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Ajith Kumar Gopalakrishnan
Ajith Kumar Gopalakrishnan
Design Educator
Discipline of Industrial Design

He is an astute professional with almost 40 years of rich experience in Project Management, New Product Development, Design & Engineering, Production, Operations and Technical Support. Along with exceptional Design, Management, Production & Engineering expertise, he is also an effective communicator with excellent relationship management skills and strong analytical, leadership, decision-making, problem solving and organizational abilities. Ajith started out as an Engineer with a degree in Electrical Engineering from TKM College of Engineering, Kerala. After which, he shifted to Design with a postgraduate degree of M.Des from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. He has presented a paper on Designing Board Games in the International Conference on Designing for Children. He was a member of Bureau of Indian Standards- Safety of Toys. He is currently a member of the Board of Studies.

Mr.V.Dhakshna Murthy, Working at  Dot School of Design, Chennai
V. DHAKSHINA MURTHY
Visual Artist
Discipline of Fine Arts

He is one of South India's most committed and influential artists. Professionally a painter, a product of the Madras College of Arts and Crafts, Class of 1982, he is a man of many parts and interests. Whenever he gets an opportunity, he visits old temples and ruins, searching for artistic nuances that sculptor of bygone eras had conceived. His canvases mostly in oil, are renowned for their vibrant hues and unique depiction of movement. Colors, planes and spaces blur and merge into each other, to good effect. The textures undulate from sedate, thinly veneered areas to emphatic palette strokes to bold granulated patches.

Dance, music and prayer find expression in a number of Dhakshinamurthy's canvases. He also confesses to a partiality for Lord Ganesa in His many forms. But his most enduring fascination remains the female form.

He believes that women are the epicenter, not only of creation, but also of love, learning and mystical power. He has conducted various group shows in and out of the country. He currently has an art studio on his own and also heading the art studies at DOT school of design.

M.V.Azhagiya Manavalan - working as visiting faculty at DOT school
M. V. AZHAGIYA MANAVALAN
CINEMATOGRAPHER
Discipline of Communication Design

Azhagiya Manavalan is a cinematographer who has more than two decades of experience in the film industry. He has worked in multi lingual projects and carries the privilege of working in several feature films, tele-series, ADfilms, short films and documentary films. He has also worked with eminent personalities in the film industry and is a guest faculty for several media schools. His proficiency in cinematography with latest equipment and technology as well as his sound communication and project management skills are appreciated and followed by the next generation. He has accomplished several projects which include, five feature films, twelve tale serials, more than 50 ad films, more than 40 documentary as DOP, two short films as director, more than 20 corporate films as project head and more than 25 reality shows in the major south Indian channels. Having passed his distinction with grade II from Trinity music college of London, he has also won the best supporting actor award for a television series, ‘KATHIRVELU’.

Charanya - working as visiting faculty at DOT school
CHARANYHA LAKSHMMI SETHURAMAN
SUSTAINABLE SPATIAL & FURNITURE DESIGNER - FOUNDER AT ALTLAB INNOVATORS
Discipline of Spatial Design

She is the founder of altlab innovators a concern which creates up cycling waste products. She started her design interest from her graduation in Architecture at National Institute of technology, Tiruchirapalli. Then went on to National Institute of Design to pursue her masters in Furniture & Spatial design. Sustainability and cost effective solutions in design has always been her foremost interest since her college days. Her interest made her to drive into the similar industrial experience. After practicing as furniture & Spatial designer at various concerns such as RF square, Hindustan Unilever ltd, Ideinlab Architects, She found her current design firm at Bangalore. She feel, as a designer one has a great responsibility to design that makes sense. Her love for this planet and the creative urge to find opportunities with things that are otherwise considered waste has led to the birth of AltLab Innovators. She is currently a visiting faculty for Industrial & Spatial design discipline at DOT school of design.

Mr. George - working as visiting faculty at DOT school
GEORGE K. ANTONEY
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR AT KADHAI FILMS
Discipline of Communication Design

He is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design – Ahmedabad (Batch of 2010). Soon after NID, he worked with ‘Aamir Khan Productions’ in the production of television show “Sathyameva Jayate” as a research associate. After which, he moved to Chennai and joined hand with this two other partners to startup a production house called ‘Kadhai films’.

Neethu Deepak - Working in Fashion Design Department in Chennai's one of the top Design schools
NEETHU DEEPAK
GM, Design and Product Development, Opus Fashions Pvt Ltd
Discipline of Fashion Design

Neethu Deepak is an accomplished fashion designer who graduated from NIFT Chennai in 2001. She won the award for ‘Innovative use of Traditional Textiles and Techniques’ for her final project with Kanchipuram Silk and banana fibre. She has represented India for the Indo-German Cultural Exchange program by the Ministry of Textiles and German Consulate and visited Germany in 2000. With 19 years of experience in the industry as a designer she is known for her fine surface detailing (print, embroidery) and unique colour combinations. She has extensive experience in designing and prototyping in various segments like Apparel Design, Corporate Identity Design, Costumes, Graphics, Textile Design, Trend Research and Analysis. A specialist in Women's wear and Kidswear, she has worked with various industries in Chennai, Tirupur, Kannur and Karur. She is passionate about Ethnic Arts & Crafts, Textiles, Sustainable fashion and Innovation. She has worked with leading brands like Eshakti, Maybell India, managing the design team and providing creative direction from concept, design process, range plan, sourcing to prototype development. A Star Alumni and em-panelled Jury Member of Nift Chenai, she handles fashion subjects, internal and external mentoring as a visiting faculty.

Mr. Maniyarasan - working as visiting faculty at DOT school
MANIYARASAN .R
ARCHITECT | PHOTOGRAPHER | RESEARCHER
Discipline of Communication Design

He currently leads a Design Research Cell with an architecture school. He did his Bachelors in Architecture from SPA Delhi, Post-graduation in Photography Design from NID Ahmedabad and is a Ph.D. candidate from IIT Hyderabad, with Architectural Documentation as his primary research area. His interest in search falls between Architecture and Imaging, with a special focus in History and heritage. Photogrammetry and technical imaging in conservation practice are his expertise.

Chippy Diac - working as visiting faculty at DOT school
CHIPPY DIAC VIVEKANANDAH
VP OF DESIGN AT IONIXX TECHNOLOGIES
Discipline of Industrial Design
Chippy Diac Vivekanandah, a product designer, is currently the VP of Design at Ionixx Technologies, a design-centric software development company based in the US, Canada, Singapore, and India. She has spearheaded the campaign of changing the face of Ionixx from a solely technology-led company to a competent design-driven digital product development company. Chippy has been instrumental in redefining key strategies in the product development process at Ionixx. Starting her career in Industrial and Material Design with a background in Mechanical Engineering, Chippy has dabbled with projects spanning across geographies. She has worked in diverse domain areas that include banking, healthcare, telecommunication, design for children, and service design to build a steady and exciting track record as a versatile design strategist. She developed an interest in teaching design a few years ago and now she teaches research methodology, user experience, and introduction to product design. Nature journaling, a subject close to her heart, drove her to develop a curriculum for children - age 8 to 10. She believes that “learning the art of keen observation can unleash an immense potential in her students,” and therefore building observational skills becomes a vital component of the courses she designs.
Mr. Hari Prasad, working as visiting faculty at DOT school
HARI PRASAD UDAYAKUMAR
FILMMAKER & CO-FOUNDER AT KADHAI FILMS
Discipline of Communication Design
A graphic designer turned storyteller/filmmaker. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design (Film & Video Comm.). Worked also as a production designer for an independent feature before venturing to starting up - an advertising film production house called Kadhai Films as a co-founder, where he dons the cap of one of the producers and a director. His constant quest to unearth new stories, nurture skills and finding ways to produce them be it in any format of storytelling - has helped branch into initiating another venture (along with his partners) - that aims to create a space for producing parallel content that’s also commercially viable.
Mr. Tawfik Manham, working as visiting faculty at DOT school
TAWFIK MANHAM
Lead Designer at Trimble
Discipline of Industrial Design
Tawfik is a Senior Industrial Designer with more than 5 years of industrial experience. He has worked with companies like Panasonic India, Lokus Design, Jonex Sports and Godrej Innovation Cell. Thus, attaining various experience working in appliances industry, health care and packaging design. With a graduation of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Tawfik pursued his masters in Product designing at National Institute of Design Ahmedabad.
Mohammed Farooq - working as visiting faculty at DOT school
Farooq Mohammed
ADVERTISEMENT FILMMAKER & CO-FOUNDER OF KADHAI FILMS
Discipline of Communication Design

Mohamed Farooq is an advertising filmmaker at Kadhai Films Chennai. He is one of the co-founders of the production house which was started in 2012. He did his bachelors in fine arts at Government College of fine arts, Chennai and did his post-graduation in filmmaking at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He has produced and directed several popular television commercials in his career. His love towards visuals and storytelling has made him work in post-production as well like editing and color grading. He is an avid photographer too, who loves to shoot & process on film.

Smrithi-Faculty of Color & Materials
Smrithi
Deputy Manager & Lead- CMF Projects, Royal Enfield
Faculty of Color & Materials

A Design professional with working experience in automotive CMF Design, Development and Management, Furnishing, Craft Sector and Social Responsibility projects. Having worked on high-value projects with Groupe Renault in collaboration with automotive supplier groups like Adient, BASF, Treves, and Kurz, she is currently working with Royal Enfield. She finished her UG as Textile Designer (B.Des) from National Institute of Design and her post graduation in Masters of Art (Mixed Media) from Royal College of Art, London. She has also volunteered as visual arts facilitator with The Apprentice Project (Teach for India), Pune Chapter to facilitate alternative education and skill development for underprivileged children.

Mr. Sivakumar, working as visiting faculty at DOT school
SIVAKUMAR THANGAVELU
LEAD DESIGNER AT DEEPBLUETECHNOLOGY, CHINA
Discipline of Industrial Design

Sivakumar is an Industrial Designer with over 6 years of international experience across Industrial Design, Interaction Design and Architectural Design. He believes in exploiting the sweet spot between technology and human factors to create delightful and meaningful product experiences. He has worked with global brands like Microsoft, Hitachi, Haier, Bissell, Bosch, Karcher, Mercedes, DJI etc. He is also passionate about sharing his design knowledge to the upcoming bright minds. He has been a visiting faculty for national design college. He is currently being a visiting faculty in Industrial design discipline at DOT school of design along with his industrial practice as a lead designer at Deepblue technology, China.

Ramya Vidhyasagar Gurumoorthy - Architect & Interior Designer, Discipline of Spatial Design
Ramya Vidhyasagar Gurumoorthy
Architect & Interior Designer
Discipline of Spatial Design
"Equipped with excellent model-making & drafting skills, Ar. Ramya Vidhyasagar G. is a Designer, Architect & perfectionist. Having finished her bachelor’s in Architecture from NIT Trichirapalli, she specializes in interior & spatial design of residential spaces along with clinical & office spaces. She was a part of the design team at Reliance Retail EPC till 2013. After which she has taken up multiple freelancing architecture & interior design projects. Ar. Ramya prefers freelancing architecture as it’s more challenging and also allows her to work on her individual projects & hobbies such as Pencil & Oil portraits. She has a keen interest in education and wishes to impart her knowledge to the next generation of designers."
Deepika - Faculty of DOT Design school
DEEPIKA S.G
Discipline of Apparel & Textile Design
Discipline of Fine Arts
Deepika is a Textile Designer. Having completed her engineering in textiles in graduation, she moved on to Ahmedabad to pursue Textile design in masters at National Institute of Design. She has virtuous knowledge and experience in traditional techniques like handloom weaving and printing. She has worked with Rope International, Chennai as Product Design and Development manager and with artisans at the grass-root level. She finds pleasure in applying her knowledge of textiles in a multidisciplinary context, be it in making products or applying it in spaces. Her area of specialties are weaving, print development, dyeing, and trend analyses.
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