Journey of the Genius
Sudhakar… to Sudha… to Nadu...
The Person :               Childhood               Schooling               Art & Design Education               Family Life
ChildhoodBorn in a small village on thecoast of Maharashtra.Studied in a municipal schoolin Mumbai.Became one of the leadi...
Art EducationIt started atthe JJ School of Arts,and self supported byworking alongside atAsia Arts…
For me,      creativity was natural      which was      carefully polished                           first at             ...
Training at ULM(one of the most prestigiousdesign institutions of its time)Learnt the basics which were a guide to theform...
ULM Projects
ULM education    has penetrated in me,               deep i t               d    into               my way of thinking.
Family LifeSimple, humble,ggrounded,a great human beingin all facets…
The Teacher              NID, Ahmedabad              IDC, IIT, Mumbai              DoD, IIT, Guwahati              WeSchoo...
NID1966-69The beginning of thejjourney…      y
IDC1969-97it started as aone man’s idea andgrew intoan institution…
IDC1969-97it started as aone man’s idea andgrew intoan institution…
IDCwas initially started asan experimental program                           for 5 years.
IDC1969-97it started as aone man’s idea andgrew intoan institution…
IDC1969-97it started as aone man’s idea andgrew intoan institution…
IDCStudent ProjectsProduct Design
IDCStudent ProjectsVisual Communication
Form follows function.             functionIt goes into all aspects…           human and environmental.                   ...
DoD,DoD IITG1997-2004The philosophy was                      gfurther refined throughfirst UG program in design(B.Des.) at...
WeSchoolSince 2006design thinking at amanagement school…     g
The Designer               Exhibitions               Products               Signage & Environment               Graphics
France inIndustrial IndiaIndo-French Chamber of CommerceBombayB b (1971)
Y ESTINY RYSTWITHDETRMinistry of EducationDelhiD lhi (1972)
Planning & executing           the design is a           complex process                         where                    ...
Made in IndiaState Trading CorporationGovt. of MaharashtraDelhi (1979)
Made in IndiaTrade Fair Authorityof IndiaMoscow (1978)
V I STARA        Festival of IndiaIndia, Japan, Russia, Germany             (1988)
Grammar      of design      remain the same.                  whether you do                  a simple or                 ...
ProductDesignsat NID…
ProductDesignsat IDC…
ProductDesignsat IDC…
FurnitureDesignsat DoD,IIT Guwahati
HospitalFurniturein BambooDept of Design, IITGuwahati (2002)
BamtechDept of Design, IITGuwahati (2002)
SchoolFurniturein BambooDept of Design, IITGuwahati (2002)
TataTechnologiesPune
Mahindra WorldCityMahindra & Mahindra Ltd.Chennai (2008)Ch    i
Mahalaxmi StationIndian RailwaysMumbaiM b i (2006)
Mahalaxmi StationIndian RailwaysMumbai (2006)
Mahalaxmi StationIndian RailwaysMumbai (2006)
City CenterKolkata
Poster Designfor variousactivities & eventsat IDC & IIT, Mumbai…
Graphic Designfor variousactivities & eventsat IDC & IIT, Mumbai…
Poster Designcelebrating silver jubilee of IDC…
Graphic DesignAnatomy of a Designer…
Graphic Designfor variousactivities & eventsat DoD & IIT, Guwahati…
Graphic Designfor variousactivities & eventsat DoD & IIT, Guwahati…
Poster DesignWelingkarEducation SchoolMumbai (2008)
The Thinker              Research              Publications
TheUltimate objective        of any design activity        is to enhance the            social &               i l        ...
T r i b u t e . . . from the                    f    th                   family,                   friends &             ...
Even after 40 years ofmy education in Product Design,I am still considered as a Designeris the testimony to thequalities o...
Prof. Nadu, as I know him,is the personification ofa creative eccentric geniuswith spontaneous bursts of energy andhighly ...
There are few people who could impact generations,even fewer contribute really shaping future generations, andeven lot les...
Sir always treated IDC as his favorite child andwe witnessed his dedication to raise IDC to the level ofa premium design i...
Prof. Nadkarni is an incredible magician of design!Whatever he touched got created and transformed intofully developed ent...
I have known Prof. Nadkarni for over twenty-five years as my professorand later as my colleague.I really admired his skill...
At IIT Guwahati,Prof. Nadkarni molded my life as a guru,which resulted in perfect shape!It was he who brought out the hidd...
Prof. Nadkarni brought a lot of ‘colour’to my dry and staid engineer’s mind.He not only helped establish theDepartment of ...
You have been an amazing person who has doneso much to anchor Design Thinking in Indian contextboth in technical and manag...
We have been acquainted with each other for so long time.LetL me express my h heartfelt congratulations to you f your very...
Two things stand out about Prof. Nadkarni’s work.The first is that his voice is both ‘completely Indian and completelycont...
Being Nadu…In spirit… and in action !!!
Tribute tothe MasterFelicitationduring DDS 2011.      g
Family ManSimple, humble,ggrounded,a great human beingin all facets…
Being Nadu…Lighter momentsalong the j    g     journey…                y
Thank you…             for making us              more sensible and              meaningful              towards the      ...
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  1. 1. Journey of the Genius
  2. 2. Sudhakar… to Sudha… to Nadu...
  3. 3. The Person : Childhood Schooling Art & Design Education Family Life
  4. 4. ChildhoodBorn in a small village on thecoast of Maharashtra.Studied in a municipal schoolin Mumbai.Became one of the leadinglights of design in India.
  5. 5. Art EducationIt started atthe JJ School of Arts,and self supported byworking alongside atAsia Arts…
  6. 6. For me, creativity was natural which was carefully polished first at fi t t J J School of Arts, and then at Ulm G Ul Germany.
  7. 7. Training at ULM(one of the most prestigiousdesign institutions of its time)Learnt the basics which were a guide to theformation of three major institutions in India.
  8. 8. ULM Projects
  9. 9. ULM education has penetrated in me, deep i t d into my way of thinking.
  10. 10. Family LifeSimple, humble,ggrounded,a great human beingin all facets…
  11. 11. The Teacher NID, Ahmedabad IDC, IIT, Mumbai DoD, IIT, Guwahati WeSchool, Mumbai
  12. 12. NID1966-69The beginning of thejjourney… y
  13. 13. IDC1969-97it started as aone man’s idea andgrew intoan institution…
  14. 14. IDC1969-97it started as aone man’s idea andgrew intoan institution…
  15. 15. IDCwas initially started asan experimental program for 5 years.
  16. 16. IDC1969-97it started as aone man’s idea andgrew intoan institution…
  17. 17. IDC1969-97it started as aone man’s idea andgrew intoan institution…
  18. 18. IDCStudent ProjectsProduct Design
  19. 19. IDCStudent ProjectsVisual Communication
  20. 20. Form follows function. functionIt goes into all aspects… human and environmental. environmental Product should match the environment, and environment need not be dominating.
  21. 21. DoD,DoD IITG1997-2004The philosophy was gfurther refined throughfirst UG program in design(B.Des.) at IIT Guwahati.
  22. 22. WeSchoolSince 2006design thinking at amanagement school… g
  23. 23. The Designer Exhibitions Products Signage & Environment Graphics
  24. 24. France inIndustrial IndiaIndo-French Chamber of CommerceBombayB b (1971)
  25. 25. Y ESTINY RYSTWITHDETRMinistry of EducationDelhiD lhi (1972)
  26. 26. Planning & executing the design is a complex process where minutest details are to be considered...
  27. 27. Made in IndiaState Trading CorporationGovt. of MaharashtraDelhi (1979)
  28. 28. Made in IndiaTrade Fair Authorityof IndiaMoscow (1978)
  29. 29. V I STARA Festival of IndiaIndia, Japan, Russia, Germany (1988)
  30. 30. Grammar of design remain the same. whether you do a simple or a complex design… p g
  31. 31. ProductDesignsat NID…
  32. 32. ProductDesignsat IDC…
  33. 33. ProductDesignsat IDC…
  34. 34. FurnitureDesignsat DoD,IIT Guwahati
  35. 35. HospitalFurniturein BambooDept of Design, IITGuwahati (2002)
  36. 36. BamtechDept of Design, IITGuwahati (2002)
  37. 37. SchoolFurniturein BambooDept of Design, IITGuwahati (2002)
  38. 38. TataTechnologiesPune
  39. 39. Mahindra WorldCityMahindra & Mahindra Ltd.Chennai (2008)Ch i
  40. 40. Mahalaxmi StationIndian RailwaysMumbaiM b i (2006)
  41. 41. Mahalaxmi StationIndian RailwaysMumbai (2006)
  42. 42. Mahalaxmi StationIndian RailwaysMumbai (2006)
  43. 43. City CenterKolkata
  44. 44. Poster Designfor variousactivities & eventsat IDC & IIT, Mumbai…
  45. 45. Graphic Designfor variousactivities & eventsat IDC & IIT, Mumbai…
  46. 46. Poster Designcelebrating silver jubilee of IDC…
  47. 47. Graphic DesignAnatomy of a Designer…
  48. 48. Graphic Designfor variousactivities & eventsat DoD & IIT, Guwahati…
  49. 49. Graphic Designfor variousactivities & eventsat DoD & IIT, Guwahati…
  50. 50. Poster DesignWelingkarEducation SchoolMumbai (2008)
  51. 51. The Thinker Research Publications
  52. 52. TheUltimate objective of any design activity is to enhance the social & i l cultural values of life…
  53. 53. T r i b u t e . . . from the f th family, friends & followers.
  54. 54. Even after 40 years ofmy education in Product Design,I am still considered as a Designeris the testimony to thequalities of education we receivedfrom a great design teacher :Sudhakar Nadkarni.ACHUTHA RAOStudent : IDC- PD (1970-71)Centre HeadNational Institute of DesignR & D Campus, Bangalore
  55. 55. Prof. Nadu, as I know him,is the personification ofa creative eccentric geniuswith spontaneous bursts of energy andhighly contagious enthusiasm.He is the inspiration ofmy current existence as a designer.DENNIS L KAPPENStudent : IDC-PD (1990-92)Principal Professor3D Ideation Inc, Toronto (Industrial Design) Humber College, Toronto
  56. 56. There are few people who could impact generations,even fewer contribute really shaping future generations, andeven lot less who could do it all with a child-like enthusiasm.You have enthusiasm and curiosity about everything!Your inquisitiveness is infectious, your passion fordesign and therefore for life is unique.SATYENDRA PAKHALÉStudent : IDC-PD (1989-92)FounderSatyendra PakhaléDesign Studio
  57. 57. Sir always treated IDC as his favorite child andwe witnessed his dedication to raise IDC to the level ofa premium design institute.He always used his influence to make IDC more visibleon the world map.I have had many opportunities to interact with himsince my IDC days, till recent meeting at Welingkars.I used to share my professional achievements with him, time to time.His appreciation for my Design Store initiative, a post-retirement venture,was quite encouraging and motivating.Honestly, I owe my professional success to Sir.ASHOK PANWALKARStudent IDC-PD (1976-78)Founder & Creative Director3F Design
  58. 58. Prof. Nadkarni is an incredible magician of design!Whatever he touched got created and transformed intofully developed entities, be it institutions, products, exhibitions,graphics and so on. onHe did the same magic of touch and transformed two of my productswhen I was at IDC. He remembers students by their projects, than bytheir names. I am still his “Jewellery-wala”.HeH continues to d the same magic even today and i do h i d dI pray to god to give him all the time, to keep creating.I am honored to be associated with me, and his involvement at SID.VINAY MUNDADAStudent IDC-PD (1986-88)DirectorSymbiosis Institute of Design
  59. 59. I have known Prof. Nadkarni for over twenty-five years as my professorand later as my colleague.I really admired his skills be it managing interpersonal relations, or skills, relationstaking new initiatives. He was also the one who started the IndustrialDesign Centre in IIT, Mumbai.He gets the credit to initiate 3 design institutes which in itself is anunparalleled contribution to the d i profession i I di ll l d ib i h design f i in India.On a personal level, I find him very humane, supportive andhe continuously encourages everybody to achieve their goals.PRADYUMNA VYASStudent IDC-VC (1982-84)DirectorNational Institute of DesignIndia
  60. 60. At IIT Guwahati,Prof. Nadkarni molded my life as a guru,which resulted in perfect shape!It was he who brought out the hidden spark in me and gaveme a chance to live beautiful life, where there’s only sunshine. there sSir, you are the inspiration of my life,and will remain for ever.DR. UTPAL BARUAFormer ColleagueAssociate ProfessorDept. of Design,IIT Guwahati
  61. 61. Prof. Nadkarni brought a lot of ‘colour’to my dry and staid engineer’s mind.He not only helped establish theDepartment of Design at IIT Guwahati, butinfluenced many of the decisions taken duringthe design and construction of the campus.The beautiful campus of IIT Guwahaticarries his imprint.GAUTAM BARUAFormer ColleagueDirectorIIT Guwahati
  62. 62. You have been an amazing person who has doneso much to anchor Design Thinking in Indian contextboth in technical and management institutes.You were a great mentor for encouraging me to grow in my own mold mold.Your passion was our energyyour energy was our soulYour commitment was our motivationYour care transformed our creativityY f d i iYour love taught us adventurismThank you Sudhakar for being a constant inspiration.LALIT DASHeadIDD CentreIIT Delhi
  63. 63. We have been acquainted with each other for so long time.LetL me express my h heartfelt congratulations to you f your very f l l i forhappy 75th birthday.I see Indian design has come to great development. I clearlyremembered your activities. You are no doubt the ancestor of the activitiesdesign field of India.I am looking forward to seeing you again in the near future.KENJI EKUANDesigner FriendGK Design Group
  64. 64. Two things stand out about Prof. Nadkarni’s work.The first is that his voice is both ‘completely Indian and completelycontemporary.’ A d that is an exceptional b l i trick. And h i i l balancing i kThere are plenty of designers who produce contemporary stuff, butthey end up looking ‘Scandinavian’ or whatever.The work he did at the ‘Vistara’ exhibition in 1986 on the Vistara“Architecture of India” or to the signage and street furniture work atthe city centre mall in Kolkata recently, to illustrate how welltradition & modernity did as a couple.CHARLES CORREADesigner FriendFounder ProfessorCharles Correa Associates, of ArchitectureMumbai (India) MIT (USA)
  65. 65. Being Nadu…In spirit… and in action !!!
  66. 66. Tribute tothe MasterFelicitationduring DDS 2011. g
  67. 67. Family ManSimple, humble,ggrounded,a great human beingin all facets…
  68. 68. Being Nadu…Lighter momentsalong the j g journey… y
  69. 69. Thank you… for making us  more sensible and  meaningful  towards the towards the world around us.

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