The Beyond Sight Foundation working in the domain as complex as the Art by the Blind, needs to draw upon a wide range of perspectives, experiences and requires expert and professional attention. Team of the Beyond Sight Foundation comprises people from different cultural environments and disciplinary backgrounds.
Dr. Simon Hayhoe (Leicester, UK) is a researcher, educator and writer of international repute on social and cultural factors affecting the arts education of the blind. He worked on research projects on subjects as diverse as perceptual psychology to human geography, he developed the BART (Blindness in Art) project and Four Senses project in conjunction with the Royal London School for the Blind and Victoria & Albert Museum. His work on the history and the epistemology of blindness is the subject of the course on Cognition and Representation at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has been invited to many international guest lectures and seminars, and his articles appear in specialized publications, such as the American Foundation for the Blind’s Art Beyond Sight and the Encyclopedia of American Disability History. Simon is perhaps best known for being the first to write a book entitled Arts, Culture and Blindness. His most recent book titled God, Money and Politics has been the topic of discussion on BBC Radio in the UK. In addition, he is a consultant and chair of the Educational Psychology Research Group for the Art Beyond Sight (New York, USA), and the editor of the on-line academic resource ECO: On Blindness and the Arts.
Astad Deboo (Mumbai, India) is a pioneer of modern dance in India, who employs his training in Indian classical dance forms of Kathak, Kathakali and western dance techniques to create a dance form that is unique to him – an amalgamation of Indian classical dance and western group dance techniques. Through his long and illustrious career, he has worked with various prominent performers such as Pina Bausch, Alison Chase and Pink Floyd, and performed in many parts of the world. Since 1990, Astad has been working with the deaf teaching them dance forms. Performance titled – Contraposition choreographed by Astad Deboo for 12 deaf girls from the Clarke School for the Deaf, Chennai has been travelling across India and abroad and was part of the opening ceremony and cultural program of the 20th Deaf Olympics in Melbourne, Australia in January 2005. He has also trained street children from Salaam Baalak Trust along with his troupe and had performed under the titled – Breaking Boundaries. Astad has been awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1996 and Padma Shri in 2007 by the Government of India.
Arundhati Ghosh (Bangalore, India) is a domain expert on art philanthropy and Executive Director of the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, India. She has post graduate from Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA) and has worked earlier with Ogilvy and Mather Advertising and Birla 3M Ltd. In 2008, Arundhati was selected as one of the top three leaders in the city of Bangalore under the “Lead India” campaign of The Times of India. She is a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence at the London School of Economics, London. She is also guest lecturer at IIM Bangalore, MICA and London School of Economics and has attended several international workshops in Europe and USA.
Giri Giridhar (Mumbai, India) is an experienced finance professional with international experience, an IIMA alumnus and is member of the advisory Board of the CFO Institute. He is currently Global CFO at Wockhardt Mumbai. He has worked earlier in Diageo plc, ITC Ltd, IL&FS and Aditya Birla Group. He has worked and lived in India, Singapore and London. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Laxmi and two children. Both Giri and Laxmi has a developing interest in non-profits and wish to do meaningful work in the long term.
Partho Bhowmick (Mumbai, India) started the Blind With Camera project in 2006 and successfully driven the project into a national exhibition travelling across India and abroad. He is the recipient of the Karmaveer Purakaraar 2009 – National Award for Social Justice and Citizen Action given by the Indian Confederation of NGOs and finalist for the NASCCOM Social Innovation Award 2011. Partho has master degree in business management and passion for photography, his work is exhibited at several art galleries in India. In 2009, he founded the Beyond Sight Foundation.
Kanchan Pamnani (Mumbai, India) is a lawyer cum solicitor specialised in corporate affair, intellectual prosperity and disability law. Her clientele ranges from Indian business house, corporate, multinationals and NGOs. Her advocacy work for the visually challenged has been very useful for the community. In 2005, Kanchan was selected among the top forty blind achiever of India and December 2009 she received the President’s Gold medal in the Role Model category of the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disability. She is the co-founder of the Beyond Sight Foundation.