eki [lang. marathi, \EY-ki\]: odd / unique / oneness / unity
beki [lang. marathi, \BEY-ki\]: even / common / duality / diversity
True to our name, we achieve balance by bringing together things that have traditionally been perceived to be at odds with each other. Ekibeki also means oneness of interests, sentiments, pursuits among different groups or entities. Ekibeki is a social enterprise focused on identification of dying crafts and undertaking initiatives for their development and sustenance.
Ekibeki is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving, sustaining and growing the dying crafts of India.
We identify Indian crafts that are on the verge of extinction and revive them through design interventions, skill and capacity building, product development, market development and creating self-governing mechanisms; all of which eventually helping the artisans to sustain and grow their community clusters in their natural habitat. This cycle must be repeated for every craft, one at a time and needs empathy, patience and persistence.
Vishpala Naik Hundekari– has done her Architecture from the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur & Furniture Designing from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Her frequent exposure to the rich heritage of Indian arts & Crafts, as a child has shaped her later life as a design professional.
Vishpala has designed residential interiors for over 20 years and for the last 13 years she has been working with artisans in small villages across India. She has used traditional crafts in modern urban interiors to give a new face to the traditional craft while creating an exclusive touch in the space so designed. She has worked extensively in the villages of India developing crafts based products for retail, exports and corporate gifting.
She founded the design firm Ekibeki in 2005, which is now a not for profit social enterprise which aims to preserve, rejuvenate and grow our rich craft heritage through awareness, design and market interventions.
Vishpala is a regular speaker at schools, colleges, corporate and industry body events on Indian crafts and Design.
Neelesh Hundekari– is a co-founder of Ekibeki.
Neelesh has completed his MBA from IIM, Calcutta and holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur. He has over 25 years of experience in industry and management consulting.
At present he is a Partner at global management consulting firm, A.T. Kearney and leads the Lifestyle practice for Asia. Over the last 25 years, he has developed expertise in Consumer Goods, Retail, Textiles, Fashion, and Lifestyle industries. He has advised large companies on vision and growth strategy, business transformation to support growth, profit and capability improvement. He also leads the Organization practice for India and has advised large companies in sectors such as Oil and Gas, Power, Transportation and Utilities, Consumer and Retail, Media and Telecom, Agri-business and Financial Services on topics of leadership, change and organization.
He has been a member of the CII Core Committee on Luxury and Lifestyle and also the CII National Committee on Textiles.
Neelesh has served as the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Bombay International School, Mumbai. He also supports other NGOs in the field of adoption, education and crafts.