Cécilia Weiss (born Sylvie Blanchet) was born in 1958 in Bénin, West Africa, in a family of French travellers; which partly explains her fond interest for languages and her passion for traveling. She sees herself as a world citizen.
From 1984 to 1992, she lived in Paris and worked in the medical worldwide assistance network and in music production; works which satisfied her to a point.
She strongly longed for a total change in life which prompted her to complete a 2 year degree in elementary education (I.U.F.M. Molitor -Paris) and move to completely new horizons.
In 1994, along with her sound engineer husband Didier, she joined the city of Auroville in South India where, among other activities for the collective, she works in the educational field to promote French as a first or second language at the beginner and intermediate levels.
Originally from Italy, Emanuele Scanziani, was born in Milano in 1966. From the age of 16 till 28, he worked in the hustle and bustle of an Italian commercial family enterprise, producing all kinds of drawings, just like a pizzaiolo makes pizzas... He started longing for something else. That is how he moved in 1995 to the international city of Auroville in South India in 1995 where he has been able to discover another rhythm of work and developed a style of his own as an artist and a free-lance illustrator.
He has illustrated the Shikra set of books on environmental awareness, and “The Gita of Waste” on recycling. His stunning line drawings for “The Legend of the Fish" was his first work for Tara Publishing - India. "To Market! To Market!” was a Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week. Then “Metamorphosis”, a yoga book. Recently, he has illustrated “From Vedapuri to Pondicherry”.