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SKV Governing Council

Somaiya Kala Vidya's Governing Body includes Samir S Somaiya (Chairman), Amrita S Somaiya, Anjana Somany, Lokesh Ghai, Miten Sachde, Irfan Anwar Khatri, V Ranganathan and Judy Frater.

Master Artisan Advisors

  • Alimahamad Isha Khatri - Bandhani artist, Bhuj
  • Gulam Hussain Umar Khatri - Bandhani artist, Bhuj
  • Dr. Ismail Mohmed Khatri - Block printer, Ajrakhpur
  • Shamji Vishramji Siju - Weaver, Bhujodi
  • Umar Faruk Khatri - Bandhani artist, Bhadli

Somaiya Kala Vidya has mindfully selected experienced, creative team members who insure that artisans enjoy excellent quality, effective education.

VISITING FACULTY

SKV courses are taught by visiting faculty. This allows students to enjoy the highest quality education, from a range of sources and perspectives. Faculty develop syllabi based on the curriculum. The creative engagement insures a mutually fulfilling experience.

In 2014, our BMA Founding visiting faculty included:

Rakesh Sah - Design Consultant and Educator
Ahmedabad

Shweta Dhariwal - Founder and Creative Head
Whitewater Designs, Ahmedabad

Hitesh Bhatt - Professor, Institute of Rural Management
Anand, Gujarat

Carmina Fernandez - Textile designer, Founder
Artesania, Ahmedabad

Alay Vasavada - Freelance tutor in Finance
Ahmedabad

Jhankhana Vyas - Freelance tutor in Finance
Ahmedabad

Shwetha Shettar - Design consultant
Studio Satori Consultancy, Bangalore

Mohit Charnalia - Co-founder and Managing Partner
MandiBridge Microventure Partners, Mumbai

Lokesh Ghai - Artist, Designer, Researcher and Educator
Ahmedabad

Sandeep Issrani - English and Computer Faculty
Adipur, Kutch

In 2015, our Design Founding visiting faculty included:

Bishakha Shome - Design Educator, Researcher, Social Entrepreneur
Delhi

Usha Prajapati - Designer, Social Entrepreneur
Delhi

Jaspal Kalra - Research Fellow, Educator, Design Consultant: Fashion & Crafts
Gurgaon

Anuja Goel - Designer, Educator
Bangalore

Lokesh Ghai - Artist, Designer, Researcher and Educator
Ahmedabad

Shwetha Shettar - Design consultant at Studio Satori Consultancy
Bangalore

Deepti Thomas - English and Computer Faculty
Adipur, Kutch

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STAFF

Judy Frater - Founder Director

· 1993 to 2013 - Kala Raksha Co-Founder, KRV Founder Director
· 2003 - Ashoka Fellow
· 2009 - Sir Misha Black Medal, Distinguished Service to Design Education
· 1989 to 1992 - Associate Curator, The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.
· MA University of Washington (1987) – Anthropology, Museology
· MA University of Minnesota (1981) – South Asia, Marathi Language
· BA Lawrence University (1974) – Anthropology/Education
· 45 years experience/research in Indian culture/arts/textiles, museum curating and development

Anuj Kumar Chaudhary- Programme Coordinator

· 2013-2016- Associate Business Development Services Udyogini, Madhya Pradesh
· 2013- Gandhi Fellow- Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership
· 2010-2011-Project Manager, Prayas Juvenile Aid Center, Patna
· 2009- Assistant Area Manager- Nidan Micro Finance Foundation- Vaishali, Bihar
· 2009 MBA-Kohinoor Business School, Pune

Lakha Paba Rabari - Office Manager

· 2006 to 2013 - Office Manager, Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya
· 1991 to 2006 - Office Manager, Karani Papers, Mumbai
· 1988 to 1991 - Godown in-charge, Shah Mulji Lakamsi and Co

Lokesh Ghai - Curriculum Developer, Course Coordinator

· 2014 - MA by research in Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
· 2006 to 2014 - Visiting Faculty, NIFT Gandhinagar, NID, KRV, SKV
· 2010 to 2014 - Researcher of craft traditions
· 2010 to 2012 - Artist in Residence, UK
· 2002 to 2010 - Designer at Melange, Vepar and own label Lo&Kesh

Dayalal Atmaram Kudecha - Faculty

· 2014 - Graduate, BMA for Artisans, Somaiya Kala Vidya
· 2014 - Participated in Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
· 2013 - Delegate to Tinkuy, international weavers conference, Cusco, Peru
· 2009 to 2013 - Permanent Faculty, Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya
· 2008 - Graduate, Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya, Kutch
· 1986 to present - Professional weaver

Laxmi Kalyanji Puver - Faculty

· 2014 - Graduate, BMA for Artisans, Somaiya Kala Vidya
· 2013 - Permanent Faculty, Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya
· 2011 - Graduate, KRV, Kutch awarded Best Presentation
· 2005 to present - Practicing traditional Suf embroidery for livelihood,
leadership training through Brahma Kumaris

Sandeep G. Issrani - English, Computer Faculty

· Faculty and facilitator in numerous institutions in Anjar and Gandhidham
· 25 years' experience as an educator

PARTNERS

Somaiya Kala Vidya has enjoyed support in many forms from around the world as it builds the institution. Meet some of our partners:

Academic Exchanges
Institute of Rural Management Anand
Kansas State University, USA
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Pearl Academy, Delhi
Somaiya Vidyavihar, Mumbai
Swinburne University, Australia
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Financial and Marketing Support
Clothroads
Gaatha
Good Earth
Rajendra Salt Works
Sohanlal Charitable Trust
Story of Travel

Other Support
Artisans' Gallery
Ashoka Innovators for the Public
Catalytic Think Tank Forum 
Chamundeshwari Handloom Cooperative Society
Craft Council of India
Mango Tree
Sir Misha Black Awards
The Sangam Project