Advisory Board

Rajeev Lochan

Prof. Rajeev Lochan is currently the Director of the National Gallery of Modern Art. He is an eminent artist of international repute and his works have been widely exhibited both in India and abroad. His works adorn in several private collections and museums both in India as well as the other parts of the world. He is a recipient of the Japanese Government Research Scholarship (1985-87) and has also received the same scholarship in 1994. He also addressed the World Culture Forum in Japan in 2003. He has received several awards, notably the National Akademi Award in 2000 and the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award in 1999. Prof. Lochan has also been awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Government of India and is a National Scholar of the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as of UP Lalit Kala Akademi Scholar. He has travelled extensively and researched several aspects of art. Prof. Lochan has been an academician and has been on the Faculty of prestigious universities in India. He has also delivered lectures in reputed institutions in Japan. He graduated from the prestigious Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda with a specialization in Creative Painting.

Prasad Bidapa

Mr. Prasad Bidapa, considered as India's fashion guru exports the Bangalore style to world destinations and has created a distinctive niche for himself in the Indian Fashion industry.
His projects like the India Men's Fashion Fair, held annually and the Kingfisher Fashion awards have put Bangalore on the International fashion map. He presents some of the largest Fashion events in India and his training programme for models is legendary for having created some of the biggest names in the Fashion and Film industry. His work as an Image and Fashion consultant has created a state of the art approach to retail fashion and branding exercises. He has worked with a number of high profile clients including Gucci, Titan, Levi-Strauss, Pringle and Provogue.

Jabbar Patel

Dr. Jabbar Patel, a medical doctor, has been active in theatre since his youth. He has produced and directed plays like Ashi Pakhare Yeti, Ghashiram Kotwal and Teen Paishyacha Tamasha. He has directed many films, including Samana, an official entry to the Berlin International Film Festival, Jait Re Jait, Simhasan, Umbartham, Ek Hota Vidushak, Mukta, which won the National Award for National Integration and Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar, a highly acclaimed biographical film that was shown at many international film festivals. He is currently working on a film on the life of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. He was a member of the Governing Council of the Sangeet Natak Academy, the National School of Drama and the FTII. He has been Chairman on the Information, Education & Communication Section in the Maharashtra AIDS society, and was Director of the Pune International Film Festival. He has been awarded the prestigious Padmashree and Punya Bhooshan. He also heads The Pu.La.Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Akademy as the Honorary Executive Director.

Prasad Namjoshi

Mr. Prasad Namjoshi has a rich industry experience of over a decade in the fields of Production, Writing and Direction in Television. He also has over 8 years of experience in the teaching profession.
He is presently working at E-TV Marathi where he has handled various prime time serials as an Executive Producer. He also writes a weekly column 'ShortCUT' in the Sunday supplement of Daily Sakal. He has written a number of columns for “Wide Angle” and 'Arthamanthan', an economic biweekly published by Sakal Papers. He has also written a number of articles, poems and short stories in Marathi which have been published in leading dailies viz: Loksatta, Lokmat, Tarun Bharat, Kesari and different Diwali Special editions. He holds a Masters in Communication Studies

Gayatri Khanna

Ms. Gayatri Khanna after graduating from Babson in 1997, she moved to New York and worked in various garment companies before getting a job at Saks Fifth Avenue as a buyer for designer wear. In May 2000, she went solo and incorporated Milaaya embroideries in India and USA. Currently, Ms. Khanna manages and operates Milaaya out of her three offices based in high fashion capitals of New York, Paris and Mumbai.
Extremely creative, Gayatri Khanna has made her mark on the high fashion scene in a very short span of time. Her collections are detailed and innovative and are made with exquisite fabrics and embellishments that have a global appeal. Ms.Khanna has served as a jury member and critic for student collections. Her inputs for students' work are practical and encouraging. She has also done embroidery for a number of brands including Versace and Gucci.

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