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It's been a while since Aashna Gakhar, a second year student at the Chandigarh College of Architecture, had a mural designed by her put up in Delhi. "It was selected for the Chandigarh stall at the Trade Fair held in the Capital recently," a petite Gakhar shares the piece of information with nervous excitement, apologising for announcing it a tad late. Nevertheless, for Gakhar, and the college, it is a proud moment.
Conceptualised and designed along with Prof Bhim Malhotra's mentoring, Gakhar's final sketch was selected from among a number of entries by a panel of experts from Chandigarh College of Architecture, PEC and the Chandigarh administration.
Interestingly, Gakhar had no clue that the sketch was for an entry to the fair. "We took it as another assignment, and I found the theme challenging," tells Gakhar. Titled Skilling India, Gakhar's task was to design a mural symbolic of "Skilling Chandigarh'. Inspired by Le Corbusier's Open Hand and abstract art in bold well-defined lines and contours, Gakhar's centre of attention was the outline of a human face and a wave denoting the thought process. "Around that, I placed buildings, the Open Hand, the Lake, the Rose Garden, the educational institutions and IT Park, all representing the upcoming skilled city of Chandigarh," says Gakhar.
At 12 ft height, the mural was made of high density thermocol, and in grey, white and black for more impact. "I gave the design and they executed it," she refers to the Chandigarh stall at the fair. The design has received commendation for the Chandigarh administration at the fair.