas and experiences in some fresh air — nearby a river amidst birds, butterflies and trees. And, of course, no phone or the Internet,” says Gurpal, an actor and film director.
To some, this may sound too good to be true. But m.a.f.i.a has achieved this not less than 11 times. Such gatherings have already taken place in the scenery and tranquillity of Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and many more are yet to come.

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Recycled thoughts

While most of us get squeamish when surrounded by insects,renowned production designer and Bollywood art director Sukant Panigrahy sees inspiration in them. He will be showcasing his recycled installations inspired by insects which he calls “Sukant Ke Keede” from November 28 to December 15 at Phoenix Marketcity.

“Insects play an important role in the ecosystem and we humans often tend to overlook this,” says the award-winning art director who has worked on acclaimed movies such as Chak De India,Gangajal,Chillar Party and Dev D. He has also directed a few TV commercials,and is the co-founder of a group called M.A.F.I.A that organises art-based events serving as an interactive platform for independent and upcoming artists,musicians and photographer.

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HDFC Imperia

Never before has the word ‘mafia’ been associated with creativity! Panigrahy is the co-founder of m.a.f.i.a, which stands for Musicians Artists Filmmakers Interestinglog… Aajaao!
This initiative sees a group of people getting together to share each other’s  work, thoughts, ideas and experiences at a scenic spot, far away from the hustle and bustle of a city. Panigrahy further makes a difference with ‘Freedom’, a de-addiction and rehabilitation centre, which offers a road to recovery for those who have been shunned away due to their addictions to alcohol, drugs and other mood-altering substances

From Aska to Bollywood

Behind the dreamy romantic sequence of Bollywood movie Fanaa or the scary gruesome murder scene in No one killed Jessica, the creative genius of Odia boy Sukant Panigrahy stands out. Recipient of many national and international awards for his superb art direction in designing brilliant sets, this man has his feet on the ground and does not sport any airs and graces.

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Sky the limit for Aska boy

Once a naïve village boy from Aska, Ganjam, art director Sukant Panigrahy is today a name to reckon with in the field of art-direction in Bollywood.

Credited with the brilliant set designing for Chak De India, Aja Nachle and many other films, Panigrahy, who received global appreciation for his creative work in Dev D, is ready with some much-awaited films. Despite his success, the artist feels there are miles to go. Looking beyond films, Panigrahy feels it is important to promote artists of his state.

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A renowned production designer and art director

A renowned production designer and art director by profession and a social activist at heart, Sukant Panigrahy is a name to reckon with in the field of art-direction in Bollywood.

Mr Panigrahy, who has won many national and international awards for his art direction, has designed sets for several path-breaking movies like Gangajal , Chak De India, Aaja Nachle, Tashan, Bheja Fry 2 and Chillar Party. His production design for films like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Dil Bole Hadippa!, Badmaash Company and No One Killed Jessica has attracted considerable critical attention in India as well as abroad.

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Want to see the World from being in an animal’s Soul

From Prakash Jha’s Gangaajal to Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D, from the sets of Madhu Bhandarkar’s Heroine to Abhinav Tiwari’s Oass, this man has his hand in all. Meet Mr. Sukant Panigrahy, whose innumerable work fetched him the Asia Pacific Film Festival Award for the Best Art Director in Bollywood. He also recently visited Odisha to present his new installation with the waste material on Keede. With an indifferent identity of an artist for a cause he has been campaigning for  many social issues in relation to environment. Here is an excerpt from a candid conversation with Sneha Mitra.


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An art director’s crusade for women’s safety

As street protests for the Delhi gang-rape victim thin out in the city, 36-year-old Sukant Panigrahy has held on tight to the hope of making a difference. Despite a hectic schedule as an art director for Yash Raj Films, Panigrahy visits Jogger’s Park at Lokhandwala in Andheri every evening from 7.30pm onwards with his friends, with a message to make the world a safer place for women.

Sometimes he has an audience, at other times he walks up to individuals and strikes up a conversation about women’s rights.

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