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Hyderabad
A complex cosmopolitan city, Hyderabad has many layers of
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Kolkata , West Bengal
The stretch from Beadon Street to Nimatala in Kolkata is lined
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Kochi , Kerala
Thripunithura was the seat of power of the Cochin royal family

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Sahapedia Team

 

Sudha Gopalakrishnan

Executive Director, Sahapedia

Sudha is one of the founders of Sahapedia, as well as Vice President of Sahapedia's governing body. She has over thirty years of  experience in areas relating to policy, management, documentation and research pertaining to multiple aspects of Indian arts and heritage.  She received her PhD in Comparative Drama and Masters degree in English Language and Literature. She has prepared three successful  nomination dossiers for the recognition of three heritage expressions—Kutiyattam, Vedic Chanting and Ramlila—as UNESCO  Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’. Sudha was Mission Director, National Mission for Manuscripts, from  2003-2007. She has published 8 books (including original writing, translation and edited volumes) and contributed papers in national and  international publications.

 

 

 

Tanya Abraham

Tanya Abraham is Senior Research Coordinator with Sahapedia, Kochi office. A writer and art curator, Tanya has worked as a journalist for national and international publications since 2000. She founded The Art Outreach Society, an NGO which uses art for social change and was nominated along with her team for the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards in 2010 for the restoration work on a heritage building in Fort Kochi. Tanya is the author of the book Fort Cochin: History and Untold Stories, which was supported by the government of Kerala. She is currently working on a book documenting food and her first novel.

 

 

Amit Kumar Aman

Amit is a Technical Consultant with Sahapedia. An Information Technology graduate from IIIT Allahabad, he is a full-time coder, Web enthusiast and is continuously stimulated by new technology and challenges. He is responsible for the smooth running of Sahapedia’s website and works on the Museum Mapping and Cultural Mapping projects initiated by Sahapedia.

 

Ram Krishna Banerjee 

Ram heads Finance, Admin. and HR at Sahapedia. He has studied science, business administration, cost and management  accountancy, and is a certified Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professional from the Indian Institute Of Corporate Affairs (IICA). He  has worked for over two decades, in both the corporate and the social sectors. Before joining Sahapedia, he was working with the National  Foundation for India, a leading grant-making organization in the country and was handling a wide range of functions relating to Finance,  Human Resource and Administration. Ram has an interest in music and languages, and has studied French at Inlingua and Alliance Francaise.

 

 

 

 

Suchetana Banerjee
Suchetana is senior research coordinator and works on sourcing and generating content for Sahapedia. A student of Comparative Literature,  her doctoral thesis is on people’s theatre movement in India from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. A trained Bharatnatyam and Kathakali  dancer and a theatre practitioner, she has been working with and on theatre aesthetics and performance structures. She has lectured at  Jadavpur University, Calcutta and Sophia College, Bombay. She has many publications to her credit.

 

 

 

 

 

Upama Biswas

Upama is a copy editor with Sahapedia. A native of Kolkata, she studied English Literature at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, and has a certificate in Publishing from the Seagull School of Publishing. She has worked with publishing houses like Niyogi Books and Rupa Publications in the past. She dreams of opening a curio-cum-book shop or a puppy day-care centre and to learn to play the bongo when she retires.

 

 

 

 

 

Yashaswini Chandra

Yashaswini Chandra is a historian and writer with a special interest in the arts and cultures of the western Himalayas and Rajasthan. She has a PhD from the Department of the History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. On behalf of Sahapedia, she has managed projects such as the three-year Multi-Volume Documentation Project of the Rashtrapati Bhavan that resulted in a series of 11 volumes, as well as institutional collaborations with the Archaeological Survey of India, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and Rupayan Sansthan, Jodhpur.

 

 

 

 

Vaibhav Chauhan

Vaibhav has trained in managing and conserving heritage. A founder member of Sahapedia, he is its secretary and is responsible for  resource development and operations. Vaibhav has top-up degrees in sustainable tourism, digital marketing, IPR, CSR and management  from institutions that include IIT-Bombay, National Law University and Harvard Business School. He has worked with the National Mission  for Manuscripts and Sangeet Natak Akademi. His passion is to leverage technology to reach travellers, students and enthusiasts. He  curates specialised tours in north India, and created India’s first Mobile App (Android) on museums.

 

 

 

 

Neerja Dasani

Neerja handles multiple tasks of sourcing and creating multi-media content for the web portal as well as oversees Mumbai-based  collaborations and projects in her capacity as editor and project coordinator, West Zone. She is a writer and journalist by profession. She  studied English literature at Sophia College in Mumbai and holds a diploma in print journalism from the Asian College of Journalism. She  has previously worked with Hindustan Times, Mumbai and has been involved with archiving the works of dancer/choreographer Chandralekha at SPACES, Chennai. She has contributed articles to leading papers, magazines and online portals.

 

 

 

 

Debojit Dutta

Debojit is a Copy Editor with Sahapedia. He has a degree in English Literature from Ambedkar University, Delhi, and a diploma in Journalism from SACAC. He has worked in editorial positions with places like The Quint and The Sunday Guardian, and is one of the founders of the literary magazine Antiserious. He has always been working on a book of short stories.

 

 

 

 

 

Ayan Ghosh
Ayan curates and creates the visual catalogue of Sahapedia modules as a senior research co-ordinator. He graduated from the National  Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi and is a Master in New Media from the National Institute of Design (NID). He has taught at  prestigious design institutes in India and has worked with international stock photography agency, Getty images. He also worked on a  project to document textile traditions of the Northeast for Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. His work has been featured by Marg, Terrascapes, Jetwings, Travel Plus, Better Photography and National Geographic Traveler.

 

 

 

 

 

Niharika Gupta

Niharika studied English and Anthropology at the Universities of Delhi and Oxford, and has worked in editing, translation and cultural event management. She hopes one day to learn coding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bishaldeb Halder

Bishaldeb is a research co-ordinator with Sahapedia. A graduate from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, he has worked as an archivist and researcher for the Mumbai-based film memorabilia archive, Film Heritage Foundation. He is keenly interested in cinema of the subcontinent, especially of its southern end. The history and sociology of the subcontinent are his other abiding interests. 

 

 

 

 

 

Resmi Kakkat

Resmi is Office Coordinator at Sahapedia’s Kochi office. She has worked on the Cultural Mapping of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry project by Sahapedia. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a postgraduate diploma in Office Administration and Management. She has worked in various roles with exposure to Finance, HR, Admin and Teaching.

 

 

 

 

Mushtak Khan

Mushtak Khan is Consultant and Research Coordinator with Sahapedia. A postgraduate in Fine Arts and Inorganic Chemistry, he served as Deputy Director (Design and Documentation), Crafts Museum, New Delhi, for more than twenty years. Associated with organisations and institutions such as Lalit Kala Akademi, Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited, National Council of Educational Research and Training, and International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia-Pacific Region (Japan) in various capacities, he has undertaken extensive field work and documentation of tribal and folk arts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Odisha and published more than 200 articles on the subject.

 

 

Deepak Kumar

Deepak is an administrative assistant with Sahapedia. His responsibilities include take care of everyday administrative and accounting work, supervising housekeeping and office maintenance, and making sure everything is where it ought to be at Sahapedia’s office. Deepak worked at CMC Ltd. before he joined Sahapedia.

 

 

 

 

 

Girish Kumar

Girish is an IT assistant at Sahapedia. His responsibilities include maintaining and monitoring  IT/ Network infrastructure and server support and configuration. Before joining Sahapedia, he was working with Development Alternatives. Girish has an interest in music, sports—particularly cricket. He enjoys new challenges and opportunities for learning something new.

 

 

 

 

 

Lakshmy Marikar

Lakshmi Marikar is a Research Coordinator with Sahapedia, Kochi Office. Having completed her M.Phil in Women’s Studies from JNU, her interests lie in Film Theory and Feminist Film theory, and Feminist theory. Her research on regional cinema, primarily Malayalam cinema, its history and industrial practices was the backbone of her dissertation. She hopes to complete her PhD in women’s studies or film studies at a later point in time. 

 

 

 

Danish Mirza

Danish is a videographer and video editor at Sahapedia. He studied Communications at Doon University, specializing in Film Direction and Production.  He has done videography and editing for cultural websites like Etihaas.com, Wall Stories for IFA Bangalore, PSBT Documentary Films like Water is Life (2012), and Disappearance of Native Kashmiris (2013). He has written screenplays and has done video editing for short films like Rangroot and The Girl (Four Nine and Half Pictures Production house, screened at various Film Festivals around the world). He has also worked at FM 107.8 Himgiri ki Awaaz and at IPTA in Bijnor and Dehradun.

 

 

 

Shalmaly Mukherjee

Shalmaly is a Research Coordinator at Sahapedia and works on sourcing and generating content for Sahapedia. Apart from contributing to other knowledge domains in Sahapedia, she handles the Natural Environment domain exclusively. Shalmaly has an M.Phil degree in History and her research interests include socio-cultural history, film history and history of ideas. She is trained in Graphology and Bharatanatyam as well as a trained Hindustani Classical singer and is affiliated as a counsellor with the National Institute of Social Defence. Shalmaly is enthusiastic about digital humanities and electronic gadgets and enjoys practising MMA and playing western violin. She is currently relearning Spanish and Persian.

 

 

 

Sindhu V. Nair

Sindhu works on editing and creating modules for Sahapedia as a consultant editor. She has a master’s degree in English  literature from University of Kerala and has taught in schools in Kerala, Bihar and Delhi. She has also worked as a freelance translator for  non-profits and independent publishers. She has translated into English V T Bhattathiripad’s classic autobiographical work in  Malayalam, Kanneerum Kinavum (My Tears, My Dreams). Her translation of the life and experiences of artisanal fishers was published by  International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, a Chennai-based NGO.

 

 

 

 

Neha Paliwal

Neha handles Sahapedia projects and collaborations with institutions. Neha has studied history at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and  anthropology as well as museum studies at the University of Michigan. In the past, she has worked at the National Mission for Manuscripts  where she was editor of Kriti Rakshana and organized the exhibition The Word is Sacred; Sacred is the Word. She has also  worked at the National Museum of Tanzania in Dar es Salam. Having tried to learn Kiswahili, French and Spanish, she is now attempting  the Carnatic violin.

 

 

 

 

Preeti Bahadur Ramaswami

Preeti is Consultant for Content and Development at Sahapedia. Preeti is an art historian based in Delhi. She has worked on music history, miniature paintings and aesthetics, and seeks connections across disciplines. She has taught art history at several institutes in Delhi, including the Delhi College of Art, the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU. She has published papers on art history and contemporary art, and worked on collaborative projects including film and exhibitions. 

 

 

 

 

Dharmendra Sharma

Dharmendra is Senior Web Developer with Sahapedia. He is responsible for the smooth running of the Sahapedia website and developing new projects. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science and Engineering. Dharmendra has more than seven years of experience with different industries like publishing, education, NGO and travel. He is a traveller at heart and wants to explore the Himalayas on his Bullet.

 

 

 

 

Sumitra Sunder

Sumitra is Consultant Research Coordinator with Sahapedia, based in Bangalore. An independent researcher and curator working on a doctorate in contemporary art practice from Manipal University, Karnataka, her PhD project locates the past 40 years of curating and resistance in art practice in South India, focusing on collectives in Bangalore, Karnataka and the Students’ Biennale at Kochi, Kerala. Sumitra has co-curated the Neralu Tree Festival in Bangalore in 2014, the Students’ Biennale in 2016, and other festivals. Beyond curating, she has been co-developing plays for local theatre collectives in Bangalore. 

 

 

 

 

Meenakshi Vashisth

Meenakshi works for sourcing and generating content as a Research Coordinator for Sahapedia. She is a history researcher and holds a Masters degree in Ancient Indian History and M.Phil. in History from the University of Delhi. Earlier she has worked in Oral History, Publication and Manuscript divisions of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in Delhi, as a research intern and research assistant. She has also researched iconographical developments in the depiction of deities of the Hindu pantheon in South Indian painting traditions while working for an independent scholar as his research assistant. She has an interest in Archaeology and Ancient Indian Art and Architecture.

 

 

 

 

Akhil Vasudevan 

Akhil is Research Coordinator with Sahapedia, Kochi Office. He is an alumnus of TISS and EFLU, having studied literature, media and cultural studies. He has worked as a video producer for FirstPost in the past. He makes independent documentaries and has research interest in popular culture of the subcontinent. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakshmy Venkatesh

Lakshmy is a projects coordinator and works on outreach and collaborative initiatives at Sahapedia. A student of history, she recently graduated with a Masters in Archaeology from the University of Oxford, and specialised in Landscape Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Law. A trained Mohiniyattam and Bharathnatyam dancer, she is a member of the Centre for Mohiniyattam troupe and has performed in India and abroad. She enjoys listening to eclectic music and hopes to influence cultural policy someday.

 

 

 

 

 

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a technical consultant with Sahapedia and is responsible for the smooth running of Sahapedia’s website. He manages and maintains Sahapedia’s server and database of online repository. He has studied engineering, specializing in electronics and communications. Mahesh has three years of working experience and has worked with two other companies before joining Sahapedia.

 

 

 

 

 

Moby Sara Zachariah

Moby works as a project coordinator for outreach and awareness programs at Sahapedia. Moby holds a postgraduate degree in history, and enjoys exploring and learning about historical places and sites. She enjoys research and conducting heritage walks, as she feels there's no better feeling than gaining knowledge and sharing it with people. She loves ruins and the charm they have and is most interested in Islamic history and monuments. When she's not conducting heritage walks for Sahapedia, Moby likes singing with her Church choir or playing badminton.
 

 

 

 

EXPERT CONSULTANTS

M.D. Muthukumaraswamy

M.D. Muthukumaraswamy is a Tamil writer and a folklorist who heads National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai from its inception in  1997. He studied literature and philosophy and his doctoral dissertation was on Semiotic Analysis of Bharatha Koothu: A study in  theatrical communication. He edits Indian Folklife , Indian Folklore Research Journal and Journal of Ethnomusicology. His publications  include edited volumes Voicing Folklore: Careers, Concerns and IssuesFolklore as DiscourseMany Voices One Nation and the  co-edited volume "Folklore, Public Sphere and Civil Society". He holds several visiting professorships both in India and abroad, including  University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and University of Würzburg, Germany.

 

 

 

Dinesh Khanna

Dinesh Khanna is a visual consultant with Sahapedia. He studied Economics at Delhi University and turned to photography after a short stint in the advertising world. For the last 26 years he has been involved in creating images for advertising, editorial and corporate clients, specifically in the area of food, still-life, people and interiors. Dinesh’s work has been showcased in both solo and group exhibitions around the world. He has to his credit two pictorial books—Bazaar and Living Faith—and recently, two books commissioned by the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Sahapedia—Right of the Line: The President's Bodyguard and Life in Rashtrapati Bhawan. He is actively involved in photography education and conducts workshops regularly under his personal brand—Photoyatri.