Prof. SM Kulkarni is a graduate of Sir J.J. School of Arts, Bombay, post graduate from College of Fine Arts, Baroda and a second post graduation from National Institute of Design, AHMEDABAD. Prior to joining WUD, he was the Dean of Sushant School of Design at Ansal University. He has also taught at NIFT, IICD, FDDI and Banasthali University, Rajasthan. Besides teaching, Prof. Kulkarni has over 30 years of consulting experience. Some of his prestigious assignments include the Golden Eye Exhibition at Copper Hewits Museum New York, as part of Festival of India; Apana Ustav (New Delhi); Timeless art Exhibition for Times of India Centenary Celebration; Muzaffar Ali for film Zooni etc. The repertoire of clients also includes Ritu Kumar, UNDP, SEWA, Findia Foundation, NCJD & Ministry of Textiles.

A gold medalist from Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda, Rahul Bhattacharya is a cultural theorist, pursuing writing, curating exhibitions and building art education spaces. He has initiated many long term public art projects, especially in the capacity of Co founder of ‘Regional Arts, Performance and Events’, Joint Secretary of Performers independent and the founder organizer of Kolkata International Performance Art Festival. He is Editor of and former Managing Editor of Art & Deal Magazine and As a curator he specializes in exhibition design and outreach doing seminal shows like the 'Drifters', heading outreach programs for Coovum Art Festival and the film Rang Rasia.

A Ph.D in visual communication from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT); Preeti has a M.Phil & MVA in Applied Art from Dr. B.R. Ambedekar University Agra, and BFA in Applied Arts from the Rajasthan School of Art Jaipur. She has been a visiting research fellow at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, School of Design. Her other research interests are in the field of Advertising, Brand identity, Packaging, Visual communication. She presented six papers in international conferences and has been awarded the most distinguished paper presenter at the international conference of research into design ICORD’17. One of her papers has been short listed for young research award. She has 10 years teaching experience in renowned universities and institutes of India among are Amity University, Apeejay college of Fine Arts, District Institute of Education & Training.

Neeraj Rathee is an alumni of College of Art, Delhi (MFA, BFA), University of Delhi with specialisation in Applied Art. He has been awarded with Pt. Ravi Shankar Award & Swapan Biswas Award, highest awards in Applied art specialization along with many prizes. His experience is in the field of Campaign planning, Graphic design and Illustration. He has delivered several guest lectures in College of Art, Delhi for poster design and press design courses.


A Curly Hair Girl at World University of Design

Manjot Kaur is an interdisciplinary artist practicing painting, land art, video art, installation and performance. She studied visual arts in the field of painting and is now working vividly in the field of public and environmental art. Passionate about ecology, conservation and the ephemeral she likes to wander into natural places. Her research explores the impermanence and shared invisible bonds of existence that makes human more humane. She is recipient of Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi award, University Gold Medal for MFA 2012, Travel Grant to UK and many more. Her work is in collection of Govt. Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh; Private collection with eminent art historian BN Goswamy and others. She has participated in various national and international artist residencies. She is currently an associate member of Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi.

Samudra Kajal Saikia is a practitioner of interdisciplinary art practices (including performance, theatre, public art, creative writing, cultural criticism) and a researcher. After completing BFA from Viswabharati, Santiniketan and MVA from M S University of Baroda (in Art History and Aesthetics) he co-founded a company to work in the media entertainment industries in New Delhi, and also co-founded art curatorial and pedagogical initiatives like Regional Art, Performance and Events (R.A.P.E), and Nine Schools of Art, New Delhi. He is practitioner of a distinctive performative practice that is coined as the Disposable Theatre instigating collaborations and cross genre experimentation. Samudra was the recipient of FICA Public Art Grant, 2010 before he receives the Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant in 2013. He is also building the first ever publicly accessible digital archive of “Performance Art in India” for Asia Art Archive.

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