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"The India Story" Seminar

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Name & Subject
Brief bio - data
Dr. R. A. Mashelkar
Science & Technology
Padmabhushan, Director General, Council of Scientific &Industrial Research, Fellow of The Royal Society, S.S. Bhatnagar awardee,. JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Awardee, Chairman, Standing Committee on Information Technology of World Intellectual Property Organization . Member, International Intellectual Property Rights Commission. Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences, Member, Royal Academy of Engineering U.K. Fellow of World Academy of Art & Science USA, Has over 235 basic research publications to his credit.

Justice R.C. Lahoti
The Legal System

Retd Chief Justice of
The Supreme Court of India

Dr. Sudhir Kakar
The Indian Mind
Psychoanalyst - trained at Sigmund Freud Institute, Frankfurt. Visiting Prof. at Univ. of Chicago, Univ. of Melbourne, McGill Univ; Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions Harvard Univ; Lecturer in General Education in Harvard University and INSEAD Fontainbleu, France & a prolific writer. His most recent book is a translation of the Kamasutra with Dr. Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Professor of Religion at the University of Chicago.
Bhaskar Ghose
Chairman , The India Foundation
Former Director General, Television India; Secy, Govt. of India Ministry of Culture & Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Corporn. Scripted and anchored a TV film review program for four years. Member, Board of Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, J N University,Delhi. Chairman, Equus Redcell Ltd. Well-known theatre person, has acted in and directed over fifty plays. Writes for three major English newspapers and journals.
Leela Samson
Classical Dance
Director, Kalakshetra Foundation.Among India's most dynamic and technically brilliant Bharat Natyam Dancers & Choreographers who has performed all over the world .Padmashri & Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee, her personal style is unostentatious, serene & she blends impeccable technique with vibrancy and unfettered ease. Authored a book & several articles.
Valmik Thapar
Conservationist and one of the world's leading experts on Indian tigers; Member, Central Empowered Committee (CEC), constituted by The Supreme Court of India; Director, Ranthambhore Foundation. Hosts BBC’s “India: Land of the Tiger” film serial.
Shanti Sharma
Classical Music
A North Indian classical vocalist of the Kirana and Indore gharanas; has performed in major cultural festivals all over India, AIR and Television, has conducted lecture– demonstrations for SPICMACAY and other organizations, has evolved a meditative style of singing; a purist and a thinking person’s artist, presently she is a teaching faculty of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Delhi.
Dr. Samita Sen
Author of several books. Research Fellow in Trinity College, Cambridge, Reader in History, Calcutta University.
Dr. S.K.Acharya
The Geological Story
Retd. Director General of Geological Survey of India. S.S. Bhatnagar awardee(India’s highest scientific award.) Emeritus Scientist CSIR. ( Research body of Govt. of India).
Sudha Seshadri
Art, Sculpture & Architecture
Trained with Saryu Doshi ( the doyen of Indian Art) as part of Marg’s Editorial Executive. Author of several hundred articles and papers on various aspects of Indian Art.
Khojeste Mistree
Homi J Bhaba & J.N. Tata
Zoroastrian scholar and Co-Founder of Zoroastrian Studies.
Dr. D.P. Sharma
Indus Valley Civilization
Dy.Keeper,Prehistory & Archeology , Head of Harappan Collection National Museum, Delhi ; Post Graduate in Archeology from Univ.of London; Participated in numerous Excavation projects in India, Sussex & France; Authored 19 books on Archeology.
Dr. Vijay Kumar Mathur
Indian Miniature Painting
Education Officer, National Museum, Delhi. Responsible for Exhibition of Indian Miniature paintings, Authored & edited several books on Indian Art, conducted Workshops on Indian Art for Curators, research scholars &students .
Swapan Majumdar
Rabindra Nath Tagore
Past Prof.of Comparative Lit. Jadavpur Univ. author of several books and research papers on diverse subjects including Theater & Music; visiting faculty at various Univs abroad.
Dr.Zoya Hasan
Indian Governance
Prof. of Political Science & Director of Women’s Studies Prog, JNU;visiting faculty in several univs abroad;author of numerous books and research papers.
Sandhya Mulchandani
Tamil Literature
Past news editor , India Today magazine, past associate editor Times Of India, freelancer in many other Indian magazines & newspapers, author of Anthology of Indian Erotic Lit. from Rig Veda to 16th Century; Kama Sutra for Women.
Dr. Bijoya Goswami
Prof. of Sanskrit Jadavpur Univ; author of several books on Sanskrit language & literature; translated life of Buddha from a 1st Century CE Sanskrit manuscripts.
Dr. SK Brahmachari
Panelist, Science & Technology
Director, Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology
Dr. Rajesh K. Kochhar
Panelist, Science & Technology
Director, National Institute of Science Technology & Development Studies
Dr.V.S. Kanury Rao
Panelist, Science & Technology
Associate Scientist & Head Immunology Group International Centre for Genetic Engg. & Biotechnology
Arjun Mahey
History of Religions
Prof.of English St Stephens College; author of several articles, research papers and books.
Suresh Chhabria
Prof of Films Appreciation & Registrar, FTII, Pune; ex Director, The National Film Archive of India, Pune from 1992 to 1998 has published several articles on film historical subjects in periodicals in India and abroad. His book “Light of Asia; Indian Silent Film” is highly acclaimed, his other interests are painting, photography and culture studies.
Dr. S. Raghuraman
Tamil Literature
Reader, A.M. Jain , College, Chennai; Visiting faculty for Bharatnatyam, Univ. of Madras and Kalakshetra; author of 2 books on history of Dance and several research papers; won several awards for script writing of Tamil Dramas.
Dr. Ira  Bhaskar
Faculty, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Visiting Faculty, University of Pavia, Italy, Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia University, Film and Television Institute Pune, Whistling Woods International Film School, Mumbai and School of Covergence, New Delhi. Her interests include "historical poetics",melodrama, cinema and modern subjectivities, literature and film, and historical trauma, violence and representation; has published on narrative poetics, adaptation, nationalism and cinema; is editing a volume of Ritwik Ghatak's film scripts-Ghatak's Partition Quartret.
Gautam Mukerjee
President,The India Foundation Creation Hymn, Mahabharata, Kalidasa, Nehru, Indian Governance, Science & Globalization.
Past member Board of Governors of XLRI, ( A Jesuit Mgmt institution). Visiting faculty at XLRI, Tata Management Development Center (Jamshedpur), Indian Institute of Coal Management (Ranchi), Management Training Institute, SAIL (Ranchi); Past Coordinator of CII’s Indian program with the Aspen Institute, Colorado, USA.
Sushweta Chakraborty
Coordinator, India Story Seminars & Project Director, The India Foundation

Prior to current assignment,served as Principal of a school with3500 children. Pioneered ISO 9000 Quality Systems in Eastern India school education. Organized National & Regional Meets with 10,000 student participation.

More than 50 performers of music, dance, theatre, art & craft