Bajaj Ravi (b. 1964) is considered the most influential fashion designer in India. He studied at Delhi Public School and then went on to study fashion at the American College of Applied Arts, London. In March 1987, he launched his eponymous label, blazing a trail in menswear fashion in India. Bajaj introduced a streamlined, professionally run structure at a time when such houses were virtually unheard of in India. Over the past 20 years even while the Ravi Bajaj line has evolved to include more avenues of design, the guiding philosophy behind every creation remains the same… minimalistic to the last seam, the label stands for the ethos that less is more through insurmountable qualities.

Jain Bijoy (b. 1965) received his M. Arch from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 and returned to India in 1996 to found his practice. His work has been presented at the XII Venice Biennale and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and received several awards, including the Global Award in Sustainable Architecture (2009) finalist for the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2010), winner of the seventh Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award, Finland (2012), winner of the third BSI Swiss Architecture Award (2012), most recently winner of the Grande Medaille d’Or from the Academie D’Architecture, Paris, France (2014), and the University of Hasselt, Belgium bestowed an honorary doctorate on Bijoy Jain in 2014. He has taught in Copenhagen (2012), fall semester at Yale (2013), and two semesters in Mendrisio (2014/2015) as well.

Paz Octavio (b.1914) was a Mexican poet and diplomat. He is considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century and one of the greatest Hispanic poets of all time. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1981 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize Literature.

Rashmi Varma (b. 1974) is a costume and fashion designer with an eponymous clothing line, based in New Delhi. She has exhibited her work at the V&A Museum, London; Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto; and Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. She has received numerous grants and awards from the Ontario Arts Council and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. She has also worked with noted filmmakers such as Deepa Mehta as the costume designer for film ‘Heaven on Earth’ and assisted on ‘Midnight’s Children’.

Swapnaa Tamhane (b. 1976) is an artist and curator working between Toronto and Mumbai. She was formerly an editor at Phaidon Press and curator at Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and Museum Abteiberg. She has been a recipient of fellowships from Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, and has also received grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Kunststiftung NRW. Her works have been exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and KHOJ, Bangalore.

Tagore Rabindranath (b. 1861) was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.