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KNMA’s latest online workshop ‘Make a Toon’

Tune into this newest series and learn how to craft your very own cartoon characters.

10th March – Adventurous Moana (now available on KNMA’s YouTube channel)
17th March – Groot Pen Stand (now available on KNMA’s YouTube channel)
24th March – Mini Fairy House
31st March – Quilled Superhero
7th April – Simba Lightbox

Watch the full video on our YouTube channel | 24th, 31st March and 7th April 2021| 5 pm IST

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The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Established by art collector Kiran Nadar in 2010, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is the first privately-funded museum of art exhibiting modern and contemporary works from India and the sub-continent. Located in New Delhi NCR, India’s capital city, KNMA hosts an ever-growing collection of artworks that both highlights a magnificent generation of 20th-century Indian painters from the post- Independence decades and engages with the different art practices of younger contemporaries.

Sponsored by the Shiv Nadar Foundation, KNMA is focused on bridging the gap between art and the public and fostering a museum-going culture in India. KNMA aims to become a place for confluence, dialogue and collaboration through its curatorial initiatives and exhibitions, school and college workshops, art appreciation discourses, symposiums, and public programs.

‘Kiran Nadar Museum of Art presents the online series, ‘Revelations’

‘Revelations’ where artists expound on their practice, sharing moments of creative discovery and insights into their art-making. The third from the series will unfold a dialogue between Jayashree Chakravarty and Roobina Karode.

This online event will be conducted Live on Zoom, Facebook and YouTube: 17 March 2021| 6:30 pm IST
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*No registration required.

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Established by art collector Kiran Nadar in 2010, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is the first privately-funded museum of art exhibiting modern and contemporary works from India and the sub-continent. Located in New Delhi NCR, India’s capital city, KNMA hosts an ever-growing collection of artworks that both highlights a magnificent generation of 20th-century Indian painters from the post- Independence decades and engages with the different art practices of younger contemporaries.

Sponsored by the Shiv Nadar Foundation, KNMA is focused on bridging the gap between art and the public and fostering a museum-going culture in India. KNMA aims to become a place for confluence, dialogue and collaboration through its curatorial initiatives and exhibitions, school and college workshops, art appreciation discourses, symposiums, and public programs.

Niral Networks: Setting Mobile Network Operators Free from Vendor Lock-ins

The Mobile Network Operators have long lost the track of lakhs of devices deployed by OEMs within their network, majorly accounting for the proprietary hardware and software involved. Inevitably, they are up to their necks with the dire challenges of Vendor Lock-in. Today, while we are all set for the 5G deployment and denser networks, it’s a sure bet that the risk of vendor lock-in is going to increase multifold. Niral Networks, a Bangalore-based company with an office in the US, was born to relieve operators from facing the drastic challenges due to Vendor Lock-ins.

Niral Networks’ co-founding team possesses a cumulative experience of more than 70 man-years in the networking industry. Their rich product experience spans not only the segments like Telecom, Data Center, and Enterprise Services, but also the international markets including the US, India, Europe, Australia, Middle-East, and South-East Asia. CIO Insider is delighted to engage in an exclusive interaction with Dr. Inder Gopal (Co-Founder & Chairman), and Abhijit Chaudhary (Co-Founder & CEO), the men who spearhead the team.


In conversation with Dr. Inder Gopal, Co-Founder & Chairman, and Abhijit Chaudhary, Co-Founder & CEO, Niral Networks

Niral Networks’ team has a combined experience of more than 70 years in the Networking Industry. Where is the company positioned in the current industry?

We, at Niral Networks, aim to democratize 5G, Edge, and Cloud networking infrastructures by embracing a vendor-agnostic, open-source, web-scale, and disaggregation approach, leveraging NiralOS product frameworks and off-the-shelf hardware. NiralOS is an open Network Operating System (NOS) that enables Mobile Operators, Cloud Providers, and Internet Service Providers to transform their network infrastructure from vendor-controlled to a vendor-agnostic one. One of the biggest risks that operators

face is that of vendor lock-in caused by incumbent OEMs. NiralOS is integrated with off-the-shelf white box hardware to provide an alternative to products from Incumbent OEMs. We are headquartered in Bangalore and have a Sales Office in the US, and working with operators in India, Asia, and Europe.

How would you describe the importance of your intervention in the market? Niral is well known for reducing Vendor Lock-in for Mobile Network Operators. What are the USPs that have helped the company establish such an intact reputation in the industry?

Today, the operators have no knowledge of or control over the tens of thousands of devices deployed by the OEMs within their network, as it contains proprietary hardware and software. Being dependent on such OEMs makes upgrades slower, increases cost, and hampers innovation.

The best approach to reduce the risk of vendor lock-in is to embrace an open solution. Niral’s Networking products are developed using open-source software and curating the software to make it carrier-grade, feature compliant, interoperable and scalable. We work with the Open Source community, Open Hardware community, and Open Innovation Group in the development of Open Network Operating System.

Tell us about your products and the kind of thought process & innovations that power your flagship offerings? How do those products make life easier for your customers?

Our portfolio of products includes 5G DCSG, Edge DPI/PCEF, and Central SDN Controller. Our products are needed for use cases like Autonomous Driving in Public 5G, Industrial IOT in Private 5G, AR/VR-based Banking/Health-care services for rural 5G. The 5G DCSG is an MPLS VPN Gateway with throughput between 60 Gbps to 300 Gbps deployed in mid-haul and back-haul with transport service termination to guarantee real-time QOE for applications using Traffic Engineering & Transport Slicing and creation of Virtual Network Service for application. DPI/PCEF is deployed in Edge Cloud for Application Classification of Subscriber traffic for

billing, Cybersecurity threat detection & DDOS mitigation, and Subscriber based Policy Enforcements like Traffic Shaping, Parental Control, and Lawful Interception. The Central SDN Controller provides centralized orchestration, automation, network topology discovery, network slicing, management, zero-touch provisioning, and diagnostics.

In the last decade, few notable factors that have emerged are the Open Source Community becoming matured, availability of multiple White box options, the emergence of SDN and NFV, industry realization of the risk of vendor lock-in, and its movement towards Open solution. Hyper-scalers like AWS, Facebook, and Google were the early adopters of the open and white-box solution. Mobile Operators and Internet Service Providers have traditionally been dependent on a handful of OEMs, and are increasingly shifting to openness. With the emergence of 5G and open communities like TIP, OCP, O-RAN, the drive towards openness is now a necessity and NiralOS is rightly positioned to partner in this Network Transformation.

How would you describe your growth and success lately?

Niral is currently working with around 12 operators globally. We recently opened our Marketing Office in the US. A recent NASSCOM report mentions Niral Networks as a key 5G technology vendor from India, while we have also been chosen as a partner by RBI controlled IDRBT for 5 G-related use-cases for the Banking sector. We are leading the derivation of India-centric 5G open source strategy for Transport as part of TSDSI. Niral is a member of TIP and a global NOS provider for DCSG.

What are the opportunities that you foresee in the industry?

According to Markets and Markets, the 5G Fixed Wireless Access market is expected to be worth $46.4 billion by 2026, while a report by Grand View Research says that the Edge Computing market will be worth $43.4 Billion by 2027. It is predicted that 5G Networks need to be 10x denser than 4G Networks, especially concerning the 5G Access and Edge. The denser network would require devices from more vendors leading to further risk of vendor lock-in; this is precisely where we come in. When NiralOS-based products are deployed, it frees up the operator from any type of vendor lock-in, creating unparalleled opportunities, including competitive pricing, more flexibility, faster innovation, and cost-effective scaling, which all ultimately have the potential to significantly lower both CAPEX and OPEX.


Time to live your truth. We are reminded daily that life is short as over two and a half million lives worldwide have been lost to Covid according to Worldometer. This is a major motivator for taking inventory of our lives, what matters most and in doing so, makes it the perfect moment to reinvent, pivot, and improve our circumstances.  

Julie explained the reason for this masterclass is to kickstart taking back personal power.  

“People are ready for positive change. They want to take back control of their lives and future. This class is designed to empower this process. More than ever, many are questioning if they are living a life according to the expectations of others, locked in a path of mediocrity, taking care of everyone’s needs – regardless of their particular situation, they are ready for a bold move, in fact, they are aching for it.” 

Fiber Artist, Penelope Greene recently stated, “Julie… gave me the most amazing gift I have ever been given… access to my inner wisdom and a safe, sacred space within me that I go to almost every day for guidance. It has been life-changing…”

Julie also shared the possibilities we are presented with.  

“Empowering the desire to pursue something completely new is vital because we need to focus on what we do have control over. Who doesn’t want a life that is in alignment with their truth? This free masterclass is meant to inspire the pursuit of a lifestyle that is authentic to each participant. When you have the courage to share your calling, it is likely the vital difference that someone else needs.” 

UNLEASH YOUR TRUTH: Give Yourself Permission to Embrace the Magnificence of Who You Are. This 90 minute masterclass is offered via Zoom Monday, March 15, 6:30pm / Thursday March 18, 12pm / Saturday, March 20, 10:30am. To reserve your spot go to  

It’s time to write that book, take that course, get a degree, start a business, create art, meet a soulmate – whatever it is that you have been holding off doing for years. Well, here is your chance.

World University of Design presented “YAJNASENI” an art exhibition of 23 female artist to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021

World University of Design presented “YAJNASENI” an art exhibition comprising 30 – 35 vibrant pieces of art by three different genres of 23 Eminent Female Artists – senioryoung and budding on the occasion of International Women’s Day at RKG Art and Culture Center, 7-B, Basement, Dr. C.V. Raman Road, New Friends Colony, New Delhi. Chief Guest Shri Dinesh K Patnaik, Director General, Indian Council of Cultural Relations inaugurated the event.

Guest of Honour, Dr. Sanjay Gupta (Vice Chancellor, WUD) opined, “Women have come a long way marking a niche for themselves and at the same time supporting the people they love, their families and friends. They have proved to be the backbone of the socio-economic machinery of every nation therefore expressing gratitude towards them in some form or the other can never be enough. Their contribution has been enormous and has mostly gone unrecognized. At WUD, we believe creative fields know no genders, they are just meant to be nurtured by souls.

Present on the occasion were Ravindra Kumar Gupta (Chairman, RKG Group), Prof. SM Kulkarni (Dean – Visual Arts, WUD), Qazi M. Raghib (Art Director /Art Critics), Curator Aakshat Sinha, Artist Hemavathy Guha, Artist Shuchi Khanna, Artist Ruchi Chadha, Artist Sangeeta Gupta, Artist Neerja Chandna Peters, Artist Gayatri Mathur, Artist Gayatri Apte, Artist Sushma Yadav, Artist Asma Bi, Artist Aastha Mishra, Artist Jyoti Bansal, Artist Samrirdhi Khandelwal, Artist Shweta Sharma, Artist Sneha Lakhotia, Artist Tanvi Jain, Artist Tisha Mavi and many more. 

‘YAJNASENI’ the art exhibition will be on from 11am to 7pm till March 12th, 2021, at RKG Art and Culture Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi


World University of Design presented ‘YAJNASENI’

on International Women’s Day 2021

An Art Show to celebrate the fable called ‘Woman’

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, World University of Design celebrated one of the finest creations of Mother nature – the woman. A spectacular art show variegated with art works from three different genres of Indian female artists – senior, young and budding – awed one and all at RKG Art and Culture Center, 7-B, Basement, Dr. C.V. Raman Road, near Gurudwara, New Friends Colony, New Delhi on Friday, March 5th, 2021. The exhibition would continue showcasing the creations until Friday, March 12th, 2021.

‘YAJNASENI’ in its literal sense means “Born Out of Fire” and implies the various hurdles a woman has combated in her journey as she has evolved through the eras of time. ‘YAJNASENI’ – The Women Art Show is an attempt to showcase this particular fruition of women as a tribe, questioning the equation of domination and subordination. The show had been conceptualized so as to allow the audiences to view Draupadi as an individual in a parallel world where she is liberated whilst keeping her original image from the Mahabharata intact. The idea is to let the audience imbibe the cultural image of Draupadi by using her alter ego Yajnaseni which is exactly how the woman today sees herself – anchored to her roots yet living a free life on her own terms.

‘YAJNASENI’ will be featuring the Senior Artists to name few among many are Aishwarya Sultania, Bharti Prajapati, Bhavani GS, Dimple B Shah, Gayatri Apte, Gayatri Mathur, Gouri Vemula, Hemavathy Guha, Neerja Chandna Peters, Ruchi Chadha, Sangeeta Gupta, Shuchi Khanna, Sushma Yadav and Stephanie Arpels. Amongst the younger artists are Asma Bi, Aastha Mishra, Avni Bansal, Jyoti Bansal, Samridhi Khandelwal, Shweta Sharma, Sneha Lakhotia, Tanvi Jain and Tisha Mavi constituted the upcoming line of artists.

Curator Akansha Wadhwani, Assistant Professor at World University of Design said, “It’s high time we shift the paradigm towards creation of equal opportunities for women. On this occasion my sincere notes of appreciation also go out to the Men who help women come out of their traditional avatars into a more empowered, opinionated and constructive individual who can carve out paths to an egalitarian ecosystem.”

Chief Guest Shri Dinesh K Patnaik, Director General, ‎Indian Council for Cultural Relations said, “The exceptionally curated art show consisted of 30-35 vibrant pieces of art, artists who came together and portrayed their rendition of the woman then and the woman now. The mix of emotions, depictions and expertise owing to the different age groups and backgrounds of the artists made the event strikingly unique. The art pieces, though different from each other yet weaved in together beautifully into a fabric that hummed the fluidity of the feminine soul in the form of a mystical melody – strong yet delicate“.

World Design University (WUD) is India’s first university dedicated to educate students in the creative domain. Seated in the heart of the educational hub of India –Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Sonipat, Haryana – WUD plays the role of harbinger of a revolution in the education system in India. It is the torchbearer of breaking stereotypical educational patterns and has facilitated the shift of studies pertaining to design from being solely vocation-oriented to academic-oriented; thereby offering substantiated degrees (under section 2(f) and 22(l) of the UGC Act) to its students instead of mere diplomas and certificates. Established in 2018, World University of Design is a young university offering a myriad of programmes at undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral levels across disciplines like Architecture, Design, Fashion, Communication, Visual arts, Performing Arts & Management. Equipped with the largest portfolio of design courses in India, the university offers a number of cutting edge programs in computers & design, transportation design, animation & game design, UI/UX, film & video, built environment & habitat studies, design management, art education, curatorial practice etc.


We The Young Launches #GoBeyondWomensDay Campaign to revolutionise Women’s Day

We, The Young, are a generation that refuse to fit into set moulds and are determined to break free. The women of our generation are on a similar quest.

Along the course of covering over 500 women centric stories over the past two years, we’ve realised that New Age Women have a lot to say and a lot to redefine. Women of our generation are fearless and free: free to love, free to desire, free to work, free to raise their voice, free to make mistakes and free to shed judgements. Women have adjusted to the society’s way of working for way to long and now New Age Women are here to turn the tables around.

 #GoBeyondWomensDay is We The Young’s initiative to appreciate these voices, these fights and these triumphs. The campaign is estimated to reach close to a million digital users and aims to foster a collective sense of new age womanhood, one that’s fuelled by individuality and resilience. This is the start of a revolution that runs beyond women’s day; it’s the start of conversations around acceptance, embracement, freedom- everything that we, the young, intend to carry till the finish line.

During the course of this initiative, we’ll be amplifying voices of these struggles, sharing stories of strength and bringing conversations about what matters to #NewAgeWomen to the forefront. Elements of this campaign include video stories, opinion pieces, digital community sessions and interactive posts.

Dr Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju:

Karnataka’s first trans woman doctor

 “I was assigned male at birth but I have always been a woman. Reproductive anatomy can’t determine who’s a woman and who’s not. It’s something way personal and deeper than that.

 Ariana Gupta

18 year old feminist author

“Growing up, I always heard stories where a Prince Charming would come and save a helpless princess. I refuse to give into the narrative that women need to be saved. So I went on to write my own version of feminist fairytales where the female characters were self relient.”

Saloni Gaur

Digital Content Creator

 “People often comment on my videos saying ‘oh wow, you’re a woman AND you’re funny? So cool.’ But how is that a compliment? Not all women are funny just like not all men are funny. Why do we have to bring gender in comedy or any skill for that matter?”

Ninja Singh


“I want people to look at Indian models as more than just our skin colour. I want to celebrate our confidence, our resilience and revolutionise the fashion industry with this approach.”


Muskan Jattana


“I hear people say that women are now being allowed everything so why do we still need women empowerment? I want them to understand that ‘allowing’ a woman something is not liberation, letting her make that choice is.”

Risha Ganguly


“I’ve grown up seeing my educated mom asking my brother to stay away from kitchen chores and asking me to do them instead. It’s not about me not wanting to work, it’s about me flagging that casual sexism. I’m determined to help her unlearn it.”