Ar. Nisha Bothra

Graduating with a degree in architecture (2017) from Nagpur, along with living, travel & work experiences in Udaipur, Rajasthan, and Ahmedabad in Gujarat before conceiving her practice in Jagdalpur. Her graduate thesis titled ‘Epitome of Bastar’ was the first attempt to scratch below the surface of the region – she calls ‘home’ land; unravelling the long traditions of arts, crafts & culture that became the motivation of the various initiatives undertaken by her brainchild – ‘Ocher’. A tribute to the roots, Ocher works with local artisans, experimenting with regional art forms alongside professional architects & designers. The engagement is not just limited to act as a bridge & facilitators to the mostly tribal artisans but also to empower them by wider outreach of their inter-generational know-how and it’s application on experimental design forms, exposing them & Bastar to a global audience, keeping their craft alive for years to come.