Art & Applied Art by IITAGH


HOUSTON: IIT Alumni of Greater Houston (IITAGH) organized a workshop on Art and Applied Art on Sunday July 17, from 10-12pm at the India House. In 2016, IITAGH has typically organized events around Technology. This was the first event targeted as a family fun activity while continuing to learning something new. “IITAGH works on the pillars of Connecting and Developing it’s members and Giving back to the local community. This Art workshop was successful from all the three pillars, as we brought together families, connected members and speakers and gave back to local community in terms of continuing education and fun. IITAGH thanks all the participants who took time from their Sunday morning to attend this workshop and made it a success”, said Shamanth Shankar, IITAGH President.

Nimmy started the workshop by guiding the participants from scribbling to drawing shapes, sketching still life images and eventually sketching a self portrait. As Bharath Rao, photography volunteer at the event put it, Nimmy’s instruction on how to sketch a portrait was very methodical and made it easy for an engineer to follow. Bharath attended the event with his family and parents. Melvin then choose one of portraits (self portrait created by Farrukh Hamza) and created an avatar of it using Adobe Illustrator. As they say time flies when you are having fun, participants had so much fun during sketching that the organizers had to rush through the Adobe Illustrator coaching, to stick to time and wrap up the workshop on time. Melvin and Nimmy saved the best for the end, they invited all the children and adults to explore finger painting on the canvas which was followed by a draw and the lucky winner (Vanitha Bharath) got to take the creation, home.


Nimmy and Melvin enjoyed the workshop and were grateful to IITAGH for providing this platform. In their words, “It was an excellent experience to do an Art Workshop in a great ambience like India House with a lot of multitalented people. We enjoyed the creative spontaneity of the participants. It was a day to remember, and we received a great deal of immediate, positive feedback from all participants. This Art Workshop is definitely going to inspire us in our creative journey.”

To the post event survey, participants responded saying that they loved this event and would attend subsequent art and design workshops. Parents commented that their children enjoyed a lot. Vasudha Govindhan said, “ Nimmy & Melvin, thank you very much for patiently and passionately sharing your art with us. I was impressed with the way you could relate to everyone from the very young children to the adults.”


The workshop started about 10:00am and concluded at about 1:00pm. The event was attended by Witty Bindra & family (PAN IIT US President) and IITAGH Board Members and family (Shiladitya Basu and Huzefa Shakir). IITAGH thanks Pradeep Anand for his support in Marketing this event. The event wouldn’t have run smoothly without the help of IITAGH volunteers Riken Pandya, Bharath Rao and Badrish Krishnan. Thanks to Col. Vipin Kumar and his staff for the support they provided from India House.

IITAGH has successfully hosted 5 packed events so far this year and 3 codefests. IITAGH trustee Anand Kumar Chauhan organizes and leads the widely successful codefest initiative.

2016 Past Events
• c@deFe$t//2.3 June 17-19 2016
• Lunch with V.P Agrawal, ex-Chairman of AAI June 15 2016
• c@deFe$t// 2.2 April 2016
Internet of Things: Shaping Enterprises and Consumers March 2016
• c@deFe$t// 2.1 Feb 2016
• Career Insights in Business and Technology Consulting Feb 2016
• Big Data: Solving tomorrow’s business challenges Jan 2016

IITAGH and Rice Indo American Business Club (RIABC) will be hosting a panel discussion on Oil and Gas Market : Where do we go from here, on September 14 at Rice University from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.On the panel will be Patrick Connelly, Hossam Elbadawy and Pramod Singh. Sundy Srinavasan will be moderating the panel discussion.