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Sudebi Thakurata

Area of Practice

Transdisciplinary narrative designer, creative meta- facilitator, educator, learning curator, dialogue weaver, possibility framer, thinking visualizer, writer and researcher, singer.


BSc (Hons) in Chemisty with Physics and Mathematics, St Xavier’s College, Kolkata

Master’s in Education, University of Northampton with focus in Inclusion and Special Needs.

Enhancement Courses

Certified Critical Friends Coach of the National School Reform Faculty, USA and Peer Educating Peer from Boston Arts Academy

Certified in community video and radio productions, play therapy and grassroots comics

Trained in advanced Oral History methodologies

Was awarded for her dissertation in the UNESCO approved course “International Understanding for Human Unity”

Work Experience


  • Cub-Reporter at The Statesman, Co-Authored the book “ Our World Our Rights” for UNICEF, Worked on Environment and urbanism at St Xavier’s College
  • Program Manager of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, a National NGO, working against human trafficking in India and Nepal and started community based initiate, Red Light Dispatch
  • Received Fellowships include
  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust for ‘Community’ Fellowship and worked across India on Critical media literacy as a life skill and how to bring in active citizenship into curriculum.
  • Awarded different fellowships to learn different kinds of development communication and community media related work.
  • Video Fellowship from WAVE funded by McArthur Foundation and community radio training from Women Making Airwaves for Peace from Isis International, Philippines
  • Worked on several social, cultural, educational and ecological impact based, community based, curriculum and instructional design based projects with various organizations across India and abroad for a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Creative Facilitator of SEAD, a trans-national cross-cultural leadership programme curated by Mekong Cultural Hub and British Council. A global UNLEASH talent
  • Co-founder of the transdisciplinary design collective  epicentre and started a unique pedagogy, art and design led trans-local initiative “The Archival City- a Site of Learning”
  • Guest faculty/curator/designer at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ahmedabad University, IDC-IIT Bombay, Nirma University and NCBS

Interest Areas

Designs experiences, engagement and environment that allow people to think, have dialogue, make their thinking and interaction visible and thus enable them to design their own solutions and narratives using different modes and media; socially, environmentally and culturally relevant issues, inter-weaving design thinking, imagination, systems thinking, pedagogy, visual and performing arts, oral history, ethnography and research to design possibilities;like inter-connecting them by inter-weaving meta-narratives

Current Practice at Srishti

Designing and facilitating trans-disciplinary courses for UG & PG; deeply rooted in culture, design research, creative documentation, crafts, communities and their practices, language, critical making, interaction &information design, creative education, writing, space & place, music, orality, poetry, gender, mixed-media storytelling, play and game, critical literary appreciation, folklore, media, socio-political- environmental issues, critical place based learning, creative digital learning platforms; learning using innovative methodologies and practices transforming education using different practices


Creative Practice and Outreach


  • Part of CERTAD
  • Member of the Oral History Association of India
  • Has presented, facilitated published in several international conferences including Cumulus, AIGA DECIPHER, Lens, UNESCO TECH, Making Futures British Council, IOHA, Designing for Children IDC, IITB etc.
  • worked on several collaborative projects with Art in Transit on different editions of Festival of Stories
  • Design research led, artistic and pedagogical work under the umbrella “The Archival City: a site of Learning” by facilitating and mentoring students to take their initiatives forward

Recent Units facilitated 

Ways of Seeing

Time-Less Word-Less under Order and Chaos


Projects showcase:

Students working in class
Time-Less Word-Less under Order and Chaos




Students working in class
Students working on a project


Students working with textiles
Students working with textiles


Students engrossed in field work
Students engrossed in field work