Awarded National Scholarship for advanced studies in Children’s Book Illustration. Published more than 150 children’s books, games and educational aids. Illustrated and designed for: National Book Trust, Frank Educational Aids, Limca Book of Records, Ratnasagar, Harper Collins, Time-life Books, Living Media, Katha, Yugbodh Prakashan, Penguin/Puffin India, Scholastic India, India Ink/Roli books, Orient Blackswan and Eklavya.
Most of his work has been shown through individual and group exhibitions at eminent galleries. By creating thousands of book covers, he has made major contribution to contemporary Marathi literature. His work has been honored and preserved at the Imperial War Museum, U. K. He has also done illustrations and book covers for Oxford University Press, U. K. He has illustrated several children’s books including Angat Pangat, Mouse, Harin Balak, Pankh Yothi Pakshyala, The Road, The Rain, The Journey and Agobais Dagobais.
A Graduate of the College of Art, New Delhi, Taposhi is a freelance illustrator and designer since 1993. She has worked with many NGOs and leading publishing houses including Katha, Amnesty International, Care India, Eklavya, National Book Trust, Scholastic India, Penguin India, and Takshila Publication & Educational Society among others. Some of her books for children include The Mud Baby, The Story of Hanuman, The Winning Team, Bani, The Magic Flute: Folk Tales from All over India, and Fairytales: Four Stories By Johann And Wilhelm Grimm (Traditional Tales).
Studied nature in university and tried to get an insight into nitrogen fixation as a doctoral fellow in South Australia. He has tried his hands at designing, advertising, bird watching with Dr Salim Ali, journalism, putting together books and illustrations, teaching at university, acting, writing and public speaking and continues to look for new things to try. He has been an art critic, visiting faculty member at Indore University and trustee of Bharat-Bhavan Bhopal. He has a long association with Chakmak, the children’s science magazine and Gandhi-Marg.
Editor of Chakmak for the past decade. He has been associated with the field of children’s literature for over 18 years now. He is a writer and poet and has 10 titles to his credit, the most recent being Chiknik Chu, with Eklavya. He works as a consultant with NCERT and has been involved in the conceptualization and editing of children’s magazine Pluto.
He is one of the key faculty who conceptualised and planned Riyaaz. He is responsible for leading, visioning and anchoring of the course.
The students will also be exposed to an eclectic mix of guest faculty from different fields to widen their understanding and exposure to art and aesthetics. Some of the faculty may include the following names:
Shriram Jog, Artist
Kamla Bhasin, Activist and Social Scientist
Suddhasatwa Basu, Painter, Illustrator
Raja Mohanty, faculty, IDC, IIT Bombay
Anil Awachat, Social Activist & Writer
Varun Grover, writer & lyricist
Nachiket Patwardhan, Architect, Film maker, writer, illustrator
Udyen Vajpei, Writer & Poet
Rajesh Joshi, Poet & Writer
Kumar Ambuj, Writer & Poet