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Geetha Narayanan

Geetha Narayanan is founder and Director of Srishti. She has dedicated her life to finding and establishing new models of educational institutions that are creative, synergistic and original in their approachto learning. An administrator, researcher, teacher and facilitator, she has pioneered many courses and projects that examine a wide variety of needs, social and educational. She is at present involved in a radical overhaul of Srishti’s design pedagogy, curriculum development and social responsibility. She is also involved in a program that seeks to develop and train teachers for underserved communities.

Poonam Bir Kasturi

Poonam is a founding member of Srishti. She is a product designer, having graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She is Academic Advisor in Srishti and coordinates the Design for Community (and Self) diploma, a multidisciplinary course. She likes to question existing design pedagogy and ask how design intersects with human experience. She also founded play’n’speak, a product design company developing new paradigm products based on the Indian context and a universal sense of fun. She is deeply committed to the crafts sector, both its cultural heritage and its people, and concentrates on accelerating interactions between design as a discipline and practice and craft through participatory training programs and projects that empower craftspeople. She has participated and made presentations at global design conferences. Her papers are original and critique extant design paradigms and methodologies. Her landmark paper is titled “The India Report Revisited”, a fresh look at the India Report authored by Charles Eames that led to the setting up of the NID.

Prem Chandavarkar

Prem Chandavarkar is a practicing architect who has been closely associated with Srishti in various capacities and whose contributions have been significant to Srishti’s growth. A partner in a leading architectural practice in Bangalore, he divides his time between work and academia. He is a friend, philosopher and guide to both faculty and students. He completed his Bachelors in Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and his Masters in Architecture at the University of Oregon, USA. He has written and published several important papers on architecture.

Arvind Lodaya

An Industrial Design graduate from the NID, Arvind went on to become Creative Director at Ogilvy, straddling disciplines as diverse as Branding, Product Design, Marketing/ Social Communications, Interactive Exhibits and Digital Media. Many of the projects he was involved with figure in the top bracket of their categories. After 14 years of professional practice, “I got bored with supergloss, and sought a more textured palette.” He joined Srishti in 2002 and combines teaching with research and consulting. His key research interests include Humanizing Technology, Social Marketing and Communication, and Design Pedagogy.

Geetanjali Sachdev

Geetu graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, with a major in Graphic Communication Management and a minor in Visual Communications. She then worked as a freelance graphic designer and manufactured a range of recycled paper products under the name 'The Smiling Tree'. Geetanjali joined Srishti at its inception and for a while combined teaching part-time with working as a freelance graphic designer. She is now full-time educator and Co-ordinator of the Foundation Studies and Core Skills programs at Srishti.

P. John Mathew

A Furniture Design graduate from NID, John Mathew has been Co-ordinator of the Furniture Design program in Srishti from inception. He has over 20 years of professional work experience. He is one of the directors of three Bangalore-based design enterprises – Studioline Interior Systems Pvt Ltd, Dovetail Furniture Pvt Ltd and The Design Store. He is also Senior Associate Designer with Tessaract Design, Bangalore. At present, John Mathew divides his time between teaching at Srishti and developing new designs for The Design Store, a retailer of contemporary furniture, and handling interior design projects with Tessaract Design, a leading design consultancy in the country.

Michael Joseph
Mike has a Post-graduate Diploma in Cinema from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune specialized in Film Direction(1988).
Worked 7 years (1989 –96) in the area of educational video at SLRTC, Karigiri, a small village in Tamil Nadu. During this period also started exploring more interactive and immediate uses of small format video. He worked with school children using video as a participatory communication tool to address various health issues. He extended these aesthetics to train health workers in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – empowering them to use video as a educational aid.
From 1996 to 2003 he worked as a freelance filmmaker based in Bangalore producing corporates/ training/ product/ docus and ads for companies such as Escorts, Pricol, TVS and Coffee Day. Since 2003 he has been a full-time faculty at Srishti.

G. Anand

Anand has been with Srishti since its inception and apart from handling crucial administrative tasks, teaches courses in Production Processes and Workshop Methods in the Furniture Design program. He combines the teaching of theory with hands-on experience that is vital learning experience for the students.

Kumkum Nadig
Kumkum Nadig brings with her a unique ability to engage in every facet of Design and Communication as her education background includes undergraduate degree in Architecture, M.Des. in Industrial Design (IDC, IIT Bombay), and, MFA in Graphic Design (Cranbrook Academy of Art, USA)
Kumkum brings with her 14 years of multinational experience as a Design professional, and over 5 years of teaching experience in India and Canada.
Her work spans from being freelance graphic designer in Michigan, USA, to in-house graphic designer with Philips International in The Netherlands, to setting up and running her own design practice for 9 years in Bangalore, India.
Kumkum is the coordinator of Visual Communication Design Program. You may reach her at kknadig@india.com or leave a message for her at info@srishtiblr.org
 
Shuchi Grover
Shuchi is a technologist by training who focuses on the role and use of technology in education and society. During her recent 2-year stint as a graduate researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School, Shuchi was involved in the design of e-learning environments, online teacher professional development programs, hands-on “playful” learning for children and the integration of technology in K-12 curriculum. Prior to that, Shuchi spent 10 years in the mainstream IT industry in the U.S. as a software consultant and entrepreneur. Shuchi’s interests and research pursuits include HCI and usability issues in design; and hands-on, exploratory learning spaces for children. She has undergraduate degrees in Physics and Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani; an M.S. in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; and an Ed.M. (Technology in Education) from Harvard University.

Shabnam Virmani

Currently artist-in-residence at Srishti, Shabnam’s work in the media over the last 15 years spans journalism, documentary filmmaking, community radio and public service advertising. After her Masters in Development Communication from Cornell University, Shabnam co-founded the Drishti Media Collective in Ahmedabad in 1991. She has directed several films and radio programs, some of which have won national and international awards.

Ravindranath G

Ravi is Co-ordinator of the Fine Arts program in Srishti. He completed his graduate (Painting) and postgraduate (Graphic Art) studies at the Faculty of Fine Art, M.S.University, Baroda. He has participated in and conducted several art exhibitions and workshops. Since 1986, he has been a research and teaching/visiting faculty in institutes like NID, Chitra Kala Parishat, Bangalore, and Kannada Research University, Hampi. He has been teaching in Srishti since 1997.

Ampat V. Varghese

A post-graduate in Mass Communications and Journalism from Kerala University, he worked in leading Indian English dailies for 19 years before turning, in 1999, to full-time design and delivery of Liberal Arts modules at Srishti. His career in journalism included covering politics, economics and finance, science and technology, art, film and culture and involved teaching part-time in institutes of journalism. He continues to write as a freelance journalist.

Swati Unakar

Swati is Coordinator and Faculty for Textile Design at Srishti since July 1999. She also has additional responsibility as Coordinator for Fashion Design. Prior to Srishti, she taught at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bangalore, after having worked as a designer with leading brands like The Bombay Store and Ritu Kumar’s chain of boutiques. She did her post-graduation in Textile Design from the NID where she specialized in weaving and embroidery. Her entry won the Woolmark Shawl Design competition sponsored by the International Wool Secretariat in 1993. She has worked closely with craftspersons for design development in the traditional handloom weaving styles of Orissa and West Bengal, and has also worked with state-of-the-art weaving technology at Himatsingka Seide.

Raghavendra Rao K.V

Raghu is Faculty with the Fine Arts department. He graduated with a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Ken School of Art, Bangalore in 1990. He was then awarded a Fellowship for Painting at the Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, followed by the Inlaks Fine Art award for 1993-95 at the end of which he won a scholarship to work at the Arbietsgruppe Gasteatelier Krone, Aarau, Switzerland. Raghu has held several exhibitions of his work in India and abroad. His works were part of Baumli 2002, a group show of site-specific art in Beinwil am See, Switzerland, and at Bhumigeeta, a group show of landscapes at Red Chair Gallery, Kansas City, USA in 2000 and a solo exhibition at Rathaus, Aarau in 1997. More recently, he has been working with New Media and videography and his short productions include the video “Maze”, “Video in Progress” and “Reminiscing Aarau”.

U.S. Ramesh Kalkur

Ramesh is Faculty with the Fine Arts program. He has a Diploma in Painting from the Ken School of Art, Bangalore, a Post-Diploma in Painting in Fine Arts from M.S. University, Baroda, and a Masters in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London. He was a recipient of the Inlaks Foundation scholarship. He has held several group shows and solo exhibitions in India and abroad. He was a key participant in two recent international art events – the "Veil" series of exhibitions in the U.K organised by the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), U.K., and the "City Park" Exhibition at Projects, Dublin, Ireland. His latest work “11’ x 11’” was recently exhibited at the Sumukha Gallery, Bangalore, and the Gallery Chemould and Pundole Gallery, Mumbai.

Uma V Chandru
UmaV Chandru has a multidisciplinary background in Health, Education, Design and Cultural Anthropology. She has a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and Child Development from the Women's Christian College, Chennai; a Diploma in Montessori Education from the Association Montessori Internationale, Bangalore; an M.Ed in Special Education, Lesley College, USA; an MS in Environmental Design and Behaviour Analysis, Purdue University, USA. Currently, she is working on developing multidisciplinary graduateprogrammes on Culture, Technology and Communication, including a course in Design Ethnography for multiple stakeholders.

Meena Vari

Meena is developing a program for Community Art. A Fulbright scholar, she researches the social impact of the arts, arts and education and related subject with a view to increasing participation in the arts. In 2001, she was selected by Visiting Arts, UK as part of a five-member team of cultural directors/managers to the Edinburgh Arts Festival. She has a postgraduate degree in Political Science from Delhi University