ArtSpire is an arts management and consulting company based in Chennai, India & Toronto, Canada, specialising in the development and management of artistic initiatives.

We are a team of professionals with deep understanding of, and passion for, the arts. We work with arts organisations, venues and artists, supporting them to develop, implement and sustain their artistic initiatives. We understand the challenges facing the arts sector and provide practical and customised advisory and consultation, based on our collective experience in the field.

We provide support across strategy, programming, communications, and operations. To learn more about the specific services we offer please click here.

Our Team

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Ramya Rajaraman

Founder & Director

A performing arts connoisseur, Ramya derives great inspiration from the artistic creations of others. She founded ArtSpire to support arts and culture organisations and artists, with professional expertise in marketing and management.

In a career spanning over 18 years in strategic communications and arts, she has worked with Indian and global clients and partners, in the non-profit, corporate, startup, and the arts and culture sectors. Her expertise includes arts management, brand communication, social media marketing and public relations.

Prior to founding ArtSpire, Ramya was the Project Director at Inception Business Services, a marketing consulting firm in Chennai, where she was responsible for driving the marketing communication strategies for brands across various sectors.  Prior to that she led the Resource Mobilisation initiatives at NalandaWay Foundation, an arts-based NGO. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of NalandaWay Foundation.

Earlier in her career, Ramya was a Consulting Associate at Genesis Burson-Marsteller, an International PR firm, where she  managed and executed PR campaigns for several technology MNCs.

She has a Master’s degree in Communications from Portland State University, Oregon, USA.

Ramya loves travelling, is a passionate foodie and a yoga enthusiast.

Aishwarya Jayaraman

Associate Director

North America

Aishwarya’s motivation lies in working with visionaries, innovative and experimental thought leaders. In a career spanning over 10 years in the corporate communications sector, Aishwarya has built herself as a strategic communications leader who drives change through communication and engagement.  She has worked in multinational companies including Scope International (Chennai) and Shell Inc (Chennai), leading internal communications campaigns and corporate events.

Aishwarya is an Associate Director at ArtSpire and is based in Toronto, Canada. Aishwarya leads a diverse portfolio of clients developing organisational and marketing strategies for arts institutions, branding strategies along with goal and opportunity management plans for artists, as well as planning and managing festivals, workshops and performing arts productions. She spearheads our initiatives in the North American region.

A digital marketing specialist, she also develops marketing strategies and social media campaigns for ArtSpire’s clients with audience development and revenue generation at the heart of the strategy.

A professionally trained Bharatanatyam dancer, Aishwarya loves everything arts and culture. High-spirited and dynamic, she draws immense energy from creative pursuits including storytelling, writing and indulging in visual creativity.

Aishwarya has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media and an MBA in Marketing.

Tirtha Giri

 Programme Associate

An avid art enthusiast, a passionate dancer, and an innovative teacher, Tirtha is driven by a vision to contribute to the development and proliferation of Arts Management in India. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Bharatanatyam) from SASTRA University, Thanjavur, and a Master’s in International Art Management from SMU Dallas, HEC Montreal, and SDA Bocconi. Learning from experts across the globe equipped her with a holistically developed skill set of varied arts management practices.

Tirtha’s strength lies in her ability to grasp concepts effectively and authentically translate ideas into action. She is responsible for content development and planning and execution of social media campaigns for ArtSpire’s clients

As a performer, Tirtha has been the recipient of several awards and national scholarships. She is a senior disciple at the Soundarya Natya Kalalaya Foundation, Mumbai, and has been independently managing a branch of this well-renowned institution for over ten years.

Tirtha is currently based in Mumbai. Apart from her love for the arts, Tirtha enjoys chess, swimming, trekking, and yoga.

Mangalam Sridhar

Programme Associate

A post-graduate in Public Relations, Mangalam’s love for the arts, communication and marketing encouraged her to join ArtSpire. She comes with career experiences, in project management, communications and customer engagement.

As a programme associate Mangalam manages the social media planning and execution, for artists and arts organisations in her portfolio. She is a high-energy and focused team member who thrives in driven and collaborative environments.

An aspiring musician and a passionate football player, Mangalam enjoys traveling and spending time with her pet.

Poonam Ganglani

Senior Programme Manager

Poonam is passionate about communications in all its forms and formats. In her career spanning over 15 years, she has worked in book publishing in India and Dubai, spearheading projects dealing with local heritage, the visual arts and the classical arts. Earlier in her career, she was the managing editor for Motivate Publishing, a top publishing house in Dubai.

Poonam is also an Arts and Culture writer specializing in literature, local histories and the visual arts. Her work has been published in Arts IllustratedThe HinduThe Indian QuarterlyHuffington Post IndiaCulturamaOpen Skies and New Theatre Quarterly by Cambridge University Press.

As Senior Programme Manager, Poonam spearheads some of ArtSpire’s key client projects driving their content and marketing strategies.

Poonam is a polyglot who loves learning foreign languages. She speaks French, Italian, Arabic and Tagalog. Poonam has a master’s degree in European Humanities from the Universities of Perpignan, Sheffield and Bergamo, and was a scholar under the Erasmus Mundus programme ‘Crossways in European Humanities’. She loves travelling, writing, litfest-hopping, and reading books of all genres, particularly graphic novels and translated works of fiction.

Krishna Pollekkad

Programme Associate

Krishna is an engineering graduate who comes with immense passion for the Indian classical arts. She has been learning Mohiniyattam for over 12 years and actively engages in conversing about art and associated ideas.

A dynamic and people-person, Krishna enjoys bringing people together for a shared purpose. Her corporate experience in project management and her keen interest in learning how to combine it with her love for the arts, led her to discover ArtSpire.

Krishna manages several of ArtSpire’s key client relationships, coordinates marketing campaigns and supports in planning and execution of artistic initiatives.

Krishna is an avid reader, a movie buff and enjoys painting.