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Our Team

Learning and Creativity (LnC) has been growing and maturing as a one stop resource for all that is associated with encouraging learning and creativity in children, teens and adults.

LnC offers the finest literary works, short stories, literary tips, art by kids, articles by teens, creative art, poems, musings, book reviews, movie reviews, interviews, photography… and more!

Our sister magazine Silhouette offers a wide range of high-quality write-ups, studies and critiques on Cinema and Allied Art Forms, in India and across the world.

We call ourselves the LnC-Silhouette Team! 🙂

Click here to read about our origins, dreams and ideas.  

In our core team each member is taking care of his/her specialized area of ideation, incubation, creation and development.

Antara Mandal

Antara Nanda Mondal

Editor in Chief
As a professional business journalist, Antara spent 14 years covering business stories but alongside kept alive her passion for writing on cinema. She writes extensively on the changing trends of music, direction and filmmaking in cinema and her articles aim to provide well-researched, complete and accurate information on the legends of cinema for the movie enthusiast. Her articles have also been published in Dearcinema.com and Du-kool.com. She works as Editor-Creative Director of Wisitech InfoSolutions Pvt. Ltd.

Monica Kar

Monica Kar

Creative Editor
Monica Kar has her BA in English Literature from the University of Delhi. She now lives in St. Charles, Missouri, USA, where she wears many hats. While she has worked in Publishing, Retail, Education and Construction in various roles, she has been a free-lance editor since 1987. In 2015 she started writing about her first passion – Hindi film songs of the Golden Age for an online music group. She welcomes suggestions and critiques on her writing as it makes her learn and grow as a writer..

Lopa Banerjee

Lopa Banerjee

Consulting Editor
Lopamudra Banerjee is a writer, poet and translator, currently based in Dallas, USA. She is Deputy Editor of Learning & Creativity and the co-editor of ‘Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas’, published by Readomania in collaboration with Incredible Women of India. She has been the Creative Editor of Incredible Women of India. ‘Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey’, her debut memoir/autobiographical novel, recently published by Authorspress, has been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews and Media LLC, USA. Her literary works have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, both in India and the US. She has been a regular contributor for Cafe Dissensus, Different Truths, Readomania.com and many other e-zines. Her fiction will also be featured in the upcoming Silhouette I & II anthology, to be published by Authorspress. She has received the Reuel International Award 2016 for her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novella Nastanirh (The Broken Home) instituted by The Significant League, a renowned literature group in Facebook, and the book is available in Amazon Kindle.

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Peeyush Sharma

Consulting Editor
Peeyush is known to be a collector of music and information pertaining to Indian cinema (majorly Hindi) spanning a period from early 1930s to 1980s. He has a large collection of Bengali and Punjabi music and material as well. He also boasts of a huge library of related material. Peeyush has delivered talks and lectures on music appreciation, contributed write ups in numerous news papers and magazines. He has co-authored a tribute publication on Anil Biswas as well. He has co-hosted radio talk shows on music as well. Met and interviewed a number of personalities. Occasionally, he delivers talks even now. Peeyush has been the founder secretary of the prestigious, Vintage Hindi Music Lovers Association in Bangalore that honored Anil Biswas in 1985. He is known as a storehouse of old Hindi music and information regarding music and movies.

Amitava Nag

Amitava Nag

Publications Advisor
Amitava Nag is an independent film critic based in Kolkata and editor of Silhouette. His most recent books on cinema are 16 Frames and Smriti Sattwa o Cinema. His earlier writings include the acclaimed books Satyajit Ray’s Heroes and Heroines published by Rupa and Beyond Apu: 20 Favourite film roles of Soumitra Chatterjee published by Harper Collins India. He also writes poetry and short fiction in Bengali and English – observing life in a platter. He can be reached at amitavanag.net.

Santosh Bakaya

Santosh Bakaya

Editorial Advisor
Santosh Bakaya is the author of three mystery novels for young adults, and a book of essays titled Flights From My Terrace, which was recently published as an e-book on Smashwords. Her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Ballad Of Bapu has been published by Vitasta Publishers, Delhi, India in May 2015 and has been receiving rave reviews from everywhere. Although a Political theorist, with a doctorate in political theory, it is literature which has been her first love. She was awarded the Reuel international award for language and literature 2014 for her long poem Oh Hark! , which forms part of the Significant Anthology. Many of her poems have figured in the highly commended category in Destiny Poets, a U.K based website and many are part of international anthologies. Right now, she is giving the final touches to her satirical novel, tentatively titled Sanakpur Shenanigans.

Ramendra Kumar

Ramendra Kumar

Honorary Consultant
Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is a children’s writer with 38 books to his name. He has won 34 awards in the competition for writers of children’s literature organised by Children’s Book Trust (CBT), over the years. He also dabbles in satire, poetry, fiction and travelogues. His writings have been translated into 15 Indian and 14 foreign languages and have also found a place in text books, as well as national and international anthologies. A much sought after inspirational speaker and story teller, Ramen has been invited to participate in several conferences and festivals. These include the IBBY Congress of Children’s Writers in Denmark (2008) & Greece (2018) and Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (2019), apart from many literary events across the country. In the Congress held in Greece he was the only writer from India to be invited to chair two sessions. An Engineer and an MBA, Ramen is former General Manager & Chief of Communications, SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant. He is the father of two children who are bonsai celebrities in their own right. While Ankita is a youth icon and a travel blogger with an Instagram following of 76K, Aniket creates cool Apps and designs covers for his Dad’s books. His website is www.ramendra.in

Aroop Banerji

Aroop K Banerjee

Marketing Consultant
Aroop Banerjee is an entrepreneur, explorer, learner and enjoys working with new ideas, strategies and businesses. He brings with him unique experiences of working with quite a few start-ups and bringing them to the stage of self sufficiency. He has keen ability to connect with the ground realities and work out practical ways to achieve business goals.

Sounak Gupta

Sounak Gupta

Assistant Editor
Sounak Gupta is a regular blogger and writes on various websites. His writings (in English and Bengali) as an amateur author have also been published in magazines and news dailies in India and abroad. Currently doing his masters in Literature, Sounak takes keen interest in Music. One of his loved passions is the collection and archiving of Indian Music on Gramophone Records. His YouTube channels GeetaDuttDevotee and Sounak93 are great storehouses of rare and peerless Bengali music.

Today’s Motivation

Resembling a card game wherein a hand is dealt with a set of different cards, and the players play according to their own way; Life offers us various opportunities, how we utilize them is our own decision and preference.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->
Life offers us various opportunities, how we utilize them is our own decision and preference.