Nina Sabnani
Nina Sabnani

About Nina

Nina Sabnani is an artist and storyteller who uses film, illustration and writing to tell her stories. She graduated in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara and received a master's degree in film from Syracuse University, NY, which she pursued as a Fulbright Fellow in 1997. Her doctoral research at the IDC focused on Rajasthan's Kaavad storytelling tradition. After teaching for two decades at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Nina has made Mumbai her home. She is Associate Professor at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay.

Nina's research interests include exploring the dynamics between words and images in storytelling. Her work in film and illustrated books, seeks to bring together animation and ethnography.

Academic Background

2011, PhD
Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

1998, M.A (Television, Film, Multimedia)
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Syracuse University, New York, USA

1982, Certificate in Animation Film making
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

1979, BFA (Painting)
Faculty of Fine Arts M. S University, Baroda


2007 onwards, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai
Associate Professor (Animation and Visual Communication)

2006-2007, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai
Visiting Faculty (Animation and Visual Communication)

1985-2006, National Institute of Design
Faculty of Communication Design
(Animation, Video, New Media, Software and User Interface Design, Information and Digital Design & Graphic Design)

1983-84, National Institute of Design
Teaching Assistant, Co-worked on the curriculum for Animation Advanced Entry professional Education Programme which commenced in 1985.

Administrative Responsibilities

2011 - Current
PhD Coordinator, IDC, IIT Bombay

2004 - 2006
Centre Head, NID P G Campus, Gandhinagar

Vice-Chairperson, Education
Head, Communication Design, NID

Coordinator, New Media, NID

Coordinator, Animation Design Programme, NID

Chairman, Outreach Programmes, NID
Planning, coordinating and monitoring of training and awareness programmes in all areas of design, at Ahmadabad and NID cells at Bangalore and Delhi