Vasant Nayak: Profile
Having studied communications media in Mumbai, India, after earning his B.A. in sociology / anthropology at St. Xavier's College, Vasant Nayak gained extensive experience with photography and media in India prior to coming to the United States to earn his Master of Visual Arts degree from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.
Before the years when his talents were given full time to an online venture, Vasant Nayak had a distinguished and promising career as a professor, digital artist, and photographer. He created and directed a master's degree program in digital arts at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland; one of the first of its kind in the U.S. Vasant has participated internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions of his work throughout his art career. A committed teacher and professor, respected by both his students and his colleagues, Vasant attended conferences nationally and globally, to address educators on topics including culture and its relationship to photography. After nearly a decade, he left his teaching career at MICA and took a hiatus from the art world.
Vasant's interest in the digital arts planted other ideas he wanted to pursue. He worked on the development of custom-built software, marketing, branding, building an online community, and he pushed e-commerce into new realms. As new technology was developed, he found ways to incorporate it to benefit his online venture. Nayak's unique perspective, philosophy, and vision, have proven well suited to business as well as to art.
Once financial success in business enabled the establishment of the MurthyNAYAK Foundation, Vasant returned to working in communications media, making short films, websites, publications, and more for NGOs in India and nonprofit organizations in the United States, working for social change. These projects are offered through grants from the MurthyNAYAK Foundation, to organizations whose goals are in line with its mission. Vasant has also funded numerous photography related projects in the US and India, and is currently working on an online resource on Indian photography to launch in 2020.
He is making photographs again. India remains the source of his inspiration. Vasant says, although his body resides in the United States, his soul dwells in India, and his mind traverses between the two.