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The Four Creative Virtuosos - Pearl Academy


On the 24th of November, Mumbai will host a one of its kind Creative Career Conclave by Pearl Academy. Pearl Academy is bringing to you a fabulous set of people who will enlighten and speak their mind about the creative industry. International and national A list celebrities, fashion critics and film makers will be joining us such as Narendra Kumar Ahmad (Fashion Designer and Creative Head Amazon) , Meher Castelino (Fashion Critic), David James Baker (American filmmaker), Prof. Vikas Satwalekar, Design Consultant.


Narendra Kumar Ahmed

A Founding Fashion Editor of ELLE India magazine in 1996, Narendra was intrinsically involved in the conceptualization of India’s pioneering foreign fashion publication. After acquiring a vast experience in the Fashion business and being associated with magazines like ELLE and VERVE and collaborating with some of India’s foremost textile companies; Narendra launched his eponymous line in 2000 with a complete range of western wear for men and women. The line is based on modern cuts and silhouettes but integrates the luxurious aspects of specially woven Indian fabrics and hand crafted detailing. Currently is sold through two flagship stores in Mumbai and Delhi, and through India’s leading men’s multibrand designer store – AZA Men. In 2008, Narendra contributed to the study on luxury in the emerging markets (India) undertaken by the Bocconi University, Milan. Narendra Kumar’s company, Arenah Design Studio, undertakes various corporate identity-clothing projects such as Marriott Group of Hotels, HSBC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Unilever and most recently involved in re-imaging the uniforms of the 30 New Vivanta Branded Hotels for the Taj Group – India.


Meher Castelino

Meher Castellino’s involvement with fashion and beauty goes back to 1964 when she won the Miss India crown, soon after graduating from Lawrence School, Lovedale. She was the first Miss India selected by Femina to represent the country at the Miss Universe and Miss United Nations Contests Ms Castellino has instituted a fashion award for the Most Innovative Garment Design for the students of the Premlila Vithaldas Polytechnic’s fashion designing section since 1994. Her second fashion award instituted in 1998 is for the National Institute of Fashion Technology Mumbai. Ms Castellino was invited on the jury of the 24th International Apparel Federation International Designer Contest in Maastricht the Netherlands in 2008. Ms Castellino was awarded the Hall of Fame Fashion Writer Award by at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards in 2001. Read excerpts from her interview here

David James Baker.

David James Baker is an American filmmaker, artist, and horseman. Baker holds a B.A. from the University of Denver an M.A. from New Mexico Highlands University, and an M.F.A from New Mexico State University. . Baker has produced numerous videos abroad in several countries around the world. Baker is the director of “Cabalgata – A Horse Pilgrimage in Mexico” (2012) and numerous commercial and promotional videos and short films about people and horses. Baker is the writer-director of Portraits of the Southwest, a documentary series produced by Public Television for Southern New Mexico and West Texas. Portraits of the Southwest, profiles people and their environments in the American Southwest. The most recent episode “Portraits of the Southwest – Road Closed” reveals the story of a gay couple from Austin, Texas who tried for 10 years to restore and open a hotel in Radium Springs, New Mexico. Baker began his career in film and media working for Disney. Read up on a one on one interview with David here


Prof. Vikas Satwalekar.

As the Executive Director of NID as well as the Head of its Visual Communication program, Prof. Satwalekar has given to NID years of nurturing and mentoring design education, especially its visual communications education program.

Apart from being an inspiring teacher, Prof. Satwalekar has also worked on prestigious exhibition design projects – Khalsa Heritage Museum; conecpt, design, proposal for the exhibition: ‘Bharat Ek Darshan’, ‘India Exhibit’, Commonwealth Institute, London.
As a graphic designer for corporate identity programs for Mother Dairy, National Dairy Development Board, four regional identities for channnel tara – creation of logos, channel identity graphics and signature films for Bradcast Worldwide Pvt Ltd, Doordarshan Channel identities, DD news, Metro, National Sports, Regional Doordarshan Channels, Prasar Bharati and others.

Catch all these amazing people talk at the Creative Career Conclave in Mumbai @11:00 am. Just register here

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