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ABOUT

the festival

The Team

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PRADEEP KAKKAR

Environment & Social Activist

OINDRILLA DUTT 
Arts & Events Curator & Presenter

She has directed son-et-lumieres at leading heritage sites such as Victoria Memorial

VARUN DESAI
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Varun Desai is a Purdue University graduate in computer engineering. His passion for music led him to start DJ-ing and producing events… 

BONANI KAKKAR

Born and raised in Calcutta.
Schooled at La Martiniere for Girls, Masters in Public Health from University of California Los Angeles…

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TANUSREE SHANKAR
Danseuse

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USHA UTHUP
Singer

PAPER TREE 
Communication & Graphic Design Studio, Kolkata

We’re a fun and passionate graphic design studio based out of Kolkata, India.

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MALINI PANJABI
Paper Tree

A student of Applied Arts from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, she has worked at Lintas, Mumbai and Kolkata. She is currently the Founder-Partner of Paper Tree, a Kolkata based Communication and Graphic Design studio since 2004.

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VEDA AGGARWAL
Calcutta Classical Guitar Society

Veda is director of the Indian Guitar Federation operating through the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society. She works as an arts administrator, curator & producer of concerts and festivals, develops music education programmes and uses music for social outreach.

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LAILY THOMPSON

After 30 years in London working on the rapidly developing equality agenda, Laily is now helping to promote Kolkata’s secular cultural history and diversity to encourage young people to stay on in the city…

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SUMONA CHAKRAVARTY
Hamdasti

Sumona Chakravarty’s practice explores the role of participatory art and design practices in creating spaces for civic engagement. 

DEVANSHI RUNGTA
Art Rickshaw

Creative Head of Art Rickshaw, Devyanshi is also a photographer and has made a number of short movies, one of which was nominated for the Golden Globe awards (children category). She looks after the media, innovations, and design aspects of Art Rickhsaw studio.
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PAUL WALSH
Jungle Crows

Founder of the Jungle Crows a rugby club in Kolkata, an organisation that tries to make a positive impact on the boys and girls that play with them. Jungle Crows has taken organised sport through rugby from city slums to the tribal belt.
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FRISO MAECKER

Director of the Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata.

The Kolkata Festival is an initiative of Art & Heritage Foundation.
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