We worked with some amazingly talented folk to uncover and reflect on all the many ways that India does health. All these collaborators are making waves in their professional lives and bring their unique talents to exploring the human condition.
Sarah Iqbal grew up in Kanpur but home is now Hyderabad, the City of Nizams. She received her Bachelors in Chemistry at St Stephen’s College, Delhi. When she was not rescuing her peers from lab explosions, she took part in musical, philanthropic and leadership projects that helped in her ongoing project to understand the workings of the world. Her scientific curiosities took her to Oxford University, where she investigated the molecular basis of human genetic disorders, edited the first journal of the Oxford University Biochemical Society and presided over the largest country society at the University (Indian, obviously). After her PhD in Oxford, the sunny shores of South Florida, USA, beckoned. At the Scripps Research Institute she worked on drug discovery and understanding complex neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s.
Sarah is currently Public Engagement officer at the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, a visionary partnership between the Wellcome Trust, UK, and the Department of Biotechnology (Government of India), to promote biomedical research in India through funding and engagement.
Shivangi Ambani would love to make art, but having no artistic skills, she does the next best thing: working as an arts manager. Currently she manages the British Council’s arts portfolio in West India. Along with colleagues across the country, she helps strengthen cultural relations between India and the UK. She helps creative people connect with each other and with new audiences, and is always on the lookout for what’s new and cool in both countries.
Shivangi and her colleagues have supported Wellcome Collection in bringing Medicine Corner to India by helping connect with partners across India, advising on bringing objects over for the Mumbai exhibition and suggesting exciting possibilities for outreach.
BLOT!, or Basic Love Of Things, is a one-of-a-kind live mixed media and AV performance ensemble. Since 2007, BLOT! has been exploring various facets of electronic music & urban culture through AV performances, music production, film- making, art, design and installations. They are best known for their playful juxtapositions of trans-media content that seeks to connect the experiences of diverse cultures.
Ruchita Madhok‘s practice spans areas of communication, design and strategy for cultural institutions, foundations and creatively-led enterprises. With a background in exhibition design and scenography, she is Principal of Kahani Designworks where she leads the studio’s engagement with arts and culture organisations.
Her deep engagement with the practice of design and the concerns of India’s creative economy are reflected on the studio blog Perch, where she documents design conversations and records observations from interactions in various fora.
When not in the studio, Ruchita can be found in museums and art galleries, reading poetry or travelling, looking for inspiration in new experiences.
Symbols, images and sounds fascinate Chaitanya. With a masters in communication design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, he helps people communicate better across print, digital and film surfaces. He has a diverse experience of eight years across Hospitality, Real estate, Financial and Social sector organisations. He makes comics as Won-tolla, films as Bambai Ki Billi and works on branding and strategy as Inhouse Design.
Aditya Palsule’s extensive professional experience working on design solutions with clients in South Asia and the UK, has led to an expertise in communication strategy. Principal at Kahani Designworks, Aditya has a degree from the London College of Communication where he developed keen insights into branding and design for business. His recent assignments include brand development for Mana Projects and communication strategy for Nova Medical Centres.
Aditya believes that creating effective design is a process, not simply a product and enjoys every step of that process, from concept to execution.