Madhushree Mukherjee is a writer, science journalist and former physicist. She won the prestigious National Talent Search Scholarship, an initiative to nurture talented students. A Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago, she served on the Board of Editors of the Scientific American for seven years. A Guggenheim fellowship helped her to write her first book, The Land of Naked people: Encounters with Stone Age Islanders, an account of the hunter-gatherers of the Andaman Islands. Her latest book is Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging on India during World War II.
Abanti Gopan is the Founder President of the Asian Association of Cardiac Nurses. She started the Asian Journal of Cardiac Nursing, serving as its first editor for 13 years. She has initiated several International Conferences through the association in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Malaysia and represented the country as guest speaker at conferences in Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa.
Tapati Guha Thakurta is a Professor of History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. She is a Researcher of art and history of modern India. She is the author of many books on art and history such as Visual Worlds of Modern Bengal, In Her Own Right, and Monuments Objects, Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Post-colonial India.
Nandita Chatterjee was the Principal Secretary, Department of School Education, Government of West Bengal, India. A senior member of the Indian Administrative Service, she is the Director of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. Having specialised in Development Economics and Medical Sociology, she has held a number of key positions at national and international levels such as Principal Secretary Urban Development, District Magistrate, Hooghly ( 24 Parganas) and International Resource Person in areas of Preventive Health and Urban Planning.
Priti Patel is a Manipuri Dancer well versed in different aspects of Manipuri dance, music and martial art traditions. With comprehensive training and a performing experience of almost two decades, Priti Patel has established herself as a dancer of accomplishment and commitment. Through her organization, Anjika, in Calcutta, she has been engaged in training and promotion of the art. She has performed at major festivals including the Khajuraho Dance Festival, Bhagyachandra Dance Festival and the Festival of India in France and Russia.