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Serendipity Arts Foundation present the 2nd Art Spectrum Awards

The Serendipity Arts Foundation present the 2nd
Art Spectrum Awards: South Asia (ASA:SA)

29 January 2019:  Serendipity Arts Foundation and MOJARTO in collaboration with NDTV presents the 2nd Art Spectrum Awards: South Asia (ASA:SA) on 2 February 2019.

The ASA:SA award aims to reward and encourage creative, transformational initiatives that are making tangible differences to the future of the arts in South Asia promoting growth and via a platform for the arts that supports and leads the interdisciplinary artistic movement in India.

The awards reflect the Serendipity Arts Foundation's commitment and continual support of arts development in India. Elaborating further Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Founder and Chairman, Serendipity Arts Foundation said, “The Serendipity Arts Foundation is committed to creating sustainability in the Arts and spread awareness of the rich cultural heritage of India by making art and culture and our outreach platforms as inclusive as possible. To realize this commitment the process of recognition plays a great role and adds impetus to the efforts of these brilliant and young artists across various disciples. The Arts Spectrum Awards: South Asia has been conceptualized to do just that and recognize work of progressive and unique artistic caliber. I wish the very best of luck to all the nominees of the different categories at the 2nd annual Art Spectrum Awards.”    

Honouring individuals for their unique aesthetic and artistic contributions to the cultural landscape, nominees and winners are selected by an eminent panel of artists, collectors, cultural policy makers, arts institutions, arts patrons and disciplinary specialists. The award aims to cultivate India’s artistic development and cultural evolution by highlighting the most significant and innovative projects over the previous year’s art calendar, with an emphasis on organisations and individuals that driving social and public engagement across disciplines.

Prominent thespian and esteemed jury member Mr. Feisal Alkazi said, We are in that point in history where regional boundaries are blurring with our ability to transcend the cultural barriers. South Asia in particular as a region has had a similar cultural mosaic with synchronized sensibilities and this should be unified for attaining long standing relationships and sustainable practices. ASA:SA in that sense plays the role of a quintessential unifier that is taking baby steps in weaving together the  cultural ethos of the region.”

With the objective of supporting and encouraging creative dialogue across disciplines, the awards include special categories for theatre and the culinary arts. ASA:SA aims to inspire emerging artists and practitioners, celebrating innovation, artistic integrity and contributions to education for meaningful and diverse social engagement.

This year’s award and nomination categories include:


Celebrating unique collections in South Asia with a focus on collectors who have used their personal collections to educate and enrich the community, whilst also preserving a cultural heritage.
Visual Arts Under 45 Years of Age (Painting/Photography/Sculpture/Installation)

Awarded to an individual who has shown not only technical excellence and aesthetic prowess but also has used their oeuvre to make an impact socially and educationally in their particular field.

(Arts Initiative)

Awarded to an artist/collective who has initiated public art projects that have had significant cultural and social impact through immersive urban integration.

Crafts “Skills of hands and mind”

Awarded to the designer/house in the field of stone, wood, textiles and metal that has used traditional techniques combined with modern technology to rethink and redefine design and production processes.

Performance (Theatre)

Awarded to an individual/collective using traditional practices and making a contemporary performance piece in an alternate space.


Awarded to an individual/collective for creative simplicity, sensory complexity, and excellence in the discipline of gastronomy, as well as engaging with  ideas of sustainability with an emphasis on regional flavours.

The nominations panel this year included influencers and experts from across the creative disciplines including: Kiran Nadar, Preeti Ambani, Sidharth Shanghvi, V Sunil, Raj Salgaonkar, Kapil Chopra, Anurag Khanna, Lillete Dubey, Wendell Rodricks, Prasad Bidappa, Sohail Hashmi, Abhishek Majumdar, Shriram Aylur, Sunil Kant Munjal, Marut Sikka, Uzma Irfan, Jyotindra Jain, Jaya Jaitley, and Sneha Khanwalkar.

About Serendipity Arts Festival

The Foundation's primary initiative and largest project, Serendipity Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts event held annually every December in Goa. Curated by a panel of eminent artists and institutional figures, the Festival is a long-term cultural project that hopes to instigate positive change across the arts in India on a large scale. Spanning the visual, performing and culinary arts, the Festival’s programming includes music, dance, visual arts, craft, photography, film and theatre. The Festival addresses pressing social issues such as arts education and pedagogy, cultural patronage, interdisciplinary discourse, and accessibility to the arts. Serendipity Arts Festival’s intensive programme of exhibitions and performances is energised by spaces for social and educational engagement. 

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NID DAT Exam Analysis 2019

NID DAT Exam Analysis 2019 
Question numbers 
Marks per question 
Total marks allotted
Part I 
Objective type  questions 
1 to 22 
·         Questions( 1 to 14) - 1 mark
·         Questions (15 to 22) - 2 marks
30 marks
Part II
Subjective type questions
23 to 26 
·         Question (23) - 15 marks
·         Question (24) - 20 marks 
·         Question (25)- 15 marks 
·         Question (26) - 20 marks, which was subdivided into three parts. 
70 marks

NID DAT 2019 Exam Analysis 

Objective Part ( GK, maths, English, Visual / aptitude)- According to NID DAT 2019 analysis, the objective part which was multiple choice questions consists of 22 questions and the total marks allotted for the same was 30. The questions this time were based on general knowledge, textile and reasoning, which was of an easier level. 

Drawing Part - The subjective part, which was drawing section wherein students were given blank spaces where they had to make their drawings.
The drawing section was based on perspective questions and the types of questions asked were as follows:

Question No.
NID Entrance Exam Questions 2019 for BDes Admissions
A picture of a room was given and there was a window in the room and you are on a ladder and looking into the room. You had to draw what you see in the room.
A picture from a side view was given and students had to draw it from the front view. The picture had a dead old man, a dog barking towards the thief. Students had to draw this picture from the front view.
Design a circular stamp commemorating the 160th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Colour your composition.
Draw a man or a woman sitting on a table and in front of them there is a spoon, a fork and a plate.
Draw to depict that all that is gold does not glitter in a realistic manner (real life situation) and write a five lines on it.
Draw a fork and a spoon that have been brought together at the handle.

NID DAT 2019 Exam Analysis - Questions asked in the Exam

As per NID DAT exam analysis, the NID DAT 2019 entrance exam was divided into two part - Part I and Part II. Part I and part II comprised objective and subjective types questions, respectively. Part I comprised 22 questions while part II consisted of 4 questions.

You can read below to know the types of questions asked in NID DAT 2019. 

Part -I (MCQs)
1. Transgender symbol
2. A picture of strokes was students had to distinguish which one was the correct one (Calligraphy pen, flat brush etc. 
3. A textile pattern was given which was to be identified
4. Cotton, coir, jute and wool - choose the odd one out
5. One of the options that is not a classical dance form 
6.  Name the instrument that Annapurna plays
7. Which animal is the design inspiration of Japanese Bullet Train
8. What was the navigation aid in ancient times
9. Names of Indian personality - one of them was not an artist
10. Highest sporting award in India
11. Determining Relationship based on circle patterns - Boys/Girls/Siblings/sister
12. Mother and child together are 70 kg, father and child together are 90 kg, mother and father are 120 kg, then was is the combined weight of the family
13. Graph-based question
14. Shape based question - rotate the vase and identifying the core of shape

MCQ - (15-22) were visual aptitude, picture and pattern-based questions and were awarded 2 marks. 

Part II- Subject/drawing questions
23. Draw the picture of the room from the point of view of a person climbing a ladder and looking through the window (15 marks)
24. Draw a real-life situation of "all that is gold does not glitter" with 5 lines of interpretation (20 marks)
25. Design a circular stamp on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary (15 marks)
A) Visualise and draw a person sitting on a dining table with a plate, a stainless steel spoon and a fork in from of him (8 marks)
B) Visualise and draw an ant's point of view sitting on the tip of the handle of a spoon (6 marks)
C) Visualise and draw a spoon and fork tied together in a knot at the handles (6 marks)

NID DAT Prelims 2019: Subjective Questions asked for MDes Admissions
As per NID Entrance Exam student reaction 2019, some of the subjective questions asked in the exam are as mentioned in the table below:

   Question No.
NID Entrance Exam Questions 2019 for MDes Admissions
For Product Design: You are going for a trek. Design a product that fits a bottle, shoe, sandwich, book and phone. Draw this product and explain how it can be used.
For Interaction Design: In the future India will be voting on mobile phones. Identify three problems and illustrate solutions to these problems.
Five icons were given from “UN Sustainable Goals for 2018”.

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