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Faith, art, beauty

Faith, art, beauty
I should be the last one to say that don’t go by face, but it is not often that you meet people who exude charm, warmth as well as immense talent. All at the same time and to make things better - a pretty face. Meet Charuvi Agarwal. Artiste, animation film maker and for now Indian-mythology-renaissance-bringer.

Remember the mythological serials you grew up with? The Ramayana and the Mahabharata on national television which was loud, garish, integral part of our formative years but such an eye-sore. And more often than not almost all of us have wished that our epic heroes should have been better dressed, better looking and worthy of Superman-Batman size posters on our bedroom walls. I am not talking faith here, am talking hero-worship. Our Rams and Lakshmans  were never cool enough.

But Agarwal is all set to change that game, one step at a time. Before we let that cat out of the bag, here’s a lowdown on the lady.

Agarwal  is an India based artist and animation film maker. She is a graduate in Computer Animation from  Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada  and a B.F.A. (painting) from College of Art, Delhi.

 Her career as a painter and a sculptor began at a very early age in which she won several awards of national stature and participated in many art shows with country’s leading art curators. Through her innovative ‘Claytronics’ (miniature clay sculptures of contemporary political figures) she has been featured in the Limca Book of Records (2007); after which she was honored at the ‘Incredible India@60’ Festival in New York by Coca-Cola as one of  ‘The emerging 10 who would transform the global artistic landscape’.

 In 2007 her short film 10th Avatar was nominated and presented at SIGGRAPH 2008 Computer Animation Festival. The film went on being showcased in various international film festivals such as Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Taiwan International Children’s TV & Film Festival , 3rd Beijing International Animation Festival 2007, Santa Fe Film Festival , South Asian International Film Festival , One World Film Festival and many more. She also won Viewer’s Choice & Jury Award at Toronto Urban Film Festival for her other film Dundas n Bathrust.

Agarwal has had work associations in animation film industry with pioneers like National Film Board of Canada where she worked on a short film on the legendary documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin . Besides this she has worked on several independent projects and animated TV shows.

CDL: Charuvi Design Labs which was founded in 2009 and comprises of a team of young talented and creative minds who work on big projects and have marked position in the world. CDL which was initially focused on animation alone, later indulged in other interests too like 3D conversion, making applications, and 3D art sculptures.

The master mind behind CDL has been featured in various publications and earned prestigious film screenings at many festivals like Siggraph Computer Animation Festival (Vancouver, Los Angeles), Internationale Kuzfilmtage Oerhausen(Germany), Taiwan International Children’s TV & Film Festival , South Asian International Film Festival(New York), One World Film Festival(Ottawa), Montreal World Film Festival, Motreal (Canada), Anima Mundi International Animation Festival, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Edinburgh International Film festival, Edinburgh (UK),Indian Art Summit(Delhi ) and many more. Her paintings and miniature sculptures have garnered recognition and awards in high-profile exhibits from a very early age.

She has been a part of many exhibitions which includes ‘Contemporary Women Artists of India’ All India Fine Arts & Craft Society, India held in 2004, Etching Prints, 77th Annual All India Art Exhibitions, India held in 2005, ‘I will survive’, International Committee of the Red Cross, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre held in 2005, ‘Full Circle’ organized by Art Konsult, Lalit Kala Akademi, India held in 2006.  Her work was also featured in online Digital Liverpool Biennial in the year 2006.

Agarwal has been facilitated with Rajiv Gandhi Award in the year 1997 followed by Biswanth Mukherjee Award in 2005. She was featured in Limca Book of Records (2007) for creating a new form of caricature called Claytronics miniature clay sculptures of contemporary political figures.
Agarwal now is gearing up for her first exhibition in the Capital which, we assure, will be something you have never seen before. Watch this space for more.
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