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Abu Nasar Saied Ahmed is currently a professor at Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati. He had a long teaching experience of more than 24 years at Dibrugarh University. His latest publication is ‘Fundamentalism in Bangladesh: Its Impact on India (2008)’. He had been a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA during 1981-1982. He is associated with IGNCA and currently pursuing a study, funded by the IGNCA on "Entrepreneurship Culture in Assam".

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. 
Sobita Devi, M.Sc. Ph.D. Dr. Keisham Sobita Devi is presently the Joint Director of Art & Culture, Govt of Manipur and also holds the post of Managing Director, Manipur Film Development Corporation Ltd besides being in-charge of the Indian National Army Museum, Moirang and the Government Dance College, Imphal.

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. 
Department of History,
Dibrugarh University
Dibrugarh-04

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.
Department of Anthropology, 
Guwahati University, 
Jalukbari, 
Guwahati – 14.

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).
Address : Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
No. 5, R.P. Road, New Delhi - 110001
Tele. : (011) 23388821
Fax : (011) 23388821
E-mail : mollykaushal@yahoo.com 

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).

As Director of CIVIC: Centre for Indian Visual Culture he is engaged in creating a vast digital archive of Indian popular visual culture. His current research centres around the new phenomenon of the “transfer” of ritual spaces from sacred to political in pockets of India.

Prof. Jyotindra Jain is recipient of the 1998 Prince Claus Award. 

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. 
Over the years, she has developed an ethno-historical working method to bond chronological sources with material objects, technological processes, work procedures, and oral sources. The aim is to achieve an understanding of the traditional knowledge systems of Indian artisanal and tribal communities and their modes of transmission
4A Girdhar Apartments
28 Ferozeshah Road
New Delhi - 110 001
Tel. 23712512
23713137
Mobile: 931 222 8443 
Email l_varad@hotmail.com 
lotika.varadarajan@gmail.com
 

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.
Working as Assistant Archivist in Kaladarshan Division of IGNCA.
Email: ksanjay_68@rediffmail.com , kumar.sanjay68@gmail.com 

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.  

Aribam Syam Sharma studied Philosophy and Rabindra Sangeet in Vishwabharati, Shantiniketan and served as Professor in philosophy in different colleges in Manipur. He was the first Managing Director of Manipur Film Development Corporation. He is a recipient of many national and international awards in film and was the first Indian Director to be awarded the Grand Prix in the Festival of Three Continents, Nantes. His films had represented India in Festivals all over the world including Cannes and had received critical acclaim for their artistic excellence and originality. 

A 12-time winner of the National Award in films, Aribam Syam Sharma made his directorial debut with the documentary film Sana Leibak Manipur followed by his first feature film Lamja Parshuram. Syam Sharma, who authored an autobiographical book, “Living Shadows”, has always made films with serious topics. His ballet film Sangai-The Dancing Deer of Manipur, was conferred a singular honour with the British Film Institute (BFI, London) declaring it an Outstanding Film of the Year 1989. His documentary Yelhou Jagoi, based on the “Dances of Creation” of Lai Haraoba opened the Panorama Section of the International Film Festival of India in 1996. Many of his short and documentary films participated in the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) and a retrospective of his non-feature films was organized by Films Division in MIFF, 2000. His latest documentary Rajarshi Bhagyachandra of Manipur made for Film Division was featured in the Indian Panorama of IFFI, 2007. Shri Aribam Syam Sharma was honoured with the prestigious Dr.V.Shantaram Award for Lifetime Achievement in films at the 10th Mumbai International Film Festival, 2008.

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.  kailashkmishra@gmail.com 

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.

Minakshi Sen Bhandupadhay has postgraduated in Physiology from Kolkata University. She has served as Assistant professor in Government Womens’ College for 21 years. She was the former member Secretary, Tripura State Commission for Women. She is the author of many books and a regular contributor of articles in News papers and literary magazines on Women’s issues. She had an important role as the maker of modern North East India with special reference to Tripura, in political, social, and economic field.

Dipak Kumar Choudhury has graduated in B.A. honours in History from Presidency College, Calcutta and in M.A. in History from Calcutta University. He is Ph.D. from Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta. His present position is Professor, Department of History, Tripura Central University. 

R.P. Athparia is an anthropologist and Head of office, Anthropological Survey of India, North-East Regional Centre, Shillong worked under a number of projects of political, social, Folklore of the castes and communities of North-East India, specially Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. He has published a number of research papers in reputed journals of India. He has published 6 books on the Problems of North-East India.

M.A. Singh is Assistant Keeper of Anthropological Survey of India, N.E.R.C., Shillong. Involved in arranging the exhibition on “Human origins, and people of India” in different State Capitals of North East India, specially, Guwahati, Shillong, Itanagar, Kohima and Imphal. He has also served at Andaman and Nicobar Regional centre, Port Blair on the same capacity and contributed in the development of new museum at Port Blair.

Surya Kumar Pandey is an anthropologist and museologist presently working as Assistant Keeper in the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Mankind) at Bhopal. He is carrying out field work in different States of North East India for collection of material culture objects with their immaterial aspects. His areas of interest are people and culture of North East India, religion, tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

N. Shakmacha Singh is an anthropologist and museologist presently working as Museum Associate in the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Mankind). He has extensively carried out field work at different states of the North East and presently engaged in the collection and documentation of material culture objects with their immaterial aspects. 

S.H.M. Rizvi, M.Sc. Ph.D. (Delhi) has conducted anthropological research of the tribes of Meghalaya, Manipur, Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Nagaland from 1973, Tripura, Mizoram and Nagaland from 1973 to 1975 and 1983-1993. He has fourteen books to his credit besides seventy two research papers published in National and International, journals. At present he is Associate Editor in Janapada Sampada Division of IGNCA, New Delhi.

Richa Negi, Research Officer, associated with the Janapada Sampada Division of IGNCA; defended her Doctoral Thesis on folk Mahabharata in Central Himalayas and English Avant-garde Theatre: A Comparative Study; worked extensively and intensively on Folk and Religion Theatre of Central Himalayas; Monastic Tradition of Sikkim Monasteries and Women Entrepreneurship in Arunachal Pradesh; participated in National and International Conferences; currently coordinating IGNCA’s research activities in North east with special reference to Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Sikkim.
Address: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
No.5, R.P. Road, 
New Delhi 110 001
Tele: (011)23381286
Fax: (011) 23388821
richanegi7@gmail.com 

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. 

Address 
Senior Research Officer
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
5, Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi- 110001.
Tel. 91-11-23381151 (o), 25368949 (r), 9871823287 (m) 
Fax: 91-11-23386778; 91-11-23388280
E-Mail: drblmalla@yahoo.com 

Pratapanand Jha is heading the Cultural Informatics Laboratory of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi. He has over eighteen years of experience in project management, software design and development, multimedia content creation, telecom solutions and system integration. 

Initiated many projects including Kalasampada (Digital Library of Resources of Indian Cultural Heritage), which received Golden Icon Award for Exemplary Implementation for e-Governance Initiative, under category Best Documented Knowledge and Case Study for the year 2004, from the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India. 

Other projects of National importance under him includes the digitisation of Kanjur and Tanjur manuscripts at the National Library of Mongolia, Digitisation of manuscripts at the Oriental Research Library, Srinagar and Rabindra Bhawan holdings at Visvabharati, Shantiniketan.

pjha@ignca.nic.in 


Ramakar Pant Anthropologist; obtained D.Phil. from the Department of Anthropology, University of Allahabad; has done intensive fieldwork in the regions of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan and Meghalaya; participated in several national and international seminars and conferences; published articles and book reviews; his book based on in-depth work on ‘Life Style, Cultural Ideology and Crisis Management of Widows in Vrindavan, a Sacred City’ is in press; Associated with the UNESCO Chair Programme of the IGNCA. Presently, he is co-ordinating various projects under Lok Parampara and Kshetra Sampada programme.
Address : Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
No. 5, R.P. Road, New Delhi: 110001
Tele. : (011) 23381286
Fax : (011) 23388821 
E-mail : ramakarp@yahoo.com 


Rosemary Dzüvichü is Senior Faculty, Department of English, Nagaland University. Teaches American Literature & English Drama & Director of the Indigenous Women Resource Centre, North east region (IWRC). Alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the United States Government and the Thomson Foundation Fellowship by the British High Commission and Expert Member on North east women with the National Commission for Women. Areas of interest: Gender issues, Folklore and cultural studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Communication for development. She writes on socio political and gender issues, and is a poet and activist.

Dr. K.K. Chakravarty (IAS:1970), Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts has an MA (History) from Calcutta University, an MPA (Public Administration) and PhD (Fine Arts) from Harvard University. He has headed the National Museum of Mankind, Bhopal, National Museum, Delhi, Government of India and sectors of Education, Culture, Museums, Forestry and Environment in the Governments of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. He has extensive publications in art, archaeology, anthropology, the new museum movement and issues of bio cultural diversity and tribal survival. He has been leading a movement for catalyzing culture as a constitutive element in development for decades.

Dr. Ramesh C Gaur is PGDCA, MLISc,Ph.D. Fulbright Scholar (Virginia Tech, USA)
Librarian & Head-Kala Nidhi Division and Coordinator- ABIA International Index Project
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts(IGNCA)
(An Autonomous body under Ministry of Culture. Govt. of India)
5 Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi-1
Phone: 91-11-23385442, 23385884 
Fax: 91-11-22385884 Mobile: 91-9810487158



Prof. A.C. Bhagabati is Honorary Coordinator and Head of Division, North Eastern Regional Centre of IGNCA, Guwahati, and formerly Vice-Chancellor, Arunachal University. He has published about fifty research papers. His area of research is social change, ethnicity and identity and tribal transformation process in North-East India.

Shibani Roy has research experience of four decades. Besides conducting anthropological research experience of four decades among tribes of Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, Utaranchal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Chhatisgarh, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and North-East India she has 22 books and 115 published research papers. She is Associate Editor in Janpada Sampada division of IGNCA. 


Biswajeet Saikia is presently working as ‘consultant’ in National Commission for enterprises in the Unorganised Sector, Government of India. He is engaged to prepare ‘National Skill Development Policy for unorganized sector’ and ‘North East Unorganized Sector and Development of Economy of North East India’ sector focusing cluster development and growth poles fro enterprises development. He has contributed to the ‘Brahmaputra Transport and Communication Network Development’ in the Assam Development Report, 2002 published by the Planning Commission, Government of India.

 

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