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Utpola Borah, Ph.D. is a Hindustani (North Indian) Classical vocalist and Ethno-musicologist, trained in the traditional "Gurukul" system under Gaanaprabha Dr. Prabha Atre, Mrs. Malashri Prasad and Pandit Indira Lal Dhandra of the Kirana, Banaras, Udaipur Gharanas and (traditions) respectively. She is currently a Research officer for the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology at the American Institute of Indian Studies in India, and A Course Writer and Visiting Lecturer for Post Graduate Diploma in Folklore and Cultural Studies in the School of Inter-disciplinary and Trans disciplinary Studies at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
H. Bilashini Devi, MA Ph.D. She is currently Curator of Manipur University Museum. She has a number of research publications including books, novels, and papers to her credit.
Salam Rajesh, M.A is an independent researcher/writer/wildlife activist; Media Artist Activist (video-film, photographer) and his areas of interest are Media Arts and Communication, Ethno-cultural studies, Social issues and Environment and Wildlife.
J.J. Roy Burman, has done Ph.D on Sacred Groves in Maharashtra. And has written several articles on forest, tribal medicinal practice, Christianity and tribal policies in India.
K. Daimai, Kaikhamang Daimai hails from Manipur. A graduate in arts, Daimai is presently Joint Director, Tribal Research Institute, Government of Manipur. He has written six books in the Liangmai language.
Imad Uddin Bulbul, is a practicing advocate and a prolific writer of journalistic articles. He has four books and a novel to his credit. He has been the leader of a cultural delegation that visited Bangladesh.
Chandan Sarma is Senior Lecturer at the department of history Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh and teaches environmental history. His area of research is historiography of medieval Assam. His research interests are historiography and environmental history. He has published papers in various journals and presented papers in various seminars on the history and culture of North East.
Dwipen Bezbaruah teaches at the department of anthropology, Guwahati University. His area of research is archaeological anthropology and ethno-archaeology. His research interest is early societal and cultural formation in the Northeast. He has published in various journals in India and abroad on these themes. He has participated in seminars on pre-history and archaeology at various places.
Rohmingmawii is a Lecturer, at the Department of History, Pachhunga University College, Aizawl, Mizoram.
Parasmoni Dutta, Ph.D, is Assistant Curator,Tezpur University,Tezpur, has special research interest in fields of Eco-museology and community museology.
R.K. Jhalajit Singh, M.A., LL.B. He was a practicing Advocate and the Principal of Law College. He is associated with the general Council of the Sahitya Akademi and Manipur State Kala Akademi. He is the President of the Manipur Sanskrit Parishad. He has five published books 6to his credit. He was awarded “Padmashree” in Literature in 1999.
Molly Kaushal is Associate Professor at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. She is currently heading the Janapada Sampada Division of the centre devoted to the study of cultural heritage, folklore and lifestyle studies. She was trained in folkloristics at the Moscow State University, Moscow, where she defended her thesis on Russian and Punjabi Folklore. She has conceptualized and organized several national and international conferences, seminars and workshops on chanted narratives and other performative traditions of rural, tribal and diverse religious communities in India including Sikhism and Islam. She has published several research papers and edited many books which include Chanted Narratives – The Living Katha Vachana Tradition; Folklore Public sphere and Civil Society, (co-edited with M.D. Muthukumarswamy); Journeys: Heroes, Pilgrims, Explorers (co-edited with Geeti Sen). Bhagat Vani : Confluence of Traditions (Co-edited with J.S. Neki and S.S. Noor) She has currently initiated three new projects at the IGNCA Rama Katha in Oral Narratives and Folk Performative Tradition of India; Aqeedat ke Rang: Expression of Devotion in Islam; Anhad Naad: Spiritual Musical Heritage of Punjab. She has also produced on E-book ‘Sanjhi : Ancestral Spaces Maiden Desire. (Folk Painting of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh).
Jyotindra Jain, Professor (Cultural Archives), Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, CV Mess, Janpath, New Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, both at New Delhi, Jyotindra Jain is now Professor at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi. An Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow, a Homi Bhabha Fellow, and Visiting Professor at Harvard University at the Centre for the Study of World Religions, his publications include: Ganga Devi: Tradition and Expression in Mithila Painting (1996); Other Masters: Five Contemporary Folk and Tribal Artists of India (1998); Picture Showmen: Insights into the Narrative Tradition in Indian Art (1998); Kalighat Painting: Images from a Changing World (1999); and Indian Popular Culture: ‘The Conquest of the World as Picture’(2004), India’s popular Culture. Iconic spaces and fluid images (2007).
Lotika Varadrajan is a scholar of great repute. She has taught in the Universities of Bombay, Delhi, JNU, Sydney and others institutions.
Professor Varadrajan has delivered several lectures in national and international platforms and published hundreds of articles in journals, magazines and edited volumes. She has also published 10 books over the years. She is the member of several academic and cultural bodies of India.
Sanjay Jha is trained museologist and student of archaeology and Indian art History. Participated in the Excavation of Masuriadih, Begusarai, Bihar in the Year 1990. A museologist, he has helped in the Curation of more than 50 national and international exhibitions. Prepared an Inventory of 1700 paintings of Elizabeth and her mother Elizabeth Sass Brunner.Helped mount IGNCA’s Mask exhibition titled Rupa-Pratirupa; Face and Interface at historic Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Centre for Performing Arts, New York, as part of Govt. of India’s Incredible India for the India@60, a-four day India Festival, 2008. Coordinated several workshops for IGNCA. Contributed several articles in the Journal of Indian Museum and the Journal of Conservation of Cultural Property in India and written several articles in Newspapers. Publishing a book titled Historical Analysis of Panji-prabhandha in Mithila and Classical References of Art Conservation.
David R. Syiemlieh is Professor of History at NEHU, Shillong, where he has taught modern Indian and modern North East India history since 1979. He has published extensively on the North East with interest on British imperial policy and administration and Christianity. He has been the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships including the Indo France Cultural Exchange Programme, British Council and Charles Wallace. A senior Fulbright fellow, he was at Notre Dame University Indiana, USA. Prof. Syiemlieh has been Honorary Director of the Indian Council of Social Science Research -North Eastern Regional Centre; and is presently Council Member of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. He is presently Controller of Examinations NEHU.
Mamang Dai is a journalist. She has travelled extensively in India and abroad. She is a member of the North East Writers’ Forum and has published a number of short stories in various journals and magazines. Her popular work includes Arunachal Pradesh: The Hidden Land and the River Poems.
Aribam Syam Sharma is a prominent filmmaker of India, and has consistently featured in national and international film festivals. He was instrumental in putting Manipur in the map of World Cinema with his film Imagi Ningthem in 1982. Born in 1936, his first love as a child was music and later he became a pioneer in Manipuri modern music. He is a prolific composer with many songs which have become classics in his own life-time. He is also recognized as a music director. He was actively involved in the avante-garde theatre movement in Manipur theatre as an actor and director.
Sanjoy Hazarika, an authority on the region, has travelled extensively in the North East and its neighbouring areas in connection with C-NES projects as well as journalist, editor and film maker. He is also consulting Editor at the Statesman and Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has made a series of documentary films on the region especially on the Brahmaputra River. He is Convenor of the CNES- Setu National Media Fellowship involving journalists from the North East and other parts of the country. A former correspondent for the New York Times and author of several books including Strangers of the Mist, Tales of War and Peace from India’s North East, Mr. Hazarika was a member of the first National Security Advisory Board (1998-1999) and a member of the advisory panel (North East) for the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution. He is a former member of Committee to Review the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), and a member of (ICSSR), National Council of the Indian Council of Social Science Research.
Alka Saikia currently teaches Ancient Indian History at Gargi College, University of Delhi. She has done her doctoral research on the environmental history of Ancient Brahmaputra Valley. She has delivered lectures in India and abroad. She has published papers for IGNOU and various other journals. She was also the recipient of the Charles Wallace Fellowship.
Alex Akhup is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Social Justice and Governance, TISS. His areas of research interest include ethnicity, tribal and Northeast Studies. He has been a consultant to Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India. Currently, he is a working member for establishing Centre for Northeast Studies within TISS and also an active member of the Tribal Intellectual Collective.
Kailash Kumar Mishra, is a Research Officer in the IGNCA. He obtained his Post Grauation and M.Phil from Delhi University. He obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from the Indian School of Labour Education, Chennai, and Masters in Human Rights from Pondicherry Central University. He was awarded Ph.D on his thesis, “Structure and Cognition of the Folk Songs of Mithila: An analytical Study of Anthropology of Music” from L. N. Mithila University, Darbhanga. He is a prolific writer and his contributions are on themes of art, culture and heritage. Presently, he is coordinating the activities of research and documentation under the North-East programme. firstname.lastname@example.org
Desmond L Kharmawphlang is Associate Professor/Reader at the Centre for Cultural and Creative Studies, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong where he teaches folkloristics. He has published books on folklore and literature. He is also the Director of the North East Centre for Oral Literature of the Sahitya Akademi located at Shillong. He belongs to the Khasi community of Meghalaya.
Soroj Choudhury has specialized in performing art traditions of North East India. He passed out from Kolkata University in English literature and language. He served as reader in English, and retired in 1998. While working on practice of historical art he came in contact with different forms of performing art traditions of North East India and Oral literature.
Dr. B. L. Malla, an Art Historian- with specialisation in Indian art and cultural studies, is presently associated with the Janapada Sampada Division of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. He has obtained his Masters degree in History from Kashmir University, Masters degree in Museology and Ph.D. in History of Arts from the Banaras Hindu University. He is the author of The Sculptures of Kashmir, Vaisnava Art and Iconography of Kashmir, Trees in Indian Art Mythology and Folklore, Conservation of Rock Art (ed.), Cosmology and Cosmic Interpretation of Shaiva: A Study in Art and Thought of Kashmir (in press); besides a number of research articles published in reputed professional journals. His latest co-edited volume on Global Rock Art is also in press. He has participated in many national and international conferences/workshops both in India and abroad. Dr. Malla has widely travelled in India, France, Italy and Iran in connection with his field studies and conferences. His area of interest is both classical and vernacular traditions. He has been associated with IGNCA-UNESCO-UNDP project on Village India i.e. “Identification and Enhancement of India’s Cultural Heritage: An Internal Necessity for the Management of Development”. Currently, Dr. Malla is engaged in documentation, ecological conservation and ethno-archaeological study of Indian Rock Art; and also in Himalayan Studies.
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