Tanishka Kachru earned an MA in History of Design and the Decorative Arts (2001) from Parsons School of Design, New York and BArch (1997) from University of Bombay. She was an Assistant Curator in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2002-2007). At NID she is part of Exhibition Design discipline, offering courses in History & Theory of Design, Design for Museums, and Design for Heritage spaces.
Tanishka's research interests are in the areas of design histories from postcolonial perspectives; digital heritage interpretation and discourses of heritage in smart cities. Recent publications include "The Staging of Indian National Identity through Exhibitions: 1850 to 1947" in Penny Sparke and Fiona Fisher, eds. The Routledge Companion to Design Studies (2016); Nakashima at NID (with Adira Thekkuveettil) NID Press (2017); Contemporary Reflections on NID History: Teaching through the Design Archive in Bauhaus Imaginista Journal (2019).
Recent projects include A research report for developing an integrated heritage-based development plan for Taj Ganj, Agra for the Directorate of Tourism, UP (2012); A proposal for design of a Community Museum in Banaskantha, Gujarat for the non-profit organisation, SEWA (2012); Design and delivery of a training program Transformation in Museums for National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) in 2013; Design and implementation of a Museum on the life of Swami Vivekananda for Ramakrishna Mission at Khetri, Rajasthan (2019); Design and implementation for Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum in Ahmedabad (2017).
Recent curatorial projects include the "Nakashima at NID" exhibition 2016, on the life and work of Japanese-American craftsman George Nakashima; co-curator with Neelima Hasija of "Centre and Beyond" exhibition February 2019 that presents fifty years of ceramic and glass design at NID; curator of "The Scholarly Work of Haku Shah: Votive Terracotta of India" exhibition February-March 2019.