Celebrating World Book & Copyright Day - “Bangalore Swinging in the ‘70s”

swinging In tandem with the World Book & Copyright Day celebrations, cartoonist par excellence, Paul Fernandes’ collector's item, Swinging in the '70s will be in the spotlight. Other views of Bangalore and how it has morphed in the last few decades will enhance the evening. With urbanist/activist/creative entrepreneur and architect Naresh Narasimhan’s ascerbic observations on the city, a photo feature by Shibu Arakkal, 'Lorenzo il Magnifico' Gold for digital art, Florence Biennale 2013 awardee, on his dream home in Bangalore, followed by a sound/video/voice based rendition of Swinging Through the '70s by music man Sandeep Madhavan and writer/journalist/theatre person Nirmala Govindarajan along with Paul Fernandes. Verena Gerlach, graphic designer and bangaloREsident@Jaaga will present on Book Design and Prashasti Rastogi, Director, GBO on The German Book Office. 

Paul Fernandes is one of Bangalore's best-known illustrators and cartoonists. His works include: Mapping cities using illustrative, cartoon styles, Brand Busters in Bangalore, Mumbai Parade in Mumbai and Arabian Lights in Dubai. Poster Murals - Bang, Bang, Bangalore and Amchi Mumbai - Fauna and Flora at the Fountain. Posters - Sillycon City and Ambassador, 'Shine Boards Arts - For Tame Pass, Illustrations for Peter Colaco's Bangalore, On a High Note. A gallery showcasing a slice of life in a city gone past - aPaulogy Gallery, Curious Illustration, resulting in 70 Watercolour Illustrations for a book called Bangalore - Swinging in the 70's

As an architect, urbanist, activist and creative entrepreneur Naresh Narasimhan’s contribution to urban development has been far‐reaching. As co‐founder of MOD (an international collective of urban designers, researchers and curators), founder & trustee of Imagine Bangalore and founder of Cobalt (a new concept of a work and meeting space that facilitates serendipitous encounters), Naresh has fuelled a variety of progressive causes in the city. He regularly advises government bodies on infrastructure development. His interests range from socio‐economic modelling, knowledge‐sharing and communication strategies to cinema, art and popular culture. Naresh is also a prolific speaker and writer who has been published widely.

Shibu Arakkal is a Bangalore based photo artist whose work has been shown in galleries in India and abroad over a twenty year career. Having exhibited at the Royal College of Art in London, the Arad International Biennale in Romania, and the National Exhibition of Art in India, his work is in private and institutional collections in India and in countries such as China, Singapore, USA and Australia. Shibu was awarded first prize at the Arad International Biennale and first prize at the Ventipertrenta digital art festival in Italy and is the recipient of the 'Lorenzo il Magnifico' Gold Prize in digital art at the Florence Biennale 2013.

Giving up his job as creative director Lowe Lintas Bangalore in 2011, Sandeep Madhavan travelled around South America and returned to Bangalore to focus on a whole range of musical projects, including Que Taal? (Hindustani Jazz Fusion), The Burning Deck (downtempo electronica) and mode. AKA (basstronica). In April 2013, he released The Burning Decks album ‘Kalinihta’ (Greek for Good Night), which received critical acclaim. Sandeep has composed music for the theatrical production, Prelude to Broken Silence and the backing score for a short film, SOS directed by Shrinivas Naidu.

After more than seven years as a journalist with The Times of India, Bangalore, Nirmala Govindarajan quit her full-time role at the publication in April 2013 to make corporate and documentary films, train the youth in development communication and engage in theatre, with focus on developmental themes. Most recently, as co-festival director of the debut Times of India Literary Carnival, Bangalore, she conceptualised and put together the fest, comprising national and international writers. She also writes for leading publications across India. She has been published in international poetry anthologies, and is currently focusing on developmental themes through her verse.

Prashasti Rastogi was born in India and grew up in different parts of the country, thus experiencing multiple cultures. She started her career in the IT services industry and after a stint there, she discovered her affinity to German language. She holds a bachelor’s degree in IT (University of Delhi) with an MBA from FMS (University of Delhi) and an advanced certification in German language. She is currently the Director at the German Book Office, New Delhi, a unit of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Verena Gerlach, graphic designer and bangaloREsident@Jaaga, was born in Berlin West, and studied Visual Communication at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee. Shortly after graduating in 1998, she founded her own studio (fraugerlach) for graphic design, type design and typography. Between 2000 and 2006, Verena also artdirected several video clips and worked on the typographic production for international, contemporary artists. Since 2006, she is working as a freelance book designer for the Germany-based art book publisher Hatje Cantz. She started lecturing in type design, graphic design and typography in Berlin in 2003, and she now gives lectures and workshops all over the globe. In 2013, Verena released the typography book “Karbid” about the history of Berlin sign painting, lettering and her own typeface FF Karbid.