India Leg of Red Bull Doodle Art 2017 Engages University Students Across the Country

Marketing | May 8, 2017 | News

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After a month-long application period, which came to an end on April 20, 2017, followed by a week of public voting, the top 20 finalists for Red Bull Doodle Art 2017 in India, were declared. These were the doodles that had received the most votes during the voting period, and consisted of entries from across the country, including Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Coimbatore and Pune.

Red Bull Doodle Art 2017 is a worldwide art competition in which university students across the globe submit doodles to be judged on style and creativity. One doodler from each participating country will be invited to join the global final and compete against students from all around the world. The winning artwork from each country will be on display in the Global Virtual Gallery. At the show, one international winner will be crowned.

The two judges for the India leg of the competition – Santanu Hazarika, who was the Red Bull Doodle Art World Champion at the last edition in 2014, and Ranjan Engti, a young Assamese artist – then selected the winning doodle, which went to Subrata Patowary’s depiction of life beyond an apocalypse.

While Santanu Hazarika believed Patowary’s was the most unique doodle and lauded his confidence, Ranjan Engti was impressed by its intricacy.

Santanu Hazarika said, "First, his doodle was very unique, in the sense that his composition is very new, and he has already discovered his style. He had direction, and the confidence was evident in the competitive essence that reflected on his work. Overall, it is a beautifully composed and unique doodle, but at the same time, with a darker irony to it. I wish him all the best, and see you at the World Finals Subrata.”

Ranjan Engti said, “The myriad imagination of the doodler's mind and the intricate detailing with which he has expressed it on paper is what caught my attention. The use of colour, the originality, and the presentation made it stand out among the rest. A balanced work, that most importantly fits the competition tagline ‘Where does the mind go?’ perfectly."

For Patowary, it was a sense of validation for all the hard work he put into preparing for the competition. He said, “I spent a lot of time preparing for Red Bull Doodle Art, and was completely dedicated to winning it, so it’s a great feeling to have my work recognized. My doodle represents life beyond apocalypses, a catastrophe that mortals have brought upon themselves. From the time I started out, with creating life on sand, I’ve always been inspired by my surroundings. I don’t really have an idol, but I think my belief in myself brings me closer to my sense of individualism. I’m very excited to now represent India at the Global Finals of Red Bull Doodle Art.”  

Patowary will now go on to compete at the Global Finals for Red Bull Doodle Art, which, for the first time, will be a virtual reality experience. All national winners will be coached on how to up their 3D artistic skills and create their final piece of art by painting in 3D.

The final masterpieces will be exhibited at a Global Virtual Gallery, where art lovers can experience doodles from around the world in virtual reality. The global winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.

Red Bull Doodle Art 2017 is a worldwide art competition in which university students across the globe submit doodles to be judged on style and creativity.

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