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 Team 

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.

 

Contact: rashmi@art-x.co

Sitara Chowfla is a creative consultant with experience working in curatorial, arts strategy & management, editorial, and brand communication roles. Recent positions include curator at Khoj International Arts Association (2013-2017), Guest Program Curator at India Art Fair (2019) and curator at Pulp Society (2019-20), and  Editor and Head of Communications at Good Earth (2020-2021). Sitara contributes to the cultural sector in India in myriad ways. In  2020, she co-founded Goa Open Arts, which is a platform to support the growing creative community of Goa through public programs, community projects, artist grants and exhibitions. She is also an advisor to the Re-Frame Institute of Art and Expression, and to the Govandi Art Festival 2023. Sitara currently works as a project consultant with the Art-X Company in Mumbai, developing projects for capacity building and strategic management of the cultural sector in India.
Sitara holds an MA in Curating from the Royal College of Art, and a BA in Art History from Bryn Mawr College.

 

Contact: sitara@art-x.co

Kavya Iyer is a Researcher and Project Coordinator 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. 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 Yoga as a choreographer, performer and teacher in Kyoto, Japan. While not dancing or researching, you will most often find her travelling, solving crosswords, or learning a new language.

 

Contact: kavya@art-x.co

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.

Contact: mahima@art-x.co

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.

Contact: p.raymurray@gmail.com

 


Vidushi Bhatia is a Project Manager 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.

Contact: vidushi@art-x.co

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