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ranjit Makkuni, museum design, leading asia designer, death egg

What dies, who dies, which part of us dies?


or do 'we' really die at all? 

ranjit Makkuni, museum design, leading asia designer, Study on death, Banaras, kashi
Dimensions of Death
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Children's learning workshops, at

National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

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Children's Workshop, Music and Goddess
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The Unity Pillar installation focuses exploration into collaborative interfaces.


It requires people to hold hands to light up a pillar symbolizing the destruction of caste prejudices and social in justice. Here the computer has totally disappeared and people themselves have become the interface, touching each other, touching loving, human hands, not objects, dissolving the skins of their otherwise separate bodies into a single, unified collaborative body.

collaborative interfaces by ranjit makkuni

Eternal Gandhi

National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, 2006


Eternal Gandhi @ National Gallery.
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Against the rapid rise of infrastructure building activity and urbanization in Asia, which has resulted in a exponential degradation of people’s health and environment, the Planet Health museum project commits to the urgent documentation of traditional Green Worldviews, Ayurveda and Yoga, indigenous systems of medicine and therapies, so that traditional knowledge, which has been ubiquitously available and passed down across many generations, remains forever free.

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Say No!
Toxic computing!!

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Yogi Ranjit Makkuni
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World's first walk-up

Health Dictionary!

Planet Health Museum
Healing the Hyperconnected Man
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Goddesses of Music

Healing the

Hyper connected Man 

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Prayer to Heal Modern Hyperconnected Man.
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Winner A Award,
Design Italy

Ranjit Makkuni, dont let computers tell you you arent good enough
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So here's the big take-away:

Can we  Design

a more  Compassionate Web? 

The Betrayal of the IT Revolution 


For those of us who have missed the IT revolution, consider yourselves lucky,

we may not have missed a thing!



When the original vision of the Dynabook (later to become the laptop) was conceived by Alan Kay's team at Xerox PARC in the 1980s, computational tools were envisioned as a medium for creativity and leisure. Indeed the first slides of the Dynabook showed people freeing themselves from the shackles of their offices, lying in sprawling natural landscapes, pursuing their artistic creativity. 


Nearly 50 years later, that vision had become a nightmare, with deep impacts on the society: at levels of connection, health, psychological well being, and, deep questions to privacy and fundamental freedoms and 'Truth' loom and await answers.


Ranjit Makkuni

Talk at WSIS conference, Geneva, 2018

Betrayal of the IT Revolution
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Conversations on

Design & Asian Music

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Conversations on Asian Music and Design
Eulogy to a MENTOR
Ranjit Makkuni plays Uma's Bells.
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Rand Castile Eulogy


With a musical performance
Uma's bells

Eulogy to Asian arts' Guru
Crossing Project
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The Crossing project, a multimedia exhibition shown across the world, was and still is a pioneering effort to unite the finest and the noblest in Indian tradition with the then, nascent multimedia and mobile computing technology.


The focus of the project was to create a unique idiom of Indian modernity where none of the streams of knowledge, technology or tradition were at variance, but integrated in a harmonious semblance. It is in this consciously innovated fusion that Banaras gets represented in a unique way, and the project becomes an important cultural preservation tool and a learning tool for audiences.

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Crossing exhibition by Ranjit Makkuni, Asia Design
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Asia Society Museum,

New York, 2002


OK Center for the Arts,

Linz, Austria, 2002


National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai 

Habitat Center, New Delhi

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

India, 2001/2

National Gallery, Bangkok, 2005

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ID magazine

Design award, New York,


Ars electronica, Austria,


Intellectual Traditions of Banaras
ranjit Makkuni The intellectual Traditions of Banaras

Intellectual Traditions of Banaras

Throughout the centuries literature and cities have shared a special symbiotic relationship. Modern metropolitan cities carry the complexity and tension of modern life. The creativity they inspire bears a special genre of literature of discontent and tension conflict and existential angst. In comparison Kashi, Banaras, the  ancient city of enlightenment, revels in a generative environment of traditional learning. As early as the 7th century B C, the sacred city became the focal point of increased intellectual and spiritual activity. And since then, has flourished as one of the greatest centers of traditional learning and of established theological and philosophical discourse.

From Makkuni. R., and Khanna, M., "Banaras: The Crossing Project," Sacred Word Foundation, 2002.

Eternal Gandhi @ Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi
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The Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum, one of the world’s first digital multimedia museums is located at Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi the site where Mahatma attained martyrdom, it not only preserves the historical events of Gandhiji’s life, but presents a spectrum of information technology visions inspired by Gandhian thought.  

Spiritually, the project was situated against the backdrop of globalization, polarization of communities, a growing urban-rural divide, rapid urbanization, and the degradation of hand-based skills and village-based art forms.

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ID Magazine Design Award,

New York


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Gandhian messages


Product Design!

Museum @ Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, i.e., at the site of Gandhiji's martyrdom.

Learning Workshops @ NGMA, Mumbai
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Learning Workshops @ NGMA,Mumbai, 2014

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The Musical Landscapes and the Goddesses of Music exhibition, at the National Museum, New Delhi, in 2013,  presented advances in interactive art through an exploration of the science, art and spirituality of music, and their reflections in the goddess images across Asian cultures.

The project represents one of the world’s first explorations showing the relationship between the sacred feminine and music.

Musical Landscapes &
the Goddesses of Music 

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