Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

Who We Are

Heads of Departments

  • Agnishikha Choudhuri. Shikha is faculty in the Furniture & Interior Design department. With an M.S. in Interior Design from Eastern Michigan University, her research interests include urban waste management and design history. Prior to joining Srishti, she has ten years of experience in a variety of jobs including personal transformation programmes, film production, faculty development and teaching both design and literature. She also holds an M.A. in Literature from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University (1997).
  • Kumkum Nadig. Kumkum heads Visual Communication Design. She has an undergraduate degree in Architecture, M. Des. in Industrial Design (IDC, IIT Bombay), and, MFA in Graphic Design (Cranbrook Academy of Art, USA). With over 20 years of design experience and 10 years of teaching experience in India and Canada, she has worked as a graphic designer in the USA and the Netherlands, currently having her own design firm, Kena Design, Bangalore, India. Since 2005 Kumkum has been an active member of Guerilla Studios, co-conducting workshops in collaborative mixed-media art for three consecutive years, at SIGGRAPH, USA.

    At present Kumkum’s interests lie in exploring and documenting vernacular Indian Typographic communication forms. Kumkum is also passionate about mixed media prints and likes to experiment with combining and integrating digital as well as traditional printmaking practices.

  • Naga Nandini. Nandini, Head of Product & Interface Design, is a product designer with 20 years of experience. She has worked with craft communities in eastern India for many years, where she helped set up artisan groups. She has also worked on communication material for craft groups and non-profits, like websites, catalogues and print material, also worked and participated in the idea of Fair Trade for several years now.
  • Swati Unakar. Swati is a textile design graduate from NID, Ahmedabad. She has been with Srishti since 1999. She is the Coordinator for Textile Design. She also runs a design studio where she works with handloom weavers to create home & fashion accessories. Through her studio practice she addresses issues of waste generated by the garment industries in Bangalore to create interesting home accessory products. Prior to Srishti, she taught at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore. Her past experience includes working as a designer with leading brands like The Bombay Store, Ritu Kumar’s chain of boutiques and has also worked with state-of-the-art weaving technology at Himatsingka Seide Ltd. She has worked closely with crafts persons for design development in the traditional handloom weaving styles of Orissa and West Bengal and with several other craft groups in Northern Karnataka as well as Kutch, Gujarat. She is interested in the area of Social design & works with rural artisans to help create sustainable livelihoods through craft practices.
  • Ravindranath G. A visual artist, Ravindranath is interested in Creative Arts for development on various fronts and is presently formulating new contemporarily relevant Visual Arts Program. Apart from working on projects, teaching Foundation Studies & at CEMA, he has been in academics and art education for nearly 20 years from designing, setting up and running art curriculum for middle school to research and design of the syllabus for an Undergraduate Program in Crafts Education. He has worked on and guided research programs in Art, Language, Culture and Identity-related topics at the Kannada Research University, Hampi, and has taught several Art and Design courses in design.
  • Swati Dandekar heads the Digital Video Production Department at Srishti. She has been an independent researcher, writer and documentary filmmaker with interests in a variety of areas ranging from cultural heritage to development issues. Her recent work is a series of film essays on practices of governance and democracy and their impact on peoples, places and the environment.

Teaching Faculty

  • Abhiyan Humane. Abhiyan Humane studies online behavior, with a focus on social networks and digital platforms. Drawing from sociology, psychology, anthropology and communication research; he tries to understand and visualise communication and consumption patterns online, and our altered realities of participation, spaces, and representations. He is interested in exploring scientific paradigms with art and technology through simulations, models, and installations utilizing various modalities, matter and media.

    At one point in life, Humane managed and curated an art gallery in Minneapolis, which was an experimental place to exhibit the work of new artists. His art practice involves the ‘distortion’ of his paintings through technology – mostly the recluse printer and scanner – to give rise to emerging forms of perceptual understanding of loss, gain and convulsion of information as art-form transforms through mixed-media. This way he links the ‘original’ and ‘transformative’ to the ‘end’ form – creating sequences and patterns of Gestalt.

  • Aditi Banerjee Aditi Banerjee is a filmmaker with five years of experience in documentary and fiction films. Over the past three years she has been working for The Energy and Resources Institute where she conceptualized, wrote and directed films on environment and development. Some of her projects include First Period: A film on green schools (given the Osiris Award for sustainable agriculture by UN FAO in Agrofilm 2011,Slovenia), Colours of India- a series on India’s culture and heritage for National Geographic Channel, Terraquiz – a thirteen episode quiz show for Discovery Channel, Breathe Easy- a film on clean cook stoves for Project Surya, Scripps Institute and PVR CineArt- a series of workshops for 200 students on filmmaking. Her first film on Sufism was commissioned by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Her film on storytelling has won four awards including the Jeevika Award for Best Student Film in South Asia.

    She has a Bachelors degree in Literature from St. Stephen’s College, an MA in Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and has a Diploma in Film and Video Communication from NID Ahmedabad. She is currently a Faculty in the film department at Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore.

  • Ahsam is an architect who turned to filmmaking just for the passion of it. She has a Bachelor in Architecture from College of Engg., Trivandrum and a PG Diploma in Film & Video Communication from NID, Ahmedabad. She has practiced as an architect, and later dabbled in feature films, ad films, corporate films and her own short films. Her short films "Chaattalmazha" & "Allah-u Akbar" has been screened at various film festivals. Her latest outing was with AOL as a video editor, production coordinator and filmmaker.
  • Ajai Narendran had his initial education and training in Mathematics, Physics and Avionics engineering. After 2 years with the Aviation industry he entered the IT domain and was with Amrita University main campus, Coimbatore for 9 years.Here he founded and headed the Knowledge Management group, where he conceptualized and executed “Project Vidya” which now serves as the primary digital resource base for the university spread across 5 campuses in South India, linked by the ISRO-EduSat network. Project Vidya has been recommended by the IT Ministry-UGC-NAAC-AICTE as a replicable model for many Indian universities. His interdisciplinary interests found a fertile ground in the study of ‘Complexity Science’, simulation, modelling and its application to various areas. At Srishti he works primarily in the area of Knowledge Management and teaches courses requiring his interest areas.
  • Alison Byrnes. Alison Byrnes is a full-time faculty member at the Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology. She currently leads the Museum and Gallery Practices Advanced Diploma Programme, as co-director. She holds a Certificate of Museum Studies from the University of Michigan, earned concurrently with a Masters of Fine Art. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the American Museum of Magic, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History at the University of Michigan are the museums in which she has worked, in exhibition design and planning. She contributed to Kalpaneya Yatre (Astrofest), a 10-day festival and exhbition of astronomy and astrophysics, held at the Nehru Planetarium in Bangalore as part of the Srishti team, as well. Her teaching experience included the University of Michigan as well. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Art, and a Bachelor's of Art in Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her own work engages the problem of epistemology especially through the lens of history, as it prods the nature of how knowledge is built.
  • Arzu Mistry. Arzu Mistry, BFA California College of the Arts, Ed. M. Harvard Graduate School of Education, is an educator, muralist, mixed media visual artist and dancer. She lives and works between the United States and India. She has 10 years of arts education experience spanning varied educational institutions from private schools to schools for urban poor, museums to non-profits, and State Offices of Education to Art and Design Colleges. At Srishti, Arzu is an Artist-in-Residence and a Research Associate at Project Vision. Her research this year has centered on connecting memory, story, play and art making through community art projects, teacher professional development and educational research and practice at Drishya Kallika Kendra, Learning centers for Urban Poor.
  • Ann Thomas. Ann heads the marketing, PR and communications of Srishti. She is a communications professional with a Masters degree in Audio Visual Communications from Convergence Institute of Mass Media and IT studies and a Bachelors degree from Christ College. Prior to joining Srishti, she has over six years of experience in television, film production, advertising and even school management. She also holds a Bachelors degree in Education from Bangalore University.
  • Arathi H K. Arathi is a Visual Artist, graduated in Visual Arts and a Post Graduate degree in Painting in 1998 from College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore University. Arathi has been a Faculty at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology since 2010. She has been participating in many group shows and solo shows. Her Painting titled “ My Diary” has been selected for the Gallery collection by National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi in 1998. Has been awarded the Annual Karnataka State Lalithkala Academy Award for the Painting titled “Flames of Hatred”, in the year in 2010. And also State lalith Kala Academy Scholarships for her Paintings. Apart from sharing knowledge on Visual Language in many schools and Fine Art Colleges in and around Karnataka, she is a practicing artist working on the concept of “BODY, MIND and SOUL” in the context of Non- Violence working with the media of Video art, short films and Assemblages which are public interactive Art works “Work in Progress”.
  • Bani Singh. Bani has a 22 years experience of having worked as a design consultant on a wide range of projects including furniture and textiles. More recently she has chosen to focus on the area of cultural studies and has worked as a content interpreter/visualizer while working closely with the design/research teams that evolved the design language and installations for the Khalsa Heritage Center at Anandpur Sahib.

    As a visiting faculty at the Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology she intends to bring together her interests by demonstrating how design is a powerful tool at the interface of material and culture.
    While continuing to work on projects in this domain she works closely with the students, searching for fresh directions while mentoring and guiding the students in their design projects.

  • Binu Bhaskaran. Binu is faculty in Furniture & Interior Design department. He is an Architect & also holds a Post Graduate Diploma from National Institute of Design in Furniture & Interior Design. Out from NID he has worked extensively in an wide array of assignments which includes both research as well as industry projects. Few to mention are; Exhibition for Indian Railways for celebrating 150 years of Narrow Gauge, Design Head at Featherlite Pvt. Ltd., Visual System Design for the book '50 years of NID'. He is also Founder & Design partner at DesignMutation Furniture Systems. His interest lies in the uplift of small scale industrial units with help of design and policy awareness.
  • Carl Lindquist. Carl is a full-time faculty member at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. He is Ph.D.-ABD in Heritage Studies, and his academic focuses include public art initiatives, ethnographic research of craftspersons, and study abroad programming for students in the arts and humanities. He holds a Masters Degree in Art History, a Masters Degree in Heritage Studies, and a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Studio Art with a specialization in intaglio printmaking. He is also a graduate of the NAFSA Academy for International Education. Along with teaching courses relating to art history, cultural heritage, writing and research, he also assists Srishti with the development of study abroad initiatives. His work at Srishti has been informed greatly by his experiences as a public art program director at the University of Iowa, as Coordinator for International Educational Initiatives at Arkansas State University, and through his prior teaching experience at both of those universities. He is a former study abroad student and has lived and studied in Belgium, Malta, and India, as well as in his home country of the United States.
  • Chinmayi Arakali. Chinmayi Arakali is a part-time faculty at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. She is also an Advisor to Prakriye – Center for Community Informatics and Development, the field unit of IT for Change – a non profit organisation.

    She worked with the field unit of IT for Change since its inception in 2005. Working there for seven years, she trained and guided young people within the organisation to be participatory film makers and also played a key role in shaping projects that use video technologies for the empowerment of women and adolescent girls in villages in Mysore district. Chinmayi studied Film and Video Communication Design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and graduated from there 2006. Her special interests are Gender and Participatory media.

  • Deepak Srinivasan. Deepak is a performance artist, media practitioner & researcher, currently serving as faculty at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. After natural science BSc and MS, his interests shifted to exploring the role of media & arts as methods for transdisciplinary inquiry. Since 2005, he has been training in performing arts and community theatre with prominent theatre practitioners. Deepak's experience with media comes from his years as content developer with Worldspace Satellite Radio and as media practitioner at Maraa, a media and arts collective. Deepak's current interests and practices are an amalgamation of science, storytelling, performance, social design, media and their psycho-social interfaces. Deepak has been a primary participant in envisioning the Memories of Modernity project collaboration between India and Sweden (http://srishti.ac.in/mmf) and is focused on exploring and understanding practice-based methodologies to engage with modernity at large.
  • Evan Hastings. Evan integrates Theatre of the Oppressed, Drama Therapy and elements of Hip Hop culture into his approach to artistic social healing. Grass Rooted in community organizing, he acts in, directs and produces original performance pieces that grapple with pressing issues while innovative aesthetics invite audience engagement. Evan facilitates in correctional facilities, community theatres, schools and colleges. He also works with therapists, social workers, artists and educators by consulting and providing professional development.
  • Jackson Poretta. 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.
  • Kalpana Tanwar. Kalpana joined Srishti in 2010 and is instrumental in introducing process-oriented psychology into art and design education. She has been exploring how process-oriented psychology can contribute to creativity. Kalpana teaches basic self-awareness and teamwork skills and techniques, emphasizing the importance of observation of 'the other' and 'the self'. Her training as a psychotherapist and facilitator, with groups and in conflict situations, makes her an important team member at Srishti.

    Kalpana holds a Diploma in Process Work, from Portland, Oregon, USA (2008); her thesis was about teaching psychology through stories. Kalpana is also a graduate of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Therapy from Xavier Institute of Communication.

  • Kumar KJ. Kumar is a Textile Technologist and a post-graduate certification in Behavioural Sciences Training. He has over 20 years of experience with expertise extending to research in design & development, training on behavioural & textile product modules; technical design and merchandizing.

    Kumar has taught at the NID, Ahmedabad, and the Indo American Society, Mumbai, and has been an entrepreneur and freelance designer. He has corporate exposure with organizations like Himatsingka Seide, Peter England Brand and the handloom sector. He has also conducted market surveys & research in various European countries and South East Asia.

    He has been trained exhaustively on personal & professional excellence encompassing the twin disciplines of ‘mindset management’ & ‘skill sets enhancement’. He has trained more than 9,000 people in various fields and compered for large audiences. Apart from his passion for textiles & education, his other interests include training and adventure sports.

  • Manjari Singh. Manjari Singh joined Srishti in early 2011 as the Coordinator for CERTAD (Centre for Education, Research, Training and Development). She has a Ph.D in Educational Psychology with a specific focus on Learning, Cognition and Instruction from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. She also has a Bachelor of Education from Annamalai University and a Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology from Bangalore University, India.

    Manjari has been involved in educational research and practice within elementary-secondary schools and higher education. Her research work has been primarily qualitative and included ethnographic studies of teaching and learning. Her educational practice has included teaching and counselling students within K-12 system in India, teaching undergraduate students in the United States, mentoring and supervising pre-service teachers, as well as contributing to professional development workshops and programs for practicing teachers.

    Manjari’s focus is on fostering educational practices that are learner-centered, developmentally appropriate and stimulating and which promote gender equity and student empowerment. She is interested in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs and processes that foster quality learning among children enrolled in school or non-formal educational programs, and, in conducting programs and research related to teacher’s professional learning and development.

  • Matt Lee. Matt is an artist, illustrator and educator from the UK. He has lived in Bangalore since 2007. At Srishti, Matt leads design labs, client projects and teaches courses in visual communication and illustration. He has been a graduate teaching assistant on the MA Digital Arts programme at Camberwell College of Arts in London and has given lectures on professional practice at several collages in the UK.

    Matt's work has featured in The Guardian, The Independent, FT, Time Out, NY Arts Magazine and Creative Review, as well as Illusive 2 and Fully Booked published by Gestalten. He has exhibited in Canada, France, Japan, UK, Germany, USA, Netherlands and Sardinia. In his practice, Matt uses digital drawing, photography and video to examine dualities of presence/ absence and sense/ nonsense as well as processes for constructing, framing, manipulating and reading visual messages.

    Matt holds a BA (Hons) in Design: Illustration from Plymouth University and an MA in Visual Arts: Digital Arts from Camberwell College, University of the Arts London. For his 'Nonsense and Play' project, Matt received an Arts & Humanities Research Council award in 2010. Research interests include: Blogging and reflective practice, drawing as process, philosophy of digital media, visual-tactile communication, visual storytelling, literary nonsense, semiotics, deconstruction, rhetoric of framing and play theory.

  • Meera Curam. Meera is an artist and a textile designer, with post graduate degree in visual arts from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat and has studied textile Design at Philadelphia University . Her areas of interests include natural dyes, natural fabrics and printing techniques. As an artist there is a constant urge to do something beyond regular practice, which makes her search and learn new aspects of art and design. She has a studio "studio Azure" in which she develops exclusive handcrafted fabrics using different Textile techniques such as printing, dyeing, hand painting and Shibori as well as reproduction of Vintage Textiles.

    Commissioned work: 2013 re production of 300 year old textile Hand painted Textile for the wall panels of the palace of 'Ermitageslottet' at Copenhagen. Palace had commissioned to re- produce 80 metres of 300 year old textile for the wall panels for the interiors.

  • Partavam Venkata Ramana. Ramana is 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.
  • Pandrang Row. Pandrang Row was a red-hot communist in college, going on demonstrations and charging a variety of windmills. However, late in his college life, after completing a Masters in English Literature, he got bitten by the advertising bug. So he quit college, joined Ogilvy, Benson and Mather and left behind the dubious charms of the jhola and kurta crowd to become a true-blue capitalist pig.

    In advertising, he was promptly re-named 'Pandi' (easier to pronounce apparently) and proceeded to win awards in his first year in the business. This was followed by 20 years of creating award-winning advertising for agencies like Ogilvy & Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi, Hindustan Thompson and McCann Erickson.

    Pandi quit advertising as the Executive Creative Director of Mudra, Delhi to write novels. After free-lancing a bit and writing three novels, Pandi joined Vertebrand, one of India's leading brand consultancies, where he spent five years, working out strategies and brand ideas for clients like Apollo Hospitals, Ashok Leyland, TAFE and a variety of other clients.

    He joined Srishti in 2011 to set up Pandimonium an advertising lab, which plans to recruit management, art and liberal arts students to set up mini agencies that will handle real-life clients to produce advertising campaigns. He is currently actively hunting students for the Pandimonium advertising lab.

  • Pooja Pottenkulam Pooja is an animation filmmaker and illustrator. She graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, where she specialized in Animation. She also has an MA in animation from the Royal College of Art, London. She has made six short animated films. Her film Nap has been sold to Channel 4 in the UK, while her other films have been screened and won awards at various international film festivals. Her work experience includes working with MTV and Nickelodeon in Mumbai, where she created animated identity spots for both the channels. She is also a children's book illustrator for Scholastic.

    She has been teaching Design and Animation since 2000 and has taught in India, China, Egypt and the UK. Her research interests include the role of the Auteur in animation, Narrative strategies in animation and curating independent animation. As full-time faculty at Srishti, the main animation courses that she offers to students are Tall Tales and Short Stories (Pre-production and production for independent animation filmmaking), History of animation, Character design and Sound design.

    Her animation and illustration work can be viewed here:
    www.poojapottenkulam.com, www.facebook.com/poojapottenkulam, www.vimeo.com/pooja/videos

  • Pooja Kaul. Pooja is an artist with a background in Painting. Before joining Srishti ahe taught as Art Faculty in IIT-Hyderabad with their Center for Exact Humanities, where she is also currently a PhD research scholar. Her area of research interest is in aesthetics and more specifically formalization of the compositional principles of Painting. She has also worked as Assistant Director with filmmaker and photographer Benoy K Behl in the making of 2 series of documentary films about Indian art history, one series of 12 films on 'The Story of Buddhism' and another set of 2 films on the Cosmopolitan Nature of Ancient and Medeival India'.
  • Priya K Iyer. Priya is an architect and furniture designer. She teaches in the Furniture and Interior Design department at Srishti. She has worked in the area of furniture manufacturing, crafts and user research. Prior to Srishti, she has had brief teaching assignments. Her interest lies in the subject of form and aesthetics, which she is currently exploring through the medium of photography.
  • Raghavendra Rao. Raghavendra studied painting at the Ken School of Art in Bangalore. He won the fellowship for Painting at Kanoria Centre For Arts, Ahmedabad, which resulted in him being part of a traveling show called ‘Four Young Contemporaries' curated by Rekha Rodwittiya. His work with artist activist C. F. John in conducting workshops for various groups including urban minorities led to a group installation show in Bangalore in 1995 titled 'Silence of Furies and Sorrows, Pages of a Burning City'. In 1997, he was awarded a scholarship to work at Gasteatelier Krone in Switzerland. He has taken part in residencies like Còmhla – International Artists’ Workshop in Scotland, Khoj - International Artists Workshop, Bangalore, PARTage – International Artists’ workshop in Mauritius and ‘Ten Years Ten Artists’ – Residency and group show at Gasteatelier Krone, Switzerland. More recently he had a solo show titled ‘lost and found and lost…’ at Gallery Sumukha.
  • Rajesh Dangoria. Rajesh Dangoria is a Craft Designer, Educationist, Livelihood & community developer. He has studied B.F.A. (Painting) and a three year P.G. Diploma in Crafts and Design from Indian Institute of Crafts and Design (IICD) Jaipur. He has six years experience of teaching Design Foundation, Product, Furniture and textile print design; he also has worked with different Craft development projects under various ministries as well as private organizations of national and international repute for the sustainable Livelihood development of crafts persons and communities.

    He is associated as a designer with D.C. Handicrafts, Ministry of Textile, MSME Design Clinic Scheme, Government of Rajasthan and different Government Agencies, Voluntary Organizations and Private Organizations.

    His mission is to generate livelihood opportunities for people globally with their hand craft skills for their self sustainable socio-economic development.

  • Roshan Sahi studied in Sita School in rural Bengaluru. Later he studied Art in Santiniketan, West Bengal. He has worked as a consultant Art teacher in different Schools of diverse social backgrounds. He has been involved in an Arts Education program across Karnataka training Government school teachers to think and teach in more creative ways. He Co-authored a handbook for Teachers helping teachers teach their class subjects in creative and artistic ways. He has also given training for teachers in other states across India. Gardening is an important dimension in his work. He worked in London for three years in Horticultural therapy with people with learning disabilities. He is trained also in horticulture and garden design. He has professionally worked as a ceramicist for the last ten years creating murals and earthenware pottery. He has had solo and group exhibitions of his paintings both in the UK and in India.
  • Sudebi Thakurata is a faculty member at CERTAD at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. Music, poetry, storytelling, interaction with people and travelling are her passion and so are the interfaces of science and humanities. She works in the area of designing education, emphasising on socially, environmentally and culturally relevant issues. She is a certified coach of the National School Reform Faculty, USA and a trained facilitator in PEP (Peer Educating Peer) from Boston Arts Academy. She has been engaged in the areas of development communication and community media, with several organisations and individuals across the globe. She is keenly focused on bringing in inquiry-driven participatory design into her work. Her interest around social issues developed early as a cub reporter at The Statesman, and the engagement got deeper while co-authoring a book on child rights for UNICEF. She got an award for her dissertation for a UNESCO approved course on International Understanding for Human Unity where she connected arts with science. After finishing an honours degree in Chemistry from St Xavier's College, Kolkata, her first assignment was that of the Programme Manager of a national NGO, working against human trafficking. It gave her a chance to interact with not just a lot of trafficked survivors but also started making her feel the need to understand issues in relation to other issues as well. Following this, she was awarded a fellowship funded by Sir Ratan Tata Trust for her work on critical media literacy as a life skill and a fellowship funded by Mc-Arthur Foundation for Women Aloud: Video Blogging for Empowerment. During this time, she realised the value of embedding socio-political issues in a school curriculum, or in a child's formative years, using critical and creative thinking, rather than working in isolation around issues. This, she believes, would lead to an understanding of the complexities of various systems through their inter connectedness and catalyse action.
  • Dr. Neeti Sethi Bose. Dr. Neeti Sethi Bose teaches courses in basic design and liberal arts at foundation, graduate and postgrad levels. She has a BFA and MFA in visual arts from Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi and a PhD in Art Theory from University of New South Wales, Australia, where she made a cross-cultural comparative study of Indigenous arts, cultural development and representation, promotion and marketing, of indigenous arts and crafts in India and Australia. Her academic interest spans widely across theory and studio practice and her focus is on indigenous knowledge and cultural production – arts, crafts and cultural practices, cultural policy, crafts and craftspeople, the split between arts, crafts and design and design basics. Neeti has worked and lived in India, Africa and Australia where she researched, conceptualized and implemented numerous capacity building trainings and programs focusing crafts communities, organized numerous exhibitions, events, seminars, film shows, lecture series and international exchange programs. She has worked with national and international organizations and institutions like National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Delhi and Patna, Addis Ababa University, University of New south Wales, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, ILO Ethiopia and various NGOs. In all her endeavors - teaching, training, creative and technical support – Neeti adopts a hands-on, area specific approach that looks at local people and available avenues for facilitation of sustainable socio- economic mechanisms to develop value chains and new product development. Her entire learning is summarized in ARTSMART, a non-profit organization she founded that believes in smartening people at the grassroots with the arts through training, representation and mobilization.
  • Narendra Raghunath. Narendra Raghunath is an artist. He did his masters in art, design and communication from Center for Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad. He has been part of number of art exhibitions and engagements. Prior to joining Srishti, he has been working with corporate sector for sixteen years in IT and finance sector and thereafter associated with IGNOU, NID and NSID Saurashtra University. In the past he has also contributed cartoons, illustrations and art reviews to mainstream magazines and newspapers. His area of interest lies in art and its inter-disciplinary academic relevance, art history and visual theory.
  • Sudipto Dasgupta. A product designer, Sudipto has worked in the field of handicraft with NGOs, crafts persons and entrepreneurs for the last 20 years in various capacities that included design, enterprise, marketing, management and consultancy. He is currently fulltime faculty at Srishti teaching in Foundation Studies, Product Design and Furniture & Interiors. His previous experience also includes design and installation of exhibitions, and has represented organizations, including Srishti, at exhibitions, conferences, seminars and trade fairs. Sudipto has an interest in furniture design and web design, which has also emerged from the domain of craft. He is passionately interested in indigenous and appropriate technology, in rural and urban environment.
  • Sandeep Chandra Ashwath. With an undergraduate degree in science, Sandeep went on to study animation at the National Institute of Design- Ahmedabad. He then completed an MA in animation at the Royal College of Art- London. Sandeep initially engaged with traditional forms of Indian storytelling and performance through classical animation. His work then moved to exploring digital imagery, verse/text and minimalist drawn animation for telling stories effectively. His interest in folk narratives lead to a doctoral study in social anthropology on the topic of mythology and sacredness in urban India, at the University of Surrey- UK.
  • Urvashi is an architect with a bachelors degree in architecture from the Shivaji University, Maharashtra. She has large experience as a professional architect, working on large-scale office and residential and commercial projects. She also has technical qualifications in the domain of GIS and 'mapping' and has worked for several years with RMSI, a GIS major. An avid music enthusiast, she also has interests in sustainable development and design education. Prior to joining Srishti as a faculty, she has been part of an architectural school, teaching architectural design for a period of over 3 years.
  • Elizabeth Jacob Sandvik. At Srishti, works with Change, Chaos and Systems thinking for evolving a language of Design for Sustainability. She is an Industrial Designer from NID Ahmadabad, and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. She has 24 years of experience both in India and Europe with Industrial design, Internet and web administration, Education, Investigative Future studies and Entrepreneurship. She has represented Norway for an International 4 yr research seminar project “Finns Norden i 2020 ?” led by CIFS (Copenhagen Institute for Future studies) and SIU (Statens Industri for Utvikling) spanning the 5 countries of Norden, The outcome of this project was a presentation for the EU commission in Brussels and a Future report published under the auspices of CIFS.Worked as the CIO (Chief Information Officer) at Westerdals School of Communication Oslo and visiting faculty at School of Planning and Architecture (SPA ),Delhi-Masters programme in Industrial Design. Worked on development of Curriculum for Service design Under Grad program for Ambedkar University, Delhi.
  • Lloyd Roberts. Lloyd Robert is an artist, writer and musician with a penchant for animation, theatre and film making, he has 12 years of advertising experience, most recently with Ogilvy & Mather, where he worked with client companies like Titan Industries, WelcomGroup and Asian Paints. In 1999 he founded Wizworks Multimedia Limited, which introduced the High Definition (HD) format in India, with a complete set-up for film and TV production and post-production. The Wizworks 2D and 3D animation department has worked on feature films, TV commercials, corporate films and music videos. Lloyd teaches in the Foundation Studies Program.
  • Manasee Jog. Manasee is a Graphic Designer/Illustrator with a Masters degree from the University of Arts, London. She is part of the Visual Communication Department. Prior to Srishti, Manasee has worked for 13 years in the corporate and IT industry with companies like Titan and Madura Garments in various roles like Retail and Graphic Designer. Previously, she was the Art Director for Rave Magazine. In her last job at Infosys Technologies,she worked extensively with IT clients on Web and UI based projects. Manasee is also a keen interior decorator and consultant. Her passions include photography, package designing, creating graphic novellas, paper-making, and pottery-making.
  • Manjusha Nair-Joseph. Manjusha has a post-graduate Diploma in Cinema with specialization in Film Editing, from the Film & TV Institute of India, Pune. Her first film ‘Manav’…on the transgender community and the psychosocial aspects of their life had a world premiere at Cinema Du Reel, at Paris in 1990. The film went on to participate in Sakshi , celebrating 25 years of Independent Indian Documentary Bangalore, Munich Docu Film Fest and the Neubrandenberg Festival, Germany.

    She has over 15 years of experience working in varied capacities as director, conceptualizer, and project- coordinator in multi-hued projects for corporate and image films, travel, promos, and television programs. She has also worked with many social sector organizations creating films for their needs as well as facilitating training workshops. She has participated in educational initiatives with middle and high school children across states to teach Digital Film Making and using film as text to enable language learning. She is passionate about the different uses of video/film as a medium whether to facilitate learning, empowerment or create spaces for dialogue beside the traditional onus of the medium as a form of expression. She is currently faculty in the Digital Video Production Department at Srishti.

  • Krupa Thimmaiah. Krupa works with IT for Change, an NGO based in Bangalore that works with technology (policy, advocay and practice) for the development sector. With IT for Change, she has worked in Mysore specifically looking at community radio for marginalised women. She has worked with HIV/AIDS projects in Karnataka (India – Canada Collaborative HIV/AIDS Project and Karnataka Health Promotion Trust) as Programme Officer, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) where her work included communications training for field staff and the communities that the projects worked with. Krupa has seen a number of materials through from design to production. She is an alumna of Srishti, School of Art, Design and Technology. During her student days she was part of a team that produced ‘Silent Spaces’ a film on sexuality for urban youth.