Soumik Nandy Majumdar, a faculty member in the Department of History of Art at Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan, has been teaching the history of Indian and East Asian art for the last 25 years. He has graduated from Santiniketan and completed his Masters from Baroda. He has done his Doctoral research on visual literacy of children and continues to conduct workshops on the subject. Majumdar has published several essays in national and international journals, written exhibition catalogues for prominent artists, including Ganesh Haloi, Jogen Chowdhury, Rafiqun Nabi (Bangladesh), Goutam Chowdhury, Jayashree Chakravarty and Debnath Basu. Besides English, he writes regularly in Bangla as well. Significant shows curated by him include 8 Bengal Masters: Miracles Of Existence, on behalf of Akar Prakar at Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice, Nice, France, May 2015; Compelling Presence – Jogen Choudhury Retrospective Show at NGMA, Bengaluru; and Jogen Chowdhury Show at Kalakriti, Hyderabad in 2016. He is visiting faculty at reputed institutes including NID (Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Vijayawada), IIT - Kanpur, FTII - Pune, SRFTI - Kolkata, and lectures at various other art and design institutions and schools.
Dr Shikha Jain has worked on several nomination dossiers for India and other Asian countries. She was Member Secretary of the Advisory Committee on World Heritage Matters to the Ministry of Culture, India, from 2011–15, during its elected term in the World Heritage Committee. Dr Jain has worked as a consultant to UNESCO New Delhi on specific missions. She is currently Vice President for ICOFORT, ICOMOS; UNESCO Visiting Faculty at the Category 2 Centre, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun; Haryana State Convener of INTACH and Founder Director, DRONAH, leading a diverse range of conservation, world heritage and museum planning projects across India and Southeast Asia in more than two decades of her practice, including preparation of Conservation Master Plan of Gandhi Bhawan in Chandigarh. She has a post-graduate degree in Community Design and Preservation from Kansas University, USA, and a doctorate in architectural history from De Montfort University, UK.
Born in the United Kingdom, Shaun Fynn is a designer and photographer who now resides in New York. A graduate of Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London, he is the CEO and Creative Director of StudioFYNN, a New York-based design and communication agency. Over the last 25 years, he has lived in and developed his practice in the UK, Italy, India and the United States.
Fynn’s award-winning work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in New York and the Weserburg museum in Germany. It has been also published in The Atlantic, Fast Company, The Guardian (UK), Graphis, The International Design Yearbook, Harper Collins Design Now, The Los Angeles Times and the Repertorio Del Design Italiano 1950–2000.
He is also a visiting lecturer at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and Art Center College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
Ruturaj Parikh is a partner with MATTER, an architecture, design and publishing studio based in Goa, which he founded in 2014 with Maanasi Hattangadi. He is the former Director of the Charles Correa Foundation where he led urban and public projects and research in human settlements. He has been involved in social projects that include listing and grading heritage buildings, redevelopment of backward and informal settlements and low-cost housing. From 2010 till 2014, Parikh was editor at Indian Architect & Builder magazine.
Sen is the author of several books, including Your History Gets in the Way of My Memory (2012), Feminine Fables: Imaging the Indian Woman in Painting, Photography and Cinema (Mapin, 2002), Revelations: Ganesh Pyne (2000), Bindu: Space and Time in Raza’s Vision (1997), Image and Imagination (Mapin, 1992) and Paintings from the Akbar Nama: A Visual Chronicle of Mughal India (1984). Each of these books interprets art with an interdisciplinary approach, integrating art with the wider concerns of ethics and social values in India. Sen is the recipient of several awards including the Smithsonian Fellowship, the Homi Bhabha Fellowship, the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, a grant from the Asian Cultural Council in New York, and was selected as the Asian art critic for the Sao Paolo Biennale in Brazil in the year 2000.
Dr. Balkrishna Doshi is foremost among the modern Indian architects. An urban planner and educator for the past 70 years, Dr. Doshi is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects. After initial studies at the JJ School of Architecture, Bombay, Doshi worked for four years with Le Corbusier in Paris as Senior Designer (1951–1954) and four years in India to supervise his projects in Ahmedabad. Doshi’s office Vastu-Shilpa (Environmental Design) was established in 1955. Doshi has to his credit outstanding projects ranging from dozens of townships and several educational campuses, including those for CEPT University, Ahmedabad, NIFT, New Delhi, and IIM Bangalore.
Apart from his international fame as an architect, Doshi is equally known as an educator and institution builder. He has been the first Founder–Director of School of Architecture (1962–72) and School of Planning (1972–79), Ahmedabad, which are regarded as the pioneer and fountainhead of modern architectural and planning education in India.
In 2018, Doshi was selected as the Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, internationally known as architecture’s highest honour. The Jury Citation states, in part, that Doshi “constantly demonstrates that all good architecture and urban planning must not only unite purpose and structure but must…go beyond the functional to connect with the human spirit through poetic and philosophical underpinnings.”