Abhishek Hazra is a visual artist whose close yet idiosyncratic study of the historiography of science has led him to explore various practices of knowledge production and dispersion. Hazra uses text, video, online interventions, performance and prints that often draw from speculative scenarios. An alumnus of Srishti, Abhishek holds an MA in Art & Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has also been the recipient of multiple awards including the prestigious 2011 Sanskriti Award for Visual Art. Abhishek has exhibited widely including Science Gallery, Dublin, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bose Pacia, New York, MAXXI Museum, Rome, Kiran Nadar Museum, Delhi, and OCAD, Toronto. He has been an artist-in-residence in various prominent residences including Gasworks, London, Art Omi, New York and SymbioticA, Perth. At Srishti, Abhishek teaches courses in Contemporary Art Practices and Experimental Media Arts.
Areas of Interest: Conceptual Art, Digital Humanities, Contemporary Art, Art & Science, Speculative Fiction, Performance Art.
Abhiyan Humane is an artist and scholar interested in perception, manifestation, and interpretation of information. He experiments with light, photosensitivity, and motion. His work explores emergent technologies and platforms that are increasingly relevant in a world where our interactions and experiences are mediated. Abhiyan’s research areas include communication and consumption patterns, altered realities of participation, spaces, and representations that are fun to explore, design and play with. How political movements foster, develop, and evolve has always fascinated him. He is interested in the production and consumption of art during social, cultural, and political movements. Abhiyan also curated an art gallery in Minneapolis. His academic background includes engineering, political communication, new media, and information science. He is one of the course leaders for Experimental Media Arts and co-ordinates the Post Graduate Programme in Network Cultures and Land and Habitat Studies.
Areas of Interest: Science of Images, Movement, and Perception, Participatory and Expressive Technologies, Civic and Political Expression.
While Aditi's core expertise is in film, she likes to work on projects that are interdisciplinary. Aditi’s journey as a filmmaker began in 2005 when she was commissioned a film by ICCR on Sufism. She has worked on an English feature film and made documentaries on environment, culture and development. Her work has been telecast on National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Some of her films have been screened in festivals in India and overseas and won awards such as Social Impact Media Award, Osiris(given by UN FAO) and Jeevika. 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. At Srishti she has been engaged in projects that look at harsh social realities like the trauma of partition of India and 1984 riots. She likes to approach these through artistic interventions, along with the students, as the learning becomes real through experience.
Areas of Interest: Experiential learning, Documentary and Fiction Film, Arts Practice, Literature, Sustainable Living
Ahsam K R.
Ahsam is an architect & filmmaker. After graduating in Architecture from College of Engineering Trivandrum, she worked as an architect in Cochin. Always interested in films, she went to NID to learn filmmaking. She has worked as an Assistant Director in Chennai and Mumbai on tv commercials and feature length films. Ahsam was also part of various short films and collaborative film projects. She has worked with AOL as video editor, production coordinator and filmmaker. Currently, Ahsam is working on her own film, a documentary in progress. At Srishti, Ahsam teaches elementary film courses to undergraduates, which would include Camera, Video production, Scene construction, Fiction and Non-fiction film.
Areas of Interest: Camera, Script, Narrative, Indian Cinema, Mythology.
Aileen Blaney is an educator, writer and researcher with an M.Phil and Ph.D. in Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Aileen’s film related publications have appeared in edited book collections and international peer-reviewed journals. Her research is currently focused on how the internet, digitization of culture, and their increasing automation, are impacting photo-based art practices and photography in the everyday. She is co-editor of a forthcoming book Photography in India in Light Years and Digital Times (forthcoming, 2017). Prior to joining Srishti, she 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 contributed to socially engaged documentary arts, curatorial and public learning projects with a focus on migration. At Srishti, Aileen teaches in the PhD program, is Course Leader for the MA in Screen Studies and delivers ‘General Studies’ courses in film, photography and visual theory and criticism at undergraduate level.
Areas of Interest: Violence and Documentary film; Photo-based Contemporary Art Practice; Materialities of Digital Photography; Visuality and the image in the internet-age.
Aishwarya M. Iyengar.
Aishwarya M. Iyengar is a Service Designer and a Design thinker. After graduating in Industrial Design from D J Academy of Design, Coimbatore, she went on to work at IDC, IIT Bombay as a Research Assistant. Her work at IDC involved engaging with HIV patients to design a social networking platform with the community. She then pursued her Masters degree in Design for Services from University of Dundee, Scotland. Her work predominately has been in the area of healthcare, education and community well being. Aishwarya’s practice is deep-seated with the value of empathy and collaboration. As a design educator at Srishti, she teaches courses in Design Thinking, Systems Thinking and Service Design to students across undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has also co-facilitated graduating projects under Impact Edge lab that works on projects to create social impact through design of businesses by combining design thinking and strategic design.
Areas of Interest: Design Thinking, Service Design, Systems Design, Design Education, Social Design & Design for Business.
Ambika Ramakrishnan is an educator who believes that the body, mind and spirit have to be in sync for learning to happen. She has been in the field of education for more than thirty-five years, in Chennai and Bangalore. Her passion for teaching, and love for children, was the motivation for a double master’s - one in Education and the other in Guidance and Counseling. She has gained immense experience over the years in guiding and empowering students, while working with persons with diverse learning challenges and special needs. She has been counseling and imparting learning skills to young adults with difficulties in the learning process through multiple workshops and training courses.
As part of the wellness team at Srishti, Ambika brings in years of expertise in teaching and training, to support learning through a holistic approach. Stories are her medium to impart skills to use the tools to learning.
Areas of Interest: To understand the interplay of the complex components that makes a human-‘Being’.
Amitabh Kumar is a media practitioner. Trained as a painter from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda, Amitabh has worked with the Sarai Media Lab, Delhi, where he researched and made comics, programmed events, designed print media and co-curated an experimental art space. Amitabh was on the curatorial team for City as Studio, Sarai Delhi, and curated an exhibition at the Projekt Kordegarda, Zacheta National Art Gallery, Warsaw. He is a founding member of the Pao Collective, an Indian comics ensemble, and is concerned with creating ecosystems for emerging comic book artists in India. Amitabh has had 2 solo exhibitions of his work and participated in group shows and art fairs. It is this engagement with contemporary art that made him aware of the lacuna between art and culture, and he began to address this gap by working in public spaces. He has been painting murals across the country for a few years now. Amitabh also facilitates processes around print and publication design and is currently working on his first music album. At Srishti, Amitabh extends the idea of culture generation by trying to blur the line between art and design. In 2015, he started the Art in Transit project with Arzu Mistry, which works extensively across pubic spaces in Bengaluru, focussing on the emerging Bengaluru Metro Rail Network.
Areas of Interest: Publication Design, Public Art, Illustration, Curation, Comics, Print Distribution Systems.
Amruta Shah has an MA in Fine art from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London and a BFA in Painting from M.S. University, Baroda. As a visual artist she has worked across various media like painting, illustration, installation, photography and sculpture. 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 of design like Graphic, Lifestyle, Accessory and Textiles and how they amalgamate with art and aesthetics.
She has exhibited and been a resident artist at various galleries and organizations in India, Italy and the United States. At Srishti, she has led projects for the Museum of Art and Photography in collaboration with the Tasveer Foundation in Bangalore and the Arakkal Museum project in collaboration with the Dutch Consulate in Kannur. Currently, she teaches Information Arts and Information Design Practices. Amruta is also trained as a professional chef at the Le Cordon Bleu in the United States. She brings these diverse sets of experiences at Srishti.
Areas of Interest: - Contemporary Art; Visual Communication and Textiles.
Anand James Dev.
Anand James Dev is a designer and design educator, with a broad range of interests including design entrepreneurship, visual communication, innovation, product design and films. His current area of practice is in the business model innovation space, helping organizations identify design process and strategic thinking as drivers for growth.
James has a Masters degree from IIT Bombay in design and more than fifteen years of proven knowledge in the fields of television, films, animation, illustration, interaction design, product design, design and management academics.
At Srishti, Anand James teaches strategy, design and brand leadership at the Masters-level as a course leader of M.Des. Strategic Design and Brand Leadership. James teaches across under graduate and post-graduate levels. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Design.
Areas of Interest: Design Strategy, Business Design, Brand Leadership, Information Design, Visual Communication and Music.
Ankur Kumar is an architect and dance choreographer. After graduating in 2005 from CRRIT Delhi, he worked as an architect in Delhi and Bangalore for 11 years. Ankur has worked as Senior Architect in Studio Lotus in Delhi and in Praxis / GNA in Bangalore. Trained in contemporary/hip-hop and freestyle dance forms, Ankur is part of two well-known dance academies - ASDA and the Tarantismo Creative Dance Company. At Srishti, Ankur teaches Public Space Design at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Areas of Interest: Architecture, interiors, public space design, dance.
Anuradha Chatterjee is an architect, historian, theorist, and scholar. Trained as an architect from TVB School of Habitat Studies, and having completed her M.Arch and PhD from the University of New South Wales, Anu taught at institutions in Australia, China, and India, where she developed and and taught in several architectural studios and architectural and urban history and theory courses. Anu has also curated a number of exhibitions―Design and Research: Shared Territories, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in 2014 and Sydney Architecture Festival at Customs House in 2012. She is the founding editor of online refereed journal, The Eighth Lamp: Ruskin Studies Today (2008-); author of three books (Surfacing the Fabric of Architecture with Routledge, 2017; Built, Unbuilt, and Imagined Sydney with COPAL Publishing, 2014; and edited collection Surface and Deep Histories with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013). Anu is an affiliate member of Royal Institute of British Architects. She has been the winner of Stones of Venice Grant 2014, Lancaster University; Research Support Grant, Paul Mellon Foundation, 2013; and David Saunders Founders Grant, 2008, Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand.
Areas of Interest: Theoretical histories of architectural elements; histories of visuality in architecture; design theory and design research; surface studies; John Ruskin; relation between dress and textiles and architecture and space; urbanities of the rights to the city.
Anwesha Das is a writer deeply interested in critical writing, creative non-fiction and research. After completing a PhD in African Literature, she worked as an Assistant Professor in Chennai and Kolkata. Always interested in postcolonial literature, she went to Washington D.C. to present her research at Howard University. Indiana University Press, USA, published her interview of Nigerian author T. Obinkaram Echewa. In addition to this, Anwesha has published her critical writings in international peer-reviewed journals of repute. She has also contributed a chapter in the book entitled Being and Becoming: Gender, Culture and Shifting Identity in Sub-Saharan Africa, Spears Media Press, Cameroon. She has presented research papers in national and international conferences. She is a member of the Igbo Studies Association, USA and MELUS/MELOW, India. At Srishti, Anwesha teaches literature, creative writing and academic writing courses.
Areas of Interest: African literature, postcolonial writings, creative non-fiction, films, oral story telling, critical and academic writing.
Anoop Saxena is an Engineer and Science Communicator. After graduating in Electrical and Electronics, he worked as an Applications Engineer. He was associated with the National Council of Science Museum, Kolkata as M.S. Fellow and has won various national robotics events. At Srishti, Anoop teaches Digital Making and Data Handling at the undergraduate level, which includes 3D modeling, microcontrollers, microprocessors, sensors, actuators and programing languages.
Area of Interest: Science Communication; Exhibit Development; Physical Computing; IoT; Robotics, Open Source Hardware, Paper Circuits.
Arpita Bajpeyi has an MA in Public History from Carleton University, Ottawa. Her oral history-based research project considered the cultural and historic landscape of the ‘post-colonial’ hill station in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. She was a Founding Director of the History Watch Podcast Series, and is a contributing writer for The Politics of Memory. More recently, Arpita has been exploring the conjunction of performance, performativity, and history – particularly through dance. She is a co-director of Staging Our Histories, a collaborative project that explores engagement with and narrations of histories off the page. At Srishti, Arpita works at the Centre for Public History and is Course Leader for the MA in Public History and Heritage Interpretation.
Areas of Interest: Public History; Identity; Postcolonial Studies; Performance; Dance; Oral History.
Arnab Basu is a practicing artist and educator trained in alternate education systems. Arnab’s practice is predominantly rooted in Visual and Performance Art. As an educator he works with a combination of teaching philosophies and methods of Rabindranath Tagore, Rudolf Steiner and J. Krishnamurti. Born and brought up in Santiniketan, Arnab has had formal training in Indian classical and folk dance forms, Music, Theater and other visual art forms with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Fine Arts; specializing in Sculpture from 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 from 2010 to 2012. Arnab is currently engaged in projects where he combines elements of Sculptural practice with Spatial Design, Architecture and other design principles with a strong focus on Ecological design and Earth works. At Srishti Arnab teaches courses on Ecological Design, Earth Art or Land Art, and various other Visual and Performing Art medias. He teaches across Foundation, Under Graduate and Postgraduate levels.
Areas of Interest: Site-specific projects such as Land-art, Installations, Performance as well as Sustainability, Culture, Art activism, Experimental media and Traditional crafts and systems
Arul is a contemporary artist with many regional, national and international exhibitions to his credit. His art practice across 5 solo exhibitions and endeavors in the field of art like workshops and seminars, have been reviewed by eminent critics and received extensive media coverage including CNN-IBN, A.I.R, Bangalore TV. Aruldevan is a graduate of The Ken School of Arts (1990). As a true and accomplished disciple, Arul acknowledged his obligation to his alma mater and returned to spend a decade there mentoring rookies towards transforming them into mavens. Conscious of the development of new technology in the artists’ medium, in 2000, he adapted to digital multimedia. Arul has spent two decades teaching across a multitude of organizations and international schools. At Srishti, Arul nurtures his passion to learn and practice. He teaches visual thinking tools. Color theory, perceptual art, drawing techniques, exploring the artistic medium and experimenting through materials. art illustration(Avant-garde)and pictorial Design. Assemblage art and found object art. Map art.
Areas of Interest: Visual thinking tools, Fine art and illustration, Digital Making, Graphic Art, Assemblage art, Art installation, Map art, experiment with artistic medium and materials.
Arvind Venkatadri obtained a Master’s Degree in Electronics and Communication in 1987 from IIT Roorkee, India, where his dissertation was on adaptive equalization techniques for ISI channels. He spent 20 years doing electronic systems design at spaces such as the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Centre for Development of Telematics (CDOT), Wipro Technologies and Texas Instruments, India – working on spread spectrum ranging systems for satellites, on GPS, atmospheric Radar, Line-of-sight radio and WCDMA systems. He then spent about 7 years working at Akshara Foundation, where he designed, set up and managed a network of 1400+ Libraries in the Government Primary Schools across Bangalore. Thereafter he was part of an educational start up incubated at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, at its N S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL). He joined Srishti in 2014 and teaches courses on Design Thinking, Technology, Languages and Educational methods.
Areas of Interest: Technology use in Design, Design for the Social Sector and Educational Techniques.
Arzu Mistry, is an educator, ecologist, visual artist, and dancer. Arzu maintains a high level of dedication and enthusiasm for the arts and ecology as mediums for pedagogy, advocacy, transformation, and intervention. Her practice centers on connecting educators, youth and families with place through interdisciplinary education using memory, story, play and art making through community art /ecology projects, livelihoods training, teacher professional development and educational research and practice. Arzu teaches at the Future of Learning and Arts and Passion Driven Learning Institutes at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has a BFA from the California College of the Arts, and Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Arzu is a Research Associate at the Center for Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD) and co-director of the Art in Transit Project at Srishti.
Areas of Interest: Public and Community Art Practice; Education; Ecology; Urban Studies.
Ashwathi Sharma is an engineer and an educator. After completing her masters in industrial electronics, she worked as a facilitator of design and technology in an IB school in Pune. She was the head of the department for product and digital design. At Srishti, she teaches across the foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She combines elements of form and structure with materials, motion, mathematics, technology and other principles with a strong focus on frugality and sustainability. She is also pursuing her second masters in design in education.
Areas of Interest: design, technology, electronics, education, design thinking, mechanics, kinetics.
Athira is an apparel designer with interests in design, and various textile construction methods and techniques. She has proven her skills working with various textile majors like Arvind, USPA etc.
After graduating from NDA in apparel design, she enriched her knowledge and skills working with artisans engaged in traditional textile design techniques, like the craftsmen of Kutch, gaining knowledge about the adaptive requirements on textile designing. At Srishti, Athira is involved with undergraduate students, assisting them in improving their artistic skills, with special regard to textile and apparel designing.
Areas of Interest: Apparel design, Sewing, Pattern making, and Textile.
Ayisha Abraham is a contemporary visual artist who studied painting at MSU, Baroda, and installation art at Rutgers University and the Whitney Program, New York, USA. Her ongoing project on amateur filmmakers has led her to collect 8mm home movies and work with found footage. Ayisha’s films ‘Straight 8’, ‘You are here’ and ‘I Saw a God Dance’ have been screened at venues across the world including the Directors' Fortnight Cannes and the Serpentine Gallery, London. Her installation work has been exhibited at international museums and galleries like the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, San Francisco and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi. Ayisha has published her writing in ‘Mining the Home Movie’ (2006) and the journal, New Cinema (2014). Ayisha co-curated an exhibition with Alternative Law Forum for the World Information City conference, Bangalore. Since 2006 she has been a member of BAR 1, a Bangalore artists collective.
Ayisha is Dean of the School of Media, Arts and Sciences. She teaches courses in studio art and visual culture. Her interdisciplinary and eclectic approach to arts pedagogy has shaped the work of students interested in visual art. Ayisha co-founded 'Nazariya’ the film festival designed for Srishti students to engage with present day issues through cinema.
Areas of Interest: Photography and memory, Found footage film, Site-specific installations, Artists books/publications and creative writing.
Babita Belliappa is an educator, educational filmmaker and art science enthusiast. She is a member of the Project Vision Research Collective, and the Center for Education, Research, Training, and Development (CERTAD).
Babita has an M.S. in Mass Communication & Public Relations and went back to college many years later to earn an Advanced Diploma from Srishti in Design in Education.
She is also a certified trainer of the ‘National School Reform Faculty’ from Bloomington, USA. Babita believes in using a multitude of visual and audio strategies and storytelling techniques to facilitate language learning.
She is passionate about using art and design approaches to navigate steep learning curves, in and out of school settings, through participatory approaches and networking with artists, scientists and other stakeholders in public spaces.
Babita also served on the committee of the Indian Censor Board to preview and award ratings for South Indian feature films.
She also works across schools and facilitates the teaching community to see interesting possibilities of designing learning experiences through studio, interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches.
At Srishti, she designs and teaches a varied mix of themes, ranging from making and coding for Android applications and GPS, to watershed management and Citizen Journalism, at the Foundation level.
Areas of Interest: creative writing, art science, language development, citizen journalism, and language curriculum design.
Beena is currently working in Srishti Labs (SLabs) as a Principal Innovation Specialist and is also the course leader for the Masters in Design Led Innovation program. Beena has 25+ years of experience, working as a consultant on areas ranging from environmental issues related to water and air quality, product and service innovation, and experience design.
She has worked with organizations such as Intel, HP, Idea, Huawei, Nokia, Siemens, Standard Bank of South Africa, Intuit, Haier and Tupperware. The verticals that she has worked in have ranged from personal computing, communications, healthcare, financial management, financial inclusion, energy efficiency, home products and white goods.
With a Bachelors and Masters in Architecture, and Masters in Environmental engineering, she currently leads the Smart Communities program at Srishti Labs, where she engages in design research and innovation projects aimed at enhancing lives using technology as an enabler.
Areas of Interest: Smart transportation, economic empowerment through knowledge sharing, financial inclusion, energy management, and sustainability. Beena is also actively involved in training workshops in the domain of innovation and experience design.
Focus Areas: Design Research, Innovation, Smart Communities, Smart transportation, Economic Empowerment, Financial Inclusion, Environmental Sustainability, Training.
Binu Bhaskaran is a practicing furniture designer and an architect. His interests lie in connecting education with craft, as well as emerging Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs). Before Srishti, he has both taught and worked on various projects with the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Binu is currently engaged with the bamboo craft community of Bihar and the North-Eastern states to enhance their product diversification and market reach. At Srishti, Binu teaches Design Process, Basic Furniture Design, Furniture Design & Prototyping and other related design modules. He has a Masters Degree in furniture design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture from M.S. University, Vadodara.
In the last 12 years of his professional life, he has worked across an array of design projects, extending from architecture, space and furniture to the craft industry. At Srishti, Binu teaches furniture design and is also Course Leader of Industrial Art and Design Practice.
Areas of Interest: Furniture Design, Architecture, Craft, and Sustainability.
Boshudhara is a practicing artist. She studied painting at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda and has been exhibiting actively since graduating in 2008. She has had solo exhibitions of her work and participated in group shows and art fairs. She received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2013, the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Fine Arts Award in 2010 and The Nasreen Mohamaddi Foundation scholarship in 2005. In her practice as an artist, Boshudhara tries to bridge the gap between art and craft, drawing inspiration from a variety of sources and merging different techniques with conventions. At Srishti too, Boshudhara extends the idea of merging disciplines by trying to blur the line between art and design.
Areas of Interest: Art.
Carl Adam Lindquist.
Carl Adam Lindquist is an artist, historian, and educator whose academic work has focused on philosophy, studio art, art history, and heritage studies. His work has also been informed by his international education in multiple areas of study. 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 University of Iowa Health Care, which was the nation's largest non-museum public art collection within a single architectural facility. His longstanding participation in international education led to 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. Here, he designed study abroad programming for American and international students, and advised students on matters related to international education and careers.
Areas of Interest: Heritage Interpretation; Ethnography; Printmaking; Indian and Mughal History and Architecture; Creative Writing; Public Art; Humanities Writing And Research; Synesthesia.
Chinar Shah is a photo-based artist. She is also a curator of a home gallery called 'Home Sweet Home'. She has been working as a co-editor for a publication on Indian Photography. Her work 'Silenced Ruptures' (2012) on the Gujarat riots has been part of a travelling memorial exhibition around India. Her recent work 'Aravanis' (2015) was shown at the Tate Liverpool and subsequently at festivals worldwide including the Birmingham Photo Festival and Art Bengaluru. Chinar has also been part of many international artist exchange programs. She studied Literature and Cultural Studies at English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad and later did her PGDP in Photography from NID, Ahmedabad. At Srishti, Chinar teaches courses related to photography. She is also a course leader for PGDP and a coordinator for the photography discipline.
Areas of Interest: Photography, Video art, Cultural Studies, Post-colonial Studies, Curatorial practices.
Deepta is an ecological designer concerned with the environment and communities, working on complex design projects to catalyze socio-ecological change in contentious landscapes. She is Director of the Design+Environment+Law Laboratory, a collaborative initiative of Srishti and Natural Justice, and a space where designers, lawyers, scholars and activists work together to challenge existing legal, environmental, social, economic and cultural frameworks, towards greater resilience.
In the past, Deepta has worked on large-scale planning projects in China, Korea, Vietnam and Colombia, including the master plan for the Beijing Olympics 2008 site and the proposed Bogota Metro Project; building her knowledge, experience and strengths in environmental leadership, strategy and ecological planning. Deepta is Dean of the School of New Humanities & Design, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture (Manipal Institute of Technology, 1998), and a Master of City Planning (University of Pennsylvania, 2000). Her current research focus is in design as enquiry, and is challenging disciplinary and quasi-scientific frameworks in the Western Ghats, India.
Areas of Interest: Environment; Resilience; Adaptive Capacity; Tacit Knowledge; Design Enquiry.
Dipnkar Khanna is a teacher of meditation and a mediation master. He is also a certified trainer of NLP (neuro-lingustic programming) under John Seymour Associates, Bristol, UK. His advent into contemplation and mindfulness began in 1986 at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai where he was part of the team that set up the Museum of Classical Yoga and developed the yoga syllabus for Navodaya Vidyalaya Schools across India.
He runs Upaaya, which is Srishti’s contemplative practice and research centre and The Garden of Samadhi Mind Centre, both of which are inspired by the Heart Advice of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. Dipnkar is also part of the Wellness Team and CERTAD. In 2014, he produced ‘Mount of Excellence’ a documentary on The Tai Situpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival 2016.
In addition to M.Sc. in Applied Psychology from Annamalai University, Dipnkar has also incubated the Leadership and Behavioral (LaB) Process Practice at QAI Global Institute. He is the author of “Mind Warriors – Winning Strategies with NLP” published by Penguin.
Areas of Interest: Developing and facilitating modules in the areas of personal mastery, change management, mindfulness, creative visualization, learning pedagogies, semantics, behavioral processes, self-leadership, change management and coaching, photography, painting and writing.
Evan Hastings. (On Leave)
Evan Hastings is a theatre practitioner and Founder/Director of Shadow Liberation, an interactive shadow theatre ensemble based at Srishti. Evan has an MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, USA and a BA in Performance Education from the Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, USA. Evan was a faculty fellow at Project Zero within Harvard University's Graduate School of Education in 2009, 2010, & 2011, where he taught in the Project Zero Classroom Summer Institute and the Future of Learning Institute. At Lesley University he has taught in the Masters in Teaching program, and in the Bachelors in Expressive Therapies program. In his creative work, Evan acts in, directs and produces original performance pieces that grapple with pressing issues while innovative aesthetics invite audience engagement.
Areas of Interest: Theatre of the Oppressed, Drama Therapy, Shadow Theatre, Civic Dialogue, Critical Pedagogy.
Farhat Ara has a PhD in Science Education from Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), Mumbai and a Master's degree in Zoology from Calcutta University. Her thesis focused on understanding students’, teachers’ and designers’ perceptions of design and developing design based activities for Indian middle school students. Her thesis has charted a new territory by focusing on Design which is relatively ignored at the elementary and middle school levels in the Indian context. She has received the TIFR Alumni Association- B.M. Udgaonkar Award for the Best thesis of the year, 2013-2014.
After receiving her doctorate, Farhat worked for a short period at RV Educational Consortium (Bangalore) as a facilitator with D.Ed. Teachers in a Pedagogical Content Knowledge Project where she was involved in the development of a source book for D.Ed teachers.
At Srishti, Farhat is a part of Center for Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD) and teaches courses related to technology education at the undergraduate level. She is also involved in teaching in the PhD programs.
Areas of Interest: Science education; Design and Technology education; curriculum development; cognitive science; philosophy of science.
Gautham Dayal studied at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata where he got a B.Stat (Hon.), and then got a doctorate in Mathematics from the Chennai Mathematical Institute.
He 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 Srishti, he has taught in a variety of settings: in an international school, in a learning center for children from urban poor and 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. At Srishti, he teaches both the Professional and Technical Undergraduate Programs, and is a course leader for the Order and Chaos module in the School of Foundation and Preparatory Studies. Gautham is a part of Center for Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD).
Areas of Interest: Play and Making as learning processes; Technology in Education; Computer as a material; Vocational Education.
Geeta is an Artist and has a Masters with a gold medal in Printmaking from M.S. University, Baroda. She has worked under national scholarship and a research Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in the field of Fine Arts. Her artistic practices include setting up of her printmaking studio and display of her works at various national and international print exhibitions. A course in Film Appreciation at FTII, Pune, has left a deep influence on her work that is often revolves around the common core of aesthetic experience of various art forms. Apart from her studies and practice in visual arts, she has performed in Marathi theatre, trained in Hindustani classical music.
Geeta has written a series of articles on masterpieces of world art for a widely read regional daily for public awareness. She believes that notions of art and design are rooted with the culture and the sensibilities one belongs to, people will start appreciating contemporary art and design if they get to read quality discourses, which would inspire them to discover and locate their experiences in the local culture and languages. At Srishti, Geeta is currently teaching form studies and printmaking under communication and textile design courses.
Areas of Interest: Creative Practices, Literature, Music.
Geetanjali Sachdev is an art and design pedagogue and practitioner. She has been involved in framing interdisciplinary pedagogical frameworks for academic programs in art and design at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She also runs a paper company based in Bangalore, where she works with handmade, screen-printed and recycled paper. At Srishti, her roles have included deanship of the post-graduate and advanced diploma programs, chairing admissions, and coordinating the foundation studies and core skills programs. Geetanjali is currently doing her PhD in Art & Design at Srishti through which she is exploring art and design pedagogies for plant representations. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to patterns, motifs and street art. Geetanjali is the Dean for the School for Open and Continuing Professional Education.
Areas of Interest: art and design pedagogy; street art; botanical art; decorative art; paper; pattern.
Girish Chandrasekharan has been a veteran of the advertising industry for over three decades. His journey within the industry has taken him through leading agencies like Lowe Lintas, JWT, McCann Erickson and others. It has also privileged him to work for diverse brands for leading companies like Hindustan Unilever, MRF Tyres, Britannia, Tata Teleservices, TTK Ltd to name just a few. The experience on these brands, which has ranged from foods to tyres to soaps to condoms has given him the passionate belief that effective branding is the key to success, whether it is a product or even an individual. In point of fact, he strongly believes that leadership and branding are synonymous.
He believes that at the core branding is rooted in the culture within which it is located. To mine that culture, in which the brand operates and to excavate the insight that will empower the messaging with the necessary penetrative quality, is the basis of his philosophy of branding. For a brief while Girish also ran his own film company, producing and directing advertising films, a skill that dovetails into the crafting of the brand messaging.
Girish’s other interests include history, politics, psychology and philosophy, books and films on these subjects are some of his most precious possession. Music and Yoga are the wellsprings from which he draws his inspiration.
Areas of Interest: Advertising, Branding.
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, which explores an urban Dalit neighborhood through the artistic lens of two Dalit artists, won a National Award from the Government of India. Gouri is currently working on a documentary, looking at how culture and heritage is constructed in the urban context of Pune. She has also collaborated on documentation projects with PUKAR, a Mumbai based urban knowledge production center, Aur Irani Chai (2001) and Freedom Before Eleven (2004). Gouri has taught at NID, Ahmedabad, IIT Mumbai, State Institute of Film and TV, Rohtak, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, SAZBIST and IQRA University in Karachi. At Srishti, Gouri teaches film editing, Screenplay writing and Direction.
Areas of Interest: Documentary films, Animation films, Cultural Mapping and Caste studies.
Hansa Thapliyal is a filmmaker and writer. She learnt filmmaking at the Film and Television Institute of India. Her diploma film won some critical acclaim, but her practice thereafter has been of working between mediums. She has worked with storytelling in diverse mediums, including textiles, photographs, writing. Hansa has been a primary collaborator in a project about the early history of Indian cinema and fictions about it - Kamal Swaroop's Phalke Project. She is interested in how diverse practices (writing, theatre, music, dance, oral narratives, painting, amongst others) all come together in new chemistries to create the language of early cinema. She tries to bring some of these diverse chemistries into play in the teaching of filmmaking. At Srishti, Hansa teaches film making and writing for film as courses for undergraduates. She also does a workshop on narratives through textile. Hansa is the Course Leader for the Bachelor in Creative Arts in Film.
Areas of Interest: Early Cinema, Stop motion animation, Narrative structures.
Indira has a Ph.D. in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London (1993), an MPhil from the University of Pune (1985) and a Masters from Jadavpur University (1981). She was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship in 1989. Earlier, a professor at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Indira left to dedicate herself to creating archives and founded Archival Resources for Contemporary History (ARCH), in Bangalore in 2007. Her book, The Frail Hero and Virile History (Oxford University Press, 1998), was awarded the Tagore Prize in 2001. She was awarded the New India Foundation Fellowship in 2006. Keenly interested in oral history, Indira is a founding member of the Oral History Association of India (OHAI) and currently President. She is also President of the International Oral History Association. At Srishti, Indira is the founding director of the Center for Public History. She teaches in the Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Ph.D. programs. She is also a Ph.D. guide approved by Manipal University.
Areas of Interest: Oral History, Public History, History of Science, Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies.
Ishita Das is a practicing designer and educator trained in visual communication. Ishita’s inquiry is predominantly rooted in Social Communication and Design Education. As an educator she works with a combination of teaching philosophies and methods of design thinking, comedy theory and mindful living. A culturally mixed bred Indian, Ishita has had formal training in classical music, stand-up comedy, filmmaking and other visual art forms with a bachelors’ and masters’ degree in Communication Design; specializing in Graphic Design. Ishita is currently engaged in projects where she is documenting the evolution of Indian comedy as a language and building visual context through digital media design education. At Srishti, Ishita teaches courses across Foundation, Under Graduate and Postgraduate level in Design Thinking Tools, Fundamentals of Design & Visual Tools, Publication Design, Branding & Identity, Calligraphy, Social Communication, Exhibition Design, etc. all the while focusing on Design Philosophy, Theory and Practice.
Areas of Interest: Design Thinking & Education, Spatial Communication Design, Social Media Contextual Practice, and Visual Storytelling through Comedy.
Ishita Shah is a designer, historian & curator. After graduating in interior design from CEPT University, she worked as a spatial designer, research associate and design journalist in India. Always interested in theoretical writing and critical practices, she went to University College London for postgraduate education in History, Theory & Criticism. She has worked as an architectural archivist and oral historian at CEPT Archives in Ahmedabad. Along with setting up of the archival facility, she has co-curated and coordinated two public exhibitions, conducted sixteen oral histories, co-designed the digital library and worked closely with various local, national and international organizations. Ishita has also worked as a research assistant at RIBA (London), co-curator for the Site-Writing Project at UCL Cities Methodologies Exhibition 2013 (London), design researcher with SPADE India Research Cell (Mumbai) and editorial assistant at Design Innovation & Craft Resource Centre (Ahmedabad). She has published her writings in various national magazines and presented her work at national and international institutes, conferences and exhibitions.
At Srishti, Ishita teaches courses in design thinking, local practices, heritage management and creative critical practices. She is also the coordinator to the UNESO Chair at Srishti and facilitates related activities.
Areas of Interest: Modern History of Indian Architecture, Cultural Landscapes, Critical Urban Theories, Design Processes in Education.
Jacob, a product designer by training, spent the first 25 years of his life transforming businesses through design. He now works at the intersection of Design, Business, Sustainability, Capital and Impact, to create impact enterprises.
He co-founded consulting companies Tessaract Design and Idiom Design, Dovetail Furniture in manufacturing, The Design Store in retailing and Spring Health Water India in BOP services. Jacob is a design pioneer in the organized retail sector having worked with the first wave of franchise retailers like Levi’s, Weekender, Titan etc. and going onto design retail businesses like Big Bazaar, Central, Brand Factory, Ezone, Hometown, Godrej Aadhaar etc. Jacob is CEO of Industree Foundation and leads the Impact Edge Lab at Srishti and the Creative Manufacturing Undergraduate Technical Program for Srishti Pune, while continuing to play a leadership role at Idiom. Jacob also advises several start-up companies.
Areas of Interest: Designing businesses to transform society, Sustainability, Design thinking, Lean Manufacturing, and Start-ups.
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.
Jayadevan is a Sound designer and production sound mixer with 9 years of experience. He has associated with many critically acclaimed feature films, short films, advertisements and TV shows in India and abroad. He has collaborated with noted film directors like Sudhir Mishra ( Inkaar, Aur devdas), Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Goliyon Ki rasleela Ramleela) Abhsishek Kapoor (fitoor) Dr Biju (Names Unknown, Way home, Colour of Sky, Birds with large wings) and a few independent film makers. He has completed a Bachelors in Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Cochin University, and went on to do Post Graduate Diploma in Cinema (Sound Recording and Design) from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata. At Srishti, Jayadevan teaches sound design and sound recording at the undergraduate level.
Areas of Interest: Technologies related to audio reproduction and the history of sound in cinema.
Junuka Deshpande is a practicing artist and filmmaker. As a film-student at the National Institute of Design, she developed a keen interest in Anthropology and since then is intrigued to observe people in their environments. Their stories push her to engage in the process of image making through drawing, films, photographs, writing and music. Her professional journey in the past ten years across forests, islands, cities and villages across the country has led her to question implicit notions of self and hierarchy embedded in creative-perceptive processes. In her practice, she is engaged in exploring methods and forms of recording, documenting, interpreting and understanding stories in an artistic, collaborative and just manner. Junuka is the author and illustrator of a children’s picture book, ‘Night’. She has spoken and written extensively about her experience of staying in Andaman and Nicobar Islands working with the Nicobarese community. At Srishti, Junuka teaches across Foundation and undergraduate levels.
Areas of Interest: Image-making, Oral History, Documentary, Anthropology, Design Pedagogy, Social and Environmental Justice, Music.
Kartick Ghosh is a craft product designer, specializing in furniture, interior and product design. He completed his Masters in Craft Design from the Indian Institute of Craft & Design, Jaipur, and a postgraduate in Marketing and Sales Management from Magadh University. He also has a Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from Kolkata and has worked in various organizations all over India as a craft, product and furniture designer including Wheaton’s Design Pvt. Ltd, Bentwood Seating System Pvt.Ltd, Sidderthdas Productions Pvt. Ltd and National Center for Design and Product Development, New Delhi.
Kartick is passionate in working with various crafts, craft communities and clusters for craft design and innovation. He has organized and run several product design and development workshops all over India during his time with the National Centre for Design and Product Development, New Delhi. His continuous effort to bridge the gap between industrial product design and the craft design through the craft’s essence, techniques and aesthetic, using craft materials for the innovation and revival of dying craft.
Areas of Interest: Crafts and Innovation, Product Design, Furniture Design, Product Design Sketching and 3D Model Making.
Kavita Arvind's practice dwells in the fuzzy margins of art and design. A graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, with specialization in Film and Video Communication, she is a design educator and an artist who works with diverse media covering a range of issues of social and gender 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. 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 to radio programs to public service.
In 2008, Kavita founded Chidiya Udd (http://www.chidiyaudd.in), where she creates art and a range of hand crafted products. She works 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.
At Srishti, Kavita Arvind is the course leader for the Undergraduate studies in Information Arts and Information Design Practice at the School of Law, Environment and Planning (SLEP).
Areas of Interest: Gender; Film; Illustration.
Keshava Malagi has a post-graduate degree from Mysore University in Kannada language and literature. For the past 27 years he has been engaged in print media, publishing and the social development sector. Malagi believes that 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. He is also interested in understanding the processes of knowledge creation in marginalized communities; its political positions and transform those sensitive experiences into art forms, in particularly as new learning approaches. His career started with Suddi-Sangathi, a weekly published by progressive group in 1987. Later he worked with Orient Longman publishers, Prajavani and Times of India daily newspapers as an editor and a publisher. Later on he moved to MAYA and then to Azim Premji foundation and worked closely with lesser opportunity communities of rural Karnataka. Malagi has published four short story collections in Kannada, translated literary, cultural and political theories and written on education, social change and challenges in transforming public schools. He is has been a recipient of Karnataka Sahitya Academy award twice and has received a Senior Fellowship from Union government. He teaches Communication for Kannada Course in Srishti.
Areas of Interest: cultural practices of Dalits and adivasi communities, rebellious-spiritual literature of medieval India; modern Indian history, and post-modern Indian literature..
Kiranmayi is a filmmaker and has authored a book for OUP (forthcoming) on early Indian playback singing. She has screened her documentaries at film festivals, most recently at Ethnografilm Festival-2014, Paris. Her feature film work includes costume designing for the National Award winning Grahanam (2004). Kiran has experience of working at film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival (2001), and has extended her expertise and advice on film programming and jurying in India. Kiran holds an MA in English Literature (University of Madras), MFA in Film Production (York University, Toronto) and a PhD in Film Studies (University of Nottingham). She is trained in Indian classical vocal music and has published creative writing and translations including the Telugu poet Devulapalli Krishna Sastry’s poems, a compilation brought out by the Dravidian University. At Srishti, Kiran teaches across undergraduate and PhD programs in areas encompassing filmmaking and theory.
Areas of Interest: Documentary, fiction filmmaking, script writing, song performance and film history.
Kumar is a Textile Technologist and has over 2 decades of experience in the Industry. His range of expertise extends from research to manufacturing high end furnishings in the woven design. Kumar has taught textile courses at the NID, Ahmedabad, and has corporate exposure with Himatsingka Seide & Peter England Brand. His work is strongly industry-focused and at Srishti he teaches fibre and fabric development courses. His other interests include wearable technology. Kumar extends his competence in the area of weaving to the weaving studio at Srishti, where he mentors students and encourages them to try new materials and techniques, to push the envelope in reinterpreting this traditional art. He enjoys working with multi disciplinary teams of students and faculty, thereby expanding the scope of the overall project and outcomes.
Areas of Interest: Weaving, Textile Design, Wearable Technology.
Kumkum is a trained architect, industrial designer and graphic designer. Since 1984 her work has integrated the disciplines of graphic design, visual communication design and industrial design through projects in packaging design, branding and
identity design, marketing collateral design, web design, exhibition design, information design and publication design.
As the Dean of School of Design, Business and Technology, Kumkum has been actively involved in designing curriculum for Srishti’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Visual Communication Design and Strategic Branding. She is also part of the team to plan and set up Srishti’s off-site Undergraduate Technical Program in Graphic Arts and Design Practices. Kumkum teaches studios, workshops and projects across different schools & years of studies at Srishti while managing her own design practice at Kena Design. Kena Design was founded by Kumkum in 2007 and offers design services to small to mid-size companies and NGOs in India as well as in UK and USA.
Areas of Interest: Graphic Design, Visual Communication Design and Industrial Design, Packaging Design, Branding and Identity Design, Marketing Collateral Design, Web Design, Exhibition Design, Information Design and Publication Design.
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 has been working in different learning environments (structured as well as alternative schooling systems) and has tried to bring more intuitive hands on way of teaching ideas in math and physics.
Trained as an architect, she received her B Arch from the TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi, and received a Gold Medal for her dissertation on “Syncretic processes in architecture”
Lavanya strives to create 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 teachers and older students trying to work this more intuitive way of learning in the hope of creating a curiosity of learning and possibly later teaching. At Srishti, Lavanya is currently working in Center for Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD) and teaches courses in the undergraduate program. She is a course leader for Play and Invent, Contextual Studies Program, FSP.
Areas of Interest: – Learning; Teaching; Tinkering studios- mixing traditional and technological materials; museum and informal learning environments.
Leslie Johnson is an artist and educator. Her pedagogic approach is to explore materials and methods intertwined with the subject of inquiry. Phenomena from diverse fields of study, the experience of everyday life and the contemporary world are researched through her art practice. Having lived and worked in diverse cultures such as USA, Canada, Italy, Sweden and Russia, Leslie has an experience of cross-cultural language both visual and textual which she examines through an active art practice. Recent exhibitions include Center for Contemporary Art, Tibilisi; Forever & Today, New York; 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore; Trollhattan Konsthall and Vitlycke Museum, Sweden. As Director of Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg Sweden 2003-11, she initiated EU and Swedish Institute financed projects situated in Moscow, Helsinki and Glasgow. She develops diverse strategies for working with art in the public sphere through production of seminars and exhibitions.
Areas of Interest: Botanical art, Fluxus art movement, media and material experiment, humor as a basis for art, exhibition practices.
Madhuri Rao studied fine art at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, specialising in painting. As an artist, Madhuri's practice expands into various intermedia practices that involve video and sound installations. Her focus is on areas of identity, memory and interpretation, and the relationship between the artist and the viewer that formulate through processes of perception and social interaction in various cultural environments. She has previously worked as an Assistant Curator for the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum. Madhuri teaches courses for undergraduates in Contemporary Art Practice and Experimental Media Arts.
Areas of Interest: Intermedia art, curatorial practice, experimental film, visual culture studies, music and performance.
Mahesh Bhat is a photographer and filmmaker. India and other parts of the subcontinent have been his canvas and in a career spanning over 3 decades, he has been commissioned by publications as varied as New York Times to Newsweek across 20 countries. His editorial assignments have ranged from South Indian weddings and daily life to conflict reporting and photojournalism/reportage. He has worked for several corporations such as Accenture, Boeing, The Brigade Group, Bosch, BP, HP, Homestudio.com, Indian Institute of Management, McKinsey, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Mindtree, Project Management Institute. His work cuts across genres, such as advertising, interiors and architecture, corporate, portraiture, documentaries. Mahesh has published several books, including UNSUNG – about people who have made extraordinary contributions to society and Bangalore/Bengaluru – In First Person Singular. His work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals in India, US and Europe. Mahesh is an active environmental activist. He continues to work on preserving a large grassland and scrub forest North of Bangalore.
Areas of Interest: Life.
Manasee is a Designer, Illustrator, Visual Artist, and is now an educator with Srishti for the last five years. With 13 years of design industry experience prior to this, she has worked with Titan, Timex, Madura Garments, Infosys and Rave Magazine. A lot of Manasee’s work involves learning on an everyday basis; she believes it is important to be a good learner to be a better creative practitioner. This belief, she carries into her practice as an educator too. She draws inspiration to her teaching from the aspects of everyday: from Art processes to every culturally relevant practice.
Her practice here at Srishti involves teaching a range of courses from Illustration, Typography, Printmaking, Book Art and Feminism, to Packaging and Branding at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. With these taxonomies, she is always trying to make a connect to context, hoping that the coming together of ideas and processes from them, will make her students look at the world and design in new ways.
Areas of Interest: Craft, Feminism, Patterns, Personal Histories.
Manjari Singh joined Srishti in early 2011 as the Coordinator for Center for Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD). 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 Kandula is a scientist & technical communicator. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, she worked as science communicator before joining the software industry where she spent over fourteen years as a documentation specialist.
Manjula has presented several papers at conferences such as STC (Society for Technical Communication), TWIN (Technical Writers India Network), Hewlett Packard (India) Conference, and TC World.
At Srishti, Manjula teaches various aspects of technical communication, which includes topics ranging from structured writing to professional communication skills.
Areas of Interest: Music (especially Carnatic music), Nature walks, Spirituality.
Manjusha Nair Joseph has a Diploma in Cinema with specialization in Film Editing, from the Film & T.V. Institute of India,Pune. Her first film ‘Manav’ on Eunuchs and the psychosocial aspects of their life had its world premiere at Cinema Du Reel, Paris (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. Manjusha has over 15 years of experience working in varied capacities as director, conceptualiser, and project coordinator in multi hued projects for Film and Video. She has also worked with many social sector organisations, creating films for their needs and facilitating training workshops. Manjusha has participated in educational initiatives with middle level and high school children across states to teach digital filmmaking 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. Currently, she is engaged in realizing a framework and the editing of a film on Indian Jazz Musicians, encapsulating the lives of 5 musicians who migrated to Europe in the 80’s in search of their sound. At Srishti since 2009, Manjusha teaches courses in film history, film appreciation alongside offering master classes/workshops on editing, mise en scene, design and ideation on Film, and General studies.
Areas of Interest: Film: Theory and Practice, General Studies.
Manoj K Dangoria.
Manoj K Dangoria is a practicing designer and educator trained in product & furniture design. Manoj’s practice is predominantly embedded in grass-root-level innovation and design development. As an educator, he works with a combination of teaching philosophies and methods of design and making. Born and brought up in Jaipur, Manoj has a post graduation specialization in product and furniture design, after graduate specialization in Applied Arts. He is also associated as a designer with several organizations, both in the private and the public sector, including DC Handicrafts, the Ministry of Textiles-Government of India, Ministry of Micro- Small & Medium Enterprises, and the Government of Rajasthan.
Manoj is currently engaged as course leader of the postgraduate program of Industrial Arts and Design Practices (IADP) in Srishti. He also facilitates units across the foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Areas of Interest: Live grassroots-level innovation projects, designing development projects aimed at increasing livelihood mostly in rural parts of the country using the lens of sustainability and varied cultures.
Marialaura Ghidini is a contemporary art curator and writer with international experience in producing exhibition projects reflecting on the intersection between the arts and technology. She was founder director of the web-based curatorial platform or-bits.com (2009-2015), and organised projects ranging from online and gallery exhibitions to site-specific interventions in public spaces, radio broadcasts and AiR programmes. With a background in the humanities, an MA in Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice (Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK) and a practice-based Ph.D in Curating After New Media (CRUMB at University of Sunderland, UK), her expertise lies in curatorial studies and contemporary art reflecting on the role of the technological.
At Srishti she brings her interdisciplinary and hybrid approach to practice and theory and her interest in working with different formats of artistic and curatorial production and display through using contexts of engagement beyond the gallery and the museum. Marialaura is course leader for the Bachelor in Creative Arts in Experimental Media Arts.
Areas of Interest: Curatorial Studies, New Media Art, Web-based Art, Contemporary Art.
Mary Jacob Kuruvilla.
Mary has a Bachelors in Architecture from University of Visveswaraya College of Engineering Bangalore. She has a wide range of experience in architectural and interior projects including residences, offices and resorts. Mary has also taught at Exterior & Interiors as senior faculty, in their various centers in Cochin, Bangalore and Calcutta, where she also developed their syllabus and courseware.
She joined Srishti as a faculty of Interior Design and is currently the Dean of The School of Law Environment and Planning (SLEP). At Srishti she leads the LeNS project (Learning Network on Sustainability Project). This is a EU funded project in collaboration with other design schools in Europe and Asia. She is also coordinating the LeNS India chapter. Mary has worked on various projects with students at Srishti, which includes Sustainable and Inclusive Design. She also facilitates spatial design courses for the Postgraduate Diploma students.
Areas of Interest: Sustainability, Inclusive Design and Inclusive Education.
Medha Narayanan is a learning experience designer and innovator. Her diverse experiences range from education technology to policy, working across three continents. Medha started her foray into education with an education technology company, where she designed learning experiences leveraging multi-player gaming environments and peer-interaction. She has subsequently worked on Higher Education Policy with the Planning Commission of India; founded a nonprofit, which provided after-school sessions to children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds; and consulted on product design and pedagogy for various education technology startups. Medha obtained her Masters in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. While there, she worked with the MIT Media Labs’ ScratchED to develop implementation resources. As part of the CERTAD team at Srishti, Medha is working on PlaceTalks, PPDE (Professional Practice and Design in Education) and as faculty for other education and design programs.
Areas of Interest: Education Technology & Emerging Media, Experience and Student Centred Design, Student Variability, Affect In Learning, and Informal and Community-Driven Learning.
Meena Vari is a curator and her practice is predominantly rooted in Visual and Performance Art. As an educator, she works with a combination of teaching philosophies and methods of understanding contemporary and new interventions of art, design, culture and society. Meena has formal training in Humanities, Art Education and Arts Management. She is a Chevening-Clore Fellow for the Clore - Creative Leadership in the Arts and a Fulbright Scholar for Arts Management. Meena is currently engaged in collaborative projects where she combines elements of artistic practice, academic training for graduate students of art and design, with a strong focus on new artistic practices that combine experimentation, imagination and development in technology and media. Meena is the Dean of the School of Media, Arts and Sciences, Dean of Contemporary Arts and Curatorial Practice and coordinator for the Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA).
Areas of Interest: Curatorial practice, Contemporary Art Practice, Experimental Media Art, Leadership in the Arts, Arts Management.
Meera has a Masters in Visual Arts (Painting) from College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. She also studied Textile Design at Philadelphia University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. A visual Artist and textile designer, her expertise is in advanced screen-printing techniques for Textiles, Natural and synthetic dyeing, Shibori, Sculpture and Visual arts and her research interests lie in Resist dyeing; Rust dyeing and deconstructed screen-printing.
Meera facilitates inter-disciplinary projects and courses at Srishti. These include Tales from Malabar, a traveling museum with narratives from the Mapilla Muslim community; Beyond Sight, Sensorial and Tactile design interventions for the blind and partially sighted; Voicing Cultures: Frameworks and Paradigms exploring the contemporary interpretations of heritage sites and its impact in shaping economic individualism and shifting identities. Curam worked with BP Art Exchange in 2014-2015 to support a group of students from Srishti in their investigation to Frame the Unseen at Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The Srishti students collaborated with a peer group from Central St Martins in London.
Meera is currently one of the course leader for Industrial Arts and Design Practices.
Areas of Interest: Art Textiles, Natural dyes, Inclusive Design, Co-creation, Urban and Rural Farming.
Minakshi Singh has a Masters in Art and Media Practice from The University of Westminster, London, and Bachelors degree in Visual Art from the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parisath, Bangalore. She has worked with children from marginal communities as an Art and Life skills facilitator in Bangalore and as a creative leader at The Green School, London. She also worked as a research associate with the cultural team at National Institute of Design, Bangalore, on ‘Digital Hampi’ a DST funded project. Her role involved researching and looking at the lives of common as well as from the Vijaynagar Empire period, their trade, occupation, material culture, beliefs, rites and rituals, and living traditions. Minakshi has successfully curated several art exhibitions in Bangalore as well as exhibited her own paintings and installations at major Indian cities and in the UK. Before joining Srishti in 2015 she was working as gallery manager and curator with an art Gallery in Bangalore and as a Creative coordinator, fundraiser and volunteer with a medical NGO, Aarogya Seva.
She is currently part of the Information Arts and Information Design Practices IADP, Undergraduate Professional Program.
Areas of Interest: Art History, Contemporary arts, Visual Poetry, Installation Art and Curation.
Mohan Seetharam is a geographer with a doctorate in geography specializing in human-environment geography and geographical information science. He has worked on a wide range of projects internationally, including on biodiversity conservation and planning in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, on urban vulnerability and water management in the southwestern United States, and on community-scale environmental land-use planning in the South Pacific islands of Samoa. At Srishti, Mohan teaches courses in public space design and in earth education.
Areas of Interest: Development Studies, Global Environmental Change, and Geographical Information Science.
Muniraj is a 3D Generalist and specialist in Modeling, Texturing & Lighting. He is an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI) for MAYA done in Singapore Autodesk Asia Pacific (APAC). Having Eight years of experience in the academic profession, he has worked in major animation institutes like MAAC & ZICA teaching Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max, Zbrush, Realflow, V-Ray, Motionbuilder, Unity and other softwares. Prior to Srishti he was worked as a Sr. 3D Technical Head in ZICA Bangalore. At Srishti, Muniraj is full time faculty in Digital Media Arts.
Areas of Interest: 3D animation techniques, 3D character modelling.
Krishna is an architect, toy and game designer and a design manager. After graduating in Architecture, he joined NID to learn Toy and Game design. He worked as a Concept Developer and Senior Toy designer in Bangalore and Chennai, where he was involved in designing games, promotion campaigns and Creative kits or Do-It-Yourself Kits for children. He joined Northumbria University, UK, for Design Management, a post for which he worked as an educator and Design Manager.
At Srishti, Krishna engages with the final year students in their projects covering the areas of designing for special children, universal design, play and education.
Areas of Interest: Play and Play patterns, Toys and Game Design, Board Games, Comics, Animation, Movies, Storytelling, Paper Modeling, Model Making and Lampshade Design.
Muthatha is a human geographer who has specialized in Development Studies, Political Ecology, Cartography & GIS, and Science & Technology Studies (STS). She has a Ph.D in Geography from University of Washington, Seattle, and an M.S. in Geography from University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A. Her research has revolved around issues of people-environment interactions particularly in rural areas of the country such as the Western Ghats and interior North Karnataka, and the representation of landscapes in maps, satellite images, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Her Ph.D research provides a place-based critique of technocratic spatial planning in India, through ethnographic research.
At Srishti she teaches different themes of geographical enquiry such as critical theories of place making, and critical Cartography for undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D students, and is the Course Leader for the Postgraduate studies in Land and Livelihood Studies. She is passionate about researching and teaching across disciplinary boundaries, and specifically working with design students to historicize design and to develop connections between the politics of place and difference, and the art of making. She volunteers in The Institute of Geographical Studies (TISG), an education non-profit that seeks to revitalize geography education in India. She is the course leader for the MA in Land and Livelihoods at the School of Law, Environment and Planning (SLEP).
Areas of Interest: Marginal communities, Landscape, Place, Technology, Knowledge construction.
Naga Nandini has trained in Industrial Product Design, her work in the last 25 years has included a variety of projects ranging from craft and livelihood to communication design. Much of it has been at the grassroots level and she feels that a large part of being a good designer is a willingness to do what it takes in any context, learning skills where necessary and developing an ability to be a part of and manage change effectively. Nandini likes working in real contexts, enjoys collaborative thinking and making, and feels that when students work in mixed groups with artisans and makers, 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 and provides us with many complex problems as well as solutions, old knowledge as well as new insights. She is currently one of the course leaders for Industrial Arts and Design Practices, co-ordinator for the School of Design, Business and Technology and works in the Frugal Design Lab. She is also a member of the Board of Studies at Srishti.
Areas of Interest: Craft, Design, Product, Industrial, Frugal Design.
Naini Arora is a visual artist working across various media. She has had formal training with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Fine Arts; specializing in Painting and Printmaking from MSU (Baroda). She is a doctoral student at CEH in IIIT Hyderabad. Her research revolves around the theory and practice of Visual Arts with a focus on photography. She is currently engaged in site-specific works that explore the subtle relations that binds entities to each other and how shift in spaces transform those relations. She combines various art forms with emphasis on ephemeral materials. Her recent exhibitions include ‘Retreats and Scopes’ curated by Anja Ellenberger at Schloss Agathenberg, Germany 2016, Site-specific installation ‘Svabhava’ for Hyderabad Literary Festival 2016, ‘Water’ curated by Neeta Omprakash at Gallery Gitanjali, Goa 2015, ‘Drawing 2014’ Seven years of Indian Drawing, curated by Prayag Shukla and Annapurna Garimella for Gallery Espace at IGNCA, New Delhi. She has been awarded an Artist’s residency from the Ministry of Culture, Hamburg 2016, the UGC JRF Fellowship Award 2014 and a scholarship from the Departments of Art and Culture, Ministry of Goa (2009-10). At Srishti, Naini teaches courses in Installation Art, Printmaking and various other Visual Art media. She teaches courses in Contemporary Art Practices (CAP) across undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Areas of Interest: Practice and Theory of Visual Arts, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, and Installation Art.
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.
Naveen Bagalkot is a researcher and teacher trained in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design. He is trained as an architect, industrial designer, and holds a PhD in Interaction Design from the IT University of Copenhagen. At Srishti, Naveen’s research inquires and explores the intersection between digital technology and community health & wellbeing. In particular, Naveen takes a critical yet constructive stance through exploring alternative possibilities for localized, de-colonized and participatory design of self-tracking and data-driven digital-physical infrastructures for community care. Naveen’s inquiry is driven by the act of in-situ design and sketching performed in close collaboration with organizations working in community healthcare. Naveen also leads the bachelors and masters in Human-Centered Design at Srishti, where his focus has been to create an environment of learning through which the students can expand the horizon of their emerging practice as interaction designers towards impacting communities at a grass-root, localized level. Naveen is an active member of international and Indian HCI research communities volunteering as program and organizing committee member, and reviewer for international and national conferences. In particular he is excited to mentor and curate student research work within HCI & Interaction Design.
Areas of Interest: HCI & Interaction Design, Experience Design, Designing for Community Health, Embodied & Situated Interaction, Research-through-design, Participatory Design, Self-Quantifying & Personal Informatics.
Neeraja D is a multidisciplinary artist who makes prints, sculpture, and site-specific installations that explore how language and architecture are structures that frame our understanding of who we are, and shape our association with space as a memory. Her interest in the apparent associations and involuntary disassociations of the spoken word and the formal structure of a written script enable her to negotiate the dominant narrative.
Neeraja graduated with an MFA in studio practice from Cornell University, where she received the Baskerville Award for Painting, and has exhibited in solo and group shows in San Francisco, New York City, and Ithaca. She is a late-age emerging artist who spent her early years working in the corporate world of public policy. At Srishti, Neeraja facilitates studio courses based on printmaking, photography, and sculpture.
Areas of Interest: caste and the devadāsī, 20th-century Telugu print culture, screen-printing and social movements, iron-casting.
Nivas Somasundaram is a Modeling and Simulation Design Engineer with more than nine years of experience in various design and simulation projects. His practice is rooted mainly in engineering simulation for automotive and aerospace structural components. As an engineer, he works with different simulation projects and develops prototypes through virtual modeling. Nivas has had formal training in Computer Aided Design and Engineering (CAD/CAE) from Central Institute of Tool Design (CITD) with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India. He has specialized in the modeling & simulation domain since 2007. Nivas is currently engaged in studio courses where he combines elements of modeling and simulation practices with technical drawing, detailing and other design principles with a strong focus on the industrial design practice.
Areas of Interest: Modeling and Simulation – FEA Structural, CAD, Rapid Prototyping, Mechanical Vibrations and Composite Materials.
Nivi Ann Monsy.
Nivi Ann Monsy is an interior designer and educator. After graduating with a Masters in Interior Design from Manipal University, Dubai, she worked for many projects ranging from residential to commercial and retail spaces. Following this, she moved into academics, taking up the post of Interior Design Coordinator and Assistant Professor at the School of Design and Architecture, Manipal University, Dubai where she strove to encourage interactions between professionals in design firms and academia in order to improve studio efficiency. During her tenure at the university, Nivi also published a book titled “Geoffrey Bawa: A Conscious Perception”, based on the works of Sri Lanka’s most famous architect.
At Srishti, Nivi currently teaches Foundation, where she works with a combination of teaching methods that involve constructive thinking, exploration through hands on skills and inquiry driven sessions.
Areas of Interest: Visual representations, Spatial, product and furniture design, Design thinking tools, Material exploration, Art.
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 Ray Murray’s work is theoretically rigorous and practice-led, and inspired by conceiving of and creating new media and digital projects. She received her PhD in English literature from the University of Edinburgh (2008) where she also worked as a postgraduate researcher at The Centre for the History of the Book. Before joining Srishti, she was lecturer in publishing studies and digital media at the University of Stirling (2010-2014). She is currently Vice-Chair of Global Outlook:Digital Humanities, the Editor in Chief of the SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) newsletter, and Managing Editor of DHCommons. Padmini’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections across a range of disciplines, and she has received significant funding on several occasions to help develop her research.
She is the course leader for the MA in Digital Humanities as well as teaching on a range of different courses at Srishti.
Areas of Interest: Digital humanities and design; comics studies; games studies; literary studies; the history of the book.
Pandrang Row is a writer, brand strategist and media practitioner. After graduating with a Master’s in English Literature from Bombay University, Pandrang worked with several of India’s biggest advertising agencies as a copywriter and creative director creating brand-building campaigns for a variety of clients, both large and small. He led teams of over 100 people in using print, television, radio, outdoors, the Internet, as well as planning events and working on public relations campaigns.
Pandrang won over 200 small and large awards during his stint in advertising. He joined Srishti in 2012, where he teaches courses on facets of English Literature, advertising, brand strategy and brand design at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Areas of Interest: Brands, branding, brand strategy, advertising, TV commercials, and English literature.
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 Banik is a visual artist, media practitioner and independent researcher. Trained as a sculptor from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan and FFA, MS University of Baroda, Pinak has worked around the discourses of Art, Culture and Power relations, where his research and engagements culminate into sculptures, invested surfaces, programmed events, virtual instructive spaces, designed print media, installations, research documentations etc. curating his own experimental art space. Pinak has participated in several curated group exhibitions, workshops, performance events and museum exhibitions. At Srishti, Pinak extends the idea of culture generation by trying to blur the line between art and design as a possibility with a particular emphasis on the peripheries of cultural history.
Areas of Interest: History, Social Science, Culture, Aesthetics, Art Activism, Art History and Criticism, Public and Community Art Practices, Illustration, Comics and Popular Representation, Print and Media Distribution Systems, Site-specific Practices such as Land-art, Graffiti, Installations, Performance.
Pithamber R. Polsani.
Pithamber 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 a Virtual University. Before joining the corporate sector Pithamber taught at the University of Arizona, Bates College & Delhi University. Pithamber received his PhD (1997) from Purdue University, West Lafayette and MPhil & MA from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Some of Pithamber’s publications include, “The Image in a Fatal Kiss: Dalí, Lacan and the Paranoiac Representation”, Bucknell Review, 2001; “Like A Lizard That Junks its Tail in Distress: Homer Simpson is no Antigone”, The Symptom, 2003; “Use and Abuse of Learning Objects”, Journal of Digital Information, 2003; “Riding the Satellite to the Millennium”, C-Theory, 1998.
Areas of Interest: Design Ideas in History; Vernacular Design; Urbanism & Urban Design and Philosophy.
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, storytelling 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 research interests lie in Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics and more specifically a formal ontological approach to 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 Medieval India'.
Areas of Interest: Drawing, Visual story-telling, Philosophy of Art, Indigenous knowledge systems, Kashmir Shaiva philosophy.
Pooja Sagar is a writer and a busy member of the Srishti Writing Centre, CERTAD and the School of New Humanities and Design where she teaches Creative Writing, and General Studies. Born and raised in a small town in Kerala until early adulthood with letters to keep her company, she grew up being sensitive to words and imagined worlds. She pursued studies in English Literature for the love of reading and later taught at Sacred Heart’s College, Thevara before she joined Centre for Studies in Culture and Societies, Bangalore as a researcher. To fund her own studies, she started doing Writing Workshops with children. Through experimentation that was benefited by some serendipitous creative outbreaks, she began to develop her practice of teaching writing that is committed to fine tuning intuition and imagination. She trained under Project Vision to learn design tools and pedagogical processes. As a writer and a teacher of writing, Pooja is a keen observer of her world, both physical and political. She did a series of interviews with an eminent writer of Malayalam, which was published in leading magazines and later anthologized in his book,“Vaakkukalum Vasthukalum” (Words and Things, DC Books, 2012). After becoming a mother, when she is not teaching, she writes about gender, motherhood and bodies.
Areas of Interest: Literature; Poetry; Aesthetics; Oral History; Creative Writing; Creative Learning.
Prakrithy Pradeep is an Innovation & Experience Designer, with a particular interest in user research and human-centered design. After graduating with a Professional Diploma in Art & Design, and an Advanced Diploma in Innovation & Experience Designer (both from Srishti) she worked as a UX Research Associate, onsite at Google. Her current interests include exploring teaching methods for more interesting and practical learning. At Srishti, Prakrithy teaches Human Centered Design to undergraduates.
Areas of Interest: User Research, User Experience, Human Centered Design, Storytelling, Mythology, Design Research, Creative Writing, Learning Sciences.
Rashmi Sawhney is a writer, researcher and academic whose work deals with cinema, moving images and visual culture. She teaches liberal arts courses in cinema, speculative fiction, and research methodology and writing at Srishti. Prior to joining Srishti she was Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (www.jnu.ac.in). Rashmi completed her PhD in Ireland, later taking up a Lecturership in Visual and Cultural Studies at the Dublin Institute of Technology where she taught on a practice-based PhD programme at the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice (www.ctmp.ie) from 2007-12. She has been visiting faculty at Trinity College, Dublin, and has lectured at various institutions across India. Rashmi has published articles and chapters in several international journals and edited book volumes and has most recently edited a special issue of the Journal of South Asian Film and Media Cultures on ‘Science Fiction’ (Intellect publishers, UK). Rashmi also worked with the India Foundation for the Arts for two years, heading IFA’s Arts Practice and Curatorship programmes. She is part of the UK-India based VisionMix collective which includes artists, filmmakers, academics, and curators working with documentary practices, video and moving image art. Rashmi frequently writes for DNA and other popular print and electronic media and is currently working on a monograph on Indian women filmmakers from the 1920s-80s. Articles forthcoming in 2015 include a chapter in the book Doing Women’s Film Histories (Illinois University Press) and a short article titled ‘Between Screen and Gallery’ for a book on contemporary Indian Art.
Areas of Interest: cinema, screen technologies, new media, video art, science & speculative fiction, visual cultures, archives, curation, historiography, gender.
Ravi Mani has a M.Sc. Architecture, Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from Centre for
Alternative Technology, Graduate School of the Environment (GSE) Wales, an M.B.A Finance from New York University, M.S Industrial and Systems Engineering, from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, and B.Tech Mechanical Engineering, from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. As a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) he is a sustainable development consultant in the areas of environmentally responsible architecture and renewable energy solutions and 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, supply chain management and just-in-time systems before joining Srishti in 2015. At Srishti, Ravi facilitates studios in sustainability studies for undergraduate students, where inspired by the principles of integral education (PG Diploma, IGNOU) he encourages them to produce self-directed learning outcomes in the design of lean and green business services, and systems and public space design. He is part-time faculty in the School of Design, Business and Technology and School of Law, Environment and Planning.
Areas of Interest: Green Buildings, Earth architecture, Sustainability, Ecological design, Indian heritage art architecture and aesthetics, Contemplative Studies.
Ritu Sonalika is a Product Designer. After completing architecture from the TVB School of Habitat Studies, Delhi, she worked as an Architect at the Mozaic Design Combine in Goa. Ritu then moved on to pursue her Masters degree from IDC, IIT Bombay in Product Design. This is where she discovered her passion for toy design, design for education and working with natural materials. She has held the position of Educational Resource Designer at the Azim Premji Foundation. She later co-founded and partnered Design Circle, a design and production firm for furniture and lifestyle accessories. As a Design Educator at Srishti, she guides students in the Impact Edge Lab where the projects combine Business Strategy and Design Thinking to design businesses that seek to create social impact profitably. Ritu also teaches courses in Design Thinking, Systems Design at the undergraduate level.
Areas of Interest: Toy Design for Education, Craft, Product, Design Thinking, Systems Thinking.
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
Sai Krishna Mulpuru.
Sai Krishna is an electronics engineer and researcher in visual perception and virtual reality. After finishing his engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, and graduate studies in Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, he worked on visual and auditory perception in non-human primates, using eye tracking and single-unit electrophysiology at Vanderbilt University. Keen to work in India, he researched on diagnosing early onset Epilepsy at National Brain Research Center and designing games for stroke-rehabilitation at IIIT Hyderabad. As a hobby, he makes 360-degree travelogue films narrated through virtual reality. At Srishti, Sai teaches prototyping, modeling and simulations of behaviors and environments using various mediums like electronic circuits and virtual worlds.
Areas of Interest: Virtual and Augmented Reality, Visual and Auditory Perception, Multi-modal Systems, Small-scale Wind Turbines.
Dr. J. P. Sampath Kumar has a Ph.D. from IIT, Delhi in the area of Textile Technology researching on braided materials using natural fibers for technical applications. He has taught at various Textile Engineering and Design Institutes across the country for over 14 years apart from Research, Industry and Consultancy experience of another 7 years. He has worked with artisans in handloom and handicraft sectors across the country in design and product development areas and has registered three crafts of Orissa under Geographical Indications. He is trained in the area of skill development as a content developer, trainer and assessor and has developed about 30 modules for Ministry of Labour.
At Srishti he is into developing of new products using textiles, teaches dyeing of fabrics and yarns and enjoys doing projects in rural areas. He is also working on soil-less agriculture using textile fabrics at present.
Areas of Interest: Textile Technology, Craft, Soil-less Agriculture.
Sandeep Ashwath has a PhD from the University of Surrey – UK and a Master’s Degree from the Royal College of Art – London. Before that, he studied at the National Institute of Design – Ahmedabad specialising in Animation Film Design. His doctoral study was an anthropological study of the life of myths in relation to sacredness in one of the older localities of Bengaluru. His research pursuits include an interest in the construction of sacredness in domestic spaces, the audience reception of animation texts and the relation between moving image and the transcendent. In his work as an animator, Sandeep initially engaged with traditional forms of Indian storytelling and performance with classical animation involving hand painted and paper cut-out techniques. His work then moved to exploring digital imagery, verse/text and minimalist drawn animation for telling stories effectively. At Srishti, Sandeep is the Head of Program for Digital Media Arts. He also teaches film appreciation, scripting for animation and has mentored several animation projects.
Areas of Interest: Social Anthropology, Animation Film Design, Animation Research, Ethnography, Film Language.
Sangeetha Kanekal is an architect & building conservator. After graduating in architecture, she worked as an architect in New Delhi with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture on the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Project, revitalizing the heritage precinct surrounding the Humayun’s Tomb World Heritage site. Always interested in historic buildings, she went to the University of Arts, London for a postgraduate program in Interior and Spatial Design followed by a program at the University of Edinburgh in Architectural Conservation. She has worked as an architect in Edinburgh on the adaptive re-use of historic buildings. Sangeetha also consults on heritage work and has worked on gilding of the finial of Humayun’s Tomb in collaboration with Titan, as a part of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. She has worked with Edinburgh World Heritage on their program for residents within the city of Edinburgh. At Srishti, Sangeetha teaches Heritage Design Planning and Management through the UNESCO Chair.
Areas of Interest: Spatial Design, Historic Buildings, Interior Design, Architecture.
Sanjay Barnela is an environmental filmmaker with a career spanning over two decades, . An early and enduring passion for mountain climbing and trekking in the Himalayas lead Sanjay quite naturally to his choice of subject matter as a documentary filmmaker – the political interface between the environment and local communities, wildlife-human conflicts, conservation and livelihoods, customary rights of rural communities, practices of pastoral communities, and the political economy of water among others. With diversity – both cultural and environmental- remaining a core theme, Sanjay has expanded his cinematic subjects to include women leaders and women musicians across the Indian landscape. He was conferred the Prithvi Ratna award for environmental filmmaking in 2014 as recognition of his body of works.
Sanjukta is a passionate researcher. Her research expertise is in the area of consumer behavior and market intelligence through qualitative and quantitative techniques. She strongly believes in Peter Drucker’s philosophy that “what can be measured can be managed.” For last four years she has extensively working on eco efficient products and service promotion. Her research findings have been published in journals of national and international repute. She has submitted her doctoral thesis from Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur. Prior to that she did her MPhil (Marketing) from West Bengal University Of Technology.
Sanjukta has 15 years of experience, which includes research, academics and industry. She is currently associated as a faculty at Srishti and teaches Research Methods for undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is also working with Srishti Labs (Slabs) team to develop a segmentation model for “Middle Class Indian” which will provide necessary consumer insights to the designer while designing new product.
Areas of Interest: Consumer behavior, Data analytics, Eco innovation.
Satyajit Roy is an animator and an illustrator. He has a Masters degree in Animation and Design from the University of Sunderland. As a practitioner and teacher, Satyajit enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds with different knowledge and skills, and feels that a multidisciplinary approach towards animation brings out distinctive and engaging pieces of artwork. At Srishti, Satyajit teaches various courses for pre production in animation and moving images for undergraduates. He is currently one of the course leaders for Digital Media Arts.
Areas of Interest: Experimental Animation, Stop Motion Animation, Illustration and Trekking.
Shabari Rao is a dance maker, educator and researcher. Trained extensively in both Kathak and Contemporary dance techniques, she has worked as a professional dancer for the last fifteen years. Shabari has taught extensively in India and abroad and is passionate about art education. She has been involved in teacher training, curriculum and content development as well as working directly with students in classroom settings using dance and creative movement in learning. Shabari got her first 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 doing a masters degree in Dance and Education from the Royal Academy of Dance (UK) and is also a faculty member at Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology. Based in Bangalore she continues to perform and teach, research and write both in India and abroad.
Areas of Interest: Dance education; embodied learning; practice based research.
Shai Heredia is a filmmaker and curator. In 2003, she founded Experimenta India, the international festival for experimental cinema in India, which has become a significant forum for artists' film and video. Shai has curated experimental film programs at international film festivals and art venues, including the Berlinale, Germany and the Tate Modern, London. Her film 'I Am Micro' (2012) premiered at the Guggenheim Museum (NYC/Berlin) and has been screened at major international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival amongst others. ‘I Am Micro’ has also won prestigious awards, including a National Award from the Government of India. Shai has been an arts grant maker with India Foundation for the Arts where she ran the Extending Arts Practice grant program. She studied Sociology at St. Xaviers College Mumbai and Documentary Film at Goldsmiths College, London. At Srishti, Shai teaches courses in film appreciation and experimental film practice. She is the Coordinator for the School of Media Arts & Sciences.
Areas of Interest: Experimental film, Cinemas of Asia, Documentary film, Sound, Curatorial practice.
Sharath Chandra Ram
Sharath Chandra Ram (Sharathchandra Ramakrishnan) graduated from the University of Edinburgh specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Virtual Environments. His research interests lie in the intersection of law, technology and society with a focus on Open Education (Open Science and Open Hardware), Open Spectrum, Citizen Science, ICT4D and Intellectual Property. As a licensed amateur radio broadcaster (callsign: VU3HPA), he is actively interested in communication policy research, radio astronomy, extends his media art practice as a transmission artist and has installed his work in several national and international avenues. He is also an international partner and co-organizer of the International Summit on Critical and Transformative Making held annually in Indonesia. He engages actively with the local open source and research community at the Centre for Internet and Society and organizes the annual NASA International Open Data Challenge. At Srishti Sharath teaches the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Information Arts and Information Design Practices Program at the School of Law, Environment and Planning (SLEP).
Areas of Interest: Interaction Design; Human Computer Interaction; Digital Humanities; Network Cultures; Information Sciences; Multimodal Cognition; Experimental Media Arts.
Shipra is an archaeologist and theatre enthusiast. Her Master’s dissertation was on rituals, ceremonies and music and her PhD work is on rock art in the granite quarry zone of Southern India. Before joining Srishti, she was an Academic Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Theory/Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and other Human Sciences, Vadodara.
She was the convener of Forum’s Film Club and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Thought for its “Global South Cultural Dialogue” series. She has also worked as Project Consultant for the School of Life Skill Education, RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur for a project funded by The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
In 2010, she formed Mandolin: A Caravan Theatre. She is passionate about the preservation and conservation of fragile heritage in the time of environmental and socio-cultural crisis. At Srishti, her inquiry is directed towards a sustainable design strategy for cultural resources management. Shipra studied History at Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune and Archaeology from Deccan College, Pune.
Areas of Interest: Material Culture, Sustainable Tourism, Culture and Memory, Image and Imagery, Folklore and Mythology, Creativity and Wellbeing.
Shiuli is a design professional with experience of more than 7 years in crafts sector, furniture design, accessory design, capacity building, and design education. She completed her Masters from Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur and has worked with Export Houses, Design Studios and Interior Design firm before beginning her career in design education. She believes education needs continuous evolution, and learning is a two way process.
Working at grassroots level, gave her an insight on the rich traditional repertoire of India, and the opportunities it has that is yet to be explored at various dimensions. Other than her varied study on crafts and practices of different sectors, some of her major work are on wood crafts, anchor and mentor for students in project involving Bamboo Crafts of Gujarat, mentoring students on different projects based on Crafts of Rajasthan, work on skill development programs. Prior to joining Srishti, she has been invited as an academician by IICD, NIFT Bangalore, and Banasthali Vidyapeeth.
She has also been an active volunteer for capacity building and women empowerment projects. Her work with Action Center for Transformation, has been featured in various newspapers, and in magazines like Creative Gaga, of Indian Origin.
Areas of Interest: Crafts - Furniture and Accessory Design, Design Thinking.
Siddharth Mandavgane is an animation and visual effects artist with industry experience of over 10 years. Before doing his masters in visual effects from Bournemouth University, UK, he worked with well renowned studios like Crest Animation Studios, Pixion, Tata Elxsi - Visual computing Labs as a 3D artist / generalist. While in the UK, Siddharth worked as 3D artist for gaming and later as Render TD with Framestore - the Oscar wining visual effects studio in London. Across his career he has worked on popular TV animated shows like Arthur's Missing Pal, Piggley Winks, Casper; animation and VFX movies like Arjun - the warrior prince, Maha Yoddha Rama, Robocop, Jupiter Ascending, Guardians of the Galaxy, Edge of Tomorrow, Paddington Bear and many TV commercials. At Srishti Siddharth teaches courses in animation and visual effects. He focuses on imparting hands on animation skills like stop motion and mentors student animation projects towards optimum technological creativity.
Areas of Interest: VFX cinematography, photography, paper cut-art, stop motion animation, traveling, trekking and music.
Smriti Mehra is a practicing artist and educator. Interacting with Bangalore’s ever changing, ever-growing residents with their multi-lingual, cultural, economic backgrounds, she has become a mapmaker of sorts. The idea of mapping the desires, hopes, needs, dreams and disparities of this city from her particular vantage point has been born out of her desire to establish reference points for her own personal memories. As a video artist, she is both a purveyor of information, and a storyteller, and is like the mapmaker challenged by taking the mundane and everyday, and unraveling and reassembling these details into visible intricacies.
Smriti earned an MFA from NSCAD University in Canada and her works have been screened widely worldwide. As an artist-in-residence and member of faculty at Srishti, she extends her art practice into her classes by sharing the subjects of her own research. She teaches across Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Areas of Interest: Art practice, Video Art, Non-fiction film, Documentary film, Installation, Flowers, Meat, Water.
Sonal Godhania is a researcher with an academic background in the field of Strategic Management in the fashion industry. Sonal’s practice is predominantly rooted in the garment and jewelry industry in India, Tanzania and UK. As an educator, she works with a combination of teaching philosophies and methods of practice, experience and the latest innovation in the given field. Born and brought up in Pune, Sonal has formal training in Business Management, Fashion Design and other art and craft. She has an MSc in Information System and Business Management and her PhD was in in Fast Fashion: The Dynamic Capabilities Underlying Project Management in the UK Fashion Industry (Small and Medium Enterprises) from the University of Bedfordshire (United Kingdom). At Srishti, Sonal is the coordinator for the PhD programmes and also teaches courses on Product, Service Systems Thinking and Business Fundamentals. She teaches across undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels.
Areas of Interest: Fashion Industry Management, Strategic Management, Research Design and Methods, Qualitative Research, System Design and Sustainability.
Soudhamini is a filmmaker, teacher and researcher who has been working in the field of film and video for the last twenty years. She began her professional career assisting avant garde film-maker Mani Kaul, and since then has been working across platforms and genres making short fiction, feature length non-fiction and installation works with professional commissions from the Government of India and international institutions. Her work has featured in many international film festivals and venues around the globe, and she has also officiated at international selection committees and juries.
She brings this unique perspective and wealth of experience to students at Srishti, where she teaches narrative filmmaking and film theory and criticism across foundation, undergraduate and graduate levels. She continues to practice filmmaking and is particularly interested in exploring the cusp between design thinking, digital technology and film narrative.
Areas of Interest: Memory, Time, Intuition, Empathy and a furtherance of their understanding through Creative Technology.
Srijan Sandip Mandal.
A historian by training and temperament, Srijan recently submitted his doctoral thesis, on the right to freedom of speech and expression in the Constitution of India, to the University of Hyderabad. He has presented his research both in India and abroad – at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and twice at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In keeping with his passion for public history, at Srishti, he is part of the Centre for Public History, where he teaches public history and ethnography to postgraduate and doctoral students.
Areas of Interest: Legal History, Public History, Philosophy of History, Historiography.
Srivi Kalyan works with the fluid and exciting intersection of arts, media, education, design and self-reflection. 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.
She is the Founder-Director of Fooniferse Arts Pvt. Ltd. At Srishti, she intends to encourage students to discover the heart of their own creativity. Some of the key areas she works with are Design for Children, stillness and compassion, Teaching and Learning and Creative Writing. Srivi has authored and illustrated several books for children and adults and is an award winning writer and illustrator. She is one of the course leaders for the Undergraduate studies in Information Arts and Information Design Practices and supports the Postgraduate studies of the same course. Her personal work can be viewed at www.sriviliveshere.com
Areas of Interest: Arts Education; Visual Design; Illustration; Earth Education; Communication; Art History; Creative Writing; Indian art and philosophy.
Sudebi is a designer of learning. She is a graphic facilitator, published writer, critical instructional designer, reflective practitioner, creative documenter and a passionate singer. She designs learning, emphasizing on place-based, context-specific, people-centric, socially, environmentally and culturally relevant issues, while integrating multiple perspectives and aesthetics.
She has been engaged in the areas of social development, community media, oral traditions, collaborating with organizations and individuals globally, since the age of thirteen. She designs experience and narratives, makes people think and reflect and gives shape to people’s thoughts by making them visible. She brings in inquiry driven, visual, participatory design into her work. Her style of work is in embedding socio-political issues with a narrative approach into whatever she does, which she believes would lead to an understanding of the complexities of various systems through their inter-connectedness, resulting in catalyzing action by people.
She works at Center for Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD) at Srishti, with both students in the college as well as school students and teachers for their professional development. She works with children in urban slums, using story and place-based, context-driven, observation-led reflective design.
Areas of Interest: design thinking; human centered design; teaching; tools for thinking; research design; curriculum and instructional design; oral history.
Sudhir Desai is a systems innovator, futurist and designer. He initially worked with the Public Sector in India as a systems engineer and designer, building control and automation systems for manufacturing and process industries. Later working in India and internationally as a consultant, entrepreneur and business leader, he engaged with enterprises in the for-profit and social sectors, driving strategic growth and impact initiatives through innovation and design. With a Masters in Studies of the Future, Sudhir is active in the global futurists community, with a focus on systemic innovation, building innovation capability, and bringing positive change in cities and the social sector.
Areas of Interest: Systems Innovation; Strategic Foresight; Business Model and Service Innovation/Design; New Initiative Development; Innovation Management; Digital Solution Design; and using technology to build sustainable value.
Sudhira obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for his thesis on “Studies on Urban Sprawl and Spatial Planning Support System for Bangalore, India”. His primary research is studying the evolution of towns and cities using trans-disciplinary approaches. With a focus for taking theory to practice and vice-versa, he has been part of a variety of sustainable initiatives.
He is also a neogeographer, using and propagating free-and-open-source mapping tools, making maps of cities and ecosystems. Earlier, he had a stint with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Government of Karnataka as Land-use and Transport Specialist. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering and Masters in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.
With a strong desire to carryout independent and grounded research he has established Gubbi Labs, a private research collective that works on a host of domains ranging from sustainable ecosystems to liveable settlements. Recently at Gubbi Labs, a division was carved out, called Research Media Services, with the aim of bridging the gap between research institutes and the general public. As a part of this, he has led the team that has successfully set up and is running the Science Media Center for the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
He is also a birdwatcher and volunteers with India Literacy Project.
At Srishti, he teaches on making maps and appreciating cities from multiple lenses with a larger view to understand and influence policy.
Areas of Interest: Maps; Planning for Evolution of Cities; Policy.
Having been trained as an industrial designer, and some experience in the small and medium scale industry sector gives Sudipto a thorough grounding in 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 as well as craft and developmental activism 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. what can be learnt” and “what is the mean between building autonomous capability and creating scaffolding” and “what is a design process in today’s vast art and design context”, “how can K-12 education have a rebirth in the D school”
Over the last few years he has set up and presently runs the frugal design lab that explores most of the above questions within the academic framework through courses and projects with students within the lab.
Areas of Interest: Product Design, Frugal Design, Craft.
Swati Dandekar is a filmmaker with a keen interest in documenting and understanding the process of change. Her recent work, arising out of collaborations with economists and urban planners, 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 of 25 years spans television programming, educational video & radio, biopics & oral histories of scientists, and independent documentary films. As a founder member 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. She is Head of Program for Film, and teaches courses in film and general studies.
Areas of Interest: Documentary Film, Cinema & Society, History of Science, Oral History, Language and Literature.
Swati has been a part of Srishti since 1999 as faculty and Head of programme for the Department of textile design, where she has been responsible for teaching as well as curriculum development at the undergraduate level.
With an Undergraduate Diploma in Textiles, specialising in weaving, she went on to work with a State of the Art mill, Himatsingka Seide Ltd in Bangalore from 1987 to 1990. Following this she went to the National Institute of design, Ahmedabad to pursue her PG Diploma in Textile design. Her 24 years of work experience spans across a diverse range from working as a designer with leading brands like The Bombay Store, the designer Ritu Kumar and teaching at NIFT, Bangalore and Srishti. She has worked closely with crafts persons for design development in the traditional hand loom weaving styles of Orissa and West Bengal and with several other craft groups in North Karnataka as well as Kutch, Gujarat. She is interested in the area of Social design & works with students and rural artisans to help create sustainable livelihoods through craft practices.
Tapasya Thapa is an educator, researcher and occasional writer. After obtaining her Masters degree in English Literature from the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies (SLL & CS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, she went on to complete her M. Phil in English Literature from the English and Foreign Languages University (formerly CIEFL), Hyderabad. Her M.Phil thesis explored the question of identity through the writings of the Ayamik Lekhan movement in Nepali literature.
Recently, Tapasya channels her keen interest in the ‘workings’ and ‘manifestations’ of South Asian history through explorations with Oral History/Histories. To augment these explorations, she attended the Winter School of Oral History at Srishti, in 2015. As an educator, she has taught both UG and PG courses at various colleges. At Srishti, Tapasya teaches Critical Thinking, Culture Studies and facilitates academic writing as part of the General Studies team.
Areas of Interest: Culture Studies; Post-colonial studies; Post Modernism; Translation Studies; Oral History; Historical Methods.
An Industrial Design graduate from NID Ahmedabad, Tulip comes with a diverse professional experience spanning the complete value chain of creative industry.
She has donned different roles of that of an educator, skill trainer, researcher, designer, maker, merchandiser and seller during her past associations with retail corporates, design studios, manufacturers, artisans, social enterprises, academia and entrepreneurship.
Equipped with consumer insights gained from her stint with Retail Experience Team at Future Group, she set up her own design studio FolkUs Design Interventions to pursue her passion in crafts and cultural storytelling. She has worked closely with various craft clusters across India, craft organisations and social enterprises.
Srishti is the convergence of all her professional and life experiences to develop educative tools, contents and methods to create simple medium of imparting creative intelligence and design skills.
At Srishti, she engages with the School of Foundation Studies as well as the School of Design, Business and Technology.
Areas of Interest: Craft, Product Design, Design Research.
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 Jalali is a professional architect with experience in large-scale office, residential and commercial projects. She is also technically qualified in the domain of GIS and 'mapping' and worked for several years with an MNC GIS major. At her Architectural Design Studio, ‘The Urban Architecture Practice’ she works on sustainable traditional models of design, both at the individual scale and at the urban level. This cross-dimensional perspective is key to her understanding of the built environment and the evolutionary opportunities it presents. She is passionate about teaching and was earlier part of Architectural Design-an architectural school teaching Architectural Design. She is currently the course leader for the Undergraduate studies in Public Space Design program at the School of Law, Environment and Planning (SLEP).
Areas of interest: Sustainable Urban Development, Design Education and Energy Efficient Architecture.
Varshini completed her graduation in Industrial Design from D J Academy of Design, Coimbatore and a Masters (MSc) in Integrated Product Design from Brunel University, London.
What interests her is to try and find new ways of designing consumer products that are creative (for example, with ‘a surprise element’ or use of relevant ‘technology’); that which is utilitarian; that improve the quality of life and at the same time possess unique and innovative qualities. Her specializations include strategic design management and research, human factors, design creativity and aesthetic awareness, design innovation futures, computer aided design and manufacturing techniques and sustainable design. One of the very important projects she has worked on is the design of GE’s LED Light bulb for the Indian Market.
Varshini teaches Industrial Arts and Design practices, Design Process and sketching and paper furniture and furniture joineries and fixtures to the undergraduate students.
Areas of Interest: Design, Product Design, Sustainable Design, Human Factors, Design innovation, Biomimicry.
Vasanthi Mariadass has a Ph.D in Cinema Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, US with a focus on Jean-Luc Godard‘s experimental, visual theory and examines narration, memory and representations of the other. She has taught at New York University and New School of Social Research on topics ranging from research writing to critical theory. She was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. At Srishti she teaches Critical Theory, Film and Media studies. Her collaborative experimental work that she produced at Srishti includes “Subjective Cartographies” with Ewen Chardonay and Benjamin Cadon(2010), “Skype Performance” and “Buzz” with Daniel Fetzner (Offenburg University), “Labor in One Shot” with Harun Farocki(2014). She collaborated with Goethe institute to organize a retrospect and work shop with Farocki in 2011. Her current research interest is on Documentary Experimental films by Harun Farocki and conducted preliminary research through DAAD at Humboldt University, Berlin 2012 and IISc, Bangalore India and she is also exploring sound artist Cathy Lane’s work Beam(2014).
Vidhu Gandhi is an architect with a specialization in heritage conservation. She has over 10 years of experience in architecture, environmental design and heritage conservation. With a PhD in Architecture and Masters in Sustainable Development from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Vidhu has spent over 11 years in Australia. She has studied, worked, researched and taught in Sydney and Adelaide. Areas of research have included Aboriginal Australian heritage in urban areas (research area of Ph.D.), racism and multiculturalism in Australia, Australian housing and urban planning legislation. She has worked in the heritage conservation industry in Australia for over 7 years and has worked with architects, historians, urban planners, archaeologists and Aboriginal artists. She has taught architectural design, building construction, research methodologies, cultural geography and race studies.
Areas of interest: postcolonial studies; urban planning trends; urban and poor economics; legislation pertaining to urban planning and heritage.
Vijaykumar K J.
Vijaykumar is an Industrial Designer with a professional practice spanning 16 years – 14 of which were with design and development studio of corporates -Timex Watches Ltd., Titan Company Ltd. and Reliance Retail Ltd. With a Masters in Design from IIT Delhi, Bachelors in Production Engineering from Pune University and Diploma in Marketing Management from NMIMS Mumbai, Vijay has been an acknowledged affiliate of leadership teams in the above mentioned corporates. His interests and core competencies are in institutionalising operational seamlessness for new product innovations and introductions, which comes with leading and/or co-ordinating projects with multi-disciplinary agencies – vendors, strategic partners, cross functional teams, placed in India and overseas. Through and in Srishti, Vijay imparts his acquired knowledge and capabilities, and hones design sensibilities of budding practitioners in the area of Product Design & Development, with a focus on Systems, Processes and Management. He teaches in the Industrial Arts and Design faction, for the B.Des and M.Des programs and also mentors inter-disciplinary projects.
Vijay is a one of the course leaders and co-ordinators in the School of Design, Business and Technology.
Areas of Interest: Product design and development, Design Operations management.
Waseem is a Visual Communication Designer with twenty-five years of work experience. He has seven years of industry experience and has been working with Srishti for the past fourteen years. His primary focus areas are Print Production, Audio-Visual and Web Design. His expertise is in 2D & 3D, Editing & Compositing, Graphic Design software from Adobe, Autodesk, Corel Corporation, etc.
During his fourteen years at Srishti, Waseem has led various studios and workshops, and is also involved in many in-house projects, including the Srishti Graduate Show (Students Year Book & Exhibition Panels), Marketing Collaterals (Projects Booklet, Prospectus, Annual Reports, Media Advertising) in addition to Print Production. He is also an active member of the Srishti Marketing & Website Team.
Areas of Interest: Graphic Design, Visual Communication, Web Design, Print Production.
Yamini Temujin is a Graphic Designer/Visual Communicator. She began her career with Web and Multimedia and developed a passion for Print and worked with various large publishing/media houses in London, gaining specific extensive experience in the areas of Design for Print, pre-press, publishing and corporate brand design. With an MA in Design Futures, Goldsmiths College, University of London, BFA in Applied Art, College of Fine Arts, Bangalore University and 17 years post-qualified experience of international and domestic design experience, she has also worked with reputed architectural firms in the areas of corporate branding as Brand Manager/Custodian, thus enhancing her ability to work with scale, material and form. She currently practices graphic design and paints murals for private clients. At Srishti, Yamini is the course leader for the Undergraduate Program for Visual Communication and Strategic Branding. She combines her professional experience to bridge the gap between knowledge with practice in her teaching.
Areas of Interest: Publication Design, Graphic Design, Mural Design and Branding.