Our students of second year started their south india trip on 30th june 2017 with our two faculties and a team from Ar.Sivith kumar (CEPT) to teach techniques in outdoor sketching and visual documentation.
MYSORE- THE CITY OF PALACES. The Palace of Mysore is a historical palace in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, Southern India. The students visited Mysore palace, the residence and seat of the Wodeyars - the rulers of Mysore. Students were very excited seeing the architectural style of the domes of the palace and Indo-Saracenic architecture and the blends of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles. After seeing the exemplary work of the place students were given a quick assignment of sketching from their perspective. Later they were taken to JAGANMOHAN PALACE where they studied the various types of art works and portraits done by famous artists. Finally the students spent their dusk in BRINDHAVAN GARDEN which lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam. They enjoyed seeing the nature’s beauty of Srirangapatna and the renovated musical fountain using a digitized system and repairs of dysfunctional fountains.
SHRAVANABELAGOLA near Channarayapatna of Hassan district. It was a tough day as the students began climbing about 700 steps bare foot. But it was worth climbing as they were astonished seeing 58-feet tall monolithic statue of the GOMMATESHWARA BAHUBALI at Shravanabelagola. It is one of the most important tirthas in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity. Then they were taken to HOYSALESWARA TEMPLE at Halebidu .They was stunned seeing the architecture and contemporary inscriptions. They were split into groups to start up their sketching work in which they were asked to sketch the temple only with horizontal lines. They were taught how to sketch with right scale and proportion.
HAMPI an important religious centre, located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Empire. They stepped into the VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE known as the Pampavathi temple, an ancient temple in the Hampi bazaar. The students were taught about temple architecture and asked to visit the three gopuras of the temple. Then they were taken to Ruins of Jain Temple at Hemkuta hills and were split into groups to sketch the Jain temple and the Ganesha temple. They learnt the techniques of charcoal sketching and got definite knowledge of the types of mediums, selection of mediums and how it should be used. Then they were assigned for a quick exercise on live sketching.
HAMPI complex the vittala temple. The students started their day at the VITTALA TEMPLE, HAMPI – An Architectural Wonder. The students were very thrilled seeing the approach and the marvels of vittala temple which is well known for its exceptional architecture and craftsmanship. The iconic temple amazed them with its stone structure and the incomparable stone chariot. They were also fascinated with its musical pillars and started analyzing the Dravidian architecture of the temple’s grandeur. They started their daily routine of sketching the monuments in their own perspective. The students enjoyed themselves by taking up adventures, moving from place to place to find the hidden monuments of the temple complex
BADAMI CAVE TEMPLES are a complex of Hindu, Jain and possibly Buddhist cave temples. The students roamed around the escarpment of the hill in soft Badami sandstone formation. The windy day helped them to set a fresh mood for sketching sitting in the crooked steps near the pond inspite of their discomfort. Then we moved to the ruined structure which lied in-between the narrow streets of Badami and sketched the ruins of Badami. They learnt the light and shadow effects by charcoal sketching.
AIHOLE is a village having a historic temple complex in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka which is significant and is called the 'cradle of Hindu rock architecture’. The students were inspired seeing the architecture of the DURGA TEMPLE. They started moving around to analyze the technique and the splendid craftsmanship of the temple. Then we moved to PATTADAKKAL TEMPLE COMPLEX, THE VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE which made the students excited with its stunning architecture. They were also amazed seeing the efficient detailing of the temple and they started recalling what they studied. They were asked to do memory sketches at the end.
GOKARNA is a small temple town on the western coast of India in the Kumta taluk of Uttara Kannada district of the state of Karnataka. The students started their case study in GURUKUL at gokarna. They were asked to study, analyze, sketch and document the building. They were split into 4 groups in which each group would study each gurukul named THE GOPI’S HOUSE, THE SHUBRAMANIAM’S HOUSE, THE JOGLEKAR’S HOUSE respectively and the 4th group was asked to study and document the whole village. They found it very interesting asking about the gurukul system and they were treated in a polite manner by the gurus of the gurukul so that they felt free to rise up with their doubt and clarifications. Finally with lots of dedication they completed their case study successfully in that very humid day.
GOA . the funfilled day stared by visiting the AGUADA FORT taking candid clicks and they moved on to CALANGUTE BEACH were they spent their time in the shore playing around , poking friends, tasting goan flavors, roaming around, sneaking their empty pockets. The day ended visiting the old Goa church astonished by its architectural style finally we waved adios to GOA.
Our college third year students started their journey to NORTH INDIA EDUCATIONAL TRIP with two of our faculties Ar.Sivaraman and Ar.Nisha.
DAY 1 to DAY 4
Students compelled their Journey from Trichy on July 3rd 2017. After 2 nights and 2 days of Train journey they reached Ahmadabad on 5th July 2017(Day 3) in the evening and shelved at hotel near front phase of Sabarmati River. Ahmadabad is known for its Architectural importance. Our students spent 5 days in Ahmadabad to understand how the city functions and to study the building in old and new city of Ahmadabad. Familiar architects like Le Corbusier and Louis Khan and B.V.Dhoshi has done remarkable works in that city. GANDHI ASHRAM was designed by the renowned architect Charles Correa which is an appreciated work for its simplicity. Students really enjoyed studying that building. After visiting Gandhi ashram, students visited to CEPT UNIVERSITY, the University of Architecture designed by AR.B.V.DHOSI and they were so excited to see another school of architecture. In that premises students witnessed a beautiful architectural creation named HUSSAIN-DOSHI GUFA .
DAY 5 & DAY 6
Students converged in Swami Narayanan temple for a HERITAGE WALK. They drifted different pols of Ahmadabad and witnessed the architectural elements of many notable buildings and streets and its history. Students were given exercises to choose different pols and do sketches. After which students moved to the new city of Ahmadabad and visited NID, where Sanskar Kendra designed by Le Corbusier and Tagore Hall by B.V.Doshi. They were blessed to see both ends of the city TRADITION VS MODERN on the same day. Next day students paid a call to Adalaj step well. Later they visited Akshradam temple in Gandhi Nagar which is a huge Hindu temple complex which had a museum. It helped them to understand a typology of museum.
DAY 7 & DAY 8
On this day students paid a visit to Rupmathi mosque and Dada Harir stepwell in the old city. Students sketched the exterior and interior spaces of both the buildings and went to Sarkej Roza which is called as Acropolis of Ahmadabad as Ar. Le Corbusier compared it to the Acropolis of Athens. Next day students fascinated IIM AHMADABAD, design by the renowned Ar. Louis i Khan which is appreciated for its design. It was so delightful to know how both the architects have played with the planes and volume. Students curiously studied all the spaces and in the evening they started their journey to Delhi by Train.
DAY 9 & DAY 10
Students rolled in to Delhi -Karol bagh area and docketed to visit places like, Indira Gandhi memorial museum, India gate, Parliament house, Rashtrapathi bhavan and the Karol Bagh market area. Students were hankered to visit Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum. Later they fluttered to parliament house conceived in the Imperial Style which consists of an open verandah with 144 columns. After which they explored Rashtrapati Bhavan, home to the President of the world’s largest democracy. The next day they visited the historical buildings in Delhi like Lotus Temple, the Qutub complex and Jami Masjid.
DAY 11 & DAY 12
These days students relished to visit Humayun’s tomb where they spent the day in studying and sketching. After that they moved to Raj ghat - memorial area of Mahatma Gandhi where they made homage to show the respect to our father of nation Mahatma Gandhi and left to Manali in the evening. Next day they reached Manali and visited Hadimba temple. Later they moved to central bazzar area for exploring and shopping.
Day 13& 14
The Next day students extended their visit to Manali then moved to Himalaya’s Solang Valley by jeep. Solang valley offers a beautiful view of greeneries, waterfalls,snow-capped mountains. Later, they left manali and started to Amristar. In Amritsar, students visited Jallianwalabagh, Wagah Border in day time and Amristar Golden Temple in night time for its golden glow where students made homage to show their respect to our forefathers and did pledge to safe guard our nation and our people. After that students witnessed flags ceremony in wagah border. At the end of the ceremony they moved to the golden temple and cherished its beauty.
Students started these days with great anticipation since they were on the way to visit to Chandigarh capital complex, which was designed by the pioneer French architect Le Corbusier. In Jaipur (the pink city), they got more signature places to visit but due to time constraints students visited only few important monuments like Amer fort, jal palace, Hawamahal. Hawa Mahal is a five story building that is situated in the heart of the city of Jaipur. The most unique aspect about the palace is the fact that at all times a light breeze passes through it. Hawa means wind, which is the Palace of Winds. After visiting hawamahal, students moved to the street shopping area, where they explored local merchant’s products.
Day 17& 18
Students started to explore traditionally from Albert hall museum, Jawahar kala Kendra area and FatehpurSikri. They started with Albert hall museum of Jaipur which is the most decorative and visually stunning place. There students delved into the art and craft exhibition space, library space, auditorium space, amphitheatre space and also they grounded to open space and build space relationship in jawahar Kala Kendra. Later they manoeuvred to agra by bus to visit FatehpurSikri. From there they headed to a bulanddarwaza by horse cart and autos. Later they moved to Agra fort and wondered its enchanting image with its high ramparts. With all excitement students next visited Tajmahal which is one of the the wonders of the world. Students learned architectural and structural details from the legendary monument.
Day 19 & 20
This was the day of remigration to Trichy. After a long train journey, students reached Trichy on 22nd of July 2017. The educational junket came to an end with lot of learning and memories.