Born in 1943 in a small town in West Bengal, Biman Das studied at the Govt. College of Art & Craft, Calcutta. He later went on to do a teacher training and art appreciation degree from the Calcutta University in 1967. As a sculptor, he prefers to work with permanent materials like bronze, marble/stone and wood.Biman has the ability to create magic with bronze which has helped him win various awards including the National Award from Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi and the Best Sculptor Award from Sahitya Kala Parishad. He has also received the British Council Scholarship under Prof Jeffrey in 1973, and a Fulbright fellowship in 1997. His contribution to art and sculpture has been substantial, and to acknowledge his contribution he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri from the Government of India in 2014. “I have, therefore created works like Krishna, Buddha and other traditionally Indian icons and have transformed them into contemporary forms and motifs.” Biman has held more than 40 solo exhibitions since 1968 both in India and important International Art Centers such as New York and Budapest. He has also recently held a 60-year retrospective with Art Pilgrim in Mumbai in 2014. He has been part of numerous group exhibitions and Biennales in India and abroad including Belgium, Seoul, Japan and Moscow.< His works are in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Lalit Kala, Govt. Museum of Modern Art, Chandigarh. He has been picked up by collectors for some time now and is a part of collections across the world. He has been commissioned to do bronze pieces in a large number of international locations that include Brazil, Venezuela, Spain and Italy. The artist lives and work in both Delhi & Kolkata. BIMANBDAS
Bani Pershad’s art is a selection of her works over the past few years that explores many sorts of outpourings onto the canvas. Varying greatly in style and content, technique and depth, it comes across as a beautiful friend, autobiographical depiction of her spiritual life and inner discoveries. The canvases are not necessarily stories. They are pure representations of States of Being. In Bani’s trance, as she paints, the symbolism of every colour and stroke is heightened and a deeply personal meaning is added. It is this truth that resonates with all those who come to see her work, as it takes them deeper into their own truths.ARTISTBANIPERSHAD
Paramjeet was born in Jamshedpur in the year 1941 and gained a diploma from College of Art, New Delhi. He was officiated as a Principal at College of Art and retired as a Professor. He has done numerous exhibitions in India and across the World. He has been awarded by AIFACS with Kala Bhushan to promote Art and by Lalit Kala Academy as well as by UNESCO.
Born in 1945 in the small town of Neoli in Uttar Pradesh, Gogi was educated at the College of Art in Vanasthali, Rajasthan as well as the College of Art in Lucknow. Her creative outpourings are a result of a search for cultural identity and a reference point to the times we live in. Gogi's paintings are a mirror held up to society, showing the disparity in relationships between the sexes and are designed to exhibit the vicissitudes of a woman's life.Gogi wants to leave behind her a legacy of images that are an accurate reflection of our lives and the issues that affect humanity. "I want to evolve and leave behind, creative visual symbols, icons, as references of our times, to bridge the gaps in continuity of our cultural identity, for use in the concerns & epics of our times," explains Gogi. Keen observations of the world around her and an intensive search of her soul provides Gogi with material to transform into paintings of detailed visual impressions. GOGISAROJPAL
Ved Nayar was born in 1933 in Lyallpur. He graduated from the National College of Fine Art, New Delhi. In 1957 he started painting and sculpting.He has had several solo exhibitions and participated in several group exhibitions: In 2010 and 2011 he participated in Manifestations IV and Manifestations V at Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi and took part in a group show at Gallery Ensign, New Delhi. In 2011 he had a solo show, Drawings: Evolving Human Form at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. In 2011 he participated in The Intuitive: Logic Revisited at The World Economic Forum in Switzerland. In 2012 he took part in a group show at Gallery Beyond, Mumbai. In 2013 he participated in The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art at Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. He participated in a group show Wounds at CIMA, Kolkata. He participated in a group show To Encounter Others in Germany. He took part in Contemporary Indian Art in Japan and participated in the 5th and 8th Triennial in India. He took part in the International workshop on Art and Ecology at Max Mueller, New Delhi. Ved lives and works in New Delhi. VEDNAYAR
Rajendra Agarwal was born in 1937 in India. He ha been the Honorary Joint Secretary of AIFACS. He graduated in Applied Arts from College of Arts. He has done over hundred exhibitions in India and various countries. His collections are at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; Punjab State Art Museum, Chandigarh; Punjab University, Chandigarh; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay; Lt Governor House, Delhi; Respect Age, Agra. AIFACS and Sahitya Kala Parishad New Delhi; Rotary Club, Bhopal; Cultural Deptt. Haryana and many others in public and private collections in India and abroad.RAJENDRAAGARWAL
Prayag Shukla, Born on 28th May, 1940, is a poet, fiction writer, translator, art critic, curator and editor. He has published nine poetry books, five collections of short stories, three novels, a book on art appreciation, Dekhna, and a book on Satyajit Roy, Ek Filmkaar kee Oonchai. He has edited Kavita-93, Kavita-94, Rang Tendulkar (on Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar), Kavita Nadee (a book of poetry on rivers) and the special Kashi issue of the Hindi magazine Kalpana. He also writes for children. He has translated Bangla poets Jibananda Das and Shankh Ghosh, as well as Rabindranath Thakur’s Geetanjali into Hindi.Beginning his career at Kalpana, he also worked at Dinman and Nav Bharat Times’s editorial departments. Presently he is the editor of the Hindi journal of the National School of Drama, Rang Prasang. Hindi representative at Iowa Writing Program in 1984, he has also toured France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China. His awards include Sahitya Akademi’s translation prize, Dilli Akademi’s Kruti Award and Dwijdev Samman. He has also written biography of Artist J. Swaminathan.
Acknowledged as the Mother of Asian Cinema, A Critic, author, editor, painter, maker of documentaries, Trustee and member of numerous panels, committees and advisory boards, Aruna Vasudev is, above all, a torch-bearer of Asian cinema. Founder-editor of Cinemaya: The Asian Film Quarterly and founder of Cinefan, The Festival of Asian Cinema, Aruna has a zest for life and friends and an appetite for the arts, literature and travel. Throughout this trajectory, she has been showered with numerous national and international awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in Colombo. She was a jury member in the 1989 Locarno Film Festival. She has edited or co-edited 13 books and one book she translated from French into English (Jean-Claude Carriere’s A la recherche du Mahabharata – In Search of the Mahabharata: Notes of Travels in India with Peter Brook 1982-1985) were done side by side with her work on the magazine.Co-editor of Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia (2002) that became the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of the history and aesthetics of around 30 Asian countries, Aruna Piloted several projects including the publication of Kenji Mizoguchi and the Art of Japanese Cinema by Tadao Sato, the first book in English that gives the reader an insider’s view of the oeuvre of this great master. Her PhD thesis was published as a book titled Liberty and Licence in the Indian Cinema in 1979. As a director and producer of documentaries, she has some 20 films to her credit. These were made between 1967 and 1979 for Swedish Television, the Canadian International Development Agency, Belgian Television, War on Want, London, and in India for the Films Division and Doordarshan. Aruna Vasudev is the Founder & President of NETPAC, Network of the Promotion of Asian Cinema.
Sculptor Ram V. Sutar, now in his nineties hails from Dhulia District of Maharashtra State. He is a Gold medalist from J. J. School of Art, Bombay. Ram Sutar works with ease and mastery in bronze. He has mastery in realistic sculptures and has been recognized by various countries and Artist from all over the world.His bust of Mahatma Gandhi has been highly appreciated and has been selected for installation in more than 350 cities all over the world including France, Italy, Argentina, Barbados, Russia, England, Malaysia, Caracas, Germany, Australia, China, Egypt, Poland, South Africa and many more. Mr. Sutar has made more than 600 monumental sculptures in last Eighty years. Many of the statues adorn the Parliament house, New Delhi. Mr. Ram V. Sutar has been honoured with many National awards. In 1999 he was honoured with “ Padmashree” and this year in 2016 he was honoured with Padam Bhushan Award for his contribution in the field of sculptures. His works have been appreciated in India and also all over the world. Artists from all over the world have visited his studio to see and learn the techniques of sculpting. Many have ompared his works to the mastery of Rodin and Michelangelo. Today Ram Sutar is one of the biggest sculptor to create monumental sculptures in his studio is located at A-40-41, Sector 63, Electronic City, Noida. The studio is 12,000 Sft in 2000 Sq. mt plot. The Biggest Foundry set up is located in Sahibabad, Ghaziabad with 80,000 Sft shed in 4000 sq mt plot. The foundry has the capacity to do 10000 kg casting per day.
Anil Ram Sutar son of Shri Ram V. Sutar is a born Sculptor and Painter. Since his early childhood he has been helping & making sculptures. During his stay in USA, he made portraits, sculptures & paintings.Raised in the family of a renowned sculptor Mr. Ram V. Sutar, Mr. Anil Sutar is an accomplished Architect, Sculptor, and a painter. His work reflects his art and the immense detailing he does to make a good project. During his early age Anil Sutar was exposed to the field of sculpture and painting. He always wanted to join College of Art but due to his knack in the field of architecture and Engineering his father suggested him to join School of Architecture in Delhi. During his college time Anil excelled in designing, painting, sketching and creative sculpture. While in America Anil Sutar made realistic portraits, paintings and Ceramics along with his higher studies. Many of his works are in private collections in America. Upon receiving a degree in Architecture in India and Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, he worked with some renowned Architectural offices in USA. During this time he worked on some prestigious international competitions which won first place and many projects have already been constructed in USA, Nigeria and Middle East. His designed projects in USA, Nigeria and India include Urban Planning, office buildings, shopping centers, hotels restaurants, Industrial buildings, Office Interior, retail interiors, temples, apartment buildings, farm houses, residences. Anil Sutar’s vast knowledge in the field of Architecture, Urban Planning, sculpture, painting has enabled him to create a sculpture Garden at Anandvan and a museum cum sculpture studio in NOIDA A born sculptor with knowledge of Architecture and Engineering, he has been able to amalgamate the three skills together to visualize and create large scaled projects. Since 1994 he is working with Ram Sutar and together they have expanded their infrastructure with large studio space & biggest foundry in India. Today RAM SUTAR ART CREATIONS PVT. LTD. & RAM SUTAR FINE ARTS PVT. LTD. are one of the biggest firms to create monumental sculptures. The Clay modelling studio is located in Noida. The studio is in 2000 sq. mt . The biggest foundry set up in 8000 sq. mt. is located in Sahibabad, Ghaziabad. The foundry has the capacity to do 10,000 kg casting per day. In 1999 'Anandvan Sculpture Garden' was created on Suraj Kund Bhadkhal lake road, where many sculptures are displayed in a very large landscaped area. It is open to the public to come and enjoy the sculpture garden. He designed the ‘Statue Of Unity’ the 522 feet high Sardas Vallabh Bhai Patel Statue which is the world’s largest statue along with his father. From being a great architect to a prominent sculptor and the backbone of the companies, he has juggled around different responsibilities perfectly. Recently Mr Ram V. Sutar and his son Anil Ram Sutar have made sculpture for the National War Memorial, India Gate, New Delhi. Some of the sculpture of Pram Veer Chakra awardee in indian soldier.
Ms. Puja Kaushik serves as the Director, Indian Cultural Centre, Consulate General of India, Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has over 20 years of experience in creative arts. After completing her post graduation in Museology, Ms. Kaushik has worked extensively in the field of art with various museums, art galleries, auction houses and private collectors. In her previous assignment she has taught and mentored design students at one of the leading design colleges of India, where she worked in the capacity of an Associate Professor and Course leader.
Renu Rana is a proud recipient of National SME award 2015 in the women entrepreneur segment. She curated India’s first ever digitized art show for Hitachi, the tech giants. Her art consultancy has been working with GMR at the Delhi Airport over the past few years and has been involved with Evaluation, Restoration and Creation of art works for their Terminals, both domestic and international. They created approx. 300 artworks for the renovated Gandhinagar Vidhan sabha, Gujarat.The National Museum established a gallery for visually impaired for which Art Inc. re-created a massive Awadhi artwork for tactile experience. Renu Rana is an accomplished sculptor, art critic and editor of Creative Mind, a bi-monthly art magazine. A trained puppeteer, she has worked with NDTV”s “Gustakhi Mauf”, a political satire with marionettes. Being a member of Indian Art History Congress and an awardee of Senior Fellowship by Ministry of Culture, makes her proud.
Mangalesh Dabral is a Hindi poet, journalist and translator. His books include six collections of poems, two collections of literary essays and sociocultural commentary and a book of conversations. He has also published a travel account, Ek Baar Iowa (Once, Iowa, 1996), based on his experiences in Iowa, USA, where he resided for three months as a fellow of the International Writing Program in 1991.His poems have been widely translated and published in all major Indian languages and in Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Bulgarian, Serbian and Portuguese. They have been included in various leading magazines and anthologies in India and abroad. A selection from his poems in English translations This Number Does Not Exist has been published by Poetrywala in India and BOA Editios, Rochester, New York. He participated in the Poetry International Festival, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2008, Sahitya Akademi’s Sabad International Poetry Festival, New Delhi in 2014, Poet Translating Poets Festival, organized by the Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai in 2016, VAK Indian Poetry Festival, New Delhi in 2016, and Chair Poetry Evenings, Kolkata in 2018. He has translated into Hindi the poems of Pablo Neruda, Bertolt Brecht, Ernesto Cardenal, Yannis Ritsos, Tadeusz Różewicz, Zbigniew Herbert etc. and Arundhati Roy’s latest novel ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.’ He has also worked as a consultant to the National Book Trust, India, and has received many awards, including Shamsher Sammaan (1995), Pahal Sammaan (1998), the Sahitya Akademi Award (2000), Delhi Hindi Academy’s Sahityakar Samman (2001), and Kumar Vikal Smriti Award (2008). One of his poems has been engraved at the entrance door of the city centre in Eislingen, Germany where he visited and gave poetry readings also in Tubingen, Ulm and Zurich in Switzerland. Mangalesh Dabral lives in Delhi NCR and writes on on culture, art and music.
Theatre and Television Celebrityand co-Founder and Director of the Akshara Theatre
Jalabala Vaidya, one of India’s leading stage actresses, is best known for her one-woman performance of The Ramayana which is her husband, Gopal Sharman’s contemporary dramatic interpretation of the great Sanskrit epic. This Ramayana, subtitled ‘the epic; as a play in English’ is the only Indian production till today to have played on Broadway where the New York Times called it ‘India’s Gift to Broadway’.Sumati Gangopadhyay writing for the Indian Express, Baroda, said: “Watching Jalabala’s impassioned enactment of Gopal’s script has been the experience of a lifetime. Indeed, this is more than a stage show. It falls into the category of a revelatory experience. Strangely, mystically this Ramayana suddenly brings you to a moment of truth—and you are left stunned. No one with any interest in the arts, or even his or her own salvation, can afford to miss this play.” In recent times, Jalabala has presented another version of The Ramayana, where she continues to perform the opening and closing Acts of the play, supported by a brilliant group of young actors painstakingly trained by her, to perform the rest of the play. Ms. Vaidya was born in London, daughter of a half English-half Italian mother, Marjorie Frank-Keyes, a concert singer, and Suresh Vaidya, Indian journalist, author and freedom fighter. Her first international theatrical success came in Rome at the Teatro Goldoni where she performed Full Circle written by Gopal Sharman. Ms. Vaidya soon embarked on a series of tremendously successful theatrical seasons on London’s West End, and performance tours all over Europe. The British Parliamentarian and columnist for The Sunday Times, Tom Driberg, said of her: “She performs exquisitely.” The critic of The Times was equally ecstatic, saying: “She made me think of Isadora Duncan.” Jalabala and her husband Gopal Sharman are co-founders of the Akshara National Classical Theatre in New Delhi, an exquisite arts complex designed and built by Sharman, where she has played the lead role in more than 20 plays, including Full Circle, Larflarflarf, The Ramayana, Let’s Laugh Again, India, Alive, Karma, The Bhagavad Gita, In Goethe’s Magical World, I, Galileo Galilei, The Cabuliwala, Gitanjali, The Strange Case of Billy Biswas, Tyger Tyger, etc. She has directed various plays at the Akshara Theatre, as well as its highly successful dramatized book-reading series. Jalabala Vaidya also produces, performs in and narrates most of her husband’s highly acclaimed television films, such as India Alive, The Kashmir Story, The Sufi Way, My Life Is My Song, etc. She is the author of five books: Be, This Is Full,That Is Full Life Is But A Dream and The Akshara Acting Method. Jalabala Vaidya has been awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Tagore Award, the Delhi Natya Sangh Award, the Andhra Pradesh Natya Akademi Honour, etc. She was also conferred Honorary Citizenship of the City of Baltimore, USA.
Seema Bawa is a professor at the Department of History, Delhi University, specialising in the History of Art and Culture. She has lectured extensively in India and abroad on Indian art, architecture and iconography. She has published two books Religion and Art of the Chamba and Gods and Men and Women: Gender and Sexuality in Early Indian Art. She writes on contemporary Indian art and culture for national newspapers, specialised journals and magazines, has edited ARTimes and curated shows including the ‘Decorated Cow: Sidharth’ and ‘Shatadru: Feminine Sensibilities in Indian Art’ at Lalit Kala Akademi.
Education 4.0 and Industry 4.0 Enthusiast |Subject Matter Expert in Education & Energy
PARAG DIWAN was brought up in a scholarly family in Chandigarh. His parents taught law and literature at Punjab University. From childhood he imbibed the complexities of the higher education system thus developing an innate desire to contribute to higher education. After completing his degree in Chemical Engineering from Punjab University, Parag Diwan went to Clemson University USA where he acquired his Masters in Chemical Engineering which he followed up with a Doctorate in Business Administration from Punjab University. He passed all his degree programmes with top honours.Dr. Diwan began his career with a public sector high technology company to develop and manufacture application specific integrated circuits for consumer, space and defence applications; a contemporary pursuit in a rapidly industrializing nation. It was during his considerable tenure in the corporate world that Dr. Diwan envisioned the growing relevance of academics. It was a time when India due to its all-pervasive economic reforms, was becoming the destination of choice for FDI. Dr. Diwan was invited to join All India Management Association (AIMA). As a young Dean and Director, the role provided a challenge to create new paradigm for distributed management education that would be affordable to large number of young graduates and professionals who made up the emerging workforce of modern India. Today, AIMA-Centre for Management Education (CME) is the largest business school in the private autonomous sector in India. AIMA-Centre for Management Services (CMS) was Dr. Diwan’s brainchild where as Director, he launched innovative management services, including student admission (MAT) and corporate recruitment tests (CoRT), marketing and promotion services, material resource services, accreditation of business schools and management teachers and so forth. Today, AIMA-CME is the largest business school in private autonomous sector in India. In 2001, Dr. Diwan became the youngest Vice Chancellor in the country, by becoming the founder Vice Chancellor of University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, (UPES) India. UPES has created new paradigm where the domains of energy and education have been intertwined. India’s first ever domain focused University providing cutting-edge education and research in Oil, Gas, Power and larger transportation sector, under his dynamic and creative guidance, UPES has emerged as the largest creator of talent for the energy sector, offering over 80 specialized graduate, post-graduate and doctoral courses through its Colleges of Engineering, Management, Design and Law. However, Dr. Diwan is committed to responsible, future oriented education encompassing sustainable and optimal use of energy resources, cutting edge solar and biofuel research, community development initiatives and path breaking programmes. Lead the strategic alliance of UPES with Laureate Education International USA, a network of over 80 Universities in 22 countries having a combined student base over a million students. Post his 15 years long stint at UPES, he has been involved in last couple of years with Laureate International Universities to establish undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Energy, Infrastructure and Transportation (EIT) sector, in their Universities in Mexico, Malaysia, Cyprus and Turkey. He was also involved with Great Lakes Group in developing blueprint and subsequent enactment of Great Lakes International University at Sricity, Andhra Pradesh. Currently, he is an evangelist and advisor to several HE Institutions working on the area how with the advent of 4th ndustry revolution, education should also transform to what he calls Education 4.0. Dr. Diwan has won several individual and institutional awards for outstanding contributions in the field of education and social causes including those at London and Houston. He was also awarded a prestigious Hewlett Packard fellowship for his work in the field of online education. Dr. Diwan remains a young, creative, innovative and forward thinking force in education as a whole and in the energy sector in particular.
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