‘Prithwe : Earth and Us’ consists of active team members coming
together from diverse fields to create a complete ecological lifestyle.
An enterprising go-getter, Priti Bhandari comes from a family background of builders/developers. A professional Fashion Designer since 1997, she runs her own design unit in Pune, specializing in hand embroidery, designer furnishing and quilting. Adding hands-on magic to learning, Priti has conducted different kinds of workshop for children and families. She has learnt and worked with many international and local Indian specialists in the fields of Building Biology, Sacred Geometry and hands-on education. She is actively studying various education systems and styles of learning. Owing to her extensive study and research, Priti has devised and designed workshop based learning modules for children. Priti has done more than a decade of research and study on subjects related to sustainable, environment friendly and holistic architecture. She has conducted nature camps, nature trails and nature related workshops for all age groups. Priti’s husband and a long time supporter of the Prithwe philosophy, Mayank Barjatya is an architect and a building biologist by profession. Science postgraduate in ecology & environment, Mayank has done extensive research on healthy building systems. His research papers on earth communication are published in international journals. His tenure as a building specialist since 1995 has made him realize that architecture and architectural education needs an urgent shift. With ‘Prithwe : Earth & Us’, Mayank’s vision has come to life with the help of his team of like-minded friends.Mayank’s college friend, guitarist and sound composer, architect Abhijit Murugkar is also abusiness development specialist with 17 years of B.D/Marketing/Sales experience. He has served in reputed organizations like Getzner India Pvt. Ltd. , B.P.Ergo Ltd. and Floorspace India Pvt. Ltd. , as a Business Development Head. Since 2005, he has been a visiting faculty for Dr.B.N.College of Architecture, B.V.P college of Architecture and Sinhgad college of Architecture. He is a Music Composer and is actively involved in independent music production. His passion for nature and environmental education attracted him to participate in the Prithwe endeavor. Abhijit has taken the responsibility to handle workshops and bring in architecture educationists as facilitators. He is in charge of all business development initiatives at Prithwe. A great personality and keen follower of natural eco-living philosophy, Niranjan Upasani practices what he preaches. He uses a bio-toilet and makes his own manure for his food trays where he grows his own vegetables and fruits. His idea is to live off the grid, thus using a solar cooker & cooking on biogas is a part of his lifestyle. Niranjan Upasani has been providing products, services, and concepts that help people live a sustainable urban life and enrich the natural environment. Niranjan helps people on maintaining, restoring and enhancing biodiversity and promoting a sustainable way of living. Niranjan, a former Japanese language specialist with a reputed US-based MNC, completed his environmental studies from Ecological Society of India, BNHS, and ELA Foundation. At Prithwe, Niranjan teaches, consults and manages all factors related to ecology, nature and sustainability. Prithwe learning centre is a regular workshop avenue for Niranjan and he is keen in propagating his philosophy of ecological solutions at Prithwe.