ALOKANANDA ROY is an Odissi dancer of worldwide fame. An "A" category artist of Doordarshan since 1976,her dancing and choreography skills have won her many notable awards including the Michael Madhusudan Award, the Sanskrit Parishad Award and Honorary Citizenship of the city of Clarksville, USA. Some of her famous creations are Shyama, Chitrangada, Vandemataram, Meghdoot, Vasavdatta, Savitri,Dharitri and her magnum opus Amrapali. She trained the convicts of Alipore Jail to perform a dance drama, based on Tagore’s composition, Valmiki Pratibha. She also went on to set up Touch World, a home for ex-women convicts and their children, in Narendrapur.
Kavita Panjabi is a professor of Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies at Jadavpur University. Professor Panjabi has edited numerous books on Sufi Culture and is the author of “Old Maps and New Legacies of the Partition”. She has also been the convenor of the gender group for the NCERT curriculum. She received her Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from Cornell University, and has been a recipient of the Mellon Fellowship, USA; The Sephis Post-Doctoral Fellowship, the Netherlands; and the South Asia Writing Fellowship of the Social Science Research Council, New York. She was part of the three member team that visited Gujarat in 2002 and wrote The Next Generation:In the Wake of the Genocide: A Report on the impact of the Gujarat Pogrom on Children and the Young. She is currently on a yearlong sabbatical, doing research at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.
Vinita Jain orchestrates a team of scientists, dermatologists, ayurvedic doctors and biotechnologists to treat and preserve health and beauty through her Biotique range of skin and hair care products and food supplements. After graduating from Delhi University, Vinita studied Biotechnology in Switzerland and then attended the management programme at the Stanford Graduate Business School. She has made Biotique synonymous with serious skin and hair care, embodying ancient systems passed on through generations, mingling with contemporary science and beauty treatment requirements.
Rakhi Sarkar established the Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA) in 1993 and is the moving force behind the upcoming Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMOMA). CIMA has held curated shows abroad and has implemented several projects in association with national and international museums and educational institutions. In 2000, she curated a landmark exhibition, Art of Bengal: Past and Present (1850-2000), which dealt with the history of colonial and modern art in bengal. She is one of India’s most significant art collectors and her collection includes both traditional and contemporary art.
Aparna Sen, critically acclaimed script writer and actress, has won three National Film Awards and eight International Film Festival Awards. She made her acting debut at 16, playing the role of Mrinmoyee in Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya. In 1981, she made her debut as a film director with 36 Chowringhee Lane which won National and International Awards. From 1985 to 2005, she was editor of the popular Bengali women’s magazine, Sananda. She has received several lifetime achievement awards and served on juries like the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In 1986, she was honoured with the Padma Shri in recognition of her contribution to Indian cinema.