Agnishikha Choudhuri, Furniture and Spatial Design.
A design practitioner, educator and researcher with an M.S. in Interior Design from Eastern Michigan University and an M.A. in Literature from S.N.D.T. Women's University, Agnishikha joined Srishti in 2011 as full-time faculty. Her research interests and explorations are varied and currently include design pedagogy, design history, urban waste management, redefining urban landscapes and public space design. She has ten years of experience in a diverse portfolio ranging from managing and facilitating personal transformation programs, faculty development, film production and teaching both design and literature.
Alison Byrnes, General Studies.
Alison's background is in both academics and the arts, and she continues to straddle both worlds in her courses and artistic practice. Having studied ancient history and Latin literature before taking up her pursuit of fine art, historiographical methods continue to inform her work. Alison combined her interests in her post-graduate education at the University of Michigan by going into Museum Studies, followed by work in a range of museums – the Getty Center and Villa, The Museum of Magic, and The Exhibit Museum of Natural History. She has taught a wide range of courses at Srishti since 2009.
Kumkum Nadig, Visual Communication Design.
As the Head of Department of Communication Design, Kumkum is responsible for curriculum planning and design for the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs in Visual Communication Design and Strategic Branding. Kumkum is also part of the team to plan and set up Srishti's off-site Undergraduate Technical Program in Graphic Arts and Design Practices. In the past 11 years, Kumkum has not only set up the Department of Communication Design, but has also taught courses, workshops and projects across different departments and years of studies at Srishti. Kumkum brings with her 30 years of work experience as a Graphic Designer and 16 years as an educator. Her practice and teaching is informed by her multi-faceted education in Architecture, Industrial Design and Graphic Design.
Kumkum's interests in engaging with the urban landscape through the lenses of art, culture and communication have guided many projects, assignments and workshops at Srishti and at other national and international events.
Naga Nandini, Product & Interface Design.
Nandini has trained in Product Design but her work in the last 25 years has included a large variety of projects ranging from craft and livelihood to communication. Nandini has almost always kept her focus at the grassroots level and feels that is very important for Indian designers to understand eco-systems at the ground level and not slot themselves into categories. A good designer is able to quickly understand a context and work out where she/she can plug in for optimal impact. This, for Nandini, means a willingness to do what it takes and learn skills where necessary and also translates to an ability to be a part of and manage change effectively.
Nandini enjoys working in real contexts and loves taking students to visit and work with communities. She enjoys collaborative thinking and making, and feels that when students work in mixed groups, the best work emerges. As a practitioner and teacher, Nandini remains firmly rooted to the context of our country, people and culture – who, she feels, have a unique way of being that is fascinating as well as exasperating. This vast and complex region we live in, Nandini thinks, provides us with many complex problems as well as solutions, old knowledge as well as new insights.
Narendra Raghunath, Creative and Contemporary Art Practices.
Narendra is visual media artist. Drawing inspiration from oriental philosophy and aesthetics, he locates his art practice in human centric enquiry of social construct and its vulnerabilities. He has been part of many critically acclaimed artistic engagements and exhibitions in India and abroad. There are many published literary works and essays in mainstream news medias and journals to his credit. Before joining Srishti, he has associated with National institute of Design, National School of Interior Design(Saurashtra University), Indira Gandhi Open University and corporate sector for 22 years. He did his Masters in art, design and communication from CEPT University, Ahmedabad.
Ravindranath G, Head of Pune Centre, Undergraduate Technical Program.
A visual artist, Ravindranath is interested in Creative Arts for development on various fronts and is presently formulating new contemporarily relevant Visual Arts Program. Apart from working on projects, teaching Foundation Studies & at CEMA, he has been in academics and art education for nearly 20 years from designing, setting up and running art curriculum for middle school to research and design of the syllabus for an Undergraduate Program in Crafts Education. He has worked on and guided research programs in Art, Language, Culture and Identity-related topics at the Kannada Research University, Hampi, and has taught several Art and Design courses in design.
Sandeep Chandra Ashwath, Animation and Visual Effects.
With an undergraduate degree in science, Sandeep went on to study animation at the National Institute of Design-Ahmedabad. He then completed an MA in animation at the Royal College of Art-London. Sandeep initially engaged with traditional forms of Indian storytelling and performance through classical animation. His work then moved to exploring digital imagery, verse/text and minimalist drawn animation for telling stories effectively. His interest in folk narratives lead to a doctoral study in social anthropology on the topic of mythology and sacredness in urban India, at the University of Surrey- UK.
Swati Dandekar, Digital Video Production.
Swati Dandekar has been an independent researcher, writer and documentary filmmaker for over 20 years. Her recent work, arising out of a collaboration with an economist, is a series of film essays on practices of governance and democracy in India, and their impact on peoples, places and the environment.
With a Masters in History, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Communication Media, her work spans television programming, educational video & radio, oral history archiving, biopics, and independent documentary films.
As part of Vikalp Bengaluru, she has been actively involved in creating a documentary viewing culture in Bangalore city through regular film screenings.
At Srishti, Swati brings together her interest in film and the humanities to enquire into various cultural & social practices and the human stories embedded within, through the language of image and sound.
While Aditi's interest and expertise is in film, she likes to work on projects that are interdisciplinary. In Srishti she has been engaged in projects that look at harsh social realities like the trauma of partition of India, 1984 riots,displacement of indegenous communities in Kutchh, and immediate issues that surround us. She likes to approach these through artistic interventions, along with the students, as the learning becomes real through experience. Apart from making films herself, she likes to enable people from various communities to make their own films.
Aditi's journey as a filmmaker began in 2005 when she was commissioned a film by Indian Council of Cultural Research on Sufism. She then went on to work in a full length English feature film. She has worked for The Energy and Resources Institute where she conceptualized, wrote and directed films on environment and development. Her work has been telecast on National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel. Some of her films have been screened in festivals and won awards in India and overseas.
Aditi has a Bachelors degree in Literature from St. Stephen's College, an MA in Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and a Diploma in Film and Video Communication from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
Ahsam K R.
Ahsam has a Bachelor in Architecture from College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram and a PG Diploma in Film & Video Communication from NID, Ahmedabad. She has practiced as an architect, and later dabbled in short films, ad films, corporate films and feature films. She has worked with AOL as a video editor, production coordinator and filmmaker. She teaches film courses at Srishti, and helps in managing the equipment. She is also working on her own film, a documentary in process.
As faculty at Srishti Institute of Art and Design, Aileen teaches across the areas of film, visual and cultural studies, having previously taught at Trinity College Dublin, the Dublin Institute of Technology and in other non-formal educational settings.
Prior to joining Srishti, Aileen worked at India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in its arts practice and curatorial programmes; she was a creative producer (2010-12) for Dublin-based Forum on Migration and Communications and Pivotal Arts Studio (Dublin/London), where she worked in collaborative teams with architects, designers, city councils, cultural organisations, filmmakers and artists on a range of socially engaged documentary arts projects and public learning programs with a focus on the lived experience of migration.
Aileen is a founding member and Co-Editor of The Forager – a newly launched digital magazine and platform for multi-disciplinary food related inquiry. She has degrees in English and French literature, Theatre Studies, and a PhD in Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin. She was a Korean government postdoctoral scholar in Chung-Ang University's Graduate School of Advanced Imaging Science in Seoul.
Amruta is a visual artist working across various meda like painting, illustration, installation, photography and scultpture. She works with contemporary ideas of 'excess' and consumerism.Explorations of color, form and texture play central characters in her works. Her interests also lie in various disciplines or design like Graphic, Lifestyle Accessory and Textiles and how they amalgamate with art and aesthetics.
She has been a resident artist in various organisations in India, Italy and the United States. She graduated from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London with an MA in Fine Art. Prior to that she was at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda doing her BVA in Painting. Amruta is also trained as a professional chef at the Le Cordon Bleu in the United States. She brings these diverse set of experiences at Srishti.
Anupama is an educator and a conservationist who is constantly looking for ways to establish meaningful connections between a learner, the content and local environmental issues.
Her work in curriculum design and professional development has resulted in the development of a range of textual and teacher support materials. She has a special interest in experiential learning for environmental education and has developed a marine resource module for the WWF (Malaysia) for the children of the Bajau Laut community. As part of advocacy and awareness she has, among other things, written newspaper columns, helped develop signage in zoos and also written a book for children (Tara Books).
Arathi H K.
Arathi began her professional practice as an artist in 1998 after her Masters program, specialising in painting, from the Chitrakala Institute of Advanced Studies, Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. She completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts in painting from College of Fine Arts, Bangalore. Apart from her practice as an artist, she has deisgned murals for corporates and residences in and around Bangalore. Arathi has also worked as the Head of department at Jain Vidyaniketan, and Presidency School.
She has been a Faculty at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology since 2010 and is also visiting Faculty for Master of Visual Arts at Bangalore University.
Arathi also holds an active role in Sameeksha Art Research Media, an NGO that encourages and supports visual art students through fellowships, art camps, workshops and exhibitions. She has actively participated in many art camps, workshops, group shows and had solo shows of her paintings, performances and Interactive works from 1995 to till date in and around Karnataka.
Arnab Basu is a Visual and Performance artist and has been Faculty at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore since 2011. His teaching experience includes work at Sloka, the Waldorf School in Hyderabad. He completed his Bachelors as well as Masters degrees in Fine Arts specializing in the Sculpture Department of Kala Bhavana of the Visvabharati University in Santiniketan, West Bengal. He has been a National scholarship holder from Ministry of Culture, Indian Government in the field of Sculpture. His practice and interest in Art expand to various site-specific projects such as Land-art, Installations, Performance, etc. He is currently engaged in projects combining Sculptural elements with Architecture and other design principles with a focus on Ecological design and Earth works.
After exploring many avenues that could hone the talent in him, the artist in Aruldevan was finally brought to life by The Ken School of Arts in 1990. As a true and accomplished disciple, Arul acknowledged his obligation to the school, by nurturing and mentoring rookies therein and transforming them into mavens for a decade thereafter. In 2000, sensing the gradual invasion of technology into the artist's mediums, he matched pace by adapting to multimedia and took to the digital world of art and artists. After two decades of teaching practice across a multitude of organisations, Arul found in Srishti, a true haven, where he could cohesively nurture his passion to learn and practice.
En-route his journey to Srishti, Arul has had many regional, national and international exhibitions to his credit. The artist in him and his endeavours in the field of art through 5 solo shows, workshops, seminars etc. were reviewed by eminent critics and covered by varied professional partners viz. CNN-IBN, A.I.R, Bangalore TV etc.
Arvind Venkatadri is an experienced systems designer who is presently working to create methods and systems for education that could work in hard places. After obtaining a Masters in Electronics and Communications from IIT-Roorkee, he worked with several reputed organizations in the area of technology, such as ISRO Satellite Centre, Centre for Development of Telematics (CDOT), Wipro Technologies and Texas Instruments. In the not-for-profit sector, Arvind spent more than 6 yeards designing and building a system of Libraries in 1400+ Government Primary Schools of Bangalore Urban District. . He also spent a year with a start-up, ChipperSage Education, incubated in the NSRCEL, IIM-Bangalore. He is passionate about teaching, reading , using technology in teaching and building partnerships with external agencies to bring new and innovative design projects into Srishti.
Arzu Mistry, BFA California College of the Arts, Ed. M. Harvard Graduate School of Education, is an educator, muralist, mixed media visual artist and dancer. She lives and works between the United States and India. She has 10 years of arts education experience spanning varied educational institutions from private schools to schools for urban poor, museums to non-profits, and State Offices of Education to Art and Design Colleges. At Srishti, Arzu is an Artist-in-Residence and a Research Associate at Project Vision. Her research this year has centered on connecting memory, story, play and art making through community art projects, teacher professional development and educational research and practice at Drishya Kallika Kendra, Learning centers for Urban Poor.
Ayisha is a Visual Arts Consultant at Srishti. She holds a BFA in Painting from MS University, Baroda, India. In 1991 she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York City, and has an MFA from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Ayisha has held solo exhibitions in New York and India, and her works have been exhibited in numerous group shows. In September 2005 her film 'Straight 8' was screened at the Srishti exhibition at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, and was subsequently an invited artist at the Khoj Residency in Mumbai. Her short film 'One Way', was screened at the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes in 2007. Her film "You are Here" was recently screened at The Indian Highway show at the Serpentine Gallery in London. She has also curated an exhibition with Net Base and the Alternative Law Forum for World Information City conference held in Bangalore in 2005, and is a member of a Bangalore artists collective, BAR1.
Babita is Faculty and Research Associate at the Center for Education, Research, Training, and Development (CERTAD) and contributes to the Project Vision research group. She is passionate about using art, design and participative approaches in classrooms. Her key intervention has been translating space science into a 'soft science' teachable in middle school. For several years she worked on a major art/science project called 'Moon Vehicle' that was initiated as a cultural response to the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft's mission to the Moon. During this time she worked with artists and scientists designing educational experiences including rooftop sky parties, cultural storytelling and scientific data exchange at museums, research institutions and observatories in a process that gave rise to re-imagining Moon and the cosmos in multiple ways.
Babita's love of networking and talking to new people has led to the creation of special interest groups and learning communities such as Bangalore Steamers, Meet-up groups and Summer Camps that enable engagement in experiential learning in non-school environments. Her work with local language facilitators in urban slum schools has led to the creation of personalised learning standards that use 'collaborative assessment of student achievement' standards. The camps have used a variety of participatory and collaborative tools like buddy reading programs, audio podcasts and community mapping.
As coordinator of the Professional Practice in Designing Education' (PPDE) program (an online and blended advanced program for teachers and educators) she is currently engaged in assisting with designing curriculum as well as managing, e-mentoring and facilitating teams in various schools to expand and develop their practice.
Bani has a 22 years experience of having worked as a design consultant on a wide range of projects including furniture and textiles. More recently she has chosen to focus on the area of cultural studies and has worked as a content interpreter/visualizer while working closely with the design/research teams that evolved the design language and installations for the Khalsa Heritage Center at Anandpur Sahib.
As a visiting faculty at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology she intends to bring together her interests by demonstrating how design is a powerful tool at the interface of material and culture.
While continuing to work on projects in this domain she works closely with the students, searching for fresh directions while mentoring and guiding the students in their design projects.
Beena brings with her new product development and experience design experience that spans over two decades, and multiple geographies and verticals.
She has worked in the capacity of a consultant with companies such as Intel and HP(personal computing), Idea, Huawei and Nokia (communications), Intel and Siemens (healthcare), Standard bank of South Africa (banking), Intuit (financial management), and Haier (home electronics).
Apart from consulting, she has been involved knowledge sharing through various workshops for Creative Thinking, UX Design, and Innovation.
Her key area of interest is enabling knowledge sharing and technology adoption for enhanced living.
Binu is faculty in Furniture & Interior Design department. He is an Architect & also holds a Post Graduate Diploma from National Institute of Design in Furniture & Interior Design. Out from NID he has worked extensively in an wide array of assignments which includes both research as well as industry projects. Few to mention are; Exhibition for Indian Railways for celebrating 150 years of Narrow Gauge, Design Head at Featherlite Pvt. Ltd., Visual System Design for the book '50 years of NID'. He is also Founder & Design partner at DesignMutation Furniture Systems. His interest lies in the uplift of small scale industrial units with help of design and policy awareness.
Carl Adam Lindquist.
As a faculty member at the Srishti Institute of Art and Design, Carl's work has been informed greatly by his international education in multiple areas of study. His teaching focuses on areas relating to art theory and history, heritage studies, and ethnography, and he incorporates applied components involving writing- and studio-based projects.
Carl worked in the field of public arts administration during college and graduate school, and earned his first Master's degree (Art History) from the University of Iowa. After completion of that degree, he became Director of the internationally-recognized Project Art program at the Univeristy of Iowa Health Care, which was the nation's largest non-museum public art collection within a single institution. His longstanding interest and participation in international education led him to accept employment as Coordinator for International Educational Initiatives at Arkansas State University while working toward a second Master's degree and Ph.D. in Heritage Studies. In that occupational capacity, he designed study abroad programming for American and international students, and advised students on matters related to international education and careers. In addition to his teaching, Carl is a certified TEFL instructor and works for Srishti's Writing Center.
Chinar Shah is a photo-based artist interested in conflict zones, especially gender and communal politics in India. Her artistic practice has been a reflection of constant negotiations between the illicit bodies and the social norm.
She is a Graduate of National Institute of Design and specializes in Photography and Cultural Studies. Before joining Srishti, she has worked as a photographer with a number of organizations and NGOs. She has exhibited widely both in India and abroad.
At Srishti, she is handling the Postgraduate Program in Photography along with artist Anna Fox.
Debjani runs the Writing Centre at Srishti which offers help for all students wanting to learn and excel in written and creative communication. She works at the intersections of language and literature with a special focus on postcolonial perspectives. She has taught in several countries for two decades and is particularly interested in creative non-fiction as an emerging genre Debjani's journey with words and language begun in Calcutta and gained momentum through her journey to University of Rochester and University of New York. After completing her doctorate in English Literature and Cultural Studies she taught literature as well as writing in USA and UK. These experiences enriched her understanding of language as a means of representing the self. All her courses have an element of creative non fiction which emerges from this understanding.
Debjani has written regularly for popular publications mostly on behalf of reading Indian Authors who are writing in English. She has worked as the head of an International Studies Centre, and advised several students for global education and careers. She has also worked with NGOs battling for women and side by side with them to bring domestic empowerment.
Deepak is a performance artist, media practitioner & researcher, currently serving as faculty at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. After natural science BSc and MS, his interests shifted to exploring the role of media & arts as methods for transdisciplinary inquiry. Since 2005, he has been training in performing arts and community theatre with prominent theatre practitioners. Deepak's experience with media comes from his years as content developer with Worldspace Satellite Radio and as media practitioner at Maraa, a media and arts collective. Deepak's current interests and practices are an amalgamation of science, storytelling, performance, social design, media and their psycho-social interfaces. Deepak has been a primary participant in envisioning the Memories of Modernity project collaboration between India and Sweden (http://srishti.ac.in/mmf) and is focused on exploring and understanding practice-based methodologies to engage with modernity at large.
Deepta is Co-Director of the Law+Environment+Design Laboratory (a collaborative initiative of Srishti and Natural Justice). She is an ecological design leader concerned with the environment and communities, conceptualizing complex design projects to catalyze socio-ecological change in contentious landscapes. The lab runs projects as 'design in action', 'extending expertise', and 'studios' with design students (http://srishti.ac.in/ledlab).
In the past, building leadership and expertise in sustainable development, Deepta worked on planning projects in China, Korea, Vietnam and Colombia, including the master plan for the Beijing Olympics 2008 site and the proposed Bogota Metro Project. Her focus has been in ecological planning, conservation and sustainable strategies, institutional planning and strategy.
With a Master's in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania (2000), Deepta has now enrolled into the doctoral program at Srishti to practice design research that will challenge existing legal, environmental, social, economic and cultural frameworks in the Western Ghats.
Divya started her early design career working with an Architect in Chennai. She was involved in many projects that involved revamping spaces for commercial benefit. This interest lead her to do a Masters in Business Design in Milan where she worked in multidisciplinary teams on projects with clients ranging from Proctor and Gamble to Coca Cola. Design Thinking and Innovation Strategies for the market are her core skills. She came to back to India in hope of applying these innovation techniques in the Indian market and add value to it and started a design consultancy firm Y NOT which deals with design innovation in the Indian market. After a couple of years of working on projects in the Indian market, she came across Srishti which seemed to be a sacred space where multiple disciplines seemed to cohesively intersect. She now takes courses on Design Strategy and Design Thinking for students, facilitating them to launch their own dream products into the market.
Evan integrates Theatre of the Oppressed, Drama Therapy and elements of Hip Hop culture into his approach to artistic social healing. Grass Rooted in community organizing, he acts in, directs and produces original performance pieces that grapple with pressing issues while innovative aesthetics invite audience engagement. Evan facilitates in correctional facilities, community theatres, schools and colleges. He also works with therapists, social workers, artists and educators by consulting and providing professional development.
Farhat is an educator and a researcher with a strong interest in science and technology education. At Srishti, her current focus is on developing curricular materials and pedagogical practices for meaningful learning in science and technology education in middle schools. She has a broad interest in Science Education, Design and Technology Education and Curriculum Development. She also has a strong interest in the cognitive aspects of human learning in science and design.
Farhat has a PhD in Science Education from Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai, and a Bachelor's and Master's degree in in Zoology from Calcutta University.
Gautham is interested in looking at 'making' as a way of empowering people and communities. He is interested in how 'making' traditions and modern fabrication technology meet and what these imply for a meaningful 'vocational' education.
He explores the role that 'making', 'play' and 'tinkering' play in building understanding. In this context, he is also interested in exploring how the collection of materials one normally works with can be extended to include computers (and other programmable objects).
Outside of Srishti, he has taught in a variety of settings; in an international school, in a learning centre for children from urban poor, in non-formal schools for rural and urban children. He is also passionate about working with wood, and spends much time both making wooden furniture and teaching woodwork.
Geeta is a printmaker and painter and has done her specialisation in Printmaking at M.S. University,Baroda. She received a research Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in the field of Fine Arts. A gold-medallist in print-making, Geeta worked for her printmaking studio and continued her artistic practice which was displayed at various national and international print exhibitions.
Apart from her studies and practice in visual arts, she has worked in Marathi theatre, learnt Hindustani classical music and studied regional literature and its influence on contemporary art. She believes that people will start appreciating contemporary art and design if they get to read quality discourses in local languages.
Geeta has written a series of articles on masterpieces of world art for a widely read daily.
A course in Film Appreciation at FTII, Pune, has left a deep influence on her work that is often centered around the common core of aesthetic experience of various art forms.
At present she is teaching textile print design and image visualisation at Srishti.
As a strong believer in the principles of branding for success in every facet of life Girish will contune to champion the most push-the-envolope branding and strategy solutions to all clients whose projects Srishti is fortunate to work on.
Girish's almost three decade work experience in leading advertising agencies such as Lintas, Mcann Erickson, JWT to name a few gives him the range and depth to understand the issues relating to branding. While in these agencies he has stewarded brand strategies for clients such as Britannia, Hindustan Unilever, Tata Teleservices and brands such as Fair & Lovely, Pears Soap, Durex Condoms, MRF Tyers, Henko Detergent to name a few.
At all times what Girish has been passionate about is to painstakingly craft the funnel that will take him from a key consumer insight to a brand essence and thereon to a breakthrough brand idea.
Gouri's experience as a film maker and editor began with making educational films for children and young adults for NCERT and UGC on themes of Art, environment and inventive pedagogical practices, after graduating from Goa College of Art and a post graduate diploma from Film and Television Institute of India. (1990-1999)
Individual and community interaction with the environment through their art practices has informed her work. Her recent independently produced documentary, Modikhanyachya Don Goshti (Two Tales of Modikhana), 2011, explores an urban neighborhood through the artistic lens of two Dalit Artists.
She has also collaborated on the documentation projects of PUKAR, a Mumbai based Urban knowledge production center, Aur Irani Chai (2001) and Freedom Before Eleven (2004)
Gouri has also taught at NID, Ahmedabad, IIT Mumbai, State Institute of Film and TV, Rohtak and at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, SAZBIST and IQRA University in Karachi.
About a decade back, Hansa wanted to understand the art of story telling. In diverse works, for others and herself, she tried to keep with that enquiry. She wrote for others, tried to articulate her thoughts in teaching, worked with a fine project on early cinema in India, as a researcher and a writer, she read. Though she wasn't always able to practice film, which is a capital intensive medium, she found herself carrying her training in film into her work with other mediums. Slowly it has all started to come together- her work in soft scultpure took towards animation, the early history of cinema and understanding the micro world of motion. Her curiosity about storytelling has helped her experiment with collaborative artist books. Hansa is also to trying to write a story in the medium of film itself and has also worked on a series of image works - documentary, image collections, mixed media - that had to do with people in difficult political contexts. Having to witness, listen and to try and process has led to some more rigour of understanding to what happens in the world and she hopes to achieve a genuine broadening of compassion that is required for art.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with honors in 1997, Jackson devoted his work experience to realizing authentic social change and ecological justice. For two years, he served as a farming apprentice for the "Community Farm of Ann Arbor", providing 130 local families with healthy, vibrant, and ecological produce. Jackson is a certified permaculture designer, with specific experience in biodynamic farming techniques, community supported agriculture, and natural building. Following his work in sustainable agriculture, Jackson became a "Teach for America" corps member and served as the 7th grade science teacher and department head for a middle school in Oakland, CA. From 2001-2007, Jackson was involved in the dreaming, launching, and co-cultivating of Oakland Leaf, an arts and activism non-profit organization (www.oaklandleaf.org). Currently, Jackson is actively facilitating ecological design and natural building classes at Srishti and establishing an ecological design collective in Bangalore.
Jayesh is a visual communication faculty. Prior to his MA in Illustration from University For The Creative Arts - UK, he has worked in companies such as Infosys Technologies, Idiom Design and Consulting and Cisco Systems. His industry experience has allowed him to work on different types of graphic design and illustration efforts such as brand identity and development, brand architecture, event branding, promotions, annual reports, web applications, visual designs, information graphics etc. He has also illustrated several children's book as well as stories for adults as he is more interested in narrative and conceptual illustrations.
Since his BFA degree in Applied Art, he has been freelancing and handled many Indian and International clients such as, Link Magazine Italy, Welcome Trust London, Puma India, Atlas Brands, Penguin Books, Hachette Books, Rupa Publications, KSICL, Oxford Press, Thaliru, Dc Books, Harper Collins, Rediffusion Y&R, Stylus Inc, Viamedia, Opsbuds, Mahindra Retail and so on. As a faculty he intends to encourage the students in understanding the importance of having a personal visual language, following research & reflection, collaborating with different people, various mark making, importance of narrative etc while considering illustration and communication as serious practice.
Junuka is an artist, filmmaker, illustrator and singer. She has worked with social justice movements, organisations, publishing houses and is a full time faculty at Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology.Her work with indigenous communities in the contemporary conflicting situations in India drives her to explore the methods and forms of recording,documenting and understanding people and their environment in an involved, artistic,collaborative, non-hierarchical and just way. She engages herself in this process of image making through drawings, films, photographs, writing and music.
Junuka is a Film and Video Communication graduate from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
Jyoti holds the UNESCO Chair for Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore. She is a professor at Columbia University, New York; Chair of the Ph.D. program at Srishti; and Founder-Director of Sustainable Urbanism International, an NGO in Bangalore, India, and a research unit at GSAPP, Columbia University. Architect, planner, and historian, she is engaged with planning, design, and policies on urban development, urban preservation and heritage management, and sustainability issues. Since 2011, Hosagrahar serves as an expert member of the national Advisory Committee for World Heritage Matters under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. She serves on the Executive Committee of ICOMOS India and is the Coordinator of the ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on the Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration and is on the Scientific Board of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for the same. She serves as a technical expert for UNESCO on historic cities, culture and development, and urban sustainability. She is also on the UNESCO Expert Group for World Heritage and Sustainable Development. For UNESCO, Hosagrahar has authored "Culture: A Driver and an Enabler of Sustainable Development" Thematic Think Piece for the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda, 2012; and two background papers for the Hangzhou Congress on Culture and Development, 2013. Since 2010 has been involved with UNESCO's efforts in Culture and Development authoring the brochure "Power of Culture for Development" for the MDG Review meeting in New York in 2010, a strategy paper on Culture and Development for the Culture Sector of UNESCO in 2012. Hosagrahar is a Global Advisor for the UN Global Compact Cities Program, co-author of the Policy paper for "Operationalizing Culture in the Sustainable Development of Cities" for Gold IV of the UN United Cities and Local Governments, and an Expert Group member on Public Space with UNHABITAT. Hosagrahar is the author of Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture and Urbanism (Architext Series, Routledge, 2005) awarded a 2006 book prize by the International Planning History Society. She is co-author (with Francesco Bandarin) of the award-winning article, "Why Development Needs Culture," in the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Developmen(2011). She has led SUI in the preparation of an integrated site management plan for the conservation and sustainable development of the heritage of the Hoysala towns in Karnataka that includes a 6-volume report, a project for heritage based development in Badami with KUIDFC; and with Columbia University, a project for disaster reduction and climate change adaptation in Guwahati for the Government of Assam. She is currently a member of Karnataka's Tourism Vision Group. She leads the SUI-Srishti Collaborative with Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology exploring the intersections of design, culture, environment, and sustainable development.
As lead designer, Kavita Arvind mentors students in their final year at Srishti, in a live project space. The project, works with real clients, creating informal and formal educational artefacts for children, ranging across diverse media, from moving images to print.
Kavita is a graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, with specialization in Film and Video Communication. She began her career in 2000 with Sony Entertainment Television, Mumbai, where she worked as a promo producer, launching several successful shows and working backstage at live events. She then moved on to the role of design educator at her alma mater, her core areas being, Color and Communication, Design Fundamentals and Film Language.
At NID, one of the key projects she worked on was with Handicap International, which spanned the entire spectrum of communication design, with products ranging from posters, radio programs to public service advertisements for Handicap International.
In 2008, Kavita founded Chidiya Udd (http://www.chidiyaudd.in), where she creates art, working closely with writers, graphic designers and publishers for children's literature. She has also had exhibitions of her art, at Art for Concern, held by Concern India Foundation; where 75 emerging and established artists exhibited their work; and a solo art exhibition at the Alliance Francaise, Bangalore.
Understanding the meaning of our world and life with a socially relevant and culturally sensitive content will create pathways and mobility for lesser opportunity communities is the belief of Keshava Malagi. He chose media, publishing, literature, and social activism to make a difference in unjust society. His carrier started with Suddi-Sangathi a weekly published by progressive group in 1987. Later he worked in Orient Longman publishers, Prajavani and Times of India daily newspapers as an editor and reporter. Realizing the limitations of routine news world he shifted to social development sector and chose to work with public school system by associating with MAYA and Azim Premji Foundation. Malagi has published collections fiction In Kannada, translated literary, cultural and political theories and written on education, social change and challenges in transforming public schools. His passion for new pedagogic intervention and exploring social transformation alternatives has bought him to Srishti.
Kumar is a Textile Technologist and has over 20 years of experience with expertise extending to research in woven design & development. Kumar has taught at the NID, Ahmedabad, and has corporate exposure with Himatsingka Seide & Peter England Brand.
Apart from his passion for textiles & education, his other interests include Wearable technology and Behavior training.
As a teacher Lavanya is interested in the process of learning, how different people approach learning and how this process can be made visible to themselves. She often works on hands on projects and use the idea of "thinking hands".
Lavanya has been working in different learning environments (structured as well as alternative schooling systems) and has tried to bring a more intuitive hands on way of teaching ideas in math and physics. Trained as an architect, in TVB school of Habitat, New Delhi, Lavanya creates learning environments both in the classroom as well as outside.
She has worked with students from different backgrounds and believes that learning can happen by mixing people of different ages in an "outside school" situation, especially if there is a "making" element to a place. Recently she has been working with older students trying to work this more intuitive way of learning in the hope of creating a curiosity of learning and possibly later teaching.
She feels her work has links to work done in 'The tinkering studio', Exploritorium, San Fransisco, 'Thulir', Sitlingi, TamilNadu, 'Centre for learning', Bangalore, 'Sita school', Bangalore. Lavanya is also a creative wood worker and runs a "woodworking studio" where she has interned people. She makes furniture, toys, and many other things.
Manasee defines herself as an educator, designer and illustrator.
Her diverse work experience and the different roles that she has played at the studios/spaces/organisations she worked for, has taught her the importance of design processes; attention to detail in every facet of design and the importance of constantly being a learner, which she carries into her studios, workshops and practice as an educator too. She would like to believe she helps students everyday by helping them become braver individuals and better designers.
She has lead, curated and collaborated various studios, charettes, projects and workshops including the identity and navigational system for the Srishti Graduate show for four consecutive years, during her time here at Srishti.
Manasee's journey as a Designer has been in Bangalore. She worked and consulted with various corporate and retail brands including Titan, Timex, Madura Garments, as a Retail and Graphic Designer, helping them set up flagship stores and designing their in-house and client Branding collaterals. Transitioning into the role of an Art Director in the Publishing Industry and subsequently the Information Technology industry where she worked as part of an eclectic 100-member design team; helped her hone her skills towards innovative processes that she shares with her students today.
Manjari Singh joined Srishti in early 2011 as the Coordinator for CERTAD (Centre for Education, Research, Training and Development). She has a Ph.D in Educational Psychology with a specific focus on Learning, Cognition and Instruction from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. She also has a Bachelor of Education from Annamalai University and a Masters' degree in Clinical Psychology from Bangalore University, India.
Manjari has been involved in educational research and practice within elementary-secondary schools and higher education. Her research work has been primarily qualitative and included ethnographic studies of teaching and learning. Her educational practice has included teaching and counselling students within K-12 system in India, teaching undergraduate students in the United States, mentoring and supervising pre-service teachers, as well as contributing to professional development workshops and programs for practicing teachers.
Manjari's focus is on fostering educational practices that are learner-centered, developmentally appropriate and stimulating and which promote gender equity and student empowerment. She is interested in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs and processes that foster quality learning among children enrolled in school or non-formal educational programs, and, in conducting programs and research related to teacher's professional learning and development.
Manjula has had an eclectic career that brought her to interesting milestones over the years.
She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Her work involved raising monoclonal antibodies to a nuclear protein in rat spermatogenesis. She then used these monoclonal antibodies to immune-localize the protein through various stages in meiosis.
Her growing interest in science communication made her contribute articles in science and technology for various Indian newspapers. She then joined Deccan Herald as editor, science and technology. In this role, she also published a bi-weekly page that covered trends and innovations in the software industry.
This rich writing experience gave her an opportunity to join Digital India (now Hewlett Packard) as a technical editor. She later worked as a documentation manager in Sun Microsystems (now Oracle), VMware and Ariba (now Sap Labs).
Alongside her regular job in the software industry, she taught a course titled ‘Communication skills for managers’ at the department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.
After spending fourteen years in the IT industry, she joined Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, where she teaches various facets of technical communication. This includes a wide gamut of writing techniques- from user guides, reports, marketing collateral and journal papers. She also coaches students on presentation techniques in the oral communication course.
Manjula has recently self-published a book called ‘Pani Puri and the Passive Voice’, which portrays the funny side to technical writing in the software industry. She is currently working on a technical book that covers principles of technical writing.
Manjunath is faculty in Industrial Design & Space Design department. He is an Architect & also holds 'Master of Design' Degree from IIT, Guwahati. Out from IIT, he has worked in Wipro as UI Designer and taught in other Architectural Schools. He works for freelance projects in interiors, Architecture and UI. He initiated Centre for Innovation and Design Management (CIDM) Cell in BMS School of Architecture, Bangalore. His interest lies in Social concern issues.
In Srishti he engages with students to explore the perception on Form, Function, Structure, Space, Material and Semantics.
Manjusha has a post-graduate Diploma in Cinema with specialization in Film Editing, from the Film & TV Institute of India, Pune. Her first film 'Manav'…on the transgender community and the psychosocial aspects of their life had a world premiere at Cinema Du Reel, at Paris in 1990. The film went on to participate in Sakshi , celebrating 25 years of Independent Indian Documentary Bangalore, Munich Docu Film Fest and the Neubrandenberg Festival, Germany.
She has over 15 years of experience working in varied capacities as director, conceptualizer, and project- coordinator in multi-hued projects for corporate and image films, travel, promos, and television programs. She has also worked with many social sector organizations creating films for their needs as well as facilitating training workshops. She has participated in educational initiatives with middle and high school children across states to teach Digital Film Making and using film as text to enable language learning. She is passionate about the different uses of video/film as a medium whether to facilitate learning, empowerment or create spaces for dialogue beside the traditional onus of the medium as a form of expression. She is currently faculty in the Digital Video Production Department at Srishti.
Manoj Kumar Dangoria. Before Joining Srishti, Manoj was involved with IL&FS Clusters as the Regional Design Head and looked at all design activities that impact rural livelihood. Manoj's work in northeast India helped him understand how small changes can affect people's lifestyles as well as mental states and how frugal innovations need to focus on available resources and limited budgets. In his 3 years in the northeast, Manoj has worked with the government as well as rural artisans. Manoj has also worked with Arch Academy of Design and Fractal as a senior Visualizer.
Manoj has a Bachelors in Visual Arts with a specialization in Applied Arts from University of Rajasthan, and has done his masters in Furniture and Interior Product Design from Indian Institute of Craft &Design.
He is also associated as a designer with D.C. Handicrafts, Ministry of Textile, MSME Design Clinic Scheme, Government of Rajasthan and different Government Agencies, Voluntary Organizations and Private Organizations.
Matt has been a member of faculty at Srishti since 2007. He leads design labs, client projects and teaches courses in visual arts, visual communication and illustration.
Matt uses digital drawing, photography and video to construct narratives of British and Indian confluences. His work examines dualities of presence/ absence and sense/ nonsense as well as processes for constructing, framing, manipulating and reading visual messages. He attempts to bring together the oddly discomforting, the fanciful, the virtual and the cartoon-like, the abstract and the frame, the playful and the orderly.
Matt's work has featured in The Guardian, The Independent, FT, Time Out, NY Arts Magazine and Creative Review, as well as Illusive 2 and Fully Booked published by Gestalten. He has exhibited in Canada, France, India, Japan, UK, Germany, USA, Netherlands and Sardinia. He holds a BA (Hons) in Design: Illustration from Plymouth University and an MA in Visual Arts: Digital Arts from Camberwell College, University of the Arts London. For his 'Nonsense and Play' project, Matt received an Arts & Humanities Research Council award in 2010.
Meera is a Visual Artist and a textile designer. At Srishti, she has been part of the Textile Design department teaching Advanced screen printing, dyeing and using Textiles for artistic expression and many courses and projects at the undergraduate level.
As a faculty in Srishti, she Intends to bring exploration and experimentation in the classroom encouraging students to move out of their comfort zone and set higher benchmarks for learning. Her areas of expertise include adaption of specialized knowledge in reproduction of the vintage fabrics,custom and hand crafted fabrics, natural dyeing and rust dyeing, resist and shibori, screen printing, digital printing.
Her Research interest and passion includes public art, co-creation, participatory research methods, ethnography, Textile technology, Bio diversity, urban and traditional farming methods. She has a Masters in Visual Arts (Painting) from College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore and the Dissertation on Narrative Painting was titled 'Tales from the Easel'. She also studied for MS Textile & Print Design Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Philadelphia University and Bachelor's degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the College of Fine Arts Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Bangalore.
Muthatha has come on board as faculty in Critical Geography starting January 2015. She is a human geographer, trained in development studies, political ecology, cartography and GIS, and Science & Technology Studies (STS). Geography to her means the ever changing relationships between people and places, the understanding of differences across space and place, and thereby making visible hitherto marginalized places and voices. She recently graduated with a Ph.d in Geography from University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A. Her dissertation research examined a web of relationships that tie together remote sensing satellites in the sky, and dry land farmers practices in northern Karnataka, and provided a place-based critique of technocratic spatial planning in India. She is passionate about researching and teaching across disciplinary boundaries, and specifically working with design students to historicise design and to develop connections between the politics of place and difference, and the art of making. Her areas of interest include sociology of knowledge construction, agrarian development, ethnographic research methodology, landscapes as representations.
Padmini is an educator-researcher seeking ways for designing meaningful experiences by integrating art and science in education. This has resulted in her classrooms turning into studio-labs where students have become "Monster Storms" or have embodied scientists, artists, geographers and mathematicians to explore the evolution of scientific thought. Through learning expeditions like "Walks, Maps and Stories-A learning Expedition to Andamans", she has facilitated students and teaching communities with tools and processes that enhance engagement with place and communities. Padmini mentors teacher teams in developing and implementing interdisciplinary learning programmes. Her work with teachers and children has ranged from those in elite and mainstream schools to non-formal learning centres in underserved communities.
Padmini has experience in diverse environments over 20 years beginning as a lecturer in Physics to cadets of the armed forces in an undergraduate programme at National Defence Academy to teaching and coordinating science and math curriculum in schools and training teachers to become innovative practitioners. She holds a Masters degree in Physics and Bachelor of Education in science and math education.
Padmini Ray Murray. Padmini's research interests span the history of the book, the digital humanities, games, comics and literary studies. She joined the University of Stirling as lecturer in publishing studies and digital media after completing her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and joined Srishti in January 2015.
Padmini's industry experience includes Seagull Books, Edinburgh University Press, Canongate Books, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Ottakars Bookstore. She also curated and co-organised an excellently received quarterly event at the University of Edinburgh on technology, design and literary culture entitled Electric Bookshop, as well as speaking and presenting at various public events such as book festivals. She was a Board Trustee of Wikimedia UK from 2013-2014 and is keen to continue her work in India to promote open knowledge initiatives.
Her work has been published in The History of Oxford University Press (Oxford University Press, 2014), The Edinburgh History of the Book (Edinburgh University Press, 2007) and in peer-reviewed journals such as Publishing Research Quarterly, Book 2.0 and Studies in Comics. She has forthcoming chapter on the history of the digital book in The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain (Volume 7). She is currently on the editorial board of Technoculture and guest editing a special issue of Bioscope on video games in India.
Pandrang Row was a red-hot communist in college, going on demonstrations and charging a variety of windmills. However, late in his college life, after completing a Masters in English Literature, he got bitten by the advertising bug. So he quit college, joined Ogilvy, Benson and Mather and left behind the dubious charms of the jhola and kurta crowd to become a true-blue capitalist pig.
In advertising, he was promptly re-named 'Pandi' (easier to pronounce apparently) and proceeded to win awards in his first year in the business. This was followed by 20 years of creating award-winning advertising for agencies like Ogilvy & Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi, Hindustan Thompson and McCann Erickson.
Pandi quit advertising as the Executive Creative Director of Mudra, Delhi to write novels. After free-lancing a bit and writing three novels, Pandi joined Vertebrand, one of India's leading brand consultancies, where he spent five years, working out strategies and brand ideas for clients like Apollo Hospitals, Ashok Leyland, TAFE and a variety of other clients.
He joined Srishti in 2011 to set up Pandimonium an advertising lab, which plans to recruit management, art and liberal arts students to set up mini agencies that will handle real-life clients to produce advertising campaigns. He is currently actively hunting students for the Pandimonium advertising lab.
Partavam Venkata Ramana. Ramana teaches in the Animation Department at Srishti, and has over 12 years of work experience in various genres of animation. He has been a fundamental force behind conceiving the award winning series "Little Krishna" and yet to be released feature film with the same title. During his tenure with Jadoo Works and Color Chips he worked on some prominent projects which include Animation for "Higgly Town Heroes", short film "Bombay Dogs", ad films for Kellogg's International, Reynolds and Green Mother. He joined Srishti in 2010 and has been instrumental in structuring the 2D animation and visual effects courses. Because of his strong individual style, he has become well-known in the field of concept development, character design and illustration for animation in India.
Pinak is a practicing artist who sees his engagement with Srishti as an extension of his practice. Pinak graduated from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati (Santiniketan 2010). For further studies he went to Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda and specialized in Social Sculpture and Media practices. In 2012 he initiated "ART PASS" project, a performative action with virtual collectivization of viewership as a part of an exhibition in ICCR, Kolkata. In 2013 Pinak was selected for a Fellowship programme in CSDS-Sarai in Delhi. He participated in the "City as Studio 3" residency program in Sarai along with the Sarai Reader 9 Exhibition curated by Raqs Media Collective. Pinak was invited to participate in "Body Temperature", a performance festival cum workshop in Gati Dance forum, initiated by performance artist Dorothia Rust, Suresh Kumar G and Smitha Cariappa. In 2014 Pinak joined an Art Camp at Shyamnagar in Southern Bangladesh organized by Uronto Art Exchange and Residency Program.
Pinak is trying to bring different discourses of Art History and Practice in the junctions of Design and Technology. He believes in practicing art to understand Social Anthropology, culture and cultural politics, community engagement, migration and cultural displacement.
Pithamber R. Polsani. Pithamber is a researcher, an educator, a writer and an organizer who always approaches problems and finds solutions through design thinking framework. In his life and work he strives to cultivate an intellect that rejects narrow confines of disciplinary boundaries and embraces all learning. Pithamber has traversed diverse disciplines: philosophy, education, technology, management, literature, semiotics, media, psychoanalysis, art and Spanish language. These explorations have given him the capability to synthesize insights from multiple domains and connect hitherto unconnected things in a unique way to arrive at solutions to conceptual and practical problems.
Prior to joining Srishti as faculty, Pithamber led learning Academies for Royal Bank of Scotland & Nokia Siemens Networks, and at Satyam Computer Services established the Satyam Virtual University. Before joining the corporate sector Pithamber taught at the University of Arizona, Bates College & Delhi University. Pithamber received his PhD in humanities from Purdue University and MPhil & MA from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Pooja is a Visual artist with a background in Painting. As faculty member at Srishti, she navigates across the board of programs and disciplines applying her core of Visual Art to newer forms and contexts through an artistic methodology. Her theoretical interests are also wide, often inquiring the roots and fundamentals of art, history, story-telling, sciences and philosophy.
Before joining Srishti she taught as Art Faculty in IIIT-Hyderabad with their Center for Exact Humanities, where she is also currently a PhD research scholar. Her area of research interest is in Aesthetics and more specifically formalization of the Compositional principles of Painting. She has also worked as Assistant Director with filmmaker and photographer Benoy K Behl in the years 2007-08 in the making of 2 series of documentary films about Indian art history: One series of 12 films on 'The Story of Buddhism'; and Another set of 2 films on the 'Cosmopolitan Nature of Ancient and Medeival India'.
Pooja is a writer, artist and educator. Her published works in Malayalam are philosophical enquires on the nature of 'multitudinal politics' (2011). She enjoys curating reading experiences; painting and up scaling found wood and paper.
She practices a design-based approach in teaching writing, using memory and metaphor as the building blocks. Her present interest in Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology is in creating learning interfaces between art, literature and Philosophy of Science.
Ravi is visiting faculty for Sustainable design with an environmental studies, engineering and MBA background. As a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) he is a sustainable development consultant with emphasis on environmentally responsible architecture and renewable energy solutions. In spatial design, he likes to explore space, time and energy in a rhythmic order using Indian aesthetics that is conducive to well-being and comfort. He has over twenty years of management consulting and industry experience in North America, Europe and Asia in diverse industries – green building consulting services and supply chain management. He was speaker at sustainability conferences including Green Office Haworth Sustainability Forums, Better Buildings Better Companies Green Building Conference, Shanghai and Green Building forum, Dubai. Lean and green hands-on skills include earth construction, Life Cycle Analysis, Hoshin Kanri strategy planning, Quality Function Deployment (QFD), benchmarking, six-sigma, Materials Requirement Planning (MRP), and Just-In-Time (JIT) systems. Multi-lingual, intermediate level French.
Ravi has an M.Sc. Architecture – Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from CENTRE FOR ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY, Graduate School of the Environment (GSE) Wales, UK, an M.B.A – Finance and International Business, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, New York, NY, an M.S – Industrial and Systems Engineering, GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Atlanta, GA and a B.Tech – Mechanical Engineering, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Madras, India.
With a PG Diploma in Integral Education, IGNOU, he prefers to facilitate learning from within nurturing mental, physical, and emotional domains of development.
After completing architecture from TVB School of Habitat Studies, Delhi in 1997 Ritu's journey started with a desire to know more about 'alternate building technologies' which led to work associations with Anangpur Building Centre, Delhi and later at Mozaic Design Combine, Goa. She worked on many challenging and award winning projects ranging from residences, hospitality and cathedral.
Ritu's journey as a product designer started soon after completing post- graduation from Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay in 2003. She has co-founded and partnered Design Circle, which is a design studio cum production setup for furniture and lifestyle accessories. Been part of design and execution of educational furniture for specialized uses of many reputed institutions.
She enjoys working with natural materials like wood, bamboo, leather, fabric etc. Foundation was laid at the student stage itself by working with children and designing toys in bamboo and wood that continues till now. She has been conducting many innovative, hands-on creativity workshops for children and adults and, designing educational toys, games, learning aids and accessories. She has worked with Azim Premji Foundation as Learning Resources Designer.
Her tryst with Srishti began with Impact Edge Lab, which focuses on guiding the young, soon to be designers a 'way' towards becoming design entrepreneurs.
Roshan Sahi studied in a non-formal alternative school (Sita School) in rural Bengaluru. Later he studied Art in Santiniketan, West Bengal. He has worked as a consultant Art teacher in different Schools of diverse social backgrounds. He has been involved in an Arts Education program across Karnataka training Government school teachers to think and teach in more creative ways. He Co-authored a handbook for Teachers helping teachers teach their class subjects in creative and artistic ways. He has also given training for teachers in other states across India. Gardening is an important dimension in his work. He worked in London for three years as an artist horticultural therapist for people with learning disabilities. While in London he also trained in horticulture and garden design. He has professionally worked as a ceramicist for the last ten years creating murals and earthenware pottery. He has had solo and group exhibitions of his paintings both in the UK and in India.
Sadhvi Jawa uses fabric, drawing or painting as a medium of self-expression. She is interested in the idea of identity, perceptions, nature, crafts, and children's literature. Her art practice has been about making meaning of the world around – interpretation of observations, enquiries, reflections, thoughts and perceptions through textile sculptures and stories.
Her teaching practice involves using the processes of her art practice. Her endeavors are also to make art an integral part of education.
She is a graduate from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Sampath has over 23 years of experience in design and product development in textile Sectors. He has taught at various Design Institutes across the country for 11 years. Sampath has worked with artisans in handloom and handicraft sectors across the country and has registered three crafts of Orissa under Geographical Indications.
Sampath has conducted workshops all over the countries and also visited Germany with two weavers to participate in Domotex held in Hannover, Germany, an International fair, developing Jute and Jute cotton dhurries. He has expertise in spinning, weaving and finishing of fabric both in the hand-loom and power-loom sectors as well as hands on experience in weaving, dyeing and printing of fabrics, product development in handlooms. Sampath has carried out extensive research on braiding of yarns for geo- textiles application with specific emphasis on jute and coir fibers and has even developed braiding machine and testing methods to test the products. Sampath is an ISO certified auditor as well for quality control in processing of yarns and fabrics with natural and synthetic yarns.
He has worked as a consultant in skill development in textiles and apparel sectors and has developed about 27 modules on skill development for the Ministry of Labour, Government of India. He has also presented papers in national and international conferences, published in national and international journals.
Sarath is a Computer Science graduate with more than 12 years of experience in 3D, VFX and Game Design. He has worked at IFX Animations as a senior faculty and supports the Franchisee throughout southern India. He has also worked at ICAT where he has teaches Game Design. Later he joined at Prasad EFX, a pioneer VFX company in India where he worked as a LINE PRODUCER in a Stereoscopic division, kept a close eye on operations, production and client relation for the Block buster Hollywood movies like Titanic 3D, Hoodwinked 3D, Abraham Lincoln Vampire 3D. He has also handled some of the domestic movies like Shivaji 3D and Haunted 3D. He has also managed major projects in creating 3D Architectural Visualization and Exhibition Stalls.
As a Faculty (technical) in AVX dept. at Srishti he is sharing his experiences and technical expertise to students and taking them to next level in 3D Virtual world and Visual effects as well.
Satyajit is a 2D and 3D animator and holds a Master's degree of Animation and Design from the University of Sunderland, UK. Prior to joinning Srishti he has worked as a freelancer with various clients for animation and illustration projects. His area of interest lies in Theatre Drama, Sculpting and Film. As a full time faculty at Srishti, he engages with students to explore 2D and 3D elements in animation. He enjoys 2D and 3D animation, Illustration, Sculpting and Surfing.
Shabari is a dance maker and educator. Trained extensively in both Kathak and Contemporary dance techniques, she has worked as a professional dancer for the past fifteen years and sees dance as much more than performance. She is primarily interested in the intersection of art and education with a focus on the pedagogy of movement and the body. This has led her to undertake research, create courses, design curricula and work with teachers and students using the body and movement as a tool in learning. Shabari's research is primarily practice-based and seeks to develop links between theory and practice.
Shabari got her undergraduate degree in Kathak and Choreography from Bangalore University under the tutelage of Guru Maya Rao, after which she went on to get a Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. She is currently enrolled on a masters degree in Dance and Education with the Royal Academy of Dance, Faculty of Education (UK). Based in Bangalore she continues to perform and teach, research and write both within India and abroad.
Shai Heredia is a filmmaker and curator. She holds an MA in documentary film from Goldsmiths College, London. In 2003 she founded Experimenta – the international festival for moving image art in India, which she has rapidly developed into a significant international forum promoting artists film and video. Shai has curated experimental film programs at major venues across the world including the Tate Modern in London, Berlinale film festival in Berlin, Images Festival in Toronto, EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, and Light Cone's Scratch Projections nomadic screenings in Paris, amongst others.
Heredia has worked with the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, India's only independent arts philanthropy organisation, where she made artist grants and conceptualised a programme towards devising the first curatorial studies course in India. Shai is also a writer steeped in the history of both Western avant-garde filmmaking and Indian experimental film practices.
Shai's latest film, 'I Am Micro', co-directed with Shumona Goel, extends her interest in investigating the film form by making a film about independent filmmaking in India. 'I Am Micro' premiered at the Guggenheim Museum (Berlin/NYC) and has subsequently screened across the world at film festivals including the Toronto International film festival, London International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Images festival, to name a few. 'I Am Micro' (2009-2010) has also won prestigious awards including a National Film Award (Special Jury) from the Government of India.
Heredia lives and works in Bangalore where she runs Experimenta India, and teaches experimental film appreciation and practice at Srishti.
Sharath Chandra Ram
Sharath is interested in the “dual citizenship of physical and digital worlds.” Primarily associated with The Centre for Experimental Media Arts at Srishti, his interests include network cultures,transmission art, multimodal interaction design and data visualization. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics, specializing in Artificial Intelligence and interactive virtual environments, and over the last decade, since 2004, has been a design engineer, radio engineer, cognitive neuroscientist. Sharath has won a special mention award at the International Conference for Consciousness, National Institute for Advanced Studies, January 2012. He was involved with STAR BEAM project’s photo exhibition at the Alliance Francaise, Bangalore, and at the inauguration of the Bangalore Metro Rangoli Art Centre. He has also been co-organizing the NASA International Space Apss Challenge bringing together the Open Source and Space Science Community in Bangalore together since 2012.
Shivani fostered a multi-disciplinary studio approach while teaching at RV school of architecture and has her own design studio Design Lab. After graduating with a masters in architectural studies from University of Missouri, Columbia, she has worked as an architect, interior designer and graphic designer in San Francisco and Madison. She has engaged in projects for Pharmaceutical companies such as Genentech and Pfizer while at Flad Architects (San Francisco & Madison) working on projects with. Has contributed to various healthcare projects while at Wald Ruhnke and Dost Architects (Monterey, California). Shivani is currently facilitating project space at Srishti for the Dream School Design Project. Exploring an inter-disciplinary approach to architectural design.
Shriya's educational background includes a Phd in Art History from Binghamton University, New York, which followed a Masters degree from M. S. University in Baroda. During her Phd, she had the opportunity to teach in the Art and Art History Department at Elon University in North Carolina. This experience made her realize that teaching was her primary passion. She feels very stimulated by the classroom environment and looks at it as a space for her to educate as well as learn. Her dissertation explored the methodology of looking at the ancient temple at Srirangam from a contemporary viewpoint. Her interest in this can be broken down into interests in rethinking the modern/traditional binary, postcolonial theories, Indian art and architecture, the term 'contemporary', oral histories, and looking at built environments from a user's point of view. Her aim for the students is, for them to develop the confidence and language to engage their surrounding visual culture and built environments with an informed and honest viewpoint.
As a faculty at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Shweta looks at coding and Android application development.
Shweta's completed her Masters in Geoinformatics from Karnataka State Remote Sensing Application Centre, Bangalore and has been working as a Programmer ever since. Before Srishti, she was a GIS Programmer at the ICT centre of Karnataka Forest Department, Bangalore.
With a design and sustainability background, Shweta researches and explore the interconnections in the various dimensions of sustainability and design. Post Architecture she moved to the UK for a masters in environmental design following the interest in green buildings. She then pursued a PhD from Cardiff University looking at Carbon footprints as policy tools for Indian Cities, exploring the wider dimensions of Sustainability in urban spaces. She has worked as a Researcher, Educator and Sustainability Consultant working on various projects from Green Design and Environmental Modelling of Buildings to building a tool for helping architects incorporate sustainability at the earliest design stages.
Her interest includes looking at sustainability in all aspects, architecture, products, businesses, urban systems etc. and to find connections, to explore sustainability not as an add-on requirement or specification but as a process and way of life.
Siddharth Mandavgane. Siddharth is a full time faculty of animation and visual effects. After doing bachelors in Zoology, Siddharth took up 3d animation field to put to use the anatomy he studied. He worked with some of the renowned animation studios in Mumbai like Crest Animation Studios, Pixion, Tata Elxsi – Visual Computing Labs as a 3D artist / generalist for over 6 years. He moved to UK to do Masters in Visual Effects from Bournemouth University. While in UK he worked as a freelance 3d artist for a game company and later as Render TD at Framestore, the Oscar award winning visual effects studio in London. He has worked on 'Global Infection' a PC based game, Arjun - the warrior prince, a 3D animated film, visual effects films like Robocop, Jupiter Ascending, Guardians of Galaxy, Edge of Tomorrow, Paddington Bear and several commercials and animated TV series.
Sonalee has practiced as a graphic designer in Pune, Mumbai, and Bangalore. At the same time she continued to teach graphic design and visual communication at multiple educational institutions in these cities. This industry experience informs her pedagogical approach in the classroom. She brings to the classroom her knowledge and skill in the field of visual communication, paired with a growing understanding of theories of education. This allows her to keep the learning experience flexible and relevant for the students.
Soudhamini has a Masters in English Literature from the Stella Maris College, Madras and a post graduate diploma in Film Direction from the FTII, Pune. She is also trained in the Carnatic classical veena. She began her professional career assisting the avant garde film-maker Mani Kaul, in his film Before My Eyes. Over the next 20 odd years she has been working across platforms and genres making short fiction, feature length non-fiction and installation works in film and video, receiving commissions from both the Govt of India and Institutions abroad including the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Netherlands and the ZDF, Germany. Her work has been shown in many International film festivals including the Indian Panorama, The Mumbai International Documentary Film Festival, the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, the FID Marseille, Films du Femme, Creteil and the Cinema Du Reel in France, the Festival du Popoli in Florence, the Asia Society, New York , the Leningrad International Film Festival – Message to Man and the Indo-Korean Women's Film Festival, Chennai. She has officiated on selection committees and juries of International film festivals and has been Artist in Residence in Japan in 2003, in Munich in 2006 and Berlin in 2010. While continuing to be a practicing artist, Soudhamini teaches narrative film and video art at Srishti.
Srivi Kalyan works at the fluid and exciting intersection of arts, media, education, design and self-reflection. She sees the arts as languages of the thousand selves we traverse between our own identities and moves comfortably from one form to another. She is the Founder-Director of Fooniferse Arts Pvt.Ltd . Her personal work can be viewed at www.sriviliveshere.com. As a faculty at the Srishti Institute of Art and Design she intends to support and encourage students to discover the heart of their own creativity. Some of the key areas she looks forward to contribute to are Design for Children, Integrating silence and Compassion into artistic production, Teaching and Learning and Creative Writing. She has a Masters in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge and a Masters in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai.
Srivi has authored and illustrated several children's books as well as stories for adults and is an award winning writer and illustrator. Also a fine artist, she has participated in several exhibitions. She has worked for some of the leading educational/edutainment organizations like Sesame Street (Creative Director for 2 years and consultant for 3), NCERT, idiscoveri, Katha, Tulika, Birla Edutech, Ilango's Art space, designing cutting edge books and media for children and young people on one end, and workshops, curriculum, teacher training modules, interdisciplinary strengthening, design and delivery of curriculums on the other. Her work through the creation of educational media reaches millions of children across India through reprints of textbooks, and creative products.
Sudebi is a faculty member at CERTAD at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Music, poetry, storytelling, interaction with people and travelling are her passion and so are the interfaces of science and humanities. She works in the area of designing education, emphasising on socially, environmentally and culturally relevant issues. She is a certified coach of the National School Reform Faculty, USA and a trained facilitator in PEP (Peer Educating Peer) from Boston Arts Academy. She has been engaged in the areas of development communication and community media, with several organisations and individuals across the globe. She is keenly focused on bringing in inquiry-driven participatory design into her work. Her interest around social issues developed early as a cub reporter at The Statesman, and the engagement got deeper while co-authoring a book on child rights for UNICEF. She got an award for her dissertation for a UNESCO approved course on International Understanding for Human Unity where she connected arts with science. After finishing an honours degree in Chemistry from St Xavier's College, Kolkata, her first assignment was that of the Programme Manager of a national NGO, working against human trafficking. It gave her a chance to interact with not just a lot of trafficked survivors but also started making her feel the need to understand issues in relation to other issues as well. Following this, she was awarded a fellowship funded by Sir Ratan Tata Trust for her work on critical media literacy as a life skill and a fellowship funded by Mc-Arthur Foundation for Women Aloud: Video Blogging for Empowerment. During this time, she realised the value of embedding socio-political issues in a school curriculum, or in a child's formative years, using critical and creative thinking, rather than working in isolation around issues. This, she believes, would lead to an understanding of the complexities of various systems through their inter connectedness and catalyse action.
Being in the hard-core product design space at college, and some experience in the commercial sector gives Sudipto a thorough grounding of the nuances of the industry. However, these have got re-discovered, re-defined and deconstructed throughout his career and few of the major players that shaped it were the craft and the income generation sector where product and industrial design took on another meaning.
Meanwhile the background values and definitions of product, system and service design have kept surfacing and led to an amalgamation that had elements of academically defined design with a kind of journalistic curiosity and passion towards craft.
Sudipto has been teaching for over a decade with Srishti and exploring questions such as "what can be taught vs can be learnt" and "what is the mean between building autonomous capability and creating scaffolding".
Talitha Robert is an Australian and English practicing visual artist and qualified higher education teacher (FEAUK). She facilitates FSP and PDP courses at Srishti and engages in international, cross-institutional collaborations, encouraging hands-on, studio-led, multi-disciplinary approaches through experimentation, material exploration and process-thinking. She has a PG Diploma in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication, and a BA (Hons) Drawing at Camberwell College of Art and Design (UK).
Tulip comes with a diverse professional experience spanning the entire spectrum of creative industry including retail corporates, design houses, manufacturers, artisans, social enterprises and academia, donning different roles of that of an educator, skill trainer, researcher, designer, maker, merchandiser and seller.
An Industrial Design graduate from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, she started out as a Retail Experience Designer with Future Group, studying and deriving insights from buying behavior of Indian consumers and employing knowledge to design appropriate retail experiences, brand identities, retail environments, visual merchandising & point of purchase, in-store promotions and retail communication.
Equipped with insights from consumer sector, she left the corporate world to pursue her passion in crafts and cultural storytelling and set up her own design studio FolkUs Design Interventions and started to work closely with artisans, craft organisations and social enterprise.
Srishti is the convergence of all her professional and life experiences to influence and effect change from the root/source - design education. Her efforts are directed towards continual development of tools, contents and methods to create simple medium of imparting creative intelligence and design skills.
Ujjwal Utkarsh's films have been showcased in various national and international festivals. A faculty in the film department, Ujjwal has also been experimenting with his own practice as a film-maker and loves to dabble in other forms like photography, sound installations and theatre. An alumnus of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Ujjwal was also a member of Direction faculty at the State Institute of Film & Television, Rohtak, prior to his association with Srishti. He is also a visiting faculty at NID. Over the years, Ujjwal has been involved in several projects and fellowships.
Ujjwal has been trying to develop his own form out of the observational cinema tradition. He is really interested in John Cage's idea of beauty and is constantly on a quest to explore that through various forms like cinema. He is obsessed with the concept of transitional spaces and how life is led in between destinations and quite a few of his works have been revolving around these kind of spaces. While one of the projects looks at the idea of belonging and home through the lens of a series of bus journeys in North India, another looks at the urban public transport as a reflection of not just the city of Geneva but also the overall cultural context of Switzerland. Another theme that constantly pulls him is to look at labour at work, in an observational mode and especially looking at peculiar farming techniques. These works have been developed and produced as soundscapes, films, video installations and photographic series.
Ujjwal has also collaborated on the direction process of two contemporary theatrical productions. He is currently a fellow at pad.ma, researching on Prabhat Studios and its films.
Urvashi has large experience as a professional architect and has worked on large-scale office, residential and commercial projects. She also has technical qualifications in the domain of GIS and 'mapping' and has worked for several years with an MNC GIS major.
She is passionate about teaching and was earlier part of an architectural school teaching architectural design along with her practice. She is now an integral part of the design faculty at Srishti.
An avid music enthusiast, she also has interests in sustainable development and design education.
Vasanthi Mariadass. Vasanthi has a doctorate in Cinema Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with teaching experience from both US and India. Her specialization is in Film and Literary Theory (including poststructuralism, postmodernism, psychoanalysis, postcolonial studies and feminist studies). Published an essay "Vagabondia: Archiving the Archive" a theoretical piece on Isaac Julien's film Vagabondia. Her current research is on the works of a German documentary filmmaker Harun Farocki. Her article "Pause the Image" will be published in the journal Studies in Humanities. She is teaching, consulting and researching at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. This summer she will be a Research Fellow at The Humboldt University, Berlin.
She teaches Critical Theory, Cinema studies, Photography. She leads the Aesthetics and Critical Studies Program.
Vijaykumar K J.
In the capacity of a Production Engineer from Pune University, Industrial Designer from IIT Delhi and with a Marketing Management certification from NMIMS, Vijay commenced his professional endeavours in 1999 and progressed to become a key member of leadership teams in manufacturing and retail industries viz. Timex Watches Ltd., Titan Company Ltd. and Reliance Retail Ltd. His experience spans leading and co-ordination with domestic and international multi-disciplinary agencies / vendors / partners / Cross Functional Teams, to drive operational seamlessness in new product innovations and introductions, with an inclusive vision of transforming it to the most admired, successful and sustainable organized businesses.
Through multi-disciplinary projects in Srishti, Vijay continues to impart and hone design sensibilities, acquired over 14 years of corporate experience in Industrial Design & Development, and Design-Operations and Management.
Waseem Shaikh has been with Srishti for the last 14 years as the Corporate Communications Designer. His primary focus areas are Print Production and Audio-Visual Media, Web Design.
He also teaches design software for Srishti students and is involved with various in-house projects.