NATIONAL Institute of Design’s R&D Campus kicks off their fourth installment of Dfrost this weekend aiming to spread the good word that design is integral to our daily lives, according to student organiser Parag Gupta. His team has put together a cohesive series of events along with the design team at Microsoft – we bring you a glimpse of what to expect from this buzzing and intriguing festival that begins tomorrow and continues through until Sunday.
Decor enthusiasts will enjoy the bamboo workshop (11.30 am on Day 1). The versatile material can be transformed into decorative and useful artifacts, accessories or furniture. Bookcraft by Kagazi will teach you simple binding techniques you might find useful for everyday quick fixes. Day two kicks off with sessions like miniature model making — think robots, objects and spaces. Visualists would possibly like to participate in the X: Secrets of the Drawn Image, a workshop dedicated to illustrations.
In the game
Bring your competitiveness to the fore with T-shirt designing, digital art and board game making contests. Or take part in a quiz contest, photography special or a session on mad-ads. There is even a canvas to work on with your feet. After all the intense participation you can unwind with Thalavattam, a performance session featuring percussionist Monty Manuel who uses instruments like the didgeridoo and djembe, along with reused paint cans and PVC pipes. Or catch a Yakshagana performance.
Day two closes (8 pm) with a bang with Swargasm, in a performance that blends Indian and Western music with contemporary dance before city-based rock outfit Mad Orange Fireworks belts out their original hits like Black Hole, Empty Saturday and Break My Fall.
December 7-8. At National
Institute of Design, Yeshwanthpur. Entry free. `200 and `400 for
materials. Details: 7259207234
— Avinash Kumai