Art1st Team

Ananya is a graduate in Economics from Amity University. She has expertise in social media management and has handled several startup profiles. She holds a diploma in Fine Arts and demonstrates impeccable creativity and imagination. She is also trained in kathak.

A B.com graduate, Anmol is currently pursuing his CMA (cost and management accountant). He has a 4-year experience in accounting and cost accounting.

Ayushi Saxena is a consulting editor who has worked with award-winning publishing houses such as Duckbill Books and Penguin Random House India in the past. She has edited several acclaimed and bestselling children's books, and was also shortlisted for the prestigious PublishingNext's Editor of the Year award in 2017 and 2020.

Lokesh Khodke is an independent artist, illustrator, comic maker and an art educator based in Delhi. He has illustrated several children’s books, been published by various publishers, and done several exhibitions of his art works. He is one of the co-founders of BlueJackal, a collective that publishes comics and organises related workshops/programs. As an educator, he has been teaching art in educational institutions, including universities, and several organisations, across varying age groups.

Madhura Auddy is an educator, teacher trainer, coach and a parent. She founded Learning to Learn in 2020 with a vision to enable children to make learning a part of their growth. She is a graduate in Developmental Counselling, in Early Childhood care and Education, and has completed the Finnish Professional Development Program: Teacher as an Innovator.

Ritu Khoda is a coach, social entrepreneur, award-winning author, producer of critically acclaimed films, TEDx speaker, and founder of Art1st and Little Light.

Inspired by her son’s interaction with art in his early years, Ritu’s passion for the visual arts met pedagogy, and Art1st was born. With Art1st, holding the child at the centre, Ritu began challenging the existing paradigm of a myopic outlook of arts in schools by developing a full-fledged Visual Arts Curriculum for PreK to Grade 8.

She created a common platform for sharing new thinking and research in art education through initiatives at various levels -- An interactive lab for preschoolers, Studio Explorations for elementary school children, the Partner a Master: Artist-Mentor Program for teenagers, and the Open Minds platform for educators. Through these initiatives, she has been able to systematise art education at the school level, enhance the capabilities of teachers and define new standards for teaching and learning arts at the school level. To complement the Art Education Program, she introduced children to the exciting world of Indian visual art through her award-winning books and has produced critically acclaimed films on Indian artists.

Little Light, on the other hand, grew from Ritu’s spiritual practice and compassion toward children. From her pedagogical experience through Art1st, Little Light was built around the Pedagogy of Self, a curriculum that seeks to make children more centred and balanced in a world concentrated on its extremes.

Ritu holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from IIM Kolkata and a B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.

Salman B Baba is a visual artist who lives and works between Kashmir and New Delhi. He has a masters in Visual Arts from Ambedkar University and bachelors in Applied Arts from Jamia Millia Islamia. His practice responds to the discourses surrounding Kashmiri landscape and subjecthood which has led him to explore ideas around sovereignty and power politics. He engages with diverse materials in the form of cloth (shrouds), thread (embroidery), found audio communications, video footage, landscape photographs, cartographic maps, scents, text, etc. in his performances and installations.

A visual artist, Sreejata Roy completed her doctoral study in the area of Socially Engaged Art at the University of Technology, Sydney . Roy's practise involves working with young women or women from different disenfranchised communities for over a decade through a variety of forms of art practices connecting the ideas of public spaces in the low-income colonies and night shelters in New Delhi. Roy is an Adjunct faculty in the postgraduate course Socially Engaged Art in the Visual Art Department at Ambedkar University, Delhi since 2020 and she also is invited as Guest Faculty in the postgraduate courses in the field of SEA in many institutions such as Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi 2016, Delhi University 2017, Centre for Development practice Ambedkar University 2015-2018, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, 2019 in India and in abroad Sofia University, Tokyo, Japan, 2011, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, 2017 and University Of Highland, Shetland 2019. Roy is a part of Revue, an artist collective based in Delhi (2008-present) and has collaborated on various community and public art projects in India and abroad for several years. Her scholarly papers are published in many academic journals.

Sukriti Datt is a visual artist from College of Art, New Delhi. She previously worked in the Research and Development Department at Delhi Art Gallery and later as a co-trustee at Kala Drishti Trust till 2015. Currently, she is a full time practising artist and working as a Mentor with Art1st. She has been actively participating in exhibitions and workshops since 2011 and her works are in private collections in Austria and India. Etching, installations and ceramic are her other areas of interest.

A senior business leader based in Delhi , Yasmeen has over 20 years of experience across marketing leadership roles with Media, Digital, Retail and FMCG, across both premium and mass brands. Yasmeen serves as Marketing Director, overlooking all marketing activity for Art1st. She is a voracious reader and is fascinated by art and the creative process.

Our Advisors

Rajiv Kaul

Trustee, Art1st Foundation Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, CMS Info Systems Ltd

Sanjoy Roy

Managing Director of the Teamwork Arts, New Delhi

Sunjae Sharma

Managing Director – India & Southwest Asia, Hyatt India Corporation Private Limited

Amberin Memon

Mr. Vijay K Singh

Senior Partner
S&A Law Offices

Kalpana Kar

Projects Team

School Programmes

Akshay Sethi, Ashis Palei, Biswajit Das, Ghanishka Kedar, Kripa Bhatia, Prajakta Pallav, Pakhi Sen, Shyamali Singbal, Vasudha Kapadia

Art1st Books

Kripa Bhatia, Likla Lall, Nidhi Dhingra, Rohina Thapar, Shambhavi Thakur