The making of Kalpataru

November 11, 2015

India’s rich artistic traditions have been bought together in this celebratory installation by Delhi based designers Sarthak Sengupta and Sahil Bagga of Sarthak Sahil Design Co.

The inspiration for the installation comes from nature. The central tree is shaped like a leaf from the sacred tulsi plant and it is surrounded by representations of trees and plants that are often part of daily rituals and special occasions across India. The mango tree, banana plant, champa flower, jack fruit and lotus plant are all depicted here.


The designers only had 40 working days from initial concept stage to final production. Consisting of 130 separate parts, the original estimate for producing the installation was 45 days. However, working with a great bunch of artists and craftspeople with whom they have a strong professional relationship, they were able to get the piece done in 25 days and have it shipped to London in time for the display scheduled for 10th November, the beginning of the Diwali week celebrations.

20151109_155551bThe framework is made from handcrafted beaten brass made by the Khan family based in Old Delhi.

Brass framework being constructed ©Sarthak Sahil Design Co.




The Khan family of metal crafters testing the structure before it is packed and shipped to London. ©Sarthak Sahil Design Co.

The paintings are done by master artists Girish and Ramesh from Kerala. They run a studio of eight artists, many of whom also helped with these pieces.

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Girish and Ramesh’s painting studio ©Sarthak Sahil Design Co.

Below are some more details of the installation.20151109_150406a




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Very interesting work ! Lovely to indian handicrafts on an international platform !!

I would like to know whom i need to contact regarding any other indian handicraft to be showcased at the V&A

Regards ,

Sumita Chhibba

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