Being one of its kind, ROOTS 2.0 was a huge success. Organized by like-minded arts and culture enthusiasts and with the help extended from Arts and Cultural Society, SAC, the event witnessed footfall of 9 greats from a variety of fields such as industrial design, poetry, travel photography, filmmaking, and automobile designing. Team MM brings you the details of the two-day fest.


Unfortunately, due to some technical issues, the event was delayed by an odd 30 minutes, but once it started, it was in full swing. All the sessions for day 1 were scheduled to be held at the auditorium of TIIR building. Here is a briefing on what followed.

Ashish Astreck

The first session was taken by the VJ who made India shake their legs providing the perfect kickstart to the confluence with the talk session on the “Art of VJing”.  He is also the founder of Frank Beatz, his own media agency and also represents India at Harsh Records. He visited ROOTS to whisper the secrets of music making and awesome VJing. There was an air of excitement in the TIIR auditorium as the enthusiastic and young sound mixers attended the event. The 1-hour long session ended at around 12 noon.

Madhura Banerjee

The poet of ‘The Tenant of the World’ also graced the fest of NITR. A traveller, blogger and a poet that she is, she inspired the audience with her experience pertaining to the field of expertise. The event started 15 minutes later to the first event. The major part of her talk session included slam poetry. She conducted a workshop as well, where she made the audience rack their writing skills and pen down their thoughts in the form of poetry. The poetry enthusiasts were only too glad and excited to recite their self-written poems. ‘The hue woman’ is her blog that hoards her beautiful writings and depicts her personality. ROOTS-2k18 had her to share some of her experience and to enlighten the writer within all.

Debashish Behera

This session resumed after the lunch break at around 2 pm. An alumnus of the Department of Industrial Design, Debashish has walked much ahead in the road of success, which he was only proud to state to the crowd. He expressed his nostalgia of coming back to the roots and giving a session in a place where he has grown up to become a successful individual in the field of design. Currently working as an automotive digital designer at Renault, he interacted with the NITR crowd regarding the ways to enter and be successful in the design industry. He talked of the applications of industrial design in the corporate sector. There was a huge enthusiastic crowd patiently listening to his talk session. The friendly interaction he enjoyed with the mass was the best thing about the session where he talked about his favourite car and how determined was he to work on it.

Shama Rasal

An UX design leader, working mother, avid traveller and of course an aspiring digital nomad.

This is how this inspirational woman at the zenith of a successful design career chose to introduce herself when she took over the evening session of Day 1. A leader in the field of UX Design, she provides mentorship and guidance to individuals or start-ups aspiring to step up and stand out in the field of Design. With an enviable portfolio and work experience, she swayed the crowd with her talent as she spoke at length of the depths in design. Currently working as the design mentor at Springboard, this persona stirred and inspired the NITR crowd through his session.


The teams Roots was all set for the second day with five more inspirational and motivational sessions. All but one event were scheduled to be held at TIIR, and the one was scheduled at BBA auditorium due to time clashes between two events.

Harsha Kakkeri

The first session of the day started on a high note as Harsha seemed a magician to anyone who bled passion through their blood. CEO and Co-founder of Designboat, Harsha is an expert in UI/UX design, whose sole purpose of the visit was to inspire and to motivate. He presented all he knew and experienced ever on design. The mass was too excited to get a whiff of this inspirational man.

Pravin Tamang

Pravin’s love of life is photography, which became evident through his session. This session started at 10 am at BBA and witnessed the participation of many photography enthusiasts from popular clubs of NITR such as The Third Eye Photography, Cinematics and Monday Morning. A Delhi-based local from Nepal, Pravin is a popular Instagrammer and has skillfully reflected the true essence of India through his lenses. A travel photographer at Intrepid Travel Blog, Pravin was a speaker in Roots who vehemently spoke of how he explored and celebrated his passion. The mass of photographers had a really knowledgeable interaction with him where they talked about their goals in the field and how to work for it ahead in life.

Aditya Galotra

The session for the afternoon started at around 12 noon, featuring Aditya Galotra. An alumnus of IITDM Jabalpur, Aditya is now an industrial designer at Lava International. Lemon Design, Havells, he has worked with them all. His words proved to be an insight into the realm of the design of products.

Monis Ahmed Khan

The event resumed at around 5 pm in the evening with the most-awaited guest session. Counting his strengths and talents would make you fall short of breath. Youtuber, stand-up comedian, poet, actor, public speaker, writer by passion and an Architect by profession. Seems like he has tasted almost every flavour life could offer him. Monis just stopped by ROOTS to empower the minds of the crowd. He passionately spoke of how to carry your passion along with your profession. He chose to speak on the most sort after topics like relationships, breakups, morals, passion and how to subtly handle them. This event witnessed the maximum footfall and the crowd went crazy with roars of laughter and hootings.

Gomtesh Upadhye

The final session of the fest took initiation at around 8 in the evening where the ‘Neeye’ cinematographer left the audience awestruck with all his extraordinarily skills with the camera. It isn’t less inspiring to imagine how a Bengaluru-based IT-engineer could portray such flamboyance with his camera. Roots-2K18 had him to teach some of his spells to NITR.

Being a creative fest, it was a treat for all creative and enthusiastic minds. The team had put in all efforts possible to make it a huge success. All the guests were presented with personalised memento as a mark of appreciation for their contribution to NITR. The students attending the sessions were provided with a notepad, a pen and refreshments as well. All the events were recorded over videos. Budget allocation seemed insufficient and participation was also not that apt as many students went home due to 3-days holiday.

The fest is one of its kind being organised in the country, Team MM congratulates the roots team for organising a well-facilitated fest and looks forward to future editions of roots. 

Picture Courtesy: Abodid Sahoo, Kunal Sahu, Umang  Thebaria, Team Roots 2018

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