|Visit to Aurangabad||Commemorating the lost treasure: Ajanta Caves|
|Date||18th to 24th December, 2019|
|Faculty||Subject Coordinator: Associate Professor Sasmit Acharekar
Faculty Team: Accompanying in Study Tour
Mahesh Naik, Danish Kharti, Madhurima Das, Reshma Sathe, Sasmit Acharekar
Objectives of the Visit: Commemorating the lost treasure: Ajanta Caves
The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence.
The Ajanta Caves were a sanctuary for Buddhist monks that was forgotten, along with its stunning riches, for nearly 1,500 years. Until in the year 1819, John Smith, a young British cavalry officer, who was on a tiger hunt, accidentally spotted the mouth of one of the caves, believing that it could only have been man-made.
To celebrate 200 years of Ajanta caves re-discovery marks the year 2019-20 extremely important in the history of art and conservation. Unknown for more than 1,000 years except to wild animals, insects, flood waters, prodigious foliage and perhaps the local Bhil people, this magnificent work of art, architecture and contemplation was abandoned by those who created it as long ago as AD 500.
To remember an enduring saga of cave paintings and sculptures, we decided to conduct academic study tour from 18th to 24th December, 2019 to Aurangabad and its historic precincts for the 1st year students of 2019-20 batch and pay tribute to this legacy.
The places which were covered under the 5-day visit were, Aurangabad caves (ASI site), UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar Talab (stepwell) and Daulatabad fort.
Tour Intentions: The Study Works
The Intentions of the study tour were to study, document and sketch the architectural elements which went into building the ancient caves, forts, temples and paintings.
The students were introduced to Buddhist-Jain-Hindu style temple architecture, which covered different elements like Shikharas, Mandapas, Garbha Griha, Sabha Mandapa and Pradakshina.
Students were sensitized towards the construction techniques which went into building the Rock-cut caves; usually carved out of a single piece of rock. Also, the caves merging smoothly into the unbuilt environment making it a beautiful amalgamation was observed.
Various paintings and sculptures were studied to understand colour combination, symmetry, scale and proportion. Lastly, the takeaway for the students was getting to know the rich history which went behind building one of the largest and unconquerable forts of that time.
One of the important agenda of the visit was to learn documentation, how to do measure drawings on site and lastly, to understand different methods of surveying and tools involved.
Documentation, team building and coordination was the outcome which was achieved.
The Design Studio: Architectural Design Sem-2
Further to remember an enduring saga of cave paintings and sculptures at Ajanta caves, the student studies the entire setting and context of the cave’s location. This was followed by selection of the site for architectural design studio – Semester – 2 at Ajanta itself. The famous point (Site) which is possibly the location from where John Smith, a young British cavalry officer first spotted the hidden arena of Ajanta caves, was chosen as site of the design Studio. The site located right at the topmost viewpoint facing the Ajanta caves, overlooking the Waghora (tiger) river.
The design studio at Sem-2, inquire in to the personality and personal life of an renowned Artist, of student’s choice. Understand the personal habits, hobbies, nature and daily activities of the Artist and future design a retreat for the artist at the above selected site.
|Subject||College Project - Village Documentation|
|Date||1st to 9th November, 2019|
|Faculty||Subject Coordinator: Tejashree Lakras
Faculty Team: Moushumi, Rashmil, Neha, Lakshmi
|Location||Tattakodi Village, Karnataka|
Objectives of the Visit:
Summary of the Work:
The Rural documentation studio November 2019 aimed at inculcating research skills in semester 4 students by documenting and analysing the social and cultural aspects and vernacular architecture of village of Tattakodi from Badami region, Karnataka.
The village being located in the midst of Badami North and South hills faces the Badami caves and temples and the natural water body named as Agastya lake in its frontyard. The late 20th century, mixed community village have adopted Pure white lime washed mud houses style of architecture as part of their climate responsive strategy and socio cultural practice.
The village was documented with respect to several study parameters like natural landscape, landuse, circulation, social and physical infrastructure, socio cultural aspect, physical morphology, vernacular street and individual typology documentation.
The in depth study revealed lot of social and infrastructural issues faced by villagers like woman empowerment, lack of higher secondary schools and hospitals, lack of enough infrastructure for organic farming etc. The collective conclusions were drawn to understand and propose possible architectural solutions on identified project site for addressing social issues as part of Architectural design studio project.
Third year study tour is organised with the intension of study and document institutional buildings and their role in the shaping of society. This year the students visited Auroville, Pondicherry and Chennai. In Auroville they visited many buildings like Matri Mandir, Visitors Center, Savitri Bhavan which are all examples of institutional buildings. In addition they documented two institutional buildings – SAWCHU and Unity Pavilion in Auroville. The drawings of these were made as part of the college project upon returning back to the college. In Pondicherry they visited the French town. A walk around this area was organised and guided by a member of INTACH organisation. They also visited many building typical of the architecture of French town. Additionally they also visited some buildings of Architecural importance around Chennai like Mahabalipuram temple (Panch Rahta and Shore Temple), Dakshin Chitra, Aurobindo Hand Made Paper Factory.
Sequence of Events:
Day 1 (1st November, 2019) & Day 2 (2nd November, 2019) – Train Journey to Pondicherry
Our journey to southern region of India started from Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.
Day 3 (3rd November, 2019)
On this day they reached Chennai railway station at early morning 4 a.m. From there they moved towards Pondicherry by bus. During this journey they took a break at Mahabali Puram and visit the beach. In Chennai – Pondicherry journey they visited the Aurobindo shanti place and museum. They reached at hotel Bon Sejour around 12.30 p.m. After lunch they visited the Auroville international zone, Visitor Center and pavilions in International zone.
Day 4 (4th November, 2019)
On this day the documentation of the SAWCHU Pavilion and Unity Pavilion. A brief discussion was organised with Ar. Sonali Phadnis who was the Architect who had designed the SAWCHU Pavilion. She gave a lecture on the idea behind the formation of Auroville and SAWCHU Pavilion.
Day 5 (5th November, 2019)
The documentation process continued till the afternoon. After lunch they visited the Matri Mandir which is main structure of auroville.
Day 6 (6th November, 2019)
After spending the entire two days for documentation the students visited different important buildings in pondicherry. They started their day with a heritage walk in French town in Pondicherry which was guided by Ar. Ashok from INTACH. He informed them about the planning of city, its history and architecture.
After lunch they visited the Shree Aurobindo paper making factory and learnt about the paper making process.
Day 7 (7th November, 2019)
On the way back from Pondicherry to Chennai, the students visited Mahabali Puram Temple, Pancha Ratha Temple and Dakshin chitra.
Day 8 (8th November, 2019)
On this day a guided walk was organised to visit many important colonial buildings in Chennai. After visiting this places the students began their return journey from the Chennai railway station.