Sanjay Madnani is a Communication Strategist and Designer by profession, an Animation Film Designer, an illustrator, a cartoonist, a satirist, and a storyteller by passion.
From a cartoonist in Hindi newspapers, to a design student, to a commercial sector professional, to an educator, to a Development Communication professional, his journey has had dramatic turns. None, however, felt alien to him.
Being a development sector insider for twenty odd years, Sanjay weighs heavily on the fact that development and governance still has a enormous void to be filled by design, design thinking and design process. Focused on Communication for Development (C4D), Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC), Indigenous media and new media, he has multiple crosscutting projects across the globe to his credit.
Sanjay resides in Nepal, calls India his home, then again, he travels around a lot for work.
Radio silence is all Sanjay received having taken an entrance exam for the school leaver program in design from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India. To evade being in constant gaze of his dad, Sanjay enrolled himself for the Bachelor of Commerce at Jiwaji University, Gwalior. The daily pocket cartoon and weekly editorial had grown to establish Sanjay as a cartoonist and a political satirist.
In 1991, Sanjay represented Jiwaji University, Gwalior, at the East/North Zone Inter-University competition in Poster Design and Cartoons held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi with his unstoppable passion for drawing. He won the gold medal in the competition. This was the first-ever gold medal for Jiwaji University in the past 15 years. This event led to more competition and kept adding gold to the history of Jiwaji University. Sanjay again represented Jiwaji University, Gwalior at the Inter-University National Youth competition in Poster Design and Cartoons held at Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar and took the Gold.
In 1992, Sanjay brought another two gold medals to the Jiwaji University, Gwalior from the North Zone inter-University youth competitions in Poster Design and Cartoons organized at Nagpur University, Nagpur, India, and Inter-University National competitions in Poster Design and Cartoons held at Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai.
Gaining self-confidence from the above occurrences, Sanjay applied to the NID again after completing his Bachelor of Commerce.
BHU, Bhavnagar University, Nagpur University, Madurai Kamaraj University