Amrapali Hazra is a Faculty of Digital Game Design and a graduate of NID, Ahmedabad. She completed her studies in Animation Film Design in 2006. She has worked with reputed design studios such as Canenero Design Studio, in Osimo Italy and Tata Elxsi in Bangalore. As a young graduate she was employed with NID, Bangalore as a Research Associate. She has work experience in both film and print advertising and has been involved as a freelancer in the creation of graphics and digital art for retail spaces for many years for brands such as Caravan, Spacewood, Twin Birds, The Couch Potato etc. Collectively she has over 11 years of industry experience and involvement in design projects of an interdisciplinary nature.
An ardent admirer and collector of Indian handcrafted products, she started her own enterprise with the artisans of Channapatna in the year 2014, under the name Ribhu, using her character design skills to create hand turned wooden dolls with unique illustrations, not found in the mainstream products of the area. She worked closely with the artisans; convincing them of the need for detailing and finesse in their products and training them to execute her designs. This work is a personal and ongoing project, financed privately with limited pieces made on demand.
Being an avid reader, storytelling and narratives are of great interest to her. She likes to write short stories, and prose pieces on her observations of the world. She thrives on information and enjoys research and documentation. She studies diverse topics such as history, mythology, esoteric beliefs, gender issues, criminal psychology and the paranormal. Though her first love will always be films, she has acumen in all aspects of visual communication design. Especially in the creation and possibilities of digital art.
She closely follows game art, comic art, and graphic novels. The artwork she creates in her spare time is heavily inspired by Indian folk-art styles. Learning about Indian textiles and curating them is her passion. She has learnt to play the piano. Amrapali believes that creativity and passion are synonymous and recognizes the polymathic nature of most designers.