Rashmi Dhanwani is the Founder of the Art X Company. Prior to founding Art X Company, Rashmi has worked with NCPA Mumbai, Breakthrough in Delhi, the newspaper Daily News and Analysis (DNA); Kalaghoda Arts Festival, and The Goa Project. She holds a Masters in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London. She has also been a recipient of the ARThink South Asia Fellowship (2011-12), a participant fellow at ‘The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute’, a scholarship grantee of the JN Tata Trust and Charles Wallace India Trust, and a 2017 Global Fellow of the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA), New York. Rashmi has also founded Arts Culture Resources India, a network and platform for cultural professionals in India and South Asia.
Dr. Aatreyee Ghosh is a Project Lead at the Art X Company. Armed with a doctorate in Indian English Writing, she did the most cliched academic thing and got into teaching at the university. However, 3.5 years at Delhi University and 1 year at Calcutta University made her realise her true passion lay in working in the intersection of art and activism. Joining as the Creative Manager at Oxford Bookstore, she helped curate and programme their two diverse literary festivals. Moonlighting as a researcher in her spare time, she spent a sabbatical year working with the International Institute for Asian studies in Leiden Netherlands as their fellow studying the ways of representation of the Dutch in South Asian fiction. Other than finding new ways of curating art and literature as protest, she likes reading new writers, playing with her attention-seeking spaniel and hoping to live in a future where literature and arts, rather than GDP, determine policies.
Alekha Ranjitsinh is Account and Project Manager at the Art X Company. She has previously worked as an arts administrator with organisations including Asia Society, Mumbai Gallery Weekend, Volte Gallery, Avid Learning, and the Kochi Biennale Foundation, where she headed education and community outreach including the 2016-17 Students’ Biennale. Alekha graduated with a BFA (Hons) in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts and a MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Dipti Rao is Director - Projects at the Art X Company and prefers to work across as many creative disciplines as possible. From festival production to stage management, curation, and programming, she continues to explore the many facets of arts management. Dipti is interested in the impact of the arts, the stories that data tells us, and in anything that helps bring cultures and diverse things together. Dipti has previously been a part of the teams at OML Entertainment and the British Council in Mumbai and The Courtyard and Jagriti Theatre in Bangalore and continues to seek unconventional experiences in the creative industry. She operates out of Bangalore and is the ACRI City Chapter Host there.
Kavya Iyer is a Research Assistant at the Art X Company. After a Masters in International Development from Sciences Po, Paris she went on to pursue a Masters in Dance Studies (Choreomundus) in Europe. With her multidisciplinary background in dance, heritage, anthropology, economics and development, Kavya enjoys applying her multi-faceted expertise to the wide range of research projects that Art X undertakes. She is passionate about participatory research, fieldwork, community-driven initiatives, and intersections between academic and corporeal practices. She envisions the arts as a tool to question all things important - political, global, shared and personal and hopes to make research in/of the sector accessible to wider audiences. Kavya continues her practice of Bharatanatyam and Bhangra as a choreographer, performer and teacher in Paris. She is also an avid yogini. While not dancing or researching, you will most often find her reading, writing, travelling, solving crosswords, or learning a new language.
Mahima Grover is an Operations and Research Coordinator at the Art X Company. A History graduate from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi, she frequents cultural spaces and makes the case for arts and culture for all. On her quest towards understanding arts and accessibility, she went to pursue a MA in Arts Management, Policy and Practice from the University of Manchester. Mahima is interested in stories — both written and oral — and hopes to preserve them for generations to come.
Padmini Ray Murray (PhD, Edinburgh) is a Research consultant at the Art X Company. She founded Design Beku (designbeku.in) in 2018, a collective that works towards making design and technology local, decolonial and ethical. While in the UK, Padmini (along with Peggy Hughes & Claire Stewart) founded and ran The Electric Bookshop (www.electricbookshop.org) a very successful quarterly event hosted by New Media Scotland (2010-2014) exploring the future of the written word, creativity and technology. She was a lead researcher for the Consortium for Research into the Arts, and Technology in Scotland, funded by NESTA UK, to understand the potential offered by digital technologies in the creative industries, including theatre, tourism & cultural heritage. Padmini joined the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in 2015, where she established the first Masters programme in Digital Humanities in India.
Vidushi Bhatia is a Project Coordinator at the Art X Company. A media graduate from Symbiosis Centre for Media & Communication, she has previously worked as a creative producer at Design Fabric, and an Artist Manager at Kulture Shop - a graphic artist collective. She’s interested in collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects.