Suranjana Satwalekar studied Exhibition Design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India (NID) after graduation with Philosophy Honours from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
As Senior Design faculty at NID, she was instrumental in setting up NID’s multi-image Audio Visual Studio and re-starting its Exhibition Design Programme in 1997, both of which she headed till 2001. In 2003, she left NID to start an independent design practice in Ahmedabad. In 2007, she relocated permanently to Mumbai where she and her husband, Vikas Satwalekar set up Satwalekar Design Studio, as a design consulting partnership.
Design for themed environments is the Studio’s primary area of work. This covers the range - planning and design for museums, interpretative multimedia experiences for the cultural/heritage sector, corporate visitor centres & branded spaces, including brand identity and signage design. The Studio’s services encompass the complete project cycle – from conceptual design and detailing to facilitation and supervision of project implementation.
Suranjana has charted an eclectic professional career: from teaching and practice in exhibition/museum design, photography, audio visuals and design for television, to heading creative teams for over three decades. She was the principal designer of the Reserve Bank Monetary Museum in Mumbai and project head of the Khalsa Heritage Museum while at NID.
As Museum Expert for the recently opened Mahatma Mandir (Dandi Kutir) multi-media museum on Gandhi in Gandhinagar, she has advised Shapoorji Pallonji on all aspects of planning and design of the museum. She was appointed as the design expert on the Interpretation Advisory Committee for the Punjab Heritage & Tourism Promotion Board’s ADB-assisted project - Interpretation of Built and Natural Heritage of Punjab.
Some of the Studio’s recent works include ‘Across Oceans & Flowing Silks: From Canton to Bombay 18-20th Centuries’ at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, and ‘Parikrama’, a Visitor Centre for the National Dairy Development Board at Anand.
At present, the Studio is engaged with a multi-media exhibit on Sardar Patel, art direction of a projection mapping show on the History of Kolkata and collaborating on the planning and design of a spiritual visitor experience centre.