Rashmi Dhanwani is the Founder of the Art X Company. She is an independent arts consultant, curator and creative producer, with nearly 10 years of experience working across the media, communications and arts sectors in India. She has worked as a Communications and Community Engagement lead with the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai; a Media Manager with Breakthrough, Delhi; correspondent with Daily News and Analysis (DNA); Coordinator for the Kalaghoda Arts Festival and core team member of The Goa Project. In 2013, Rashmi took a sabbatical from her role at the NCPA to explore and analyse the international economic potential of the cultural sector, and pursue a Masters in Cultural and Creative Industries at King’s College London. She has also been a recipient of the ARThink South Asia Fellowship (2011-12), a participant in the New York/ India arts exchange with ‘The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute’, and a scholarship grantee of the JN Tata Trust and Charles Wallace India Trust. In 2017, Rashmi was selected to be one of the 14 Global fellows by International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA), New York.
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.
Padmini Ray Murray (PhD, Edinburgh) is Research Director 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.
Yadhukrishnan TM is a Project Coordinator at the Art X Company. He was introduced to the world of contemporary art through a volunteering stint at the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016. From there, he went on to work with the Museum of Goa, a private contemporary art space where he strengthened their public programming. In the end of 2019, Yadhu joined the Art X Company where he finds joy in programming for the culture sector. As a part-time artist, he has previously scripted videos for the Southern Railways and exhibited at the Goa Affordable Art Fest'19.
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.
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.
Suruchi Pawar is Marketing and Project Lead at the Art X Company. She is an arts manager and cultural producer, conceptualising and producing artistic collaborations through (hybrid) trans-medial platforms. Her career in the arts is primarily focused on interdisciplinary performance and movement arts. With her current role she hopes to explore a more data and research-led understanding of the arts community, and through these insights facilitate and contribute to the growth of the cultural sector in India. With nearly a decade of experience, her work spans across media, content, communications, marketing, branding, arts management, and cultural producing. She has previously worked as part of the curatorial team as Senior Manager - Programs at the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mumbai. She continues to deepen her understanding of the arts through an intersectional approach.