Passionate about both, history and design, Aradhana’s 'experimental' Liberal Arts programme at The College of Wooster in Ohio ended in a double major in Anthropology and Indian culture from Xaviers College, Mumbai in the year 2000, immediately followed by a masters degree in Ancient Indian Culture completed in the year 2002 (where she received a gold medal for standing first in the state of Maharashtra). She also did a post graduate diploma in Indian Aesthetics of Visual Art.
She started working almost immediately with the Morarka Centre for Craft at the NCPA (2000-2002). During this time, Aradhana curated the craft stalls for the then famous Annual Kala Ghoda Craft Festival organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Department Corporation. She also worked as a researcher and visual planner with India Book House (IBH) on large publications about Indian history, art and culture. Her biggest accomplishment in the world of publishing so far, is the title of
Photo Editor for the book HORIZONS, commissioned by the TATA’s for their centenary year celebration, The urge to travel made her take a sabbatical from publishing. She travelled to the north-east of India, to attend a seminar on design in Bamboo and other natural materials which brought her to interact with faculty frim various design schools like NID and NIFT, local craft entrepreneurs and artisans. It was on this very first trip to the north-east of India, with all its beautiful basketry and hand made products, that the idea of Dhoop was born.
Her academic knowledge and interest coupled with the passion to travel and discover more about Indian art and craft, lead Aradhana Nagpal to start Dhoop in the year 2003.
Aradhana also organizes craft workshops for children, and has been invited to conduct design and craft marketing workshops for artisans through Fair Trade Organizations like Craftmark, " www.craftmark.org " and International Resources for Fair Trade.
She set up her own in-house studio in 2005 and undertakes customized orders for lighting, furniture and gifting as well as packaging. Full of ideas, she time and again churns out one-of-a-kind lamps, upcycled furniture and anything else that catches her fancy.
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