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Meenakshi Shedde

Meenakshi Shedde

Independent Film Curator and Award-Winning Critic

Meenakshi Shedde is India and South Asia Delegate to the Berlin Film Festival (since 1998) and independent film curator, based in Mumbai. Winner of India’s National Film Award for Best Film Critic, she has been on the jury of 20 international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and Venice. She has been India/Asia/ International Curator/Consultant to the Berlin, Toronto, Locarno, Busan, British Film Institute (BFI London), Dubai, IFFI-Goa, Kerala, Mumbai and Colombo Film Festivals and Kochi Muziris Biennale. A filmmaker, she has also been Mentor on Script Labs and Film Critics' Labs worldwide. A senior journalist, she freelances for media worldwide, including Variety, Screen International, Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Cahiers du Cinema and Midday, and has written for/edited 17 books, mainly on cinema. Film appreciation 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usL4y3VYaRw&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=3

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Sameer Kulavoor

Sameer Kulavoor

Illustrator & Artist

Sameer Kulavoor (b.1983) lives and works in Mumbai, India. His work lies at the intersection of art, graphic design & contemporary illustration and has taken the form of paintings, murals, books, zines, prints and objects. He is interested in why things look the way they do; constantly exploring and understanding the impact that time, culture, politics and socio-economic conditions have on our visible and invisible surroundings. In this age of visual overload, his work involves filtering, dissecting, documenting and defamiliarising commonly seen subjects through the act of drawing, painting and design. Some of the zines he has produced include Sidewalks & Coffeeshops (2009), Zeroxwallah Zine (2011), The Ghoda Cycle Project (poster-book, 2012), Blued (book/zine, 2013) and Oh Flip (flipbooks, 2013). He exhibited The Ghoda Cycle Project at WDC Helsinki in 2012 and in Mumbai in 2013 while also collaborating with Paul Smith on a series of Ghoda Cycle Tee-shirt designs which were released worldwide. He presented select sketchbook drawings from between 2012 and 2016 as large serigraphs at Artisans’, Kalaghoda, in a show titled ‘Please Have A Seat’ (2016). He has been working on a number of large-scale public art projects and paintings which are on view in Auckland (New Zealand), Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Chennai. ‘A Man of the Crowd’ (2018) was Kulavoor’s first solo presentation at TARQ. Two of his new works were showcased at the TARQ booth group show at India Art Fair in 2019. Most recently, his drawings and paintings were part of ‘The Shifting City’ – Mumbai pavilion of ‘Making Heimat – Arrival City’ at the Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan curated by Kaiwan Mehta. Kulavoor was the founder of Bombay Duck Designs which is presently directed by graphic artist + urdu/arabic typography specialist, Zeenat Kulavoor. Along with artist/designer Lokesh Karekar (Locopopo), Kulavoor also founded and curated six issues of 100%ZINE (currently on hiatus) – a visual arts magazine that discovers and showcases a wide range of visual art talent from India and abroad. He is represented in India by TARQ Mumbai.Watch Kulavoor Diaries here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sepk6sPdq2w&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=4

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Malvika Vaswani

Malvika Vaswani

Industrial Designer

Malvika Vaswani is an award-winning designer and maker based in Mumbai. At her studio, she combines the rigour of her background in industrial design, with her own personal inquiry into her rich cultural heritage; imagining concepts that blend emotion with functionality. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, she returned to India and immersed herself in learning about the heritage craft traditions found all over the subcontinent. Jewellery was a natural first step – growing up watching her mother making fine jewellery gave her access to locally-trained artisans. While visiting ateliers, she observed a stagnation in form and technique, as the skilled karigars (artisans) who had been working for generations found their livelihoods challenged by modern technology and changing consumer preferences. She began to explore how technology – rather than a barrier – could be a means to evolve traditional ways of making; coupled with educating artisans about marketability and international quality standards. In 2013, she was awarded by India Design Forum in the jewellery and textiles category. Her collections of jewellery and homewares attempt to recontextualise materials and techniques into contemporary designs. Inspired by iconic architecture and design movements such as the Bauhaus and Art Deco, every piece is ethically handcrafted. Her work has been recognised by Grazia, where she received the Young Fashion Award and presented her runway show at Lakme Fashion Week; and Vogue India’s Fashion Fund, where she was a finalist in the accessories category. In 2017 she was also selected among the 20 under 35 designers, as part of the Design x Design competition in New Delhi. As Malvika’s practice evolved, so did her commitment to using sustainable materials and practices, devising economical ways to reduce the ecological footprint throughout the product lifecycle. She broadened her focus to encompass the Indian design ecosystem – partnering with various organisations to empower artisans through skills training and mentoring, at times acting as a mediator between international brands and makers.Sustainable Jewelry Collection by Malvika Vaswani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHTTlXiviyY&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=5 

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Jeff Goldberg

Jeff Goldberg

Founder, Director and Faculty Jeff Goldberg Studio

Jeff Goldberg (Founder, Director & Faculty) Hailing from New York and with a decade stint in Paris, France and now 12 years in Mumbai, Jeff’s work as a filmmaker has witnessed his films and screenplays garner official selections and awards at some of the finest film festivals in the world. Jeff continues to write, direct and act for the stage as well.Appreciation of Shakespeare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeST50QJQxI&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=6

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Sandeep Gurrupadi

Sandeep Gurrupadi

American operatic tenor, educator and composer

Sandeep Gurrapadi is an American operatic tenor, educator and composer with experience in the UK, Europe, India, China and America. Sandeep has premiered leading roles in new opera at the Téte a Téte festival, Grimeborn festival, Southbank Centre - UK, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Opera House and London Festival of American Music - amongst many others. He has been invited to perform as a soloist in venues ranging from the Beijing National Stadium (Dialogue for Asian Civilizations Conference for the Chinese President), to the Beaumaris Festival of Wales and the Royal Opera House of Mumbai. In 2022, Sandeep was an understudy in the highly acclaimed opera Violet for the Aldeburgh Festival with the London Sinfonietta (produced by Britten Pears Arts and Royal Opera House - Covent Garden). He then went on to originate roles in the productions Witchfinder by Cohere Arts, Meal One by 509 Arts [UK wide tour] and Silver Spoon by Keynote Opera. Whilst in India, Sandeep will be performing in recitals for the Art Song Festival alongside soprano and artistic director Nina Kanter in cities across the country. As an experienced facilitator, Sandeep has worked with organizations such as Streetwise Opera, KM Music Conservatory, English National Opera (Baylis), Trinity Laban Conservatoire - London and the Singapore Raffles Music College. Alongside performing, Sandeep is also a doctoral researcher with the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is investigating music facilitation practices within the context of exploring third space identity and intercultural artistic partnerships. Further info: www.sandeepgurrapadi.comWatch Opera And Chamber Music 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j3m_Gc-rYQ&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=7

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Yuki Ellias

Yuki Ellias

Performer, Teacher and Movement Director & Filmmaker

Yuki Ellias is theatre director, actor and business communications coach. She trained at the Jacques Lecoq School of Theatre in Paris and is a trained pedagogue from the London International School of Performing Arts. She has performed in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Italy and India. Her theatre company Dur Se Brothers has produced the multi-award winning play "Elephant in the Room" which has travelled to the Edinburg Fringe Festival, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Perth and Hong Kong Hello. Her other shows include Hello Farmaaish which won the Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Award, Yatagarasu and Basti Mein Masti. She endeavours to make theatre for diverse spaces and diverse audiences. Dur Se Brothers has created four original scripts that have already been staged. A fifth script called "Roxy" is currently being worked on in our collaborative writing lab. She has been part of the faculty at the Drama School Mumbai. Recently she co-curated a seminar series on "Copyrights and Ethics- Best Practices for Professional Theatre-artists." and "The Economics of Creating a Play". Yuki has been invited to give a Ted Talk with her father on the 'Fine Art of Losing Money – why invest in creative pursuits.' Watch Art of Physical Theatre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWYkadL0uDs&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=8

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Cyrus Broacha

Cyrus Broacha

Theatre Personality, TV Anchor and Celebrated Comedian

Cyrus Broacha has been the face of MTV India for several years. He is also a stand-up comedian and prankster. Best known for his show Bakra on MTV, he has interviewed almost everyone in the Hindi film industry, from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan. Cyrus presently anchors a news satire show, The Week That Wasn't on CNN-IBN, co-written and directed by friend Kunal Vijayakar. Cyrus has acted in many commercials, television serials and plays. He also hosted shows and corporate events, while pursuing his passion of theatre with several commercial theatre productions.Watch Comic Relief : Comedy 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cdC6kPgwW0&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=9

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Revanta Sarabhai

Revanta Sarabhai

Actor, Dancer, and Choreographer

Revanta Sarabhai is a dancer and choreographer par excellence. Born into a rich legacy of dance, he received his early training from his grandmother Mrinalini Sarabhai and mother Mallika Sarabhai and made his solo Indian classical dance-debut at age 8. Bringing tremendous energy, masculinity and charisma to the stage, along with excellent technique in both nritta and abhinaya, Revanta is a rare treat in the world of male Indian classical dancers. Breathing fresh life into the ancient art form, his recent Bharatanatyam work breaks outside the boundaries of tradition, tackling themes that are relevant to the society today, taking the dance world by storm and receiving national and international acclaim across India, Europe and the United States. Rooted in traditional dance and performance forms, Revanta strives to create cutting-edge work that is immersive and responsive to the society and times we live in.Watch Stories through Bharatnatyam Dance with Revanta Sarabhai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWvy3kGWZYQ&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=10 

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Pooja Vir

Pooja Vir

Hospitality Advisor

A passionate hospitality professional, Pooja Vir has spent over two decades in project management, operations, executive search and marketing in the hospitality industry. Food Appreciation 101 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6CgOEdS4gY&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=11

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Sanjoy Roy

Sanjoy Roy

Managing Director of Teamworks Arts

Sanjoy K. Roy, an entrepreneur of the arts, is Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, which produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals in multiple cities across the globe, including the world’s largest free literary gathering — the iconic annual Jaipur Literature Festival. Roy is a founder-trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust working to provide services for and rehabilitate street and working children in Delhi. Roy works closely with various industry bodies on policy issues within the cultural space in India and is Co-chair of the Art and Culture Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Member of the CII Delhi Tourism Committee & Advisor to the NCPA, Mumbai. He lectures in various universities across the world and advises local governments on cultural policies. Future of Festivals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAd0KyQdtss&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=12

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Ruchita Madhok

Ruchita Madhok

Ruchita Madhok Creative Director of kahani designworks

Ruchita is an artist and designer looking for poetry in simple things. Through her art and writing, she plays with words, symbols, and images to make works inspired by nature, culture, and urban heritage. Story City : Illustrating Mumbai : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUHyy5s8Q7w&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=13

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Graham Daniels

Graham Daniels

Artist and Producer of addictive tv

Graham Daniels heads artist collective Addictive TV, known for their innovative use of audio-video sampling - the collective includes Francoise Lamy, Michael Neo and Alejandro de Valera. They’ve had their work exhibited at New York’s Museum of Moving Image, Shanghai’s Museum of Contemporary Art and at La Cité de la Musique in Paris. They created the film 'Our Journeys', directed by Daniels, for Brent 2020 London Borough of Culture. Originally conceived as a live cinema project it was adapted to a 30 minute film during production due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Daniels also directed and shot all the digital material the collective use in their audiovisual performance project Orchestra of Samples, for which they’ve won international acclaim. Described by UK newspaper The Times as “ingenious and compelling” and "A glimpse into the very essence of music” by Cultured Vultures. The project has filmed over 250 musicians around the World, then sampled and seamlessly spliced them together to create new music, a digital supergroup of international artists who never met but play together on screen! Addictive TV have also created commercials and installations for the likes of Adidas, Red Bull, EA Games, Arte and Greenpeace and in 2006, became the first artists ever sanctioned by a major studio to sample and remix a Hollywood film - Take the Lead, starring Antonio Banderas. Others followed, including for Paramount, Universal and 20th Century Fox, who’ve all since used their media sampling and remixing talents to create alternative trailers for films and television series such as Iron Man, Fast & Furious, Vikings and the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire. As performing artists, they’ve played in over 50 countries, including at Russia’s Erarta Museum in St Petersburg, Mexico City’s Centro Nacional de las Artes, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Arts. Festivals have included WOMAD, Glastonbury, Pirineos Sur and Roskilde. In the past, DJ Mag twice voted Addictive TV Number One VJ in the World alongside their Top 100 DJ Poll, saying “they’ve become famed for their eye-popping live shows, shredding and cutting film with beats into a heady, mind-meltingly funky mixture”. Daniels also previously produced broadcast television, including arts and music series for the UK's Channel 4 and ITV1, including Transambient, Mixmasters, The Short Show, The Web Review and the UK's longest running short-form programme Night Shift. Orchestra of Samples - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpkx8D469hI&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=14

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Zahra Amiruddin

Zahra Amiruddin

FreelanceJournalist, Photo Journalist and Educator

Zahra Amiruddin is an independent writer, photographer, and educator based in Bombay. After studying photography, art history, and theatre at the Aegean Centre for the Fine Arts, in Paros, Greece, she’s worked and contributed to various publications such as The Conde Nast Traveller India, The National Geographic Traveller India, Time Out India, The Hindu, First Post, Elle, Scroll, and Soup amongst others. Apart from teaching photography workshops at colleges and cultural festivals, her main areas of interest include art, history, astronomy, personal narratives, and family histories. Her greatest thrill has been assisting Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York during his trip to India, and working with a team of NASA scientists at the Lonar Crater in Maharashtra. When she’s not chasing after pockets full of light, she practices conjuring the perfect patronus in her free time. NewsFlash!Journalism in the time of Social Distancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouTQzt9Bcew&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=15

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Aditya Arya

Aditya Arya

Photographer, Visual Historian and Curator of Museo Camera

Aditya Arya is an eminent commercial and travel photographer. Over the last few years, he has honed his skills and knowledge on preservation, restoration and archiving particularly through the documentation of historic photographic works from the Kulwant Roy Collection of the pre and post Independence era. He has played a pivotal role in the establishment of India Photo Archive Foundation and the Neel Dongre Awards/Grants for Excellence in Photography. He divides his time between his photography archive and Museo Camera - the only Photography and Camera Museum in India. With more than 1000 rare and iconic cameras and other equipment, this museum traces the history of photography from the 1870s to the Digital Era. He has been on the Jury of the National Art Exhibition 2014 organized by Lalit Kala Akademi among others. He has also curated several shows of archival and contemporary visual works, both nationally and internationally. He is a guest faculty at Sri Aurobindo Centre of Art and Communication, and also previously at the Jamia Millia Islamia University’s Institute of Mass Communication. He was a mentor at Habitat Photosphere, Director at the Academy for Photographic Excellence (APEX), and a Guest Fellow and Curator at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. The Art of Archiving : Cherishing Family Albums: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Io5k77m52E&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=16

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Hidayat Hussain Khan

Hidayat Hussain Khan

Sitarist

Hidayat Husain Khan is the son of the legendary sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan, Hidayat has been globally acclaimed and, as The London Times aptly says, "the tradition carries on impeccably". Rolling Stones praises him and describes how his music is “Jazzing up the sitar." Hidayat Khan has managed to successfully travel between traditional classical music and innovative contemporary sounds. Art of Sitar with Hidayat Hussain Khan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRQwEEcbbyI&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=17

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Baluji Shrivastav

Baluji Shrivastav

Multi-instrumentalist

Baluji Shrivastav OBE is a blind musician who excels in playing the sitar, dilruba and tabla among other traditional Indian instruments. Described as ‘one of the greatest instrumentalists to come from India’ by the High Commissioner of India, and by London's Evening Standard as ‘sitarist to the stars’, his incredible versatility has led him to work with acts like Massive Attack, Stevie Wonder and Coldplay and of course many of India’s finest artists including Ustad Faiyaz Khan, Anindo Chatterji and Akram Khan. Baluji has released 8 albums through ARC Music including: ‘Classical Indian Sitar & Surbahar Ragas’, ‘Shadow of the Lotus’ and ‘Re-Orient - Indian World Music Fusion’. His latest album ‘Best of Baluji Shrivastav’ was released in 2017 on Arc Music. It was described by Songlines as an album of “convention-defying Indian compositions... you'll want to play over and over again” and received many airplays particularly on the BBC Radio network, including the World Service, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Asian Network. In 2008, he founded the UK registered charity Baluji Music Foundation (BMF) to encourage disabled people to get involved in music, music being such an important part of how he communicates with the world. Their motto is “sharing the joy of music” which they promote through performances, workshops, collaborations, research and inter-disciplinary and cross- cultural projects. They celebrate the power of music to transform lives. Baluji also set up the Inner Vision Orchestra (IVO), the UK’s only orchestra of blind and visually impaired musicians, to address their absence in the music industry in the UK. They have organised successful national tours across the UK since 2012 with over 30 concerts. Members of the IVO performed at the London 2012 closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games. They have also performed on national television and radio, including BBC World Service and BBC World News. Filmmaker Marie-Cécile Embleton is currently producing the documentary “Colours of Sound” about the ensemble and has made a documentary “Inner Vision Orchestra on Tour”. In 2016, Baluji was awarded the OBE for services to music. The same year, he also received the GG2 Achievement through Adversity Award and in 2017, he was awarded the prestigious NRI Awards from The Times Group India for Art & Culture, and a World Peace and Prosperity Foundation Award at the House of Lords. Heightening Your Hearing Sense with Baluji Shrivastav: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQYReujdC50&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=18

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Aneesh Pradhan

Aneesh Pradhan

Tabla Maestro and Academician

One of India’s leading tabla players, Aneesh Pradhan is a disciple of the illustrious tabla maestro Nikhil Ghosh from whom he inherited a rich and varied repertoire of traditional tabla solo compositions from the Delhi, Ajrada, Lucknow, Farrukhabad and Punjab gharanas. Greatly appreciated by both the cognoscenti and the lay listener as a soloist and accompanist, Aneesh Pradhan is the recipient of several awards such as the Aditya Birla Kala Kiran Award (2000), the Natyadarpan Award for ‘Best Background Score’ (1998) for music direction to the Marathi play ‘Tumbara’ directed by Sunil Shanbag, the Vasantotsav Award (2012) instituted in memory of the eminent vocalist Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande, and the Saath Sangat Kalakar Award (2013) instituted in memory of G.L.Samant by the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune. A popular performer at most prestigious concerts and festivals in the country, Aneesh Pradhan has also traveled widely and performed overseas at major events. He has also recorded prolifically for national and international record labels accompanying a host of vocalists and instrumentalists. His first tabla solo album titled “Tabla: the solo tradition” recorded in concert in 1997 and published in 2004, was followed by “Tabla solo: a continuing tradition”, a studio recording made in 2006. Aneesh broadcasts regularly on Indian radio and television. He has also been featured on radio and television networks overseas and was one of the presenters for a radio series entitled “Perspectives – North Indian Classical Music” featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His inputs on the rhythmic aspects of this system of music were of particular significance to this series. Apart from his work with art music, Aneesh Pradhan is also a frequent participant in cross-cultural musical collaborations both in the capacity of performer and composer. Drawn equally towards melody and rhythm, Aneesh’s compositions range from pieces composed for tabla solo repertoire, to melodic and text-based compositions that are based on traditional vocal and instrumental forms of Hindustani music. He is keen to push the envelope in experimenting with sound and music through his composition for film, television, theatre and dance projects. Notably, research for the play ‘Stories in a Song’ conceived by Shubha Mudgal and directed by Sunil Shanbag was provided by Aneesh Pradhan and Shubha Mudgal, and the music for this play was also composed and selected by both of them. Aneesh was also music designer and consultant for music and research for the award-winning Marathi film ‘The Disciple’ directed by Chaitanya Tamhane. Aneesh has also been a member of the Japan-based Asian Fantasy Orchestra since 1998, and has also participated as composer and performer in an ongoing collaboration with the Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt, since 2003. Some of his inter-cultural collaborations have also been released commercially. The project entitled Bridge of Dreams (produced and performed by the Sirens Big Band from Australia) was a collaboration between three composers, Sandy Evans, Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan. Aneesh Pradhan’s teaching assignments in the past include stints as artist-in-residence at the University of New England, Australia, and as guest lecturer at the Music Department, University of Mumbai. He was Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Music, Media and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Australia, and was Adjunct Research Fellow at the India Research Centre, Macquarie University, Australia. He has taught a course on Hindustani Music with Shubha Mudgal for the Performing Arts Department of the Ashoka University, India. He regularly conducts lecture-demonstrations, workshops and participates in seminars, at various universities and other educational institutions in India and abroad. Aneesh was Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, Australia. In 2016, Aneesh Pradhan was awarded the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Chair in Indian Studies at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. Art of The Tabla with Aneesh Pradhan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K8AT-p2ctI&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=19

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Vidya Shah

Vidya Shah

Singer and Musician

Vidya Shah had begun her journey into the world of music at the age of 12 when she started learning South Indian Classical music and as a young Carnatic vocalist, had several concerts to her credit. Trained initially in Carnatic music, Vidya Shah later received guidance in Khayal from Shubha Mudgal and learnt thumri, dadra and ghazal gayaki from Shanti Hiranand. During her training in Khyal Gayaki under the guidance of her Guru she gained a rich repertoire of Sufi and Bhakti Music. She also experimented with tribal music during a short stint of her stay in a tribal area in Western Madhya Pradesh and developed a flair for folk music. Besides TV, radio, independent films and documentaries, she has performed on various National and International forums and has worked with International Labels. She has to her credits albums like – Anja (Album Realize), "Far From Home" (Album Medieval Punditz). Her international platforms include Humboldt Forum, the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, Kala Utsav in Singapore, ICCR, in Trinidad and Tobago. In her concert "The Last Mughal" she performed with William Dalrymple. In 2009, she directed a two-day exhibition and music concert 'Women on Record', celebrating Music of women in the Gramophone era, in which she paid a tribute to the iconic female voices of gramophone era by performing their music. In 2014, Shah was the director of Women on Record. A recipient of the Pro Helvetia Residency in 2010, Shah is also a writer and lyricist, and serves as a member of cultural committee of South Asia Foundation. Pioneering Voices: With Singer and Musician: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eheFzBp0N-4&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=20

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Kamalika Bose

Kamalika Bose

Urban conservationist and founder of Heritage Synergies India)

Kamalika Bose is an urban conservationist and founder of Heritage Synergies India, a Mumbai-based consultancy. Her work lies at the intersection of built and cultural heritage, research and education, having worked on community-oriented urban conservation initiatives in Indian cities. She co-curated the exhibition 'Bengal's Durga' at London’s Totally Thames festival 2018 and has authored five books including People Called Kolkata (2019) and The Hoysala Legacy(2019). Kamalika completed her Master in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar and was Assistant Professor at CEPT University, Ahmedabad from 2008-15. She is a recipient of the SAH-Getty International Fellowship (2016), the European Union’s Global Cultural Leadership Programme (2018) and the French Ministry of Culture’s international training program Séjour Culture (2018). Kamalika is an expert member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Shared Built Heritage and the Coordinator of National Scientific Committee on Shared Built Heritage, ICOMOS India. Colonial Architecture in Bombay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Y2HQY8HyM&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=21

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Jitish Kallat

Jitish Kallat

Contemporary Artist

Jitish Kallat (Indian, b.1974) is a painter, sculptor, photographer, and installation artist best known for work that celebrates the city of Mumbai, using a visual language derived from popular advertising. Born in Mumbai, Kallat studied painting at the Sir J.J. School of Art, and rejected his training in Modernism and abstraction to create early works based on references to the billboards and popular culture of Mumbai. Kallat portrays the socio-economic and political circumstances of the city in a way that emphasizes its liveliness and resilience. His Dawn Chorus (2007) series, for example, shows street urchins with hair that forms a web of traffic and pedestrians; he mounts these paintings on sculptures made from wall decorations found in a 120-year-old train station in Mumbai. Kallat’s photographic work includes a series called Cenotaph (A Deed Of Transfer) (2007), which documents the demolition of a row of slums, suggesting the progressive but sometimes brutal consequences of modernization in Mumbai. Kallat’s Public Notice Works (2003–2010) series—large-scale installations that displayed Jawaharlal Nehru’s speech of 1947 on a reflective surface, Mahatma Gandhi’s 1930 speech on fiberglass letters, and Swami Vivekananda’s speech during the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition on LED displays—were shown at the Art Institute of Chicago. Kalla’s work has been exhibited at the ZKM Museum in Karlsruhe and the Tate Modern in London, and his work is held in several collections, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Saatchi collection. He lives and works in Mumbai. Rethinking Biennales with Contemporary Artist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2EK3KE8Kps&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=22

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Dilip D'Souza

Dilip D'Souza

Writer and Journalist

Dilip D’Souza is an award-winning writer and journalist, who writes about themes like development, nationalism, science, poverty, sports, as well as travel and mathematics. His writing is fuelled by travel, for he believes he must know and understand, first-hand, the issues he writes about. He searches for the small stories that hold larger lessons because it’s in telling those stories that his writing is most effective. He has won several awards for his writing, including the Statesman Rural Reporting award, the Outlook/Picador nonfiction prize and the Newsweek/Daily Beast South Asia Commentary Prize. He has written seven books, including "Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America" and "Jukebox Mathemagic: Always One More Number". You can find him on Twitter at @DeathEndsFun. Finding your Own Voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILsA5FGwVlY&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=23

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Jaya Ramchandani

Jaya Ramchandani

Co-Founder of The Story of interdisciplinary festival

Jaya Ramchandani is a science educator, entrepreneur, and curator. She teaches physics, general science, and maths to students and adults alike. She co-founded Sirius Interactive (siriusinteractive.co.in) a language solutions provider for researchers, and The Story Of Foundation (www.thestoryof.org), an interdisciplinary, informal learning project for 21st century inquirers. Jaya has been involved in a number of innovative science education projects such as UNAWE's Universe in a Box (www.unawe.org), AstroEdu (astroedu.iau.org), a peer-reviewed astronomy education platform, and, more recently, Sublime’s Teaching for Artistic Innovation program (tfai.in) as a curriculum designer. She is a proponent of interdisciplinary approaches to learning, with a special interest in encouraging dialogue and partnerships between multiple stakeholders to impact education policy. Curating the Unknown with Jaya Ramchandani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_I7QTqVvzQ&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=24

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Kaamna Patel

Kaamna Patel

Visual Artist and Bookmaker

Kaamna Patel (b. Mumbai, 1988) is a visual artist and book maker currently based in Mumbai, her home city. She launched her publishing imprint Editions JOJO with her book ‘In Today's News: Alpha Males Women Power’ in May 2019 in Mumbai which has since evolved into an artist-led platform for contemporary visual culture, at the centre of which is one of the largest, publicly accessible photobook libraries in the region. As a publishing imprint, Editions JOJO is dedicated to exploring new perspectives, process and playfulness through images and the book object. The Art of Making #Photobooks : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7-ximKvmCE&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=25

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Varud Gupta

Varud Gupta

Author and Writer

Varud Gupta was bred for the business world until an existential crises sent him travelling through the culinary cultures of the world. It was in documenting odd jobs as a cheesemonger or asador that his journey as a writer began. His first book, Bhagwaan Ke Pakwaan, was a travel narrative through the faiths and foods of India. And the story of Chhotu, represents the culmination of the first chapter on this existential path. Food Writing 101 : Writing through Travel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STLC5XWxToI&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=26

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Shubha Mudgal

Shubha Mudgal

Singer and Composer

Born into a musically-dedicated family, Shubha Mudgal has been trained by some of the finest musicians and musicologists in India. Trained by eminent scholar-musician-composer Pandit Ramashreya Jha ‘Ramrang’, she also received guidance from Pandit Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya and Pandit Vasant Thakar. She later learnt stylistic techniques from maestros Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki and Pandit Kumar Gandharva. She also received training in thumri from Smt. Naina Devi and is thus a versatile and popular performer. In addition to being a performer, Shubha Mudgal is also recognised as a composer. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Padma Shri in 2000, and the Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement in Music at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival, 1998, and the Yash Bharati Samman from the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 2015. She has also been closely involved with several projects related to music education in India. Formerly a member of the Central Advisory Board of Education constituted by the Government of India, Shubha also chaired a focus group discussing the need for introducing an arts education program in mainstream school education during the National Curriculum Framework 2005. Shubha Mudgal was also a Nana Shirgaokar Visiting Research Professor for traditional music at Goa University. Appreciating Thumri with Singer and Composer Shubha Mudgal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4YsYc9RGg8&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=27

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Anuvab Pal

Anuvab Pal

Stand-up Comedian, Playwright Screenplay Writer

Anuvab Pal is India’s Most intelligent comedian according to The New York Times. The BBC calls him India’s answer to British wit. His stand-up comedy special The Nation Wants To Know, has had over 500 shows starting in Mumbai and playing from Sydney to San Francisco to sold out houses. His current show Empire, a comedy show based on the history of the British Empire in India, has played in 35 cities worldwide and been called “Spectacular” by CNN and “A laugh riot with brilliant ideas” by NDTV. His show is the only Indian stand up comedy show after Russel Peters’ to sell out. The Comedy Store in London and Gotham Comedy Club in New York in record time. He’s also the only Indian comedian invited to perform at Harvard University. Times of India lists him among India’s top 5 English comedians. He’s also the screenwriter of the cult Indian comedy films Loins Of Punjab Presents & The President Is Coming as well as the author of 4 hit stage plays- The President Is Coming, 1 888 Dial India, The Bureaucrat and Chaos Theory, 3 of the 4 have become bestselling novels published by Random House and Picador respectively. He writes a weekly column for The Economic Times and Times Of India. Podcast & Comedy with Stand Up Comedian Anuvab Pal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_X7ZiF-KSM&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=28

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Meher Marfatia

Meher Marfatia

City Chronicler, Writer, Editor, Publisher, Journalist and Independent Publisher

Meher Marfatia is a freelance writer and independent publisher. With over 35 years in the profession, she has worked for journals including The Illustrated Weekly of India, Marg and The Art India Magazine. Her publishing imprint, 49/50 Books, focuses on little-known aspects of communities and cultures. Its first title in 2011, Laughter in the House: 20th-Century Parsi Theatre, sparked a revival of traditional Parsi drama with successful stage plays showcasing veteran actors and technicians. Once Upon A City, the fifth publication from 49/50 Books, offers expanded-essay versions of the popular column by the same name, which she researches every fortnight for Sunday Mid-day – a paper that she finds covers the city with the best heritage stories. Meher hopes her passion for Bombay and attempt to understand it better by chronicling it, ignites such excitement in readers as well. Extraordinary stories from Ordinary People In Mumbai with MeherMarfatia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv3IPaMrxJE&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=29

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Mini Menon

Mini Menon

Winning journalist, Author and Co-Founder of live history india

Mini Menon is the Co-Founder and Editor of Live History India, a first of its kind digital platform focussed on Indian history, its cultural legacy and the 'Stories that Make India'. Since launch, Live History India has reached over 100 million people across across India and the world. It has also brought together over 150 historians and experts on its platform and has produced over 1600 articles and films. An award winning journalist and author, Mini spent 18 years as a journalist reporting on the changing face of politics and business in India, before she became an entrepreneur. Her last assignment was as Executive Editor of Bloomberg TV India. She has also worked at UTVi and CNBC TV-18, in senior roles. In 2013 Mini’s first book, ‘Riding the Wave’ was published by HarperCollins. Mini has been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence, as a young achiever and in 2009 she was adjudged the Best Business News Anchor by the Indian Broadcasting Federation. Mini was also voted as one of the 50 most powerful women in Indian Media, Films and Advertising by Impact magazine between 2013-15. A History student from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University, Mini has also been a Chevening Scholar. Rediscovering History with Mini Menon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37S0O2T_gg8&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=30

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Sooni Taraporevala

Sooni Taraporevala

Photographer, Screenwriter & Filmmaker

Sooni Taraporevala is an Indian photographer, screenwriter and filmmaker who is best known for her screenplays of Mississippi Masala, The Namesake, the Oscar--‐nominated Salaam Bombay & the national award winning Little Zizou. In 2000 and 2004 she authored and published a book of her photographs Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India; A Photographic Journey, which was a critical and popular success. In 2017 Harper Collins published Home in the City, her black and white photographs of Bombay/Mumbai from 1977 to 2017. Sooni's photographs have been exhibited around the world and are in the permanent collections of NGMA, New Delhi and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She has won numerous national and international awards for her screenplays and film. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. Arts for Social Change with Screenwriter & Filmmaker,Sooni Taraporevala: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5mw6YcBQu4&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=31

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Vivek Singh

Vivek Singh

Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director of Procam International

Vivek Singh is a pioneer in the field of sports management. Along with brother Anil, they started Procam International in 1988. Procam is India’s leading sports promoter and has carved out a niche for itself, in live events, sports consultancy and television production. The Tata Mumbai Marathon (in the top 10 Marathons of the world), the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, the Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bangalore and the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K Run are some of the largest running events in the world today. In addition to motivating thousands in India, to take on a healthier and fitter lifestyle, the Marathons have raised millions of Dollars for different charitable causes. They have underscored the fact that private commercial initiative and social interests are complementary. In March 2017, Procam broke new ground with an unparalleled initiative – The NEXA P1 Powerboat Grand Prix of the Seas. Conducted in Mumbai at the Marine Drive bay – the event had the world’s best drivers and navigators racing P1 Panther boats inside a specially constructed racecourse on water. This heralded a new sporting paradigm in India and provided the world with a new racing format. A graduate in economics from Bombay University, his business sense, eye for detail and hands on approach make him a respected leader of the sports industry. Shaping Influence of Marathoning with ProcamI International's Vivek Singh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk7oLk0TywY&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=32

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Namita Ghokle

Namita Ghokle

Writer, Publisher and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival

Namita Gokhale is an award-winning writer, publisher, and festival director. She has written nineteen books, including ten works of fiction. Her latest novel, Jaipur Journals, was released in January 2020. ‘Betrayed By Hope’ (co-authored with Malashri Lal), a play based on the tragic life of the poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt, will be published in July 2020. Passionately committed to showcasing Indian writing, she was conferred the Centenary National Award for Literature by the Asam Sahitya Sabha in 2017. Gokhale is a founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival., and helps curate the digital platform JLF Brave New World. She is also one of the founder directors of Yatra Books. Only Connect: Literary Journeys with Namita Gokhale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR-WiqZ41u0&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=33

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Ashwin Sanghi

Ashwin Sanghi

Bestselling Author

Ashwin Sanghi ranks among India’s highest selling English fiction authors. He has written several bestsellers (The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key, The Sialkot Saga, Keepers of the Kalachakra and The Vault of Vishnu in the Bharat Series) and two New York Times bestselling crime thrillers with James Patterson, Private India (sold in the US as City on Fire) and Private Delhi (sold in the US as Count to Ten). Ashwin has also mentors, co-writes and edits titles in the immensely popular 13 Steps Series on subjects as diverse as Luck, Wealth, Marks, Health and Parenting. Ashwin has been included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100 and by the New Indian Express in their Culture Power List. He is a winner of the Crossword Popular Choice Award 2012, Atta Galatta Popular Choice Award 2018, WBR Iconic Achievers Award 2018 and the Lit-O-Fest Literature Legend Award 2018. He was educated at Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai, and St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He holds an MBA from Yale University. Ashwin lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anushika, and his son, Raghuvir. How to Write a Bestseller with Bestselling Author Ashwin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7wMhYPlZig&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=34

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Ranjit Barot

Ranjit Barot

Renowned Composer, Music Producer

Born into a family steeped in Indian classical music and dance, melody and rhythm has always been an integral part of his life. Ranjit Barot started playing at the age of 12, encouraged by his mother, the legendary Kathak dancer, Sitara Devi. At a very early age he proved to be a phenomenon on the instrument of his choice, the drum set, and he was the natural choice for the leading jazz ensembles in India. Ranjit has since performed at world festivals, with greats such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Louis Banks, stages which also featured jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Foster, Billy Higgins, Cecil Taylor and Louie Bellson, among others. His Indian roots in classical and film, coupled with his exposure to jazz and rock provided him with a unique musical vocabulary, both as a drummer and as a composer. This unique ability led him to be the drummer for John Mclaughlin’s band the 4th Dimension. He is also the Musical Director for all the live shows with Oscar winning composer A. R. Rahman. Jazz Appreciation with Renowned Composer, Music Producer, Ranjit Barot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzu71CFinBE&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=35

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Sudhir Bhatia

Sudhir Bhatia

Design Thinker, Innovation Strategist, and Founder and Creative Director of BRnDStudio

Sudhir Bhatia is the Founder and Creative Director of BRnD Studio, a boutique design consultancy specializing in conceptualizing innovative and integrative thinking processes to assist in the development of product strategies for new and established markets. He is also a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Alpine Electrical Mfg. Pvt. Ltd, Superstars and Unilux, a group of companies which manufacture industrial luminaries for industrial environments. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Fine Arts from the University of Rochester, Sudhir studied Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute, NY. Prior to consulting, he worked at Symbol Technologies Inc. for twelve years, eventually ascending to the position of Director of Design Research, Human Factors, and User Experience. Following his time at Symbol, he has worked with Motorola Solutions, Microsoft and BlackBerry in Canada. Sudhir has also demonstrated an abiding interest to share his expertise with students. He was a Visiting Professor at the Pratt Institute’s Industrial Design Department for 2 years and was a guest lecturer at Syracuse University, NY, where he conducted a series of Advanced Research and Interaction Design classes. Presently, he is a guest instructor at The Indian Institute of Technology’s Industrial Design Center, Mumbai. Sudhir has presented papers on the subject of Design, Design Research, Interaction Design and Design Thinking, at the Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI), Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID), New York New Media Association, Indiana University, Stevens Institute of Technology and the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA). He has served as a juror for the Consumer Electronic Show as well as the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). Additionally, his work has been featured in several publications, including the New York Times, Rizzoli, ID Magazine and the IDSA Innovation Magazine. He holds 21 patents and has won multiple design awards including two silver IDEA’s; one in the Design Research. Design Thinking 101 with Sudhir Bhatia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idex7PDLkWk&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=36

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Dr. Dhanwanti Rajwade

Dr. Dhanwanti Rajwade

Classical pianist

Dr. Dhanwanti Rajwade is an anaesthesiologist by day and classical pianist by night. She has obtained her Performer's certificate as an Associate of the Trinity College of London (ATCL) and runs a Western Classic Music Appreciation club called Allegro for the last three years in Mumbai. Through Allegro she explains the nuances of western classical music and exposes more people to the beauty and intricacies of the art form. The club has over a hundred members in its fold, and together they go in field trips, attend concerts, and explore the subject in its true form. Western Music Appreciation with Dr. Dhanwanti Rajwade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8bwWZv1qfk&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=37

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Shonan Purie Trehan

Shonan Purie Trehan

Founder and Principal Architect, Language.Architecture.body (LAB)

Shonan Purie Trehan is the founder and a principal architect at Language.Architecture.Body (LAB).After completing her B Arch, from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in USA, she worked at Eisenmen Architects in New York City. She then worked at Le Groupe Arcop in Montreal, Canada. She completed her M Arch from the Bartlett School of Built Environment, London, UK, with a focus in Advanced Architectural Design. In 2010, Shonan established Language.Architecture.Body as a design studio that focuses on the construction of relationships between narrative, environment and habitation. LAB has been working with great momentum over the last 10 years. The team of 20 architects have built over 60 residential, commercial, healthcare and hospitality projects; across India, USA and Africa. The extensive healthcare work includes three tertiary care multi-specialty hospitals with over a 1000 beds each. Having built over 10 standalone houses, LAB has been awarded for their residential work by AD50, AD100, ID honours, EDIDA, Elle Décor, DxD 20 under 35 and IIID. Notably, they were finalists at the World Architecture Festival 2019 in Amsterdam under the Villa category. LAB’s retail and hospitality portfolio include Nicobar stores, Bombay Sweet Shop, Nico-Caara café, Cin Cin, Ministry of New, Araku café, Royce chocolate store and Anita Dongre stores. Their workspace portfolio includes offices for Lightspeed India, Trafigura, Puma Energy, Columbia University and Ministry of New. Shonan has taught as part of the faculty at KRVIA for several years and continued to serve on the jury for design crits. As a collaboration with JSW and ISDI, she has mentored the Sustainable Futures Program. She has presented her work at WAF 2019, India Design Forum, Avid Learning sessions, Studio X, TOI Design Festival, DxD, India Design Show and KRIVA Encounters lecture series. Her work has been published in IaB, Architecture Digest, Elle Décor, Platform, Pool, Inside Outside, India Today, Insite, Better Interiors and 50 most Beautiful Homes India. Sustainability NOW: Building Beyond 2020 with Shonan Purie Trehan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXmhCYkS5vc&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=38

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Mortimer Chatterjee

Mortimer Chatterjee

Gallerist and Co-Founder, Chatterjee and Lal

Mortimer Chatterjee received his MA in the History of Indian Art and Architecture from SOAS, London, and co-founded Chatterjee & Lal with his wife, Tara Lal, in 2003. Based in Mumbai’s Colaba art district, the gallery is focused on contemporary art and historical material. In 2010, Chatterjee co-authored a publication on the art collection of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), along with curating an exhibition of that collection at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. He is currently editing a major publication on modern and contemporary art from the Indian subcontinent, due to be published in 2022. Raja Ravi Varma's Art in the Time of Pandemic with Mortimer Chatterjee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fqUec5eTQk&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=39

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Shehzeen Cassum

Shehzeen Cassum

Founder & Director of S.C.F.A.

Shehzeen Cassum is the cultural ambassador of Flamenco in India. Her aim is to spread awareness on this Spanish danceform to an Indian audience through live professional performances by her company, the Namaste Flamenco, and various educative dance programs by her academy SCFA, Shehzeen Cassum Flamenco Academy, the first dance institution in India to teach Flamenco. She has also recently launched the 1st Flamenco Festival in India, NFF, Namaste Flamenco Festival, dedicated to bringing down international Flamenco talent to India to further grow, enrich and inspire the community of Flamenco students/aficionados in our country. The Art of Flamenco with pioneer of Flamenco in Shehzeen Cassum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajg5Ao3d11A&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=40

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Nandita Das

Nandita Das

Actor and Director

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. Her directorial debut in 2008 was Firaaq, which won many accolades and appreciation, both in India and abroad. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for social justice and human rights. Nandita has been passionately supporting the campaign against colour bias, called ‘Dark Is Beautiful’, which she relaunched as ‘India’s Got Colour’ in 2019. She was conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government and was the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the International Women’s Forum. She was also selected as a World Yale Fellow in 2014. Nandita was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society and wrote a monthly column for 8 years in the Indian magazine, The Week. Manto, Nandita’s second directorial film premiered in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival and travelled to many others around the world. It can be watched on Netflix. Her first book, ‘Manto’ chronicles her 6-year long journey of making the film. It is available on Amazon, Flipkart and in bookstores in India. Recreating the Times in 'Manto' with Actor and Director, Nandita Das: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbX_YkCqeDg&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=41

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Meghna Pant

Meghna Pant

Author, Journalist and Speaker

Meghna Pant is the multiple award-winning author of HOW TO GET PUBLISHED IN INDIA (Bloomsbury, 2019), FEMINIST RANI (Penguin Random House, 2018), THE TROUBLE WITH WOMEN (Juggernaut, 2016), HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Random House India, 2013) and ONE & A HALF WIFE (Westland, 2012) have been published to commercial and critical acclaim. She has been felicitated with various honours and shortlists for distinguished contribution to literature, gender equality and journalism, including the Laadli Media Award, Bharat Nirman Award, Muse India Young Writer Award, FON South Asia Short Story Award, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Frank O'Connor International Award and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Self-Publishing in the Digital Age with Meghna Pant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUana64LEwg&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=42

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Anahita Uberoi

Anahita Uberoi

Actor, Director and Creative Consultant

Anahita Uberoi is an actor, director and producer who has worked extensively in New York, Mumbai and Germany over the last 33 years. Anahita has worked as an assistant director in New York on fifteen productions, both On Broadway as well as Off Broadway where she got the opportunity to work with Oscar award and Tony award winning directors, actor and playwrights. In Mumbai, her performances have been successfully and critically acclaimed. Her performance in Agnes of God for which was nominated for the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award. Some of her other plays include the Dining Room, Kabaret, Seascape with Sharks and Dancer Bombay Black, Going Solo 1 and Going Solo 2, Chaos Theory, Bombay Talkies and the long running Class of 84. She has worked with directors like Vijaya Mehta, Rahul daCunha, Rahul Bose, Alyque Padamsee, Pearl Padamsee and Kaizaad Kotwal. Some of the plays that she has directed include Gaa Re Maa. Bombay Black, Mothers Have 9 Lives, Going Solo 1, Going Solo 2 among others. Anahita has acted in films like Kapoor and Sons, directed by Shakun Batra, Everybody Says I’m Fine, directed by Rahul Bose, Let’s Talk, directed by Ram Madhvani, White Noise, directed by Vinta Nanda, Jism, Paap and Holiday, all directed by Pooja Bhatt. Her short film, Afterglow, which she acted in has won the national award as well as several international awards. Over a period of thirty years, she has conducted theatre workshops for children as well as Adults in Mumbai, and other cities across the country. She has taught children of all ages and has also directed a couple of plays with a cast of over 120 children. She has also conceived and directed numerous theatrical evenings for spreading awareness for causes along with many prominent actors, directors and choreographers from the world of theatre, T. V., cinema and music. She is the Festival director for all of Sanctuary's environmental events as well as the Cultural Director for Wild 11 - an international World Wilderness Congress that was to take place this year in Jaipur. She is presently a Creative Consultant with Book My Show. Theatre Today | The Show Must Go On with Anahita Uberoi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g09pBaObWlY&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=43

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Alleyah Asgghar

Alleyah Asgghar

Founder & Creative Head of ALSO | Ideas. Concepts. Designs

Alleyah Asgghar, a media professional for over two decades has led creative teams across multiple mediums. From advertising to broadcast radio and television, she has worked on brands and ideas from conception to execution. She has also explored the world of performing arts by creating a series of Hindustani Classical music Baithaks called Haroof. A constant effort to promote and propel new artists is what makes these concerts appreciated by the art loving community. As founder of ALSO, Alleyah engages with audiences and brands in creating content suited to them. In the ever growing world of digital media, she has a creator's role. Baithak: The Culture of the Indian Salon with Alleyah Asgghar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSUdufgnNS0&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=44

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Hema Shroff Patel

Hema Shroff Patel

Textile Practitioner

Hema Shroff Patel is a self-taught handicraft artist. Her passion for textiles led her to launch Amba in 1999. Amba creates a theme-based collection of textiles and lounge wear each year. The Amba team is committed to understanding and preserving techniques of traditional Indian weaves, while pushing the boundaries to find a contemporary expression in handloom today. Their work is brought to life by a wonderful team of weavers and block printers in Central India. Amba has been a social enterprise for over fifteen years, committed to funding projects which sensitively refine and contemporarize traditional weaving skills. Hema has been working in Maheshwar for over 30 years. She served on the WomenWeave Charitable advisory board for 17 years and worked with Rehwa Society to revive their classic Maheshwari saree designs. She continues to work on social welfare initiatives for the Maheshwar weaving community, focusing on diabetes, women’s health and eye care. Sustainability NOW: Slow Fashion with Hema Shroff Patel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF-gsLF5wKw&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=45

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Ashifa Sarkar Vasi

Ashifa Sarkar Vasi

Ballet Teacher and Founder Ballet Festival of India

Ashifa Sarkar Vasi began ballet at age 6 and trained for 14 years in the USA. She received intensive summer training at the School of American Ballet in NYC and Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. Performing for 11 years, her experience has ranged from local community engagements to full scale pre-professional performances, including multiple leading roles. Ashifa has been teaching ballet since 1999 and is currently an independent teacher based in Mumbai. She has worked with students of all ages, levels, and abilities. In 2017, she founded the Ballet Festival of India that aims to promote ballet with an emphasis on artistic and technical excellence. Ballet 101 with Founder Ballet Festival of India Ashifa Sarkar Vasi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEcOS7VNyHQ&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=46

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Nandini Sampat

Nandini Sampat

Director of Somaya & Kalappa Consultants

Nandini Somaya Sampat, as director of Mumbai based architectural practice SNK (Somaya & Kalappa Consultants), believes that the architect must be responsible for a built landscape that cohesively represents Nature, India with its rich culture, appropriately use resources and local materials thereby becoming independent and modules of architecture for the future. Research based architecture is the foundation that allows for new ways of building. Nandini completed her undergraduate degree from USA and London and returned to India to practice as a corporate lawyer. Instead, in 2007 she joined SNK while completing her Bachelor of Architecture. Shas been on several juries, is a prolific writer and the award recipient of the IGEN (Innovation Generation) 50 award in June 2013. Women in Design with Director S&K Consultants, Nandini Sampat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0pmz09gJR8&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=47

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Firdaus Variava

Firdaus Variava

Vice Chairman, Bharat Floorings & Tiles

An MBA, Firdaus Variava has worked in diverse fields such as telecom, trading, and market research prior to joining Bharat Floorings. Firdaus is responsible for the sales team and for all activities related to marketing. In addition, Firdaus is responsible for the creation of new products to cater to specific market segments and needs and for strategic planning. The Tiles that Built India with Firdaus Variava: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SwmBzYpsD0&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=48

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Manjari Chaturvedi

Manjari Chaturvedi

Kathak Dancer and Founder of the Sufi Kathak Foundation

Manjari Chaturvedi, the leading exponent of classical dance in India, is an unusual dancer, she has blazed her own path, that no one traversed earlier, in the field of performing arts. She has taken the traditional form of Kathak to a different level altogether and has created her own style, her own brand of dance. Over 500 concerts in 20 years in more than 30 countries with 405 musicians, her work is vast, Her productions as a dancer are projects that are meticulously researched, documented. Manjari has extensively worked on gender sensitive subjects through her medium of dance, exploring the many traditions woven into poetry, music and dance. She is the founder of concept the series of Understanding Qawwali and The Qawwali Photo Project. Through her work for last twenty years on Qawwali, currently there are more than 300 artists associated with the Sufi Kathak Foundation and she is working on actively archiving and documenting the music form in its traditional form. Courtly Performing Art Traditions of India with Manjari Chaturvedi : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNsvVCNpGSw&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=49

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Kruti Garg

Kruti Garg

Conservation Architect

Kruti Garg is a practicing Conservation Architect with 16 years experience in the field of Historic preservation and restoration of Cultural heritage. She completed her education as M.Arch in Conservation from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi in 2004 and has been working with Abha Narain Lambah Associates since 2006. She has undertaken a Masonry Conservation Course from RESTORE, New York and has received scholarship for attending the Attingham Summer School on Historic Interiors in UK in 2010. She has been a recipient of Woman achiever’s award in 2017 by Young Environmentalists Programme trust, Mumbai and been part of 2 UNESCO Asia Pacific Award citations for Culture and Heritage Conservation with ANLA. She has been instrumental in handling variety of projects as Director, Conservation some of which are Restoration of the Opera House, Mumbai, Restoration of Town hall building, Mumbai, Restoration and Design of Lalbagh Palace Museum, Restoration and Museum design for Teen Murti house, New Delhi, Excavation, Reconstruction, Design and Interior design for the Art Gallery at Choti Chaupad for Jaipur Metro to name a few. She strongly believes that conservation is an attitude which can be harboured to work with development and not against it, achieving the best of both worlds. She also exemplifies that creating awareness towards heritage is as important as it is to work in the field of conservation, and she has been associated with curating and heading the Heritage walks section for Kala Ghoda for 10 years. She has also designed and created a visually stimulating and interactive art installation at the Kala Ghoda Festival depicting cityscape of Heritage buildings in Mumbai for two consecutive years in 2017 and 2018. She has also co-authored a book on Kala Ghoda edited by Abha Lambah. Why Old Places Matter Conservation with Architect, Kruti Garg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko1XaXIGju4&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=50

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Digvijay Kathiwada

Digvijay Kathiwada

Co- Founder, Kathiwada Arts and Sports (KAS) and Founder, Sportsqvest

Digvijay Singh Kathiwada is co-founder of Sportsqvest.com, an innovative sportswear brand that strives for net zero-waste manufacturing to create a positive environmental impact in business and sport. In 2015 he founded Kathiwada Arts & Sports, a charitable sports memorabilia auction house to promote, preserve and highlight the rich sporting legacy of our country. Build your own Sports MemorabiliaCollection with Digvijay Kathiwada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd7GaN4KVgU&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=51

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Sanghamitra Chatterjee

Sanghamitra Chatterjee

Founder of Past Perfect Heritage Management

Sanghamitra Chatterjee has several years’ experience in the field of business and corporate archiving. Her professional journey began with the 118-year-old Godrej Group, where she set-up the archive of one of India’s most trusted brands. She has also been an Adviser to the Cipla Archives, Mumbai where she introduced archival processes and documented the pharmaceutical company’s core archival collection. Sanghamitra founded Past Perfect Heritage Management with the intention of taking the art of archiving and research to a larger audience. Past Perfect helps institutions, business houses and families engage, preserve and promote their inherited legacy and heritage, thereby making it relevant for future generations. Archiving the Brand with Sanghamitra Chatterjee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKEl7AWF96Q&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=52

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Deshna Mehta

Deshna Mehta

Co-founder and Creative Head, Studio Anugraha, Mumbai

Deshna Mehta is a visual artist with a passion for photography, design, writing and curation. An alumnus of Sir J.J Institute of Applied Art, London College of Communication and the Royal College of Art; she co-founded Studio Anugraha (http://studioanugraha.com/) that serves as a platform to encourage and undertake collaborative practices in the field of visual art, design and research. Her focus and forte is book design. She anchors the Kumbh Mela project documentation and design, working alongside a large team of people engaged in the initiative (http://thekumbhmelaexperience.com/) Deshna currently teaches at the National Institute of Design as visiting faculty and has been a part of other teaching stints and juries at various design institutes in India. She has been invited to speak at platforms such as the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the World Living Heritage Festival for the work and journeys her studio undertakes in the realm of Design for Cultural Documentation. She enjoys exploring philosophical constructs through immersive art installations which have been exhibited in India and UK. She has also co-curated The Story of Light festival (2015) (http://www.thestoryoflight.org/) and co-directed The Story of Space festival (2017) in Goa. (http://www.thestoryof.org/space2017/) Design for Documentation with Deshna Mehta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaGdpiTbi4o&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=53

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Siddharth Sirohi

Siddharth Sirohi

Designer and Co-Founder of BARO

Siddharth Sirohi is a Mumbai based designer who co-founded Baro in 2016. His vision was to marry the gravity of old wood and traditional techniques to the lightness and play of contemporary palates, and create individually crafted pieces of handmade furniture. He believes that in the reduced spaces imposed by urban environments, it is essential to shrink the visual weight of a piece through the ‘lightness of being’, while maintaining the timelessness of self-assured furniture. While an easy simplicity and gentle playfulness in the designs create moments of joy. Attention to tiny details ensures a constant sense of discovery as one lives with the piece. The heart of every piece, however, lies in the emotional intelligence of the design process - a critical understanding of human behaviour and emotional response to something that lives in your space with you. The softness and warmth of diligently sanded surfaces, the smooth sound of drawers sliding on wooden rails, the satisfying click of a closing door, the way a spring responds to your weight, the way the furniture in a room asks you if you want to stay. This sensory perception adds a quotient of happiness and a sense of well-being. This approach relies on a constant study of people and our physical and emotional bodies. Furniture should be created to last and the patience spent on the composition and construction of a piece needs to mirror that. This is the key to good design, he says. The symbiotic process of design and construction while working with craftsmen, leads to a constant evolution of the process. He also strives for sustainability, and so the pieces are creating by using reclaimed teak, that is then painstakingly brought to an exquisite finish using linseed oil and beeswax. Siddharth was awarded the first ever Lexus India Design Award for Furniture and interior accessories in 2018. He also has a film career spanning over 15 years in Production Design, which earned him a Filmfare nomination for the film, A Death in the Gunj. He is a Yoga practitioner, an active mountaineer, a photographer and a painter. He studied Mathematics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, after completing his schooling from the prestigious Doon school. Designing for Today's India: Furniture by SiddharthSirohi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdHfjP1GlFg&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=54

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Seema Kohli

Seema Kohli

Multidisciplinary Contemporary Indian Artist

Seema Kohli's works reveal a claiming of feminine subjectivities, an altered concept of feminine sexuality. Her works bring into focus a woman's physical attributes, her intellect, thought, dreams and realities. The domain of sacred feminine geography with an effulgence of energy emanates from the paintings, where myth, memory and imagination have become the handmaiden of her own artistic oeuvre. Within the genres of sexuality and desire, one can't ignore the parallel journeys of discovery that she has made. Being a student of philosophy, she has inhaled and experienced myriad notions of existence, and has lived emotional and psychological reality She has had 20 solo shows and has been a part of numerous national and international shows. She has participated in prestigious art fairs like Art Basel2009, ARCO Spain 2010,Shanghai Art Fair2011, ArtStage Singapore 2012.She received further acclaim for her creativity at the Florence Biennale, 2009 where she received a Gold Award for her video Swayamsiddha-Myth, Mind and Movement ("Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, Ciia di Firenze, 7th Edizione 2009. The Poetry of Art Contemporary with Artist Seema Kohli: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fSyspcO_MY&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=55

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Dr. Simin Patel

Dr. Simin Patel

Historian and Founder of Bombaywalla Historical Works

Simin Patel also known as MISS BOMBAYWALLA, is the founder of Bombaywalla Historical Works, an organisation that showcases Bombay’s built environment and social history. Bombaywalla explores how local establishments like bakeries, lodging houses and hair dressing saloons have negotiated change through colonial and contemporary settings. It tells the stories of these establishments through photographic essays and little movies. Simin’s forthcoming book on Irani restaurants dives into the world of Irani strongmen and dons and the cafes they operated from. She has received a New India Foundation Fellowship (2021-22) to complete the book. Her DPhil dissertation from the University of Oxford traced the role the Parsi community played as cultural intermediaries in colonial Bombay. She was a Clarendon Scholar at Balliol College. Discovering Mumbai through its Irani Cafes with Dr.Simin Patel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvfr7i86GS8&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=56

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Sophy Sivaraman

Sophy Sivaraman

Co-Founder and CEO of Indian Documentary Foundation

Sophy Sivaraman is the co-founder and chief executive of the Indian Documentary Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that was founded with the aim to promote and develop documentaries in India and about India. Sophy brings her 20 years of experience being an advertising producer to help strategize impact campaigns for documentary filmmakers and helps raise funding for outreach activities. She also collaborates on CSR-led training workshops for social entrepreneurs and curates programs for film festivals. She leads the global Good Pitch program in the country and has created a climate justice Lab called Eco Lens. Sophy is currently on the advisory board of Dhai Akshar – a non-profit that uses art, and culture-based curriculum to educate street kids and on the advisory board of SOBA - NIMIMS ( Media Branding & Advertising ). She continues to engage sectors of society to work with documentary film. Crowdfunding 101 with Sophy Sivaraman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEnjp0xEDdg&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=57

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Deirdre Lobo

Deirdre Lobo

Acclaimed International Concert Artist, Vocal Coach and Consultant

Deirdre Lobo Of Indian origin, now based in San Francisco, California, USA, acclaimed International Concert Artist, Vocal Coach & Consultant, Deirdre Lobo comes from an extremely artistic family with her mother Celia Lobo, India’s only living Opera Diva, her sister Carolyn Vincent an accomplished Speaker and Community Enthusiast in Australia, and her brother Ashley Lobo, International Dance Choreographer. Deirdre is winner of the GRAND PRIZE in the Messiah Soloist Competition, San Diego, California (Dec 4, 2011), and SECOND PRIZE in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, New York (Dec 19, 2011). A versatile artist, Deirdre frequently performs as soloist in concert, and in recital internationally. Deirdre has performed close to 75 concerts in her musical career. With more than 30 years of experience in the music business, Deirdre has coached, and directed singers, choirs, actors, and speakers in classes, presentations, productions, and workshops worldwide. Some of Deirdre’s students have gone on to have international careers in singing, acting, and dance, including Tara Sutaria, Pia Sutaria, Meher Mistry, Shweta Shetty, Shiamak Davar, and Abhilasha Chellam, to name a few. It is with her versatile and holistic technique, and approach to vocal coaching that students are able to sing ANY genre of music (Pop, Broadway, Hip Hop, Blues, Jazz, Western Classical, Indian Classical, Bollywood) or speak with elegance and finesse! Deirdre has done over 50 workshops worldwide; and directed over 17 musical and stage productions worldwide. In 2015 Deirdre founded the Celia Lobo Academy of Voice (CLAV) (www.clavusa.com), where she is artistic director & founder, to carry on the legacy of her mother. Deirdre coaches students internationally via her ONLINE VOICE STUDIO and currently has a huge presence in India, Germany, and the United States. She prepares students for Trinity College of Music, ABRSM, and London College of Music examinations remotely in the areas of Western Classical, Rock & Pop, and Musical Theatre. Most recently, CLAV collaborated with SINGERS EDGE, Toronto, CANADA – a Pop Music Technique Program used by Grammy Award winning artists like Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Beyoncé, etc. Additionally, CLAV is also in collaboration with the ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC (RCM), Toronto, CANADA and now provides for its students in the United States and Canada a structured and progressive examination curriculum for accreditation to High School and College education. Singing like a Pro with Acclaimed International Artist, Deidre Lobo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQlC0dyhT0E&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=58

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Zuzana Gombosova

Zuzana Gombosova

Material Researcher and Designer

Zuzana Gombosova is a material researcher and designer from Slovakia with a background in fashion and textile design. She is a graduate of M. A. Material Futures at CSM (London) where she first started to work with Bacterial Cellulose. In 2015, Zuzana moved to India and in 2018, along with Susmith C co-founded Malai Biomaterials – a start-up that develops and manufactures bio-composite materials based on Bacterial Cellulose grown on water from mature coconuts. Zuzana has been listed in Slovakia's 30 under 30 in 2018 and has recently won the Circular Design Challenge award with a collection of accessories made from Malai. Sustainability NOW: The Future of Materials with Zuzana Gombosova: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkaFA8C9qFA&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=59

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Ashish Jaiswal

Ashish Jaiswal

Educationist and Author

Ashish Jaiswal is an educationist and a bestselling author. He is the originator of fluid thinking – a new approach to learning that takes the debate beyond the current polarities of STEM/non STEM. At the core of his work, Ashish chases three big questions of education – what we learn? how we learn? and why we learn? Ashish currently holds associate fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, UK. Ashish has spoken and taught around the world on the new age reforms required in our learning and thinking. Ashish has a doctorate and a masters from the University of Oxford in the field of education. A Great Mind is a Fluid Mind with Educationist and Author, Ashish Jaiswal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GviM3obhyGE&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=60

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Pavitra Rajaram

Pavitra Rajaram

Founder & Creative Director, Co-Founder & Brand Custodian, Sarmaya, Decor Custodian, Asian Paints, and Former Lead Designer, Good Earth

Pavitra Rajaram is the Founder & Creative Director of Pavitra Rajaram Design, an award winning boutique design firm that focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to product design, architecture & interior design. She is also co-founder and brand custodian of Sarmaya, a not for profit digital arts, crafts & museum archive. Pavitra was formerly Lead Designer at Good Earth for over 20 years and is currently the Décor Custodian for Asian Paints. Pavitra is a winner of the EDIDA award for product design, the INTACH award for heritage space restoration and is a member of the prestigious AD100 list of the finest designers in India. The International Language of Design (part 1) with Pavitra Rajaram: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx_hj7XDENY&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=61 The International Language of Design (part 2) with Pavitra Rajaram: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b5nRQNYWOc&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=62

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Ekta Rajani

Ekta Rajani

Creative & Design consultant/ Stylist

Ekta Rajani is a stylist, design and creative consultant with over 20 years of work experience. She has worked closely with the Indian magazine industry, celebrities, designers, brands and retailers. She was Fashion Director at Grazia India, a leading monthly women’s fashion and lifestyle magazine in India, part of The Times Group and was associated with them for seven years (2010-2018). Prior to that, Ekta was the Fashion Editor of Harper’s Bazaar India, part of the India Today Group, also one of India’s leading fashion publications. (2008-2010). Her positions in the past have also included a managerial role for Design & Merchandising at BE, a multi-brand retail boutique launched by Raymond Textiles and Retail India. (2001-2004). Within the film industry, Ekta was a key member of the styling team headed by Rita Dhody, for the highly acclaimed award winning movie “Fashion” written, directed and co-produced by Madhur Bhandarkar. She was instrumental in styling the lead actors Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut (2007-2008). In her role with magazines, she has styled celebrities such as Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kriti Sanon, Sonakshi Sinha, Freida Pinto, Huda Kattan, Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh, John Abraham, Sushant Singh Rajput and many more. Ekta has also been involved in styling editorials, print campaigns, TVCs, fashion shows and consulting on brand/ design projects and creative direction for various clients based on their requirements’. Clients include Bungalow 8, Ogaan, Clove, The Collective, Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme, Sanjay Garg, Tarun Tahiliani, Taj Magazine, Verve, Aashni & Co, Odel, L’Oreal Paris, Anita Dongre Bride, Gehna Jewellers, Rheson, Shift by Nimish Shah, www.nnnow.com , Saaksha and Kinni, Tah Weave, Lifestyle Departmental stores, Amba Weaves, Malvika Vaswani, Savetheloom.org, Sui, One Amazing Thing, Angadi Heritage, Satya Paul, Bhaane, Kumari saris by Rashmi Varma and Mallika Kashyap Verma, Good Earth, Conde Nast Traveller, Payal Singal, amongst others. Her independent work has been carried by online platforms like Contributor Magagine and Harper’s Bazaar India. Her personal leanings champion India inspired contemporary design. She also explores growing sustainable shifts in design thinking in the lifestyle space, focused but not limited to fashion. In her spare time, Ekta practices yoga, dabbles in writing, hums and likes to travel. Sustainability NOW: The Future of Fashion with Ekta Rajani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wViX_hxTk0&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=63

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Shashank Nimkar

Shashank Nimkar

Product designer and Animator

Shashank Nimkar is a young social designer who has recently completed his Master’s programme from National Institute of Design, India. He contributes to addressing social issues through animation and industrial design, and has a major inclination towards designing better policies for all stakeholders. His work has been felicitated with multiple awards & featured by some major publications. Shashank has been recognized as a circular design/economy pioneer by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, London for his work towards 'recycled ceramics'. Sustainability NOW: Ecoceramics with Shashank Nimkar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3rNzmmU65Q&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=64

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Priya Thuvassery

Priya Thuvassery

Independent Filmmaker

Priya Thuvassery is an independent filmmaker and television producer from Kerala, based in New Delhi, India. She has been directing, producing and editing documentary films and television programmes for New Delhi Television, Fox Traveller, National Human Rights Commission of India, Films Division of India, Public Service Broadcasting Trust and Khabar Lahariya for over a decade now. Her independent films include – Khanabadosh (2009), My Sacred Glass Bowl (2013), Survey Number Zero (2016), Coral Woman (2019) and Bawra Lake Your Water (work in progress). Her films have been recognised with participation, mention and best film awards in many international and national film festivals. She has been Co-Director of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, New Delhi, 2020. She is also recognized as a Canon Cinema EOS Platinum Associate. Currently, she is working on a series of climate change films. Sustainability NOW: ‘Coral Woman’ & Film for Change with Priya Thuvassery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OIJi3A4XX0&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=66

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Gauri Devidayal

Gauri Devidayal

Director, Food Matters India Pvt Ltd

Gauri Devidayal, a law graduate from the University College London and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales left the tax profession to join her husband on his restaurant adventure. In 2009, Gauri and Jay opened The Table and thereafter have opened The Dining Table, The Table Farm, Magazine St. Kitchen, Mag St Bread Co and their most recent ventures include Iktara a delivery kitchen serving delectable Indian food and Mei 13 a Cantonese experience. Your New Table : Future of Culinary Experiences with Gauri Devidayal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEh1DbgERjk&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=69

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Brinda Miller

Brinda Miller

FineArtist, Former Festival Director of Kala Ghoda ArtsFestival , Education Consultant at CSMVS

Brinda Miller is a celebrated and well-known Fine Artist who has had several art exhibitions in India as well as abroad, and has also been part of several group shows. She works with several NGOs and is an important catalyst in organizing art related events. She loves Mumbai and advocates bringing art to public spaces. Brinda has also been Festival Director of the iconic The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai-almost since its inception in 1999. Currently, Brinda is Education Consultant at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahlaya, Mumbai (formerly Prince of Wales Museum) and is also on the Advisory Board of the Children's Museum. Artists Behind the Art with Brinda Miller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qOAi0KymCU&t=1s

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Sheetal Mallar

Sheetal Mallar

Photographer

Sheetal Mallar is an Indian fashion model from Mumbai. She is now also a contemporary Indian photographer. See her official website here. She won the Femina Look of the Year and the Elite Look of the Year in 1994. Artists Behind the Art with Sheetal Mallar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGIfsK7M9w4

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Rithika Merchant

Rithika Merchant

Visual Artist

Rithika Merchant (b. 1986) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School of Design, New York (2008). Since graduating, she has exhibited her work extensively, including a number of solo exhibitions in India, Spain, Germany, France and the United States. Her most recent solo shows include, Mirror of the Mind at Galerie L.J, Paris, France (2019); Where the Water Takes us at TARQ, Mumbai (2017) and Ancestral Home at Galeria Bien Cuadrado, Barcelona (2017). Her recent group exhibitions include a two-person show Osmosis at TARQ, Mumbai, curated by Shaleen Wadhwana (2019); Spring! A Group Show of Contemporary Drawing at Galerie LJ, Paris (2019) and Chloe Couture at the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kieve, Ukraine (2019). She has also collaborated with Chloé, a French fashion house on multiple collections for which she was awarded the Vogue India Young Achiever of the Year Award at its Women of the Year Awards 2018. She was also named one of Vogue Magazine’s Vogue World 100 Creative Voices. She currently divides her time between Mumbai and Barcelona. Artists Behind the Art with Ritika Merchant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBxosI4DTmI

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Jaideep Mehrotra

Jaideep Mehrotra

Multi-disciplinary and Contemporary Artist I New Media Art

Jaideep Mehrotra is a multi-disciplinary artist who has been a part of the Indian art scene for the past four decades. Though renowned for working with a multitude of mediums, he is best known for being a pioneer of the digital medium as an art form in India, using cutting-edge technology in his works, as well as his ability to push new ideas to their conceptual thresholds. Along with 24 solo exhibitions to his credit, he has participated in numerous group shows all over the world. Jaideep is invited frequently to schools, universities, institutions and corporations to conduct lecture demonstrations in art and in digital medium as an art form. His eclectic repertoire includes designing book covers to wine labels and his short films have been applauded at various art festivals and venues. Jaideep has been and is currently serving as a jury member of prestigious institutes & scholarship committees (including the Inlaks Awards). He has been invited to participate in panels, workshops and art camps and has been widely represented in art fairs, auctions and national galleries in India and abroad. His works form part of illustrious art collections of corporates, homes, hotels and are installed at public spaces in the city. Artists Behind the Art with Jaideep Mehrotra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gl4KA3Cogs

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Maya Burman

Maya Burman

Artist

Maya Burman (born Villeneuve sur Lot, France, 1971) has a versatile artistic practice that embraces diverse media and projects, including painting and drawing, as well as mural commissions, posters, and illustrations for books. Burman was trained as an architect at the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture Paris-Villemin and the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture Paris-Belleville during the 1990s. She spent a gap year at the Centre for Built Environment, Kolkata, working on a survey of the historic North Kolkata residential quarter, associated with the Bengal Renaissance. Maya Burman’s watercolours and pen-and-ink works are peopled by pneumatic figures, usually depicted in moments of play, festivity or ceremonial, expressive of an abundant joie de vivre or what, in the Indic tradition, would be celebrated as lila, the cosmic spirit of play and creativity. The dancer, a key protagonist in Burman’s art, draws on diverse genealogies, among them Degas’ ballerinas and the folk and classical dancers of eastern India. This is consonant with Burman’s transcultural background: her mother is the French artist Maïte Delteil; her father is the Indian artist Sakti Burman. Maya has held several solo exhibitions with Art Musings, including ‘Once Upon a Time’ (2007), ‘A Dreamer’s Labyrinth’ (2010) and ‘Rhapsody’ (2014). The artist lives and works in France. Artists Behind The Art with Maya Burman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTL5lKx0HQs

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Garima Gupta

Garima Gupta

Artist and researcher

Artist and researcher, Garima Gupta’s field of interest and study stretches from ornithology, topographical alterations and nuances of behaviour patterns between man and wild, primarily in the Southeast Asian archipelago. Gupta’s ongoing studies of the wildlife hunters in the rainforests of New Guinea, wildlife bazaars in various Indonesian islands and taxidermy related trade in Thailand draws a layered image of concerns such as environmental catastrophe and large-scale loss of wildlife. Her drawings and documentaries trace patterns of destruction from different historical periods, ruminating the connection between imperialist iconographies concerning wildlife and its mirror images lurking in the psyche of modern-day east. Gupta presented an intermediate stage solo show, Minutes of the Meeting at Clark House Initiative in 2017 from her ongoing research in New Guinea. The show travelled to the Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh), Para Site (Hong Kong) and Museum of Modern Art (Poland) in the year 2019. Her 5-year long research project from New Guinea and Southeast Asian archipelago will culminate into a show at Tarq, Mumbai in 2020. Artists Behind the Art with Garima Gupta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0QAcLykWJA

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Sharmistha Ray

Sharmistha Ray

Brooklyn-based Artist

Sharmistha Ray is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work deals with themes of displacement and alienation. Consisting of paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and video art, her work is experimental, project-based and interdisciplinary. She has exhibited internationally in the United States and Asia, and is the recipient of notable awards including a TED Fellowship (2009) and Joan Mitchell MFA Grant (2004). A graduate of Williams College (B.A.) and Pratt Institute (M.S./M.F.A.), Sharmistha is currently Part-Time Faculty at Parsons School of Design. Artists Behind The Art with Sharmistha Ray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3bMyzxewew

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Anshulika Dubey

Anshulika Dubey

Co-founder and COO at Wishberry

Anshulika Dubey is the Co-founder and COO at Wishberry.in, India's leading crowdfunding platform for creative projects. Her professional journey began right out of Miranda House, Delhi University, as an Analyst in McKinsey & Co. She discovered the concept of crowdfunding while on a project at McKinsey and she decided to pioneer this concept in India in 2012 by launching India's first crowdfunding platform for creative artists. Wishberry has since helped over 500 creative projects raise over Rs. 17 crores, helping many artists realize their dream. Wishberry - Funding your Passion Project with Anshulika: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT7NJHdDHKY&t=7s

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Abhijeet Kini

Abhijeet Kini

Illustrator, Animator and Independent Comics Publisher

Abhijeet Kini is a Mumbai based illustrator, animator and independent comics publisher, known for his work in Tinkle comics and his own comic series "Angry Maushi" and "Fanboys". Winner of the Best Illustrator Awards Bronze (2018 and 2019) at the Comic Con India awards, Abhijeet has been a regular participant in all the Indian comic cons and has also participated in international editions. Starting off cartooning for newspapers and magazines, he has been illustrating for Tinkle comics since 2004. He is also the co-founder of the animation and merchandise line Kinistudios.com. Abhijeet conducts workshops across all age groups on ideation, creative writing and drawing and comic making and is also a visiting faculty at leading academic institutions. Quarantine Comics with Abhijeet Kini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1DsfXj8LJk&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=71

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Priyanka Patel

Priyanka Patel

storyteller, psychologist and founder of story dust india

Priyanka Patel is a preserver and nurturer of stories. Her two loves, Storytelling and Psychology come together as she goes back to the age old tradition of oral storytelling with mythological tales, folk tales and Sufi stories whilst helping you tap into your inner self. Bringing people together around the mythical hearth, Priyanka helps you travel time and explore traditions that have been a part of our everyday life. She performs as a storyteller and conducts training on building Emotional Intelligence for a range of audiences through her initiative, Storydust. She is currently also the Manager for G5A cityLAB for G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture. Storytelling in the Age of Technology with Storyteller Priyanka Patel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJcejJwngzI&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=72

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Bose Krishnamachari

Bose Krishnamachari

Artistic and curatorial practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, design, installation and architecture

Artist and independent curator, Bose Krishnamachari lives and works between Mumbai and Kochi. His diverse artistic and curatorial practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, design, installation and architecture. Bose Krishnamachari is the co-founder of the Kochi Biennale Foundation, the organization behind the initiation of India’s first Biennale - the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012, which he also co-curated. He has served as President and Biennale Director of the Foundation till date, overseeing four successful editions of the Biennale so far. He is a Board Member of the International Biennale Association and also, an Academic Board Member of the Taoxichuan China Arts and Sciences project. 

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Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri

Novelist, essayist, musician, and poet

Amit Chaudhuri is a novelist, essayist, musician, and poet. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and the awards he has received include the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the inaugural Infosys Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Literary Studies. According to Wendy Doniger, ‘his novels are the most internal, psychological, delicately written, introspective of all the contemporary Indian novelists.’ The Guardian’s Aditya Chakrabortty called him 'the best living writer of the English sentence' on A Good Read, BBC Radio 4. Of his criticism and fiction, Amartya Sen said, 'It really is quite extraordinary that someone could have had that kind of range that Amit Chaudhuri has in terms of his work and it could be so consistently of the highest quality'. Beyond the Anglophone : Indian Literature & Languages with Amit Chaudhuri: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijHxkq6DuTQ&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=74

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Avehi Menon

Avehi Menon

Archive Director, Sarmaya Arts Foundation and Oral Historian

Avehi Menon is Archive Director at Sarmaya Arts Foundation. Sarmaya is a digital museum with a multi genre collection of art, artefacts and living traditions from the Indian subcontinent. An oral historian, she was previously Curator at the Centre for Public History, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru. She has built oral history archives for institutions and led public history projects. Additionally, Avehi also spent ten years as a television producer, developing content for NDTV, Fox History and others. Passionate about art, culture and history, she is interested in making museums immersive spaces that are accessible to all. The New Virtual Museum with Avehi Menon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUykX9UyK5o&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=75

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Gopal M.S

Gopal M.S

Photographer

Gopal MS is a photographer and blogger who has been documenting life on the streets of Mumbai at mumbaipaused.com for the last 10 years. He loves the city and the stories that spill out on to the streets of the city with limited space. He calls his photography project Mumbai Paused because the city never stops and he never expected the city to pause as it did during the lockdown. Photoblogging in the Digital Age: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZCJMLDMQe4&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=76

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Mrinal Kapadia

Mrinal Kapadia

Film Producer and Founder of India Visual Art Archive

Even while studying to be an Industrial Engineer, Mrinal Kapadia always had in interest in History and Archaeology, having nearly completed a Minor degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After a short stint as a Business Management Consultant, Mrinal is now involved across different business verticals, including Film Production, and is the Founder of India Visual Art Archive, a collection of antique art that endeavours to link art through history and vice-versa. The Archive is currently focused on colonial works from the erstwhile Bombay Presidency. Glimpses Into Early Bombay : 1768 - 1773: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqDfWxqTJDc&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=77

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Tarik Currimbhoy

Tarik Currimbhoy

Architecture and Sculpture

Classically trained in the Arts, Industrial Design and Architecture, Tarik Currimbhoy is a trifecta of artistic prowess. Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute, as well as a Master of Arts from Cornell University, Tarik went on to teach at both institutions (Drawing at Cornell and Design at Pratt). In both architecture and sculpture Tarik searches for tranquility, and simplicity and tactility expressed in purity of both form and material. Inspired by ancient architecture of building blocks resting on each other in tension and compression. Tarik’s sculptures are stories of structure and gravity, held together under compression in both stone and metal. “The essential issues that are explored in Tarik’s sculptures are those of gravity, balance, movement, stasis and all addressed with formal beauty and fineness that belays the underlying exactitude of the mathematical calculations. The scientific is presented with the magical imagination that compels us to probe into the world of rules laws not always associated with the subjective expressiveness of art. We partake in this feast of unexpected connections to learn about the endless possibilities of artists’ vision to shatter the accustomed understanding of creativity and perception of beauty.” Artists Behind the Art with Tarik Currimbhoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mghEKrvLWU&t=256s

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Raj Shahani

Raj Shahani

Sculptor

Raj Shahani is a sculptor based between New York and Bombay, he uses sculpture as means to memory sometimes where subjects are captured in photography but at times not, but sculpting is a form personal conversance with one’s own interiority. Artists Behind the Art with Raj Shahani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWvYPA3QFa4&t=188s

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Aditi Bhagwat

Aditi Bhagwat

Kathak and Lavani dance

Aditi Bhagwat inherited her keen sense of music and rhythm from her mother Smt. Ragini Bhagwat who is a trained classical singer and who dedicated most of her time listening to music and making every note perfect. Aditi carried this tradition further after starting to learn Indian classical dancing at the tender age of 4 years. She began rigorous training in the Jaipur style of ‘Kathak’ dance under Padmashri Dr.Roshan Kumari with strict discipline and ethics. She has also received the able guidance of Kathak exponent Smt. Nandita Puri and Tabla virtuoso Pt. Yogesh Samsi. Having secured a masters in Psychology, Aditi did her masters in Kathak dance from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. She is an ‘A’ graded artist of the Doordarshan Kendra, impaneled with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations and has received the title of ‘Nalanda Nritya Nipun’ from the Nalanda Dance and Research Academy, Mumbai. With a strong foothold in traditional Kathak dance, Aditi has experimented with the traditions of Jazz and world music. Her first collaborative ventures were with Jazz maestro Louiz Banks, ace percussionist Sivamani and music composer Merlin D'souza from India. She performed at the Budapest Spring Festival for the Indo-Gypsy Jazz project with pianist Bela Szakcsi Lakatos in Hungary and for The Issue Project with New York based pianist Rod Williams. Aditi’s recent collaborative ventures are ‘Flamenco-Kathaa’ with Indian Flamenco artist Kunal Om and ‘Crossroads’ which is a unique Kathak-Jazz-Flamenco project with Flamenco exponent Bettina Castaño and Jazz exponents Dallas Smith and Susan Mazer form the USA. ‘Crossroads’ was launched at the NCPA in collaboration with the Consulate General of Spain in Mumbai at the Spectrum International Dance Festival in February 2020. Aditi received the OneBeat fellowship which was an initiative of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under this fellowship Aditi collaborated with 32 musicians from all over the world. Aditi featured as a ‘foot percussionist’ from India and successfully combined Indian rhythms and Kathak bols (syllables) through her feet and ghungroos. Aditi co-produced and acted in the international short film titled “Aarsa” which featured at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, New York Indian Film Festival, Dadasaheb Phalke Film festival, Kashish LGBTQ Film Fest and Toronto LGBTQ Film Festival. She portrays a dancer in the movie thereby living the role closest to her real life. Aditi deeply loves and respects the rich cultural heritage that our country is adorned with. She is indebted to her Gurus for introducing her to this beautiful culture of Kathak dance and classical music. The Universal Language of Kathak - Part 1 | Lavani with Aditi Bhagwat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl2Gu6WHxh8&list=PLYt7Q44R5xkd4dRefvV3nFloOHEePgLAZ&index=80

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Yardena Kurulkar

Yardena Kurulkar

Artist

Yardena Elhanan Kurulkar was born in 1971 and is an alumni of Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai and the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK. Yardena was the recipient of the Charles Wallace Scholarship and was an Artist in Residence at the ‘Living Arts Centre’, Canada. Her work has been exhibited at The Gold Coast Gallery and The Casula Powerhouse Centre, Australia, The Queen Gallery, Toronto, the Pen-Club Gallery, Budapest, The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, The Sheridan Russell Gallery in London, Chemould Prescott Gallery in Mumbai. In 2012, her solo show ‘Transience’ was long listed for the prestigious Skoda Prize, India and she was also shortlisted for the ‘Art India Breakthrough Artist Award’. She is the winner of the Power Show, organized by the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan and The Blake Prize, Australia. Yardena currently lives and works in Mumbai, India. Artists Behind The Art with Yardena Kurulkar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOe2kShD85g

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Vibha Bakshi

Vibha Bakshi

Documemtory Fimmaker and Director

Vibha Bakshi is the winner of four National Film Awards – awarded by the President of India – the highest recognition in Indian cinema. She has been conferred the Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters from her alma mater Boston University, USA for her work as a journalist and filmmaker. Vibha’s latest gender rights documentary ‘SON RISE’ as Director and Producer is this year’s Winner of the prestigious National Film Awards – BEST FILM (non feature) and Best Editing (non-feature) at the 66th National Film Awards. Vibha’s previous film ‘DAUGHTERS OF MOTHER INDIA’ which put the spotlight on the burning issue of rape and gender violence was awarded by the President of India, the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues. Directed and Produced by Vibha, the film holds the distinction of being THE MOST AWARDED SOCIAL CAMPAIGN IN THE WORLD – Global Creative Index 2016. Vibha‘s earlier films as Co-Director and Co-Producer with Oscar winning filmmaker Maryann Deleo include: TERROR AT HOME, a film which was part of the United States Government’s Emmy Award winning campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and Too Hot NOT to handle, HBO’s highly acclaimed film on Global Warming. A former business reporter for CNBC and founding team member for CNBC (India), Vibha Bakshi is a graduate and Honorary Doctorate from Boston University. Son Rise : Changing The Narrative Through Film with Vibha Bakshi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoILef_-FoM

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