Besides being Co-Country Director for None in Three in India, Prarthana’s key role at the Indian School of Design and Innovation is as the Program Head for First Year Studies. With over two decades of experience in the field of academia, Prarthana is passionate about uncovering unique and compelling ways to engage students in meaningful conversations. Her areas of expertise include analysing family archives to identify textile stories, social sciences, and development programs for children with special needs.
She continues to collaborate with local groups in addressing concepts of patriarchy, feminism and myth and ethical dilemma. For None in Three India she has organised several talks around Gender Based Violence to trigger conversations in the legal, academic and literary fields.
With a background in Fashion, Indian Aesthetics, Masters in Arts, Ceramics and Pottery, PG in Contemporary and Modern Arts of India and Film History and Appreciation, she has been associated as faculty with the CEPZ Institute of Fashion Technology, L S Raheja Institute of Fashion Technology, Wigan and Leigh College, The Apparel Manufacture and Design Department, SNDT University and Rizvi College.
Prarthana was the key contributor in forming the T.R. SRINIVASAN & N. SANJIVA RAO, I.P.S. Memorial Collection, a large private collection of old and rare books, newspapers, magazines, posters, maps, photography, comic books and illustrations in Mumbai. Prathana was a contributing archivist at artist Vivan Sundaram and cultural theorist Ashish Rajadhyaksha’s collaborative artwork ‘Meanings of Failed Action: Insurrection 1946’, exploring the 1946 Bombay Mutiny that was displayed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, in March. This installation, underpinned by the exemplary soundwork of David Chapman, sought to revisit an incident that has eluded textbooks and state-held discourses to this day.
Prarthana worked with Vinegar Fashions as Design Head, helping launch the brand in India and Spain and volunteered at ‘Tamahar Trust’ – a centre for children with special needs in Bangalore – to create individual lesson plans, and assisted in developing teaching methodology. She believes in conscious living and continues to pursue her practices in spirituality.