Sanghamitra Datta

India's First Woman Automobile Designer

A middle-class Bengali girl, pursued automobile designing and moved back to India for good. With her designs and styling, Sanghamitra started her dream company. Now, she is all set to rule the world of this thoroughly male-dominated domain.

At the age of 16, while studying at the prestigious NID, Ahmedabad, I fell in love with Automobile design. There I was a middle-class Bengali girl, who wanted to step off the edge of the cliff into a dark and unknown future in a thoroughly male dominated domain of industrial design. But love and dreams are curious things. They make one go where no one has gone before.

My father, a well-known art critic, was a complete pillar of support, when I started my journey in automobile designing. I earned two more degrees in automobile design from UK. In 2004, still in the UK completing my studies, I started looking back at India. I did a lot of research to understand the growing and changing market of automobiles in India and realised that the world will be coming to India as the next big market after China. This would increase evident competition for the Indian automobile and transportation companies.

Design and styling are those visible factors which influence distinction in a flooded market. These companies would, in the near future, need good global designers to support their design and styling needs.I wanted to be there for them. So I came back to India, and after getting a couple of years of experience I started my dream company 'Stylus Automotive Pvt. Ltd.' in 2006, from a tiny bedroom in Indira Nagar, Bangalore. Having started out of nothing, today Stylus is a well-known enterprise with its own studio and its own team. We have designed aircraft interiors with National Aerospace Labs, many buses for well-known OEM's - which are on road for domestic and international markets, trucks, tractors, tippers, seating systems and bikes and two wheelers, head lights and tail lights for many vehicles on road.
In my journey, my husband is a partner and we have travelled a hard and cruel road together. Our company, 'Dream enterprise' is 11 years old now, and we are working hard to travel more.

This journey of mine as an automobile design entrepreneur with a studio of significant and original work is on. I, on the other side, teach in design schools and reputed universities to inspire young men and women to dream and share with them the power to make their dreams come true.

Yes, I have a family, a little boy, and I cook for them every day. I cannot imagine my life without Stylus Automotive, and I hope to keep designing and nurturing till my last breath.


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