The Riyaz 2017 batch comprises 19 students from across India. Classes are held at Eklavya’s Hoshangabad campus every month. The dual mode programme comprises one week of theory and intensive hands on practice and three weeks of distance mode every month, supported with mentoring by a group of eminent professionals.
Awarded National Scholarship for advanced studies in Children’s Book Illustration, Atanu has published more than 150 children’s books, games and educational aids. He has Illustrated and designed for: National Book Trust, Frank Educational Aids, Limca Book of Records, Ratnasagar, Harper Collins, Time-life Books, Living Media, Katha, Yugbodh Prakashan, Penguin/Puffin India, Scholastic India, India Ink/Roli books, Orient Blackswan and Eklavya.
Most of his work has been shown through individual and group exhibitions at eminent galleries. By creating thousands of book covers, he has made major contribution to contemporary Marathi literature. His work has been honoured and preserved at the Imperial War Museum, U. K. He has also done illustrations and book covers for Oxford University Press, U. K. He has illustrated several children’s books including Angat Pangat, Mouse, Harin Balak, Pankh Yothi Pakshyala, The Road, The Rain, The Journey and Agobais Dagobais.
Dileep Chinchalker grew up in an environment of painting, literature, theatre, music and allied arts. He has dabbled in designing, advertising, bird watching, journalism, teaching, acting, writing, public speaking, publishing and continues to look for new things to try. He has been an art critic, visiting faculty member at Indore University and trustee of Bharat-Bhavan Bhopal. He has a long association with Chakmak, the children’s science magazine and Gandhi-Marg. His work can be accessed at here.
Sushil is the Director, Ektara, Takshila’s Centre for Children’s Literature and Art. Also, co-editor of two children’s magazines- Pluto and Cycle. He was the Editor of Chakmak for the past decade. He has been associated with the field of children’s literature for over 18 years now. He is a writer and poet and has 10 titles to his credit, the most recent being Chiknik Chu, with Eklavya. He works as a consultant with NCERT. He is one of the key faculty who conceptualised and planned Riyaaz. He is responsible for leading, envisioning and anchoring of the course.
A Graduate of the College of Art, New Delhi, Taposhi is a freelance illustrator and designer since 1993. She has worked with many NGOs and leading publishing houses including Katha, Amnesty International, Care India, Eklavya, National Book Trust, Scholastic India, Penguin India, and Takshila Publication & Educational Society among others. Some of her books for children include The Mud Baby, The Story of Hanuman, The Winning Team, Bani, The Magic Flute: Folk Tales from All over India, and Fairytales: Four Stories by Johann and Wilhelm Grimm (Traditional Tales).