United Nations Women's Entrepreneurship Distinguished Fellow 2018 

Max Mark-Cranbrook Global Peacemaker Award 2019

Disruptive Innovation Award 2019

"As a myth-maker, shaping the parameters of the possible, awakening global consciousness, and community-building I spark innovation at the intersection of fantasy and reality from diverse perspectives, scaling impact to create a more just and regenerative future."  - Indrani

BIO (short)

Indrani is a transdisciplinarian filmmaker, founder, futurist, human rights and ecosystems advocate, impact innovator, TEDx speaker, and movement mobilizer, awakening public consciousness and transforming culture for a more just, equitable, and regenerative future.  

Her work has received over 2 billion impressions and over 40 awards including the Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Award, CNN Expose, Cannes gold lions, and Rotary International's Max-Mark Cranbrook Global Peacemaker award. At the United Nations she is recognized as a Women's Entrepreneurship Distinguished Fellow, Co-Convenor / Co-Host of its Science Summit and its Global People's Summit.  

As a director, she has helmed projects for David Bowie, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and many others. She is a protege and long-term collaborator of Bowie, who commissioned her album art for his Heathen and her directorial debut Valentine's Day, in the role of a mass school shooter, featured in the HBO Movie The Last 5 Years. Indrani shaped the image of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and 300 global brands including Pepsi, L'Oreal, the American Cancer Society and Keep A Child Alive. Featured in Vogue, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and VICE, Indrani's work is exhibited worldwide including the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian DC, at the Lincoln Center, the Centre Pompidou Paris, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Australian Center for the Moving Image. 

Leveraging her expertise in Anthropology, diplomacy, celebrity, fashion, music, and marketing, she explores themes of identity, equality, cultural and ecological regeneration. An X-PRIZE Rainforest Semifinalist, Indrani co-leads a team of 120 scientists, engineers, and indigenous forest protectors, developing technologies and bioeconomies for biodiversity regeneration. She is Founder/CEO of Double Exposure Studios and Shakti Regeneration Institute, co-Founder/Chief Purpose Officer of Open Origin industries and Neuralign for neurodiversity empowerment education.  

Born in Kolkata India, Indrani graduated from Princeton University with a High Honors BA in Anthropology, and lectures at Harvard, Yale, and at Princeton on "Mobilizing Millions with Art and Film for Human Rights and Social Change."  

“Across Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri’s body of work, from film and photography to philanthropy and social activism, she uses art as a means of processing and reflecting upon questions of self and society, justice and hope, history and myth... Indrani finds a singular thread and invites viewers to feel tugged and sometimes even lashed at by the thing that would have been invisible to most other eyes... I love the resourcefulness at work in what Indrani does... not just because what she creates is beautiful, but because in operating as it does, her work urges a viewer to acknowledge that a question like whether to protect the oceans, is one that can be approached not just with the intellect or even with the moral conscience, but also by calling upon unusual capacities, like passion, attraction, grief, and a real urge to be carried away, lost, overtaken, transformed. These are natural human feelings that live most of the time corralled into just one region of the self, but when they are invited in, they make a social or political question one that can be explored with the totality of oneself."

- Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States & Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University. Introducing Indrani's keynote at the Princeton Creative Arts and Humanities Symposium, October 2018.

Quincy Jones presents Indrani with the CNN Expose Award, 2018.

VIDEO: CNN Interview with Quincy Jones and Indrani (click here)

"A leading director and voice for women's empowerment," Indrani receives a  Disruptive Innovator Award, at Tribeca Film Festival, 2019 from Perry Peltz.

VIDEO: Interview at Princeton University (click here)

"Riveting, shocking and touching, Indrani's direction is brilliant and provocative."  

- Scott Goodson, Forbes 

"Wielding her visionary work like a weapon, Indrani is using her art and resources for social justice and change." 

- Zee Chang, Soma

"Trailblazer and visionary: high-concept and hyper-realism commingle in the work of Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri."  

- Kimberly Jones, The Austin Chronicle

"Among the first female artists of color in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection, [Indrani's work explores] metaphysical & sociological meaning." 

- Mary Thompson Frenck, Embrace

“I seek to challenge, enthrall and inspire audiences with transformative storytelling, powerful diverse characters, unforgettable imagery, and psycho-social understanding. My approach is as a collaborator, thriving on flexibility and fun to engage the team. My aesthetic is hyperreal, encouraging authenticity and dimensional performances, embracing fantasy sculpting with light, nature, and unconventional compositions. My vision mixes the gritty rawness of my Girl Epidemic with the magical realism of Legend of Lady White Snake for a quixotic, danger and hope-filled dream-scape that reflects the characters’ inner life. To provoke viewers to laugh, cry and to hope, to join our protagonists in finding their own potential and inspire them to transform themselves and humanity.” 

- Indrani


Indian-Canadian-British-Jamaican multidisciplinary artist, known mononymously as Indrani, is a “leading director and voice for female empowerment” (Tribeca Film Festival), a photographer, and social justice advocate.   

Known for her “iconic imagery and visionary storytelling” (Huffington Post), exploring avant-garde intertextual surrealism, the Lincoln Center presented her major exhibition "ICONS" describing her work as "Dynamic...at the crossroads of pop culture and critical acclaim." Indrani is also co-founder of Shakti Empowerment Education (SEEschool.org), and a lecturer at Princeton University on "Moving Millions to Action: Art and Film for Human Rights and Social Justice." 

Empowering women and LGBTQ rights, anti-racism, and environmental sustainability, she is an educator and speaker at Harvard University on "Pride and Progress" at the LGBTQ Film Symposium. Indrani is Co-Host of the Global People’s Summit during the General Assembly at the United Nations, democratizing access to conversations and information that shape the world; UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Distinguished Fellow; Host of New York Live Arts - AI Live Ideas Gala; co-Founder and Executive Director of the Shakti Empowerment Education Foundation.

"Indrani's vast experience and unique sensibility makes her one of the most sought-after professional visual artists in the world... Indrani moves through the world with diplomacy and grace and it's no surprise that celebrities the world over have trusted her... She's a fine role model... balancing the glamour and gloss of her professional life with philanthropy." 

- Paul Sunday, New York Film Academy  

Empowering women and LGBTQ rights, anti-racism, and environmental sustainability, she is an educator and speaker at Harvard University on "Pride and Progress" at the LGBTQ Film Symposium. Indrani is Co-Host of the Global People’s Summit during the General Assembly at the United Nations, democratizing access to conversations and information that shape the world; UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Distinguished Fellow; Host of New York Live Arts - AI Live Ideas Gala; co-Founder and Executive Director of the Shakti Empowerment Education Foundation.

"At the forefront of contemporary photography"  - NOWNESS

While a student of Anthropology at Princeton University, Indrani was discovered and mentored by Iman and David Bowie, who commissioned her first book cover for I am Iman, and her first album art for Heathen, on Bowie's loss of faith in grand narratives after 9/11. Bowie later launched her directorial debut with the music video for his Valentine’s Day, exploring the mind of a high school mass shooter, which was featured in the HBO Movie Bowie: the Last 5 Years.

Indrani has empowered some of the world’s most legendary artists, including helping launch the solo careers of Beyonce and Lady Gaga, creating their debut album art for Dangerously in Love and The Fame (Collector's Edition) respectively. She put celebrities in coffins, including Kim Kardashian, Usher, Serena Williams and Elijah Woods for Digital Death, raising awareness and millions of dollars against AIDS in Africa and India for Keep A Child Alive, and many other projects for social good.

Featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Vanity Fair and VICEand published in 23 books, Indrani's work is exhibited in museums including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, The Center Pompidou Paris, The Rubin Museum of Art NY, The Victoria & Albert Museum London, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Museum at the Fashion Institute and The Australian Center for the Moving Image.

Her videos have over 70 million views online, and she has created images and commercials for over 300 international brands including Pepsi, Nike, Lancome, and L’Oreal. Regularly interviewed for CNN, HBO, E! News and Showbiz Tonight, she is invited to speak at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Centre Pompidou, Princeton, New York University and Harvard University.

EARLY LIFE: Born in Kolkata and raised volunteering with Mother Teresa since a small child, Indrani experienced the power of change that the tiniest of people can bring. Eager to learn from the top artists of the world, she became an international teen model-actor. At 18 she returned for a 6-month solo pilgrimage across India, and co-founded Shakti Empowerment Education, SEEschool.org providing education, vocational training and micro-financing for 300 socio-economically disadvantaged women and children annually in West Bengal. She met classical harpist Markus Klinko and they began their professional photography careers together as the photography duo known as Markus + Indrani.

Indrani received a scholarship to Princeton University, where she reinstated Sanskrit and spearheaded a student movement to create a South Asian Studies Program, founded the Eastern Philosophical Discussion Group, and graduated with a Magna Cum Laude BA in Anthropology, while advancing her photography and digital art career.

SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY: Working with over 25 NGOs, "Indrani is internationally recognized for her extensive work on social causes... Empowering young girls to become powerful agents of change" (Huffington Post).

"Wildly creative... Indrani changes the fate of forgotten girls... She is fighting to give girls a better future." -Abigail Pesta, The Daily Beast

EDUCATOR AND SPEAKER: United Nations, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Center Georges Pompidou. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

BRAVO (NBC) DOCU-SERIES DOUBLE EXPOSURE: Indrani was the subject of a 6-part docu-series on US primetime Bravo/ NBC TV. Featuring her creative process, the humor and challenges of working with stars such as Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, and Lindsay Lohan, along with designer / creative producer GK Reid and her photographic partner at the time, Markus Klinko. Syndicated to 200 countries.

PUBLICATIONS: The New York Times, Huffington Post, LA Times, London Sunday Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, V, Vanity Fair and VICE.

FEATURED ON: CNN, HBO, Access HollywoodExtra! Inside Edition, E! News, America’s Next Top Model, Larry King Live, VH1’s Short ListFashion Television, The “It” FactorCBSUSA Today, and Showbiz Tonight.

CLIENTS: Pepsi, Nike, Barney’s New York, LVMH, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, MAC, L’Oreal Paris, Shiseido, Pantene, Head & Shoulders Herbal Essences, Remy Martin, Sky Blue, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Wolford, Girard Perregaux, Anna Sui, Baume et Mercier, DeBeers, Epson, Broncolor, Mattel, Hello Kitty, Jaguar  CLIENT LIST

EXHIBITIONS: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, The Victor & Albert Museum UK, The Brooklyn Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Lincoln Center, Museum of the Fashion Institute, Rubin Museum of Art, The Australian Center for the Moving Image.



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