Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) is the signature event of Tata Steel in Odisha that inspires budding talent from high schools to explore the mysteries beyond the horizon and develop interest in fundamental science. Organized since 2007, in collaboration with the Pathani Samanta Planetarium, under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Odisha, this event provides a befitting platform to future scientists and astronomers. Through development of concepts and models on innovative aspects of astronomy, YATS involves thousands of students across the state every year fostering a scientific temper among them.
10th Edition of Young Astronomer Talent Search 2016-17
The 10th edition of YATS is different from its previous version with a twist in the format. This year, YATS includes:
- Open Quiz Competition on Astronomy (Eligibility: Classes VII & VIII)
- Essay Competition (Eligibility: Classes IX & X)
Proposed topics for essay competition
Building the next generation International Space Station
Space tourism: Human space-flights and their future
The future of the Indian Space Programme: The next frontier
Born in 1942, Chennai, India;
studied Advanced Painting at Arts and Crafts in Chennai from 1960-66. He specializes in figurative and contemporary art. He is also trained in fresco technique as well as Intaglio, Printmaking, Lithography and Ceramics.
He works in dark tones. His obsession with the feline family is clearly seen in his work with cats being the primary subject in many of his pieces. Marriage is another important aspect in the artist’s mind as is seen from several of his creations depicting a man and woman. His contemporary style of art does not find itself stagnant with one particular subject matter. Instead, it skilfully leaps from one genre to another.
Born in Thandavankulam, Tamil Nadu; G. Subramanian a painter and collagist, graduated with a first rank in Fine Arts from the Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu in 1974.
He uses the medium of collage and layers along with acrylic paint and ink washes in brilliant hues to create mixed media works.
Subramanian’s inspiration comes from his childhood travels with his father, who was a folk theater actor. The costumes and masks influenced his art a great deal. According to him, the innocence and divine beauty in a child’s face and the power of Indian mythology is what inspires his style of work.
Vijay Saraf ‘Meenaghe’
Vijay Saraf ‘Meenaghe’ is a reputed Painter, Sculptor, Installation Artist, Muralist, Print-Maker, Poet, Photographer cosm-spac-comp and Creative music composer who is based in Jammu and Kashmir.
He specializes in abstract art and prepares his canvas with a distinctive mark of his own. His works are an intricate infusion of colour and creativity leading the viewer to delve deeper into the subject portrayed. They are simply a raw expression of the complicated human mind brought to life. He does not plan his creations, rather, works on spontaneity.
Ramesh P Gujar
Ramesh P Gujar is an artist based out of Pune. His pieces of work are part of many private collections as well as prestigious institutions both in India and abroad. He likes to play with bright vibrant colours. His figurative paintings usually depict scenes of merriment. His style is simple and each of his paintings is poetry in colour.
Gauri is an artist based in Hyderabad,Telangana. She is skilled in the methods etching and dry point technique as well as pen and ink drawing which is very evident in her work.
Her works reflects a fine line between reality and fantasy. The presence of flora and fauna in her works along with human figures or in seclusion is an indispensable part of her prints. Her thought provoking images instill a feeling of escape from everyday life into an unfamiliar world.
Poonam Daksha Rana
Poonam is an artist based in Pune. She likes to play around with Acrylic and Mixed media through which she has created a unique visual language in which meaningful compositions are created through lines, colours and forms. These compositions are unparalleled not only in creations but in rhythm too. Through them the audience, can visualize the journey of this artist’s sensitivity. Her landscapes, abstracts or disfigured and distorted scenes are full of profound thoughts - where life is in its completeness, sorrow and joy are its two sides.
Rani is an artist who comes from a family of hereditary court painters of Mysore and Vijayanagar. Her visual language has a strong suggestive context. She embellishes her surfaces with images and delicately paints with a graphic sensibility. Her skill as a painter has reached an articulated level and she is able to represent her concern with a new found craftsmanship. Her work “Palaka” has been displayed at the art wall (themed “India’s Silent Sentinels”) of the Terminal 2 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.
Sachee Kant Zha
Sachee Kant Jha is a well recognised artist from Delhi. His work is primarily concerned with the human form and image. Although mainly figurative, there are elements of the abstract in his composition. The intelligent use of contrasting shades creates a brilliant illusion of depth. His canvases convey the beauty and majesty of all his subjects.
Parul is an architect by profession based in Delhi. She had been working with colours, textures, materials and dimensions as a part of her training where she realized her true calling. Her creative learning started in college, where she practiced sketching & building 3D models.After working in the construction & interiors business over time now she is a full time artist.
As Parul says, "My art is an expression of my dreams, my world in bright hues. This is an inner journey..a catalogue of my subconscious being & what it infers on the spiritual plane of my daily life. Sometimes, these artistic expressions are decoded months after paintings have been made. When I paint, it’s in a meditative state of mind..as if in a trance...."
Dattatraya Apte is a contemporary artist from Maharashtra.He specializes is printmaking apart from drawing and painting. His works are mostly abstract and his use of depth, space, form and colour lend a historic feel to his art, yet many of his creations depict modern life. It is the seamless merging of the two that brings out a very unique look. There lies an orchestration of space form and colour that reveals a certain kind of fluidity in Apte’s artwork. The forms in relief blend with those that are on the surface and colour often intermingles with relief and flat surfaces to create a brand new attitude.
Suvra Chakraborty is a brilliant young artist and an alumni of the famous Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. He draws inspiration for his work from his perception of life, nature, the world, the universe and his soul’s response to it. His work has a signature style of having soft, dark tones which are generally concerned with the feminine form he feels that the female form depicts the more tender side of human nature. Feelings of serenity, compassion, tranquility, peace and happiness have been expressed through his art. In his own words, “My art is my meditation, arousing the divinity within.” He is the founding member or Arts@SFactor. He is passionate about keeping art alive in villages and therefore teaches art to about 100 village students free of cost and works with special and underprivileged children.
Laishram Meena Devi
Laishram Meena Devi is a young artist from Imphal, Manipur, who is currently based out of Delhi. She is an alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia and the College of Art, Delhi. She likes to play with bright, vibrant colours in her paintings which exudes a feeling of warmth and togetherness. Her depictions represent the innocence of childhood, comfort, the relation between a mother and child, friendship and they also reflect our mixed Indian culture. It helps us to relive our fondest childhood memories as they focus on the unexpressed feelings of a child, a woman and the tribal arts. Her paintings are thus the signature of human feelings, emotions and it reflects the colour of mixed Indian Culture- Unity in Diversity.
Aradhna Tandon is a well established artist. Her paintings cast a 360 degree net to encompass various hues of human emotions. It shows a deft juxtaposition of semi-figurative human forms and elements from nature to express the human condition and brings to life a colorful kaleidoscope of human relationship, its inherent drama and the overarching pursuit of the individual to attain inner harmony. Her work holds a raw & unchained quality -- depicting love, tenderness, compassion, introspection, melancholy, egotism & surrender in all starkness. The canvases chronicle her impressions, as a personal diary would for its author. Aradhna's style is clearly individualistic, refusing to conform to any dogma. Interestingly enough, her human forms are not sketched to any anatomical precision - rather by being somewhat distorted, they are granted an engaging, inscrutable quality. The emotional content in her works easily creates a connect with the onlooker -- communicating in a simple language that is expressive in it's content, profound in it's treatment and human in it's appeal.
Helen Brahma is a young artist from Orissa who is considered as one of the most outstanding female artists of the present generation. Her work revolves primarily around women and womanhood. Her creations bring out her belief that holding on to her identity is what makes life worth living for a woman. They encompass the lives of women from poor maids to divine Goddesses. Her strokes on canvas are heavily influenced by her own life as a woman with the theme of textiles that she is currently working on; she has created an ensemble of stimulating paintings.
Shubhla Verma’s motto is “Figuring out original ways of painting the simple inspiring things of life”. Her work is depicted upon the various hues and moods of nature in all its splendor and emits a positive energy, adding warmth and vibrancy to its surroundings. The artist prefers realism and poetic expressionism in her creations using both oil and water to bring about remarkable effects in varying degrees.
Sunita Dinda is a local artist from Jamshedpur. She draws her inspiration from her travels to various parts to India which is reflected in her work. Her paintings reflect the true essence of Indian rustic life. Her work embodies the simplicity of everyday life. Simple, yet thought provoking, her generous use of the colour blue adds a sense of freedom. Her works are nothing short of the celebration of the profound feeling of happiness. The bold lines and bright colours, enhance the meaning of their paintings in an appealing manner & blends different colours producing harmony and symmetry in inimitable style.
Powra Baskey belongs to the Santhal Tribe and lives in Jondragoda. She is a house wife. She used to decorate house wall during Sohrai festivals through mural art using natural colours and soils. Now she is a member of a women group and supplying Sohrai paintings in market. She earns money through her painting skill and supports her family.
Ajay Urveti is a 32 year old Gond artist from Bhopal. He has worked with a Japanese organization in connection with Gond art. His works predominantly depict tribal life in various parts of India as seen from a Japanese point of view. They have a distinctive oriental feel infused with Indian tribal Art. He also participated in “Wall art festival – 2013” at Thane, Maharashtra.
Rajaram Laxman Hangadi
Mr. Rajaram Laxman Hengadi belongs to warli tribe and lives in Bapugaon. This 32 year old is a specialist in the Warli style of painting. His works depicts typical tribal life made in interesting patterns with rice paste, water and biding agent, emits a subtle mysticism.
Pratiksha Tripathy, Modern English School, Jeypore
Project Title - Making an earth on Mars
My model was completely based on human settlement on Mars. Building a base on
Mars is not easy, it needs a lot of time, may be some decades. With the current
technology, it takes about 6-10 months. So our plans are to send three people to
“phobos” first, which is the largest natural satellite of Mars. Phobos has a nearly
constant view of the Martian surface and is easier to land then on Mars because its lack
of an atmosphere removes the need for technologies such as heavy heat shields or
supersonic retro rockets. Assuming that a base has been created, the next challenge
will be establishing a sustainable food supply. To get around the many difficulties,
genetically modified crops (GMOs) may be useful. Mars could be a terraformed.
Terraform means to transform the environment on another planet into one having the
characteristics the Earth in order to make it capable of supporting terrestrial life forms.
There is enough water on Mars for shallow seas and may be enough frozen carbon
dioxide for an atmosphere about 30 % the density of Earth. Mars has a carbon dioxide
atmosphere. The technology and resources needed to process that into oxygen and
methane are not that demanding. At first, hydrogen for the process would need to be
brought from Earth; later the frozen water that exists in large quantities beneath its
surface could be used.
But before planning all these things we need to know the amount of methane present in
the atmosphere of Mars, because methane is the fundamental base for life on any plant.
So for this the methane sensor is going to help us a lot. The sensor is aimed at
understanding whether life existed on Mars or if it would have life in future. And it has
given us positive results.
A day will surely come when we people will be called ancestors of the Martians.
Project Title - Making an underground base on Mars...
The best way to settle on Mars is to make an underground base there, so first a drill
rocket will be launched from earth and it would drill holes for making the base. Then the
human settlement goes to Mars (As Mars has a thin atmosphere, landing would be
supported by jet propulsion drones) and starts making the base (The base material is
Bakelite in form of long slides). So the only work they will do is to assemble the parts
and the base is ready.
The next thing is food, water and oxygen, these things would be
done in a greenhouse which would supply food and oxygen, and water will be supplied
by melting the ice caps on the poles of Mars. But till the green house and the ice caps
are set up we would have a base station (Is between earth and Mars like a bus stop)
which would supply the important needs. The base station will also act as an
emergency exit base as Mars use to have strong storms. For energy we will have
sources like wind sun and bio energy.
Prachi Bhoi, Belpahar English Medium School, Belpahar
Project name: Martian Base
Dome shaped bases will be set up for large space and extra stability. Bases will be
constructed from materials like:-
Polycarbonates to block intensive UV rays.
Polyurethane to act as a cushion against heat radiations,
Titanium will be used for its high strength and low density.
Kevlar and Myler to prevent the base from damage and punctures.
High graded steel for blocking alpha, beta and gamma rays.
Renewable sources of energy like solar and wind needs to be used. My bases will be
connected to a greenhouse where plants which have undergone gene-splicing, will be
grown to provide us with food and oxygen. To provide the astronauts with water and to
water my plants Urine Recycling Centre will be set up. An Excreta Recycling Centre will
be linked to the base to provide us with manure, to make Martian soil cultivable, and
biogas, to use it as fuel. A satellite will be present near the base to communicate with
the Earthlings. The materials used for the construction of my base will protect the
astronauts from most of the challenges that we might face on mars.
Utkal Keshari Mishra, DAV, Bandhbahal
Project name: Marsivilisation
It is important that our location is near the South Pole, due to the presence of water and
ice. Man will live inside the base as it is safer. First we have to fulfill some of the basic
needs of humans. On Mars, there is very low gravity which is about 3.711m/s. So, man
will wear a special boots to tackle the low gravity. The temperature is also very low
about -150 degrees Celsius. So heat generators will be installed to generate heat inside
the base. To tackle the low pressure, many pressure controllers will be installed to
maintain pressure. We have to make a sustainable environment to live on Mars. We
must capture the volcanic gases to make the atmosphere thick to prevent radiations.
But initially we have to prevent radiations by making our base’s outer shell with carbon
fibre and greenhouse glass in the gaps. These will prevent radiations and will allow the
heat to enter the basement. Oxygen is also one of the most necessary requirements of
a human. As Mars has an oxygen concentration of 0.13%. So we have to generate
oxygen for survival. We cannot live on Mars without plants. They will be grown there
without the presence of soil. This type of growing of plants is known as Hydroponics.
Our excreta and urine must be recycled and will be used for producing methane in a
biogas plant. Our urine will be converted to water and our excreta will be processed to
manures for the plants.
I hope my “MARSIVILISATION” will be passed by scientists with flying colours.