THESIS: The Caste Paradox

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Thesis: The Caste Paradox
  • Thesis: The Caste Paradox

  • Goal: Research and investigate caste based discrimination in India historically and presently be it facts, effects and consequences and communicate the same.

    Audience: Americans, 20+

    Media: Motion Graphics + Video + Web


    Thesis Process Blog Link: saaniyas.tumblr.com

    My thesis is a culmination of the explorations done in the 'Caste system' project. The challenge was to stitch together all the research and its visual output into one cohesive piece. It was also important to maintain a balance in the amount of information to be conveyed keeping in mind that the target audience may know nothing about the subject.

    The end result of the project is a user interface that integrates all the research into one piece. It has two parts. The first part is an animation that gives an overview of the caste system from past to present times.The second is a set of interviews of nine students of Indian origin from University of Oklahoma. Each represent different castes and give a little more detailed account of the contemporary existence of caste system in India. Since it was the present scenario I was concentrating on, it became a little imperative to consider the age group of 20-30.

    For this project I had to don different hats- designer, writer, narrator, audio and video editor, animator, photographer and videographer.

    Now the main question is what should the audience take from it? This work will provide the viewers with a brief history of the paradox and how it continues to permeate and exist in present day society in India. Thus, caste system remains to be an innate part of the Indian culture and despite efforts to curb it, the people in India stay bound to it in some way or the other.


  • The first part of the project is an animation that imparts comprehensive knowledge of the existing and   functioning system from its past to present time.
  • The second is a set of interviews of nine students of Indian origin from University of Oklahoma. Each     represent different castes and give a little more detailed account of the contemporary existence of       caste system in India. Since it was the present scenario I was concentrating on, it became a little           imperative to consider the age group of 20-30.
  • http://casteparadox.saaniya.net/cs.html
  • http://casteparadox.saaniya.net/cs.html

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