Shazeb Arif S.
Shazeb Arif S. is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and entrepreneur. With a background in digital
advertising with Grey Worldwide and Ogilvy, Shazeb went on to partner global and national creative
initiatives and entities. He is a Trustee with The Academy of Electronic Arts (New Delhi) that promotes
creative experimentation and innovation across practices via various platforms, including:
Shankar Barua has been many things in life before coming around to his present preoccupations as Managing
Trustee of The AeA, in which role he is also driving The RIA experiment in Guwahati. These include
adventure-travel writer & photographer, asst. editor and designer of magazines, illustrator, publisher,
pack-shot photographer, well-digger & drought-relief worker, book-author, columnist, artist, musician,
tea-taster, corporate consultant, advertising copywriter, public speaker, photography workshop leader,
public relations professional, TV anchorperson, product prototyper, film-maker, and so on, and on.
Diya Sarker is a multimedia artist based in Mumbai, where she lives with her two cats. Hailing from an
army-family background, she has lived in different parts of India and has extensively travelled around
the country. Her work spans illustration, design, photography and video, usually using her cats, friends,
and localities as subjects. She is a Consultant Art Director with a major advertising agency in Mumbai,
and last presented her personal artwork at CeC 2013.
Gouri Shankar Mukherjee
Gouri Shankar Mukherjee has spent years at the cutting-edge of commercial art, having worked over many
years for top advertising agencies in India such as JWT, O&M, and Clarion McCann, where he creatively contributed
towards the development of products and brands such as ITDC, Dabur, Escorts, Nestle, DCM Toyota, Ind-Suzuki,
Ford, Pepsi, Lifebuoy, Lexus Home Appliances, Usha fans, British Airways, and Pall Mall, to name a few. He was also
associated with public service campaigns created for UNICEF, Sanjivini, Pulse Polio, Iodine Deficiency Disorder, Mera
Bharat Mahan, Pollution Control of India, and the Ganga Cleanup Project, amongst many others, in addition to
contributing art-direction along the way for magazines including, Soma, Destination India, Diplomatic Core, and
Surya. He even designed a philatelic stamp for the Indian Postal Service, on The First War of Indian Independence.