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Arts school abuzz at 75

In one corner, students are making masks to capture an expression and in the other there are wacky road signs with social messages.

mumbai Updated: Feb 20, 2010 01:56 IST

In one corner, students are making masks to capture an expression and in the other there are wacky road signs with social messages.

The Sir JJ School of Applied Art campus in Fort is buzzing with activities as part of their annual festival called In JJPEG (In JJ perform excel and grow).

Some 200 participants from art schools across the country are expected to participate in the 3-day festival, from February 19 to 21.

In the backdrop of the institute completing 75 years, events this year are far grander in scale. Even the campus has been upgraded with a new reading room, an Apple computer lab and computer rooms.

The first phase of the upgrade cost Rs 2.5 crore.

“This is not like any other college festival that focuses only on performing arts. Here, it is about visual arts. We have brought together the most reputed alumni to judge events so that participants will get a platform to interact with the best,” said Monica Balsara one of the organisers.

For example, the crockery designing competition organised by Hamilton Crockery will see the winning design actually as part of their new range.

Some of the prominent judges are ad-men Sachin Puthran, photographer Kedar Malegaonkar and calligraphy artist Achyut Palav.

“The JJ School of Art is the forerunner of art schools in the country. We usually set the trend with our events and the same is with our annual event,” said Ashish Vilekar, a visual arts teacher.