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Meet the “Next” Generation of designers, the winners of ‘Who’s Next’ Scholarship!

Our quest to find India’s 10 most creative minds through ‘Who’s Next’ scholarship program has come to an end. More than 1700 entries from all over the country were submitted in to win the prestigious scholarship. Adjudged by the ‘Who’s Next’ jury including renowned names from the creative industries – Manish Malhotra, Sussanne Khan, Rahul Mishra, Prof. Vikas Satwalekar, Mohan Neelkantan, Dr. Sanyogeitaa Chaddha and Dr. Priya Mary Mathew, the contestants were marked on various skill sets including their level of creativity, innovation, originality and ability to tackle complex problems. The competition proved to be a great platform for young & dynamic minds who wish to make it big at the top level while studying at Pearl Academy.

Want to know who made it to the top 10 and why! Here is a dope on the innovative ideas submitted by India’s most creative minds:



Sakeena Tayebji’s ‘Khana Do’ initiative was conceptualized keeping in mind only one goal – How could we think out of the box to solve one of the perennial problems – hunger, plaguing the mankind. She makes an attempt which couples human values such as philanthropy, love and caring with cutting edge technology such as smartphones, the internet and social networking.




Md. Umar from Tonk, Rajasthan, presented the idea of making fashionable yet affordable clothing for the ‘mango people’. His dream is to design clothes for people from all walks of life, so that no one has to bend their desires to live the life of their dreams.



Another innovative idea of an Eco-Friendly washroom was presented by Divyansha Rawat who impressed everybody with her unique concept. Her aim through her project is to eradicate the problem of wastage of water by recycling it for using it again. 



Ambika-blogAmbika Ajmani from Bhopal touched sensitive issues like gender equality and openness, female foeticide and abuse, illiteracy, women empowerment, youth depression, and eradication of poverty. Her vision is to bring a change in the society through collaborated efforts by reaching out to the people who are working on such causes to build a better nation.




Chinar Sharma from Dehradun has taken a beautiful initiative to help the cancer affected patients by designing fashionable clothes for them, which will break the monotony and will provide them a trendy look. Her main aim is to make the patients feel empowered and confident among themselves when they look into the mirror.




Nishtha-blogNishtha Singh simply floored the judges with her beautiful creations which she made using the paint brush and colours to the maximum effect. Her artwork is mostly inspired by mythology, mystical and magical things depicting the beauty of nature, flora and animals, especially horses.





Sukriti Garg’s projection of a ‘Chair’ is used in her representation to portray a theme that if a person has just the right knowledge, then for him/her the world is a playground (as it is a chair and a book shelf too). Knowledge will get him the opportunity to showcase his talent to the world.




 Shashank Shekher Singh discussed the serious issue of child marriage in his project; with this artwork his aim is to eliminate this evil practice completely from our society. He wants to convey this message that marrying at such an adolescent age can completely spoil the innocence, youth and dreams of a girl child.





India is a big country and is densely populated. The issue of ‘Overpopulation’ has been plaguing our country from a very long time. Garima Singhal made her project on this topic by using lamp as a metaphor to perfectly depict this ever-growing problem. Her aim is to create awareness among the masses related on this complex problem.



Monica-blogThis ‘Mumbai ki Chori’ a.k.a Monica A. Vanniyar surely won the hearts of judges. She worked on the given theme – ‘World is my Playground’ in a unique manner. According to Monica, her creativity is the mirror image of herself and she also feels that entertainment is one of the best ways to express your feelings. Beauty of Nature, innocence of happiness, heights of achievements, kingdom of creativity, wisdom of entertainment, colors of emotions, simplicity of hard work are few pointers which were discussed in her presentation.


The projects who won this prestigious scholarship program were unique in concept and also have a mass appeal targeting the larger group of audience. The chosen candidates have won scholarship waiving off the whole tuition fee and an all-expense paid study trip to the USA offered by Pearl Academy.

Heartiest Congratulations to all the winners on making it big with Pearl!

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Pearl Academy rolls out Full Scholarship for India’s Top 10 creative minds at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Pearl Academy rolls out Full Scholarship for India’s Top 10 creative minds at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

A Full Scholarship for all B.A. (H) Program Courses and an all-expense paid-trip to Santa Fe Art Fest at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) in US by Pearl Academy. The scholarship was announced at the recently held Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) in Mumbai, for 10 most talented minds of India who aspire to alter the creative and design landscape in future.

IMG_9767Festival Design Partner of KGAF, Pearl Academy – Mumbai, leaves its mark on Design enthusiasts at the fest with an installation named ‘Confluence’, a larger than life Canvas Wall and a magnificent fashion show by Academy’s renowned and talented alumni. The fashion show was attended by Bollywood actor Sonu Sood and fashion designer Rocky S.

Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “Pearl Academy has carried the beacon of design and creativity for over two decades and events such as Kala Ghoda Arts Festival are extremely crucial in molding and refurbishing the creative ecosystem of India. With Pearl Academy as the Festival Design Partner of KGAF, the intent is to further propel the progress and recognition of designers and their work. And, we see this scholarship to top 10 creative minds of India as reaffirmation of our commitment to the creative youth of India.”

“At Pearl Academy, we believe in giving real time experience and the best opportunities to our students. What could have been a better venue than Kala Ghoda Arts Festival for the Pearlites to showcase their talent! Their work has been appreciated and Mumbaikars are now looking forward to more of such talent exhibits by us. We take this as our responsibility to provide the best of Pearl’s legacy to our students as well as the design landscape.” says Bulbul Chaudhary, Director – Pearl Academy, Mumbai about the association with KGAF.


Bulbul Chaudhary along with the celebrity guests made the major announcement that will change the lives of 10 students – the Full Scholarship for any BA (H) Program and an all-expense paid-trip to Santa Fe Art Fest. To win the scholarship, the student must be a resident of India, should have completed class 12th by June 15, 2015, and should have qualified the Pearl Entrance exam.

Top 20 entries will be shortlisted by the jury at Pearl Academy and will be called for a personal interview round. The jury includes Prof. Vikas Satwalekar, Ex Director, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; Mohan Neelakantan, Ex Fashion Editor – Elle, Stylist & TV Anchor and experts from Pearl Academy – Sanyogeitaa Chadha, Head-School of Fashion, Styling & Textiles; Dr. Priya Mary Mathew, Head-School of Creative Business; and Nidhip Mehta, Area Head-Interior Architecture and Design.

Last date of application is April 20, 2015, and the winners will be announced on 15th June, 2015. More information on the scholarship is available on:


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