Our Team

Learning & Creativity 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.
Learning & Creativity 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!

We started with the objective of encouraging learning and creative pursuits in everyone (from kids to adults) who is passionate about enhancing his/her knowledge and creative output. The idea was to provide a dynamic, robust and visually appealing interactive platform where people of all ages can share their hidden talents – such as writing poetry, short stories, musings, travelogues, or sharing their creative artwork or photography. Each post on our little e-mag has gone through meticulous editing and formatting and has at least one or more illustrations to enhance its visual appeal.

Our dream had first taken shape in the form of a hugely popular literary website named Meghdutam.com launched way back in 1999. Meghdutam had become a very popular and dynamic platform of budding writers, poets, critics and child artists.

A lot of the excellent and original stories, poems, books and film reviews, writer’s tools, children artwork… etc., that you will find in Learning & Creativity has been sourced from the erstwhile Meghdutam.com, published between 1999 and 2003.

Along the way, we tied up with Silhouette Magazine, a reputed publication on Cinema and Allied Art Forms, an alliance that brought together a wide range of high-quality write-ups, studies and critiques on cinema, in India and across the world.

Now we are set to go to the next level – to provide high-quality, carefully-sieved content in 3 sharply focused areas – the young audience (kids and teens), the literary-oriented (as a platform to budding and established writers of creative writing) and the serious movie buff (with indepth studies and write-ups on mainstream as well as avant-garde cinema).

The journey is going to be more exciting than ever before for us and our readers!

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
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.

Lopa Banerjee

Lopa Banerjee

Deputy 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.

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.

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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 scholar and critic for the last fifteen years and edits film magazine Silhouette. He is a freelance critic for CNN IBNLive, The Statesman, Deep Focus, Dainik Statesman, Silhouette Film magazine, Scope (UK), DearCinema, South Asian Cinema to name some. His most recent book is 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. Amitava lives in Kolkata and works as an IT professional to earn his daily rice.

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.