Sethu Das

Founder: Friends of Tibet | Design & People |
Tibet Research Centre (TRC)

Photo: Sarthak Banerjee

AFTER graduating from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, Sethu Das went to Srinagar for a visit and 'accidentally' reached Dharamshala, the seat of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. And found his calling in life. Moved by the stories of Chinese atrocities in Tibet related to him by political prisoners, he founded the 'Friends of Tibet', a Tibet Support Group in 1999 with one member, an organisation he never registered. He is the Executive Director of 'World Tibet Day Foundation' and one of the Founding Members of 'Friends of Tibet Foundation for the Wellbeing', a philanthropic initiative. Among other things, he has the rare distinction of dropping out from the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, one of the premier institutes in India.


In 2003, Sethu Das co-founded 'Design & People' with the slogan — 'Design For People In Need'. Today it is a global network of graphic and industrial designers and architects working towards social and humanitarian projects. In 2014, Sethu Das founded 'Centre for Social & Political Art' (CSPA), in a joint venture with Sylviander Museum. He has held workshops on Social and Political Design in India and abroad and has curated symposiums, which include — "Re-Designing the East: Political Design in Asia and Europe". Sethu Das has worked with The Economic Times, Netscribes India and IIT Bombay as a Consultant and as a Resource Faculty to National Institute of Design (NID). He was an International Observer to Sri Lanka and to several other conflict regions. From being a designer, to starting socially-conscious movements, he is a man of varied tastes and talents. You won't however find him enjoying a bottle of Coca-Cola!


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With His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan people (2012). Photo: Ramesh Kumar PS

"Swaraj In Design: Opportunities for Conscious Learning and Sharing" curated by Sethu Das representing Design & People (2010): Photo: Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany


Interviews with Sethu Das, originally published by Indian and foreign magazines and newspapers.

Interview with Sethu Das: Architect & Interiors (September 2009)

Architect & Interiors
(September 2009)

The Epoch Times, USA (April 2008)

Interview with Sethu Das: The Epoch Times, USA (April 2008)

Malayalam, India 
(April 2008)

Interview with Sethu Das: "Items'

'items', Netherlands (May 2006)

Interview with Sethu Das: Outlook, India (January 2005)

Outlook, India
(January 2005)


Jeju Island Road Show Project, Jeju Province, South Korea (2012). Photo: Sung Hyun Sohn, Activism of Graphic Imagination, South Korea



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