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Abhishek Talukder is a software engineer and an independent film maker. His very first short film, Ria, was showcased in Cannes Short Film corner in 2013 and won several awards in the Lake City International Film Festival, Bhopal. He has been an active member of the Cine Club of Naihati for the last three years. His next feature, Antabiheen, is due for release in February 2015.
Adrian Martin is Senior Research Fellow in Film and Television Studies, Monash University (Australia), Co-Director of the Research Unit in Film Culture and Theory, and Co-Editor of Rouge film magazine (www.rouge.com.au).
Amitava Das is someone who loves literature, but studied Engineering, has a passion for reading epics and writing(not epics, though),but has ended up writing codes, loves mathematics but gets utterly confused calculating small changes. Someone for whom the front courtyard is a stage. And the lone drop of dew, beauty.
Amrita DasGupta, a student of English Literature from University of Calcutta, is a movie buff, a keen reader of books and a writer of poetry. Born and brought up in Kolkata she got enriched by Bengal’s cultural heritage that nurtured within her an avid interest in the different streams of art.
After qualifying as a CA, I worked in the field of Investment Banking for around 18 years wth JM Financials and Kotak Mahindra and did a stint in the media with SONY. I now run a business advisory firm and I am an independent director on the Boards of companies. Music consumes a large part of my waking hours and keeps the fire in me alive.
Anandana Kapur is an award winning filmmaker whose work has been showcased at various international and national festivals. She has lent her voice to over 22 films till date and her experience in Communications Training spans 9 years. As Visiting Faculty at AJKMCRC, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi she teaches Communication Theory and Research Evaluation to post-graduate students. She also lectures exchange students from the US and Canada on Indian Cinema and Representation of Women. Her published work is on Culture, Communication and Media studies. Her interests include photography, art and traveling.
Ananya Das was a student of Mass Communication & Videography in St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. A Bangladeshi national, Ananya had directed two short films Alaap and Pun Intended and writes extensively on cinema.
Ananya Guha is an electrical engineer by education and now working in the software industry. She is a keen patron of quality films and books. Ananya is an amateur writer and has had some of her articles published in The Times of India.
Anshula, a student of ASN Sr Sec School, loves to draw and color, listen to soft music, watch good movies, read mythology and explore new places during her vacations. She has her own blog on Learning and Creativity and also writes in Silhouette Magazine.
Editor in Chief, Learning and Creativity; Consulting Editor, Silhouette Magazine. A former business journalist, Antara writes extensively on the changing trends of music, direction and filmmaking in cinema. Her articles aim to provide well-researched information on the legends of cinema for the movie and music enthusiast. She is also the Founder-Editor of Blue Pencil, a New Delhi-based publishing house. She edited and published Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman, the biography of SD Burman written by HQ Chowdhury. She has co-authored a chapter on Hemant Kumar's Bengali music in the acclaimed book The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar, written by Manek Premchand. Her articles have also been published in Dearcinema.com and Du-kool.com. Antara is Editor-Creative Director of Wisitech InfoSolutions Pvt. Ltd.
Aparajita Sengupta has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Kentucky. She worked on postcolonial elements in Indian Cinema. She taught postgraduate college in India for some time, and is now a full-time organic farmer.
Arghya Tarafder has a degree in English literature. A movie bug in his mind, Arghya is ready to unleash himself in the world that revolves around photography, cinema and pop culture. Have perchance for life, love and more.
Arushi Singh is currently a second year M.A student at the School of Arts and Aesthetics in Jawahar Lal Nehru University. She is a contributing writer with Helter Skelter, a new online magazine with a focus on independent culture in India. Her research interests lies in investigating the inherent voyeurism in the cinematic medium, how memory of past historical events is comprehensible through cultural texts like cinema and how a culture creates and informs its memory with a mass mediated version of history, and African –American post-modern choreographer Bill T. Jones’ works. She is also a professional Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher at Ganesa Natyalaya, New Delhi.
Ashwini Falnikar has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and then an M.A. degree in Media and Cultural Studies from TISS, Mumbai. Bollywood opened the doors to her into the world of films. Currently she is working as a video editor for a video blogging project for women's empowerment and teaching ‘Understanding Cinema’ in B.M.M. course.
Avijit Das Patnaik is a banker by profession, network marketeer by choice, frequent traveller by rule, mad about sports by religion, socially active, foodie, stand up comedian (even while sitting) and Moviemaniac by diet.
Balaji has been a freelancer with The Metroplus and Young World (The Hindu) contributing articles around trends, events, fashion and celebrity interviews. He along with Anirudha Bhattacharjee authored the book RD Burman: The Man, The Music (published by Harper Collins) which won the President’s Swarn Kamal Award for the Best Book on Cinema at the National Film Awards for 2011. Balaji was selected as a Jury Member to judge the Best Book on Cinema at the 2013 National Film Awards. His recently released Gaata Rahe Mera Dil – 50 Classic Hindi films Songs co-authored with Anirudha Bhattacharjee (published by Harper Collins) has been at the top slot of the Bestseller List and has received very positive reviews by the media and readers alike. Balaji is currently working on multiple books, the subjects ranging from the music of S D Burman to the films of Basu Chatterjee.
Barnali Saha is a creative writer from Kolkata, India, currently living in Nashville, TN, USA. She enjoys writing short stories, poetry, travelogues and articles. Her works have been published in several newspapers and magazines in India (The Statesman, The Indian Express, Womans Era, DNA-Me, Muse India Literary Journal, Silhouette Magazine, etc.) and also in the USA (Mused Bella Online Literary Review, The Smoking Poet, Long Story Short, Pens On Fire, Fiction at Work, Palki, Parabaas, etc.). Apart from writing, she is interested in painting and photography.
In addition to watching movies and imitating dance routines very poorly, Beth Watkins work in the world cultures museum of a big university in Illinois, has a dog, and likes to read and knit, both of which are hard to do while watching subtitled movies. She started watching Bollywood movies until recently with Bride and Prejudice and is ever since hooked to Indian cinema beyond Bollywood.
Bhaskar Chattopadhyay is a writer and translator. His translations include the anthology 14: Stories That Inspired Satyajit Ray (Harper Collins), Shirshendu Mukherjee’s adventure novellas No Child’s Play (Harper Collins) and The House By The Lake (Scholastic), and the forthcoming sports novel by Moti Nandy Shiva (Penguin Randomhouse). His original works include the forthcoming novels Penumbra (Fingerprint) and Patang (Hachette). A cinema enthusiast, Bhaskar lives and works in Bangalore.
Bidhan Mondal has done his M.A. in English & B.Ed from The University of Burdwan in West Bengal. He has qualified in UGC-NET & obtained the award of JRF. At present he is doing his M.Phil research from Folklore Department of Kalyani University in West Bengal.
Bimal Chadha, a Master in Biochemistry, has had a long stint with the media in the management stream. An aficionado of vintage music and movies, he is an avid reader and occasional writer. The nephew of the legendary actor Shyam, he has authored a book on his Uncle which is currently under editing. He also freelances and writes about true incidents from his life and experiments with fellow human beings.
A communications professional with a flair and passion for writing. Bina writes for several sites on topics ranging from Parenting, Jewelry to Hardware! She believes her love for reading ignited and polished her writing skills. A full-time mother and a freelance writer, Bina also works with the Art of Living documentation team to write up articles on the various AOL projects. You can reach her on email@example.com.
Binayak Roy is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at
K.G.T.Mahavidyalaya, Bagdogra, West Bengal.His research interests include the Indian English Novel, post colonial literature and the cinema of Satyajit Ray.
Bipin Parekh is the host of GunjanRadio program, a no-commercial, community service radio program broadcast from Univ. of Mass., since 1983. He retired from a R & D job as a Chemical Engineer. A Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from State Univ. of New York and B. Chem Eng. from Univ. of Bombay, Bipin now spends time with his grandchildren. He is married to Meera Parekh and lives in Boston, NY.
Champa Srinivasan writes on various blogs and magazines, including B’khush.com on real life issues and incidents. She is a Post Graduate in English literature from Jadavpur University and has taught English in an Undergraduate college in Kolkata. Currently, she is busy shuttling between her husband and two grown up children, located in three different cities and running a family owned leather goods making workshop. Her hobbies include reading, watching films and browsing the net.
Chandak Sengoopta teaches History at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He grew up in Calcutta and has been interested in Satyajit Ray's work for more than three decades. His other research interests range from the history of European medicine and the history of gender and sexuality to the cultural history of modern India. Sengoopta can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Darius Cooper is a Professor of Humanities and Critical thinking in the English Department at the San Diego Mesa College. He has published widely on cinema, poetry and stories in India and abroad including two books on Satyajit Ray and Guru Dutt.
Debalina Banerjee is Assistant Professor of English, Vidyasagar Evening College. Currently pursuing PhD on " 'Mother' and 'Wife': Interrogating stereotypes in Five Indian English Women Novelists" from Visva-Bharti University. She has paid academic visits to several foreign universities. At present she is working on gender issues and editing a book along with Dr. Benoy Banerjee on Nobel Laureate Playwrights in World Literature. She has also edited another book with Kaustav Bakshi on Indian Poetry in English. She is on the editorial borad of the Journal Annals of the University of Oradea published by the faculty of Social-Humanistic Sciences, University of Oradea, Romania.
Debamitra Mitra is the Principal and Assistant Director-Research of ILEAD. With an M Phil and PhD in International Relations and History from Jadavpur University and Calcutta University respectively, Dr. Mitra has 23 years of experience in academics in teaching, research and administration. She is also an active contributor in both print and audio-visual media.
Debarati Bhattacharjee is a scientist by profession. When she is not working, which is often, she watches movies and reads books, and dreams of going to exotic lands. She is an avid traveller and frequently dreams of a parallel universe where she is a hot shot travel writer for Discovery/NatGeo/Lonely Planet.
A freelancer consulting Social Development Specialist, Debasish works in large-scale infrastructure development projects in India and abroad as well.
An Anthropologist turned Regional Planner Debasish (Shibaji) is fond of several activities from writing travelogues to cooking, from sketching, painting, photography to dress designing, embroidering to choreographing. Whenever he feels, in the early mornings or dead of nights, he sits with doing something creative that is so close to his heart.
Dennis Redmond is an independent scholar and media critic in the US, who works extensively with multinational video culture and digital media (esperially the 3D videogame). Some of his work is available online at (http://www.efn.org/~dredmond).
Devapriya Sanyal has a Ph.D in English Literature from JNU. She is the author of From Text to Screen: Issues and Images in Schindler’s List and Through the Eyes of a Cinematographer: The Biography of Soumendu Roy, which has recently been published by Harper Collins. When she is not teaching she is usually busy writing and watching world cinema, Bollywood and Bengali cinema.
She also loves reading and has a lively interest in photography, travelling, and sketching.
Dheeraj Akolkar is the director of the much-acclaimed film Liv and Ingmar based on the romance and relation between two of world cinema’s greatest contributors – Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman. Dheeraj also worked extensively in the Indian film industry on various films such as Lagaan, Devdas, Charas - A Joint Effort, Sala Bandar and Black.
As a writer, director, cinematographer and producer, his own work includes the short films Jyotirgamaya - Lead Me To The Light, Whatever! Sold my Soul and Asylum. He works between the UK, India and Scandinavia on a slate of five films under his London based production company Vardo Film.
Dibyabibha Roy, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Malda Women's College, holds his M.A. and M.Phil from the University of Calcutta, and also holds a PGDMC from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. His areas of interest are gender, Indian Writing in English and films. He has authored several articles for edited volumes and loves writing for his blog.
Dr. Koshy A.V. is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the English Department of Jazan University, Saudi Arabia. He has many books, degrees, diplomas, certificates, prizes, and awards to his credit and also, besides teaching, is an editor, anthology maker, poet, critic and writer of fiction. He runs an autism NPO with his wife, Anna Gabriel.
Dr. Amrit Sen is presently Reader in English at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. Interested in Eighteenth century Studies, Travel Writing, Tagore Studies and the History of Science, he has won the outstanding research award for his doctoral dissertation, “The Narcissistic Mode: Metafiction as a Strategy in Moll Flanders, Tom Jones and Tristram Shandy,” published by Worldview in 2007. He has recently been awarded the UGC Research Award for his project titled "The Self and the world in Tagore's Travel Writings".
In late 50s, during his stay in Mumbai, Dr Padmanabh K Joshi met lyricist Shailendra who introduced him to maestros Shankar-Jaikishan. He attended many of their recordings, discussed film music, background music, etc with them. He also met music arranger Sebastian D'Souza and musician-composer Dattaram. Dr Joshi wrote a musical biography of Shankar-Jaikishan in Gujarati and also many articles on SJ and other music directors due to his interest in film music. He compiled and edited a biographical volume on Dr. Vikram Sarabhai in English. He worked in Indian Space Research Organization, Indian Institute of Management and Nehru Foundation for Development, Ahmedabad. At present Dr Joshi is organizing Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Archives at the Nehru Foundation for Development, Ahmedabad.
Dr Seemin Hasan is a Reader in the Department of English, AMU, Aligarh. She has been teaching literature and language courses for over twenty-five years. She earned a PhD on John Keats. She is the author of two books and numerous articles and papers that have appeared in national and international journals. She also writes poetry and short stories. Her current areas of interest are feminism, postcolonial studies, translation and cultural studies.
Earl Jackson Jr is professor of Cinema Studies at Korean National University of the Arts, author of Strategies of Deviance, and numerous articles. Contributed to the script for the film Viewfinder (Kim Jeong, 2009), which premiered at Pusan International Film Festival. He is the Co-director (with Kim Soyoung) of the Trans-Asia Screen Cultures Institute.
Raised in Sydney, Australia, Fatima is currently based in Dunedin, New Zealand and is pursuing her degree in Physiology at the University of Otago. She has a growing interest in cinema and gender studies. More broadly, she is keen to explore the Indigenous perspectives of both, Australia and New Zealand, as far as media representations of masculinity and femininity are concerned. In addition, she is enthusiastic about International Cinema, particularly Hollywood, and Indian and Pakistani media. She is an avid traveler and a musicophile.
Gajendra Khanna, born into a music loving Punjabi family has stayed across India and currently resides in Bangalore. An engineer by profession, he holds an M.Tech. degree in Computer Technology from IIT Delhi. Other than computing, he has interest in literature,
writing, linguistics and collecting music and movies. He is the maintainer for a general artist website on artists called Anmol Fankaar as well as dedicated websites on singers Geeta Dutt, Noorjehan and Shamshad Begum in his spare time. He is a Life Member of the Society of Indian Record Collectors and the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.
An economics major who has spent a decade in communications industry handling some very well reputed brands. Currently based out of Bangalore, her varied interests include literature, cinema, visual art, animal welfare, yoga, spirituality, world cuisine, Indian handicrafts, antique furniture and gardening where she plans to grow a wide range of organic fruits & vegetables soon.
Gaston Roberge, a Jesuit Father, was born in 1935 in Montreal, Canada. He volunteered to come to India and he was sent to Kolkata where arrived on 15 October 1961. He has a MA in Film Studies from the University of Los Angeles, USA.
Gaurav Sahay is a Delhite largely though with substantial exposure to urban and quasi rural Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. He has a Masters in Business Administration and a law degree from Delhi University. He is a banker by profession but has interests on a range of subjects, including astrology, homeopathy and sports. He is passionate about films, in particular Hindi. His understanding however is not populist but critical and at times transcending. He writes in English and Hindi with equal command. His essay on Guide is ample evidence of the writer and critic within him.
Helena Tomasson, born in USSR, has been living in Sweden from 2007. Previously, she studied the sociology of culture and media and worked as a marketing chief in a printing company in Kiev, Ukraine.
Presently, she is studying Visual Culture at Lunds University where she is researching Bergman's film in particular. She writes nonfiction, fiction and poetry. Selected poetry were published in the collections. The ironic lyrics of the new century, Russia, St.Petersburg, 2005. From the heart to heart, Malmö, Sweden, 2011. She is an author of the fiction book Georgian Novel, Kiev, Ukraine, 2011.
HQ Chowdhury is a freelance writer on music and films. He first wrote in the late 1960s for the People, an English daily from Dhaka and then for a while in the early 1970s for Cine Advance, published from Kolkata and Mumbai. He is the author of Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman (the biography of composer-singer SD Burman) and a recipient of the 2006 ‘Sachin Dev Burman Award’ from the Government of Tripura, India.
HQ Chowdhury is the CEO of Plasma Plus, an application laboratory of science and technology of which he is also the founder. He was listed in the Marquis WHO’s WHO in the World of Professionals from 1997 to 2002.
Indranil is an academic and a researcher with a strong interest in documentaries and realist forms in cinema. A film editor by training, Indranil has worked in various capacities in the television industry in India, as well as in independent documentaries and feature films. He has delivered lectures on film history and theory in different Universities, Colleges, and film schools across India, and have also taught in Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Faculty of Films at Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and has revived the research wing there. Apart from writing academic essays, Indranil contributes occasional articles on moving image cultures to various news portals. An alumnus of FTII, Indranil, also holds a doctorate in Cinema Studies from the University of Westminster, London, UK.
Jael Silliman was a tenured Associate Professor of Women Studies at the University of Iowa, (1996 – 2002). Thereafter she served as Program Officer for Reproductive Rights and Women’s Rights at the Ford Foundation in New York (2003 – 2009). In 2014 she was a Nehru Fulbright Scholar. She is currently an independent scholar and writer and has several books and articles to her name. She has published widely in academic journals and now regularly writes for popular audiences.
John W Hood divides his time between Melbourne and Kolkata, writing about Indian and Bangladeshi cinema and translating Bengali literature. He has written The Essential Mystery. Major Filmmakers of Indian Art Cinema, as well as books on Mrinal Sen, Buddhadev Dasgupta and Satyajit Ray.
lives in Trivandrum, Kerala. He has been employed with UN organizations for over 20 years, specializing in resource mobilization for international non-profit agricultural research. Earlier, he was a film critic with the Hindustan Times Group in New Delhi from 1978 to 1985, and continues to write on good quality international cinema. Jugu’s blog on international cinema at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.com is quite popular with readers in the Americas and Europe.
Jumelia is an engineer, an IT consultant, a management student and a classical dancer; also an avid reader of various genres, a mother of two lovely daughters, and a diligent midnight blogger, all in random order. She is still soul-searching and poetry soothes her.
Kaustav Bakshi is Assistant Professor, Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He is pursuing a doctoral programme on Expatriate Sri Lankan Fiction in English at the Department of English, Jadavpur University. Apart from presenting papers at several national and international conferences and regularly contributing to academic journals, he has co-edited two anthologies, Anxieties, Influences and After: Critical Responses to Post colonialism and Neocolonialism and Studies in Indian English Poetry.
Krupa Shah teaches English at VIT University, Chennai. She has a PhD in Translation Studies from the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar. Her research interests include the cultural and literary history of twentieth century Gujarat, questions of language, identity and multilingualism in South Asia, film studies and francophone literature. She is also a translator and works with English, French and Gujarati with varying degrees of fluency. She can be reached at email@example.com. She blogs at Krupa Shah
I have had a passion for music, listening to film and instrumental music since early childhood. Learnt to play Harmonium at early age and later now learning Piano. Also have been playing percussion instruments for some time. I did my Post graduate certification from IIM-C. Working in Supply Chain Management field for over 15 years now.
Kusumita Rakshit has been a student of fine arts and photography at the Berkeley Art Studio, University of California, Berkeley. She holds degrees in economics and business management and taught graphic designing and digital editing at Biju Pattanaik Film and Television Institute, India. Her interests lie in the exploration of the political and sociological ramifications of visual arts including, but not limited to, films.
Labanya Dey is an ardent learner in the field of cinema and literature, currently doing her masters at the Dept of Film Studies, Jadavpur University. She writes on cinema in several online journals. Mountains and hill stations are her escape route from this boisterous city.
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Leyre Villate Garrcia did both her BA in Linguistics and English Literature and her MA in Teaching Spanish as Foreign Language in Salamanca (Spain), plus a one-year degree in Japanese Language and Culture from Kansai Gaidai University (Osaka). She has been working as Visiting Spanish Lecturer at Calcutta University, Kolkata, India for the last two years. Whenever she is not preparing her lessons, she writes, reads, translates and travels, which are kind of the same thing. Ah, and she watches movies.
Lopamudra (Lopa) Banerjee is an author, editor, poet and writing instructor staying in Dallas, Texas with her family, but originally from Kolkata, India. She has a Masters in English with thesis in Creative Nonfiction from University of Nebraska and also Masters in English from University of Calcutta, India. Apart from writing and editing some critically acclaimed books and being awarded with the Reuel International Prize for Poetry (2017) and for Translation (2016), she has dabbled in all genres of writing, from journalism and content writing to academic essays and fiction/poetry. She has been interviewed in various e-zines, literary blogs and also at TV (Kolkata) and at radio stations in Dallas, Texas. Very recently, she has been part of the upcoming short film 'Kolkata Cocktail', a docu-feature based on poetry, but her love for writing feature stories go back to her journalism days when she interviewed people from all walks of life and wrote essays and articles based on them. She loves performing poetry as spoken words art and has performed in various forums in India and USA.
Lyndsy Spence is the founder of the Margaret Lockwood Society. Her books The Mitford Girls' Guide to Life and Mrs Guinness: The Rise and Fall of Diana Mitford were published by The History Press. Her forthcoming book, The Mistress of Mayfair will be published in November 2016. She is currently writing a biography on Margaret Lockwood.
Madhuja Mukherjee teaches in the Dept. of Film Studies, Jadavpur University. A section of her Ph.D thesis has been published as the book New Theatres Ltd. 2009, NFAI, Pune. Currently she is doing research on posters and lobby cards of 1950s and 1960s.
Mamta Joshi did her post graduation in History from Allahabad University. She has been teaching English Literature to College section in St. Mary's Convent Inter College, Allahabad, for past two decades. Passionate about writing, her poems, essays and musings on day to day life appear in dailies and e-magazines of national and international repute. She writes in Hindi and English with ease and fluency.
Manek Premchand writes a weekly column on Hindi film music, and has authored five books on the subject: Yesterdays’ Melodies Today’s Memories, Musical Moments From Hindi Films, Romancing The Song, Talat Mahmood—The Velvet Voice, and Hitting The Right Notes—Hindi Cinema’s Golden Music. Besides these, he has written one third of the book Shiv Kumar Sharma — The Man And His Music. Manek’s focus in that definitive biography of the great santoor maestro is the latter’s contribution into cinema—both as an instrumentalist as well as a composer.
"Manek Premchand has worked as Consultant with Saregama India Limited, and was a radio host with WorldSpace Satellite Radio, after a stint with All India Radio. He has also received a Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, on the subject “The Changing Face of Lyrics in Hindi cinema”. He has conducted dozens of interactive music events, including several with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, that beacon of Culture and Education in India.
Manoj Barpujari, a journalist based in Guwahati, received Swarna Kamal for the best film critic at the National Film Awards 2011. He wrote a chapter on cinema of Assam in Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas (London, 2013) and conducted a workshop on film criticism at the University of West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad in 2012. He has written and edited twelve books including three titles on cinema. He is a member of FIPRESCI (international federation of film critics) and served at film festival juries in India and abroad several times.
Margaret Redlich has her Masters in Cinema and Media Studies from DePaul University in Chicago. She is the Area Chair for Indian Popular Culture in the Midwest Popular Culture Association and has been published in both academic texts and popular websites. She blogs at dontcallitbollywood.
Marjan Riahi is the Founder & Manager of Short Film News, (http://en.shortfilmnews.com) as the first news network on short films and documentaries in Iran & Asia. She graduated in Communications Science, Journalism branch from Islamic Azad University and then in Cinema Directing from Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS).
Marjan is the Chairperson of Shorts Competition in 17th International Children’s Film Festival Golden Elephant in 2011 (India) and Chairperson of NETPAC in 15th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in 2011 (Estonia). Apart from this she is a jury in several international film festivals viz.
Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in 2010 (France), 9th Third Eye Asian Film Festival in 2010 (India), 4th European Off Film Awards GRAND OFF in 2010 (Poland) etc.
Apart from being a Journalist as well in Iranian newspapers and journals, she also directed a documentary on Iranian actresses called Directing Eternal Mothers in 2001
Mayurakshee Gangopadhyay holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Human Development. Living in Kolkata, Mayurakshee teaches Human Development in a city college. She has interest in research works and is also a rehabilitation psychologist. An extensive reader of novels and plays, travelling and dance complete her life.
Michelle Baitali Bhowmik is Lecturer in Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Rani Birla Girls’ College. She finished her MA in the Department of Film Studies , Jadavpur University and now teaches film and media.
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, and is currently part time editor with Learning and Creativity-Silhouette Magazine. 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.
In the fifties I was fond of seeing Dev Anand movies, due to their unmatched and incomparable music of all genres. I still remember, I went to see Taxi Driver (1954) to hear its music by S. D. Burman. I became a lifelong fan of the peerless maestro who continued rewarding me with melodious, enchanting and romantic music songs.
The passion grew with age. I started collecting published articles on my idol. Much later, in 2009, I started my research on Sachinda, meeting those who knew Burman Dada, conducting voice/video recorded interviews, ably assisted by my colleague Ms Richa Lakhanpal. There are some 80+ videos on my YouTube channel of those interviews.
This space is too small to describe him, still we discovered Sachinda as: A saintly person, simple and childlike, non-controversial, respected and loved by everyone, a guru who trained his assistants how to compose and singers how to sing, punctual, loved to experiment, praised his peers, declined work suggesting his peers’ names, ready to leave work for son Pancham whom he loved immensely, not interested politics or gossip, spent all day in his music, took immense interest in sports among many other attributes.
Nafees Ahmed loves Cinema. Loves Coffee. Loves Food. Loves his gal. Loves Music. Drools over home made Biryani. Unbiased, unjudgemental and unprofessional writer with a little tweak of sarcasm. Enslaved to a '9 to 6' job as software professional.
Niilesh A Raje views writing as meditation. He is a "Business Analyst" by profession and a "Writer" by passion. In 2007, he was selected as "The Youth of the Nation" to represent India at the first CCS World Youth Forum held in the European Parliament, Brussels on the theme of Leadership and Motivation. As a thought leader he also received the invitation as India delegate to The Climate Project's Asia-Pacific Summit held in Melbourne, Australia in July 2009 to undergo personal training from Al Gore (Ex-Vice President of America and Nobel Peace Prize laureate). With a strong publication background his articles have been published by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), a leading association in the profession of Business Analysis in USA, in ProjectTimes.com, Business Analyst Times and In Flight Magazines to name a few. His magazine "Nosstalgiaaa", a free online bi-monthly magazine pays homage to the masters of Hindi cinema and enlightens the readers on all facets of film making through articles, interviews, trivia, anecdotes and book reviews. Nosstalgiaaa, is the first of its kind and is solely dedicated to the golden era of Indian Cinema.
Nirabari Bandyopadhyay has done MA from Dept of Film Studies, Jadavpur University with experience in digital media, films and media, public relation and communication. She had her specialisation on Cultural Politics of Male Body in Hindi Cinema. She is presently working as a Faculty for Film Studies in iLEAD. She has directed a docu-feature named ‘Iti’(Regards) which was screened under the Competitive Indian Documentary Section at the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival 2019. She had participated as speaker in many workshops on digital art.
Nishi Pulugurtha is Reader in English, Brahmananda Keshab Chandra College, Kolkata. She was a UGC Research Fellow,University of Calcutta and earned her Ph.D on Coleridge’s poetry. Her post doctoral work dealt poetry written in English by Bengalis in the nineteenth century (UGCMRP). She is now working on diasporic literature and has been awarded an Associateship at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
Omar Ahmed is a PhD Researcher at the University of Manchester. He was awarded funding by the AHRC in 2015 to investigate Indian Parallel Cinema. He is also a Film & Media Studies teacher, formerly Head of Film at Aquinas College, Manchester. He has been teaching Film and Media Studies for over 12 years and has a PGCE in Further Education and a BA in Film Studies. He completed his Masters at the University of Manchester, specialising in Indian Cinema. He published his first book Studying Indian Cinema (Auteur) in 2015 and has recently contributed several essays to The Directory of World Cinema: India (Intellect, 2015). He is currently writing a monograph on RoboCop (1987). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and he collects his writings at https://moviemahal.net/. His twitter handle is: @bressonian
Oorvazi Irani is a freelance film educationalist, acting trainer, filmmaker and director of her home production company SBI Impresario Pvt. Ltd., (incorporated in 1975). She has introduced the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique to India, she conducts courses on the technique and has created and produced the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique dvd, the first of its kind in India which is a step by step guide to the technique.
OP Srivastava is a career banker, having spent 35 years in public and private sector banks in India. He is known for his pioneering contribution to introducing technology to banking in India and for setting up the fastest and largest retail ‘ brick and click’ network for one of India’s leading private sector banks in India . Since his retirement, apart from consulting and writing, he makes documentary films. His first feature documentary, Life in Metaphors, won the National Award for Best Biopic in 2015. Since then, he has made films on brain cancer, Alzheimer’s and Yakshagana under the banner of his production house, Reelismfilms. In 2019, his first book, Life in Metaphors: Portraits of Girish Kasaravalli, was released. He also runs a not-for-profit initiative, ‘Oorjaa’, for making and propagating ‘Cinema for a cause’.
Parag Sankla is a software engineer and music lover currently based in San Francisco, USA. He is one of the founder members of the website http://www.geetadutt.com dedicated to legendary playback singer Geeta Dutt ji. He has been fascinated by her voice since his childhood and considers this website as a tribute to the great talent of hers.
Consulting Editor Learning and Creativity and Silhouette Magazine.
To talk of a few passions of Peeyush, one must start with music. He 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. He has co-hosted radio talk shows on music and 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.
Peeyush is well read in Vedic culture and literature and is invited in various centers to deliver enlightening lectures on Vedic values. His range spans from four Vedas to Upanishads and Darshans as well as Bhagvad Gita. He has delivered talks on Yog Darshan in Yoga schools and large gatherings. He currently lives in Oshawa, Ontario in Canada.
Philip Cheah is a film critic and is the editor of BigO, Singapore's only independent pop culture publication. He is currently program consultant for the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, Hanoi Int’l Film Festival, Jaffna International Film Festival and Shanghai International Film Festival. He is Joint President of NETPAC, the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema.
He co-founded the South-east Asian Film Festival and is Patron of the SEA (South-east Asia) Screen Academy in Makassar, Indonesia. He is co-director of the Asia Pacific Screen Lab, Australia.
He is co-editor of the books, Garin Nugroho: And the Moon Dances; Noel Vera: Critic After Dark and Ngo Phuong Lan: Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema.
He was given a Honorary Award at the 15th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival (Philippines) 2019, an award for Achievement in the Promotion of Kyrgyz film by the Kyrgyzstan Film Critics in 2010, an award for promoting Vietnamese film by the Vietnam Cinema Association in 2008, an award for Asian Cinema at the 8th Cinemanila International Film Festival (Philippines) 2006, and the Korean Cinema Award at the 9th Pusan International Film Festival in 2004.
A painter, facilitator, and art consultant by profession, Piu never let go the opportunity to work around and along with the ‘Curious little George’ of different schools in India and abroad. Her articles on art education and awareness have been published in different contemporary art journals of India and Virginia for more than a decade. She loves to let her hair go down and often makes pathetic attempts to write poetry and short stories for children. The only thing she has ever done good is letting her son soar high and low with his wings open wide and fear-free.
Pooja Das Sarkar had completed her Masters from TISS in Media and Cultural Studies. Cinema has always fascinated her and her favourites include Woody Allen when it comes to comic genius and Kieslowski when it comes to representing the human condition in sheer poetry.
Pradip Biswas is a veteran film scholar and author of 28 books on International directors and cinema. Pradip Biswas has so far served as jury member in many International film festivals of the world and is the winner of the Best International critic at the IFFI, 2013. His two most recent books are Kim Ki Duk: Fresco of scarred Time and Space and Andrey Zvyagintsev: Reflections on Mirror.
A Television script writer by profession with an undying thirst for all things creative. A knowledge junkie on the lookout for the next fix! An obsessive reader, an amateur star gazer and a firebrand who lives by her own rules.
Rajan NS is a retired senior I.R.S. Officer and a permanent resident now of Bangalore. He first saw and experienced Bangalore in 1947, as a young boy of 12. He loves reading, music, writing and working to keep mentally and physically fit. Glad to write here. :)
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
Rashmi Sawhney is Lecturer in Visual Cultural Studies at the Dublin Institute of Technology where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in film and cultural studies. She has published widely in international journals and edited book collections and will be joining India Foundation for the Arts in 2012 as Programme Executive, Extending Arts Practice and Curatorship.
A National Award winner for her Writings on Cinema, Ratnottama Sengupta is a natural writer with keen understanding of Cinema and Visual Art. A Journalist since 1978, she has been with The Times of India, The Telegraph, Screen and been the Editor of the online magazine CineBengal.com. Daughter of writer Nabendu Ghosh, she writes extensively on Cinema and on Art. She has contributed to Encyclopedia Britannica on Hindi Films, and has to her credit many titles including on Plastic Arts. Ratnottama has curated 'Little Languages Film Festival' in Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata; 'Prosenjit: A Retrospective', Delhi; 'Bimal Roy Centenary', Goa, Kolkata; 'Bengali Cinema After Rituparno', Delhi; and initiated the 'Hyderabad Bengali Films Festival'. * She has been on IFFI Steering Committee; National and International Award juries; with CBFC; and on NFDC Script Committee. She scripted Mukul, a short film on Nabendu (2009). She debuts as director with And They Made Classics.
Rhitam Bagchi is a 15 year old boy from Kolkata. He studies in the 10th grade at Birla High School. Apart from playing football, he likes to play the Harmonica and the Keyboard. He got introduced to Satyajit Ray’s work at a young age. His favourite character is the iconic detective character that Ray created, Feluda. The use of music in Ray’s films mesmerizes him. He also likes to read Bengali comic books like “Nonte Fonte” and stories of Tenida.
Richa Tewari is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities in Pranveer Singh Institute of Technology,Kanpur.She has been teaching Professional Communication in B. Tech., MCA & MBA courses for over years. Her area of PhD research is American English Literature. She has offered wide-ranging papers on the multifaceted growth of Professional Communication skills in National &International seminars/conferences and also in several renowned journals/magazines.
Riddhiman Basu is an IT Professional living and working in Kolkata. He is very passionate about Philosophy, Music, Literature and World Cinema. He pursues film studies as a hobby. He is an amateur writer of short fiction, film related articles and a singer as well.
Romit Chowdhury has recently received his M.A. in Media and Cultural Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has published articles, essays, reviews and short fiction in The Statesman, India Together, Infochange, Phalanx and Culture Unplugged.
A writer, poet, graphic designer, harmonica player, Ronin is an artist who loves to do whatever he does. He likes fiction and fantasy genre and is a huge fan of Van Gogh, comic book legend Stan Lee, Munshi Premchand, and Dan Brown to name a few. Ronin loves listening to old rock songs; Pink Floyd and Guns N' Roses are his all time favorite. Ronin also goes by the name of Shubhang Saurav in the mortal world, which is his birth as well as socially accepted name.
Rwita Dutta, an Assistant Professor of Politics, is involved in films in various capacities. She runs and edits the international film journal
Film Buff and has acted as a jury in different film festivals at home and abroad. A member of Fipresci, she regularly contributes in journals,websites dealing with serious cinema. Also a filmmaker, she has made documentaries and short films.
Currently writing her Phd dissertation on Kolkata city andBengali Cinema(1947-77) and planning to make a long feature film.
S Vishwanath is a Senior Film Critic and journalist with over 30 years in the field and is a regular jury in several film festivals in India and abroad. A Post Graduate in English Literature & MS in Communication with Film Studies as Special Subject, he is associated with the Bengaluru International Film Festival as Deputy Artistic Director curating the World Cinema Section since its eight edition. He is also the curator for the Bengaluru International Short Film Festival and Rolling Frames Short, Animation & Documentary Film Festival. An active film society member, he extensively writes on the film sector covering various aspects of the film industry both at National and State level and covers South Indian films reviewing and critiquing — Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, as also Hindi (Bollywood) and English language cinema.
Samraghini Bonnerjee passed her MA in English Literature from the University of Calcutta in 2011 and is currently an Oberstufe student of German at the Goethe Institute, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata. She is also a trained Rabindra sangeet singer. She is a voracious reader, an intrepid traveler, and an avid watcher of movies. When she is doing neither of these, or writing academic papers, she hopes she would have made her debut as an actress in a Truffaut or a Fellini or a Fassbinder. Since that cannot happen anymore, she wishes to write on literature and cinema.
Sananda Chatterji, born in Kolkata, raised in New Delhi and settled in NZ since 2003 with family. She studied Film/TV/Media Studies and Marketing at University of Auckland, NZ. Her interests vary from lazing in front of the tele to theatre production.
Sandipan Roy Chowdhury stays in Kolkata and works in an Indian IT organisation. His biggest passions are listening to music and watching movies. Sandipan tries to observe the universe, and imbibe the knowledge and the art from the surroundings to apply into whatever he writes or draws or even says.
The eldest child and only daughter of legendary music composer Madan Mohan, Sangeeta Gupta grew up in a household filled with music and innovation. Although not formally trained in music, Sangeeta learned to appreciate good music created by all the legendary composers and stalwarts right through her childhood. She worked with Davar's College of Commerce in Mumbai, Eve's Weekly Ltd and Stardust and moved to Jaipur after her marriage. Married to a businessman who is also very fond of music, Sangeeta has two daughters who appreciate and love vintage music as well as new music. Sangeeta shares the master composer's rare and popular songs, vintage pictures and anecdotes behind the making of those everlasting songs on her Facebook which commands a huge fan following. The Madan Mohan family also maintains the popular Madan Mohan Facebook Page which is a treasure trove for music lovers. Sangeeta's memoir of her illustrious father has been published in the official Madan Mohan website madanmohan.in
Dr 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 UK 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.
Saraswathy is an art historian, art writer and a pedagogue, involved in writing academic and popular formats of writing about visual culture since last half a decade. Her concerns involve interdisciplinary and interventional abilities of static and mobile visuals in and around us. She holds a Bachelors degree in painting and a Masters in Art History and teaches in the department of art history at the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. She is also a trained classical dancer and painter.
Currently Consulting Editor with HarperCollins Publishers India Pvt Ltd, Sathya Saran's books include Ten Years with Guru Dutt Abrat Alvi's Journey, Sun Mere Bandhu Re The Musical World of SD Burman, a collection of short stories titled The Dark Side and From Me to You, a selection of Editorials written during her term as Editor of Femina magazine, and later of Me magazine. Her latest book Baat Niklegi to Phir is due for release in July 2015.
Saumya Baijal, is a Delhi based writer, poet and co-founder of the activist theatre group Aatish. She has been writing on films for many years, and is particularly enamoured by the films of the 1950s and 1960s in Commercial Hindi Cinema. Her writings have been published in The Equator Line, Writer's Asylum and Jankipul amongst others. She also trains in and performs Kathak, and her Hindi poetries have seen choreographies based on them. She can be read on www.saumyabaijal.blogspot.com . She has been working in advertising for 9 years.
I am Saurabh Turakhia, a 39 year young passionate portrait artist. I work full-time as a writer and am passionate about writing short stories and painting. I paint in my free-time and on weekends. I believe in the power of predictable stories of good over evil that can inspire and provide hope to a child in the slums or a labourer who is challenged. My short stories blog is Always Open Pen and art blog is Heart At Art, which has a collection of over 350 portraits. There has been good recognition of my paintings from celebrities themselves. The collection has portraits of every major star from Raj Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor, Nutan to Kajol, Geeta Bali to Vidya Balan, Pran Saab to Amrish Puri.
Sauronil Ghosh is a final year Medical Student, a film enthusiast. He has previously written in Bengali on films in Bichitrapatra (published under the guidance of Sandip Ray), Film-Free, and short pieces in Anandabazar Patrika.
Sayantan Mukherjee is a student of film studies and works as a video editor with documentary filmmakers. He is a part of the NGO Bichitra Pathshala and pens down abstract excerpts of his mind in his blog ‘Advent Arcane Genesis’.
Selvaggia Velo has studied at the University of Bologna, and achieved her Master Degree in Humanities, Department of Art, Cinema, Music and Theater. In 2001 she founds and directs in Florence,Italy, the first film festival in the world totally devoted to Indian cinema and films about India, River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival (www.rivertoriver.it). Selvaggia has been a member of a few International Juries: at the 10th International Film Festival of Mumbai in Mumbai, India, in March 2008; at the 7th Bollywood and Beyond Film Festival in Stuttgard, Germany,in July 2008; at the 9th Pune International Film Festival in Pune, India, in January 2011.
Serena Formica's doctoral thesis dealt with Australian director Peter Weir as case-study of the migration to Hollywood of a contemporary filmmaker within the context of transnationalism. Serena’s other research interests are Italian Neorealism and Australian National cinema.
Shakun Narang is passionate about people, dancing, music, kids and their safety rights, traveling and city exploring. She is a perpetual dreamer and dream-chaser, a friend for life and companion for all conversations and part time Agony Aunt. A moviebuff and bookworm herself she is actively working on her Facebook communities Moviemaniacs and Bookoholics to be that happy place where people bursting with views and reviews around movies and books can meet and mingle with like minded people.
Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri is an editor with India's leading publishing house. He pioneered the publishing of books of cinema in India and books commissioned by him have won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema and the MAMI Award for Best Writing on Cinema. He has worked with leading Indian authors like Manu Joseph, Raj Kamal Jha, Arun Shourie, Gulzar and many others. He won the Editor of the Year Award, given by the apex publishing body Publishing Next, in 2017.
Sharmila Maiti is a film journalist and an amateur cartoonist. 'Bharati Devi: A Beautiful Heart' is her debut documentary film which has been screened in Kolkata film festival, Assam film festival and International Women’s film festival. She has worked in several media houses across the country.
Sheikha A. hails from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. She has authored a short poetry e-book titled Spaced (Hammer and Anvil Books, 2013). With work published in over 40 literary magazines such as Red Fez, A New Ulster, Mad Swirl, Pyrokinection, Ygdrasil, Carcinogenic Poetry, Sunlit, The Bactrian Room, Danse Macabre du Jour to name a few, and several anthologies, she continues to seek a wider audience in order to be read and discussed with viable frequency. She edits poetry for eFiction India.
Shiladitya Sarkar is a painter and writer based in Mumbai. He has exhibited in UK, USA, Hongkong, West Indies, Singapore and in various parts of India. He has written two books: Thirst of a minstrel and Abstract Reality. He writes on Art and Culture in various magazines including Art India.
Shirish Waghmode is a member of the family that ran the music store, Maharashtra Watch & Gramophone Co, Dadar(W), Mumbai for a record 91 years! From 78 RPM to EPs and then to LPs and then from cassettes to CDs & DVDs, they have been witness to every milestone that technology wrought. Shirish is passionate about Marathi, Hindi and English music in equal measure and has been a public speaking coach and a compere (two shows of Jagjit Singh being the crowning glory). He enjoys writing about music.
Dr. Shoma A Chatterji is a freelance journalist, film scholar and author based in Kolkata. Her focus of interest lies in Indian cinema, human rights, media, gender and child rights. She has authored 24 books mainly on Indian cinema and on gender and has been jury at several film festivals in India and abroad. She has won two National Awards - for Best Film Critic in 1991 and for Best Book on cinema in 2002. She has also won four fellowships over the past 10 years.
Shruti Nagpal is a Gold Medalist at both graduate and post graduate programmes in mass communication from two reputed universities of India. She is currently working as a Lecturer (TV and Video Production) at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. A member of the curriculum committee of Mass Communication of National Institute of Open Schooling, Ministry of HRD, Shruti is a media trainer and conducts workshops on documentary practices at various colleges in Delhi.
As a director, her film ‘On the Verge’ commissioned by Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) on the changing landscape of Delhi is well acclaimed all over. She is also a member of the screening committee of Mumbai International Children’s Film Festival.
Shubham Roy Choudhury is a Project Fellow at Multimedia Stories project, School of Media, Communication and Culture, Jadavpur University. He is doing his PhD on transition of film sound from analog to digital technology in Hindi cinema from Dept of Film Studies, Jadavpur University. He works on film sound and new media.
Shweta Kulkarni is a dreamer, wanderer, and writer who is captivated by the fascinating world of cinema. She has been passionately writing about films and celebrities for over a decade and often indulges in some travel and lifestyle writing too.
Silhouette Magazine is a platform for gathering myriad views on film (and allied art forms) and to continue with the flux of discourse. The Silhouette publications are our attempt to achieve this goal.
Silhouette Film Society, formed in 2001 was a group of eventless youth who clubbed together in the placid afternoons of leisurely Calcutta Saturdays. They discussed cinema, argued with their PoVs, fought vociferously and loved the conundrum. Members joined and lost, to corporate bandwagons, to film schools and yet Silhouette sailed through with private film shows and an enviable magazine - Silhouette to be proud of. Over time the print edition made way for a web magazine as the scope of the magazine expanded, members became busy, film shows were rare and confined to occasional festival meetings. Came 2018 the old musketeers regrouped again since they allowed enough nonsense with themselves. This film-viewing group of new friends and old sinners now plan to watch films regularly and write reports on them. The choice is deliberately arbitrary - an award winning film, an unexplored genius, a neo-avantgarde cacophony and what not. Masters will be exempted for greener pastures. Literally. The intention is not to shell out a film review in its typical gamut, rather this will be less formal and more personal. Silhouette recommends with ratings - so sit on the edge and enjoy the bang.
Sitabhra Sinha is a faculty member of the Theoretical Physics group in
the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai. He is interested in film as a
medium for exploring social perceptions of reality. He can be contacted via
Dr Smita Banerjee is a Cinema Studies scholar and teaches English at DCAC,Delhi University. Her areas of interest are post-colonial studies, popular cinema and star studies. She has worked on Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar for her doctoral thesis.
Film historian, author and archivist of vintage film memorabilia SMM Ausaja is Senior Vice President - Content at Fantico, the first Indian NFT platform. Based in Mumbai, Ausaja has collected, preserved, archived and restored a phenomenal collection of posters, movie stills, song synopsis booklets, lobby cards, glass slides, post cards, LP records and other film memorabilia over the last three decades. He is the author of Bollywood in Posters and has co-authored Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars! He can be contacted on email@example.com
Sneha Samaddar is a film studies student doing her MA in English and Communication. She is also a professional dancer and hence belongs to the realm of interactive and communicative art form and also connects to them. Watching films is just not a pass time for her but she studies films and cinema in a wider aspect.
Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a poet, writer, critic and works as a Visiting Faculty in various colleges across Mumbai. A postgraduate in English Literature; her areas of interest are poetry, literary criticism and postcolonial literature. Her debut book named 'Whispering Paths' is a compilation of poems and short fiction.
Somdatta Mandal is Professor of English at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. Her areas of interest are American Studies, Contemporary Fiction, Film and Culture studies, Diaspora studies and Translation. A recipient of several international fellowships and awards, she has several national and international publications to her credit.
Sounak Gupta, Assistant Editor, LearningandCreativity.com, 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. He has co-authored a chapter on Hemant Kumar's Bengali music in the acclaimed book The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar, written by Manek Premchand. An MA in Bengali Literature, Sounak is currently doing his Masters in Education. Sounak takes keen interest in music. One of his 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 music.
Spandan Bhattacharya is a M.Phil final year student in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He Completed his M.A in film Studies from Jadavpur University in 2009. Spandan is at present working on Post Liberalization Bengali Cinema for his M.Phil dissertation.
Sridarshini Chakraborty is a Graphic & Web designer by profession and a creative writer by nature. She completed her masters in Economics from CU simultaneously continuing her journey as a writer as well as a visual artist. She also completed her diploma in designing & animation from JU recently. Hailing from a family of North Indian Classical Vocalists she is trained in the same and also has worked in several T.V. Serials and short films as a playback singer. She is passionate about world cinema and is presently waiting for her first book of poetry to get published in Kolkata Book Fair 2012.
Srinivas (Sri) Ganti was born and brought up in Hyderabad. He is an engineer by profession and works in the IT industry.
His IT career has taken him to various cities in US and Canada where he befriended vintage music lovers. Sri also collects rare songs but prefers storing them in digital format for easy access and mobility. After moving back to India, Sri has taken his
passion for music and music lovers to the next level by organising regular baiThaks and chronicling the proceedings. These are archived at Shaam-e-Mausiqi Flights of Fancy.
Srirupa Dhar lives in U.S.A. She has pursued advanced studies in English literature both in India and the U.S. In India she has had teaching experience. Presently, she is an amateur writer and pursues her passions of reading and writing.
Stuti Goswami has taught English literature at B.Borooah College, Guwahati. She is a guest faculty for NELIT (erstwhile DOEACC) Guwahati and also a guest faculty of K.K.Handiqu State Open University. As a bi-lingual freelance writer and translator her articles, stories , book reviews interviews and translated works have been published in numerous journals (print and e-mag) including The Times of India, The Assam Tribune, The Sentinel , Luitor Pora Thamesoloi (a bilingual magazine published through an Indo-British collaboration), Muse India, Indian Review etc. She has also worked as an Assistant Director in Commissioned Programmes for Delhi Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati besides briefly hosting a show on an Assamese entertainment channel.
Subha Das Mollick is a media teacher and a documentary filmmaker. She has made more than 50 documentary films on a variety of subjects, most of which have been aired on the national television. She had been the head of the Film Studies and Mass Communication Deptt. at the St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.
Subhadeep Ghosh is a software engineer by profession. He is interested in film and other related art-forms and writes critical essays on cinema. He is one of the founder members of the Silhouette Film Society in 2001 and a regular at film festivals. Other than various art-forms his main area of interest is theology.
Subhajit Chatterji completed his Doctoral degree from Centre for the
Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore. He is currently associated with the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata as a teaching faculty.
Subham Dutta has completed his Post Graduation in English Literature from Visva-Bharati University. His areas of interest are Film Studies, Sports Literature, Social and Cultural Theories and Indian Philosophy. Furthermore, he takes delight in Quizzing and Computer Games.
Subhas Ghosal, an Engineering and Management Graduate majorly worked in the Information Technology domain with many multinational corporations. As a corporate, he worked in many countries and traveled across the globe. His major passion area includes Music, Literature and Photography. He is an ardent follower of the old and contemporary film music, ghazals and traditional music, composers. Their styles, roots and evolution is a special area of interest. He is a connoisseur of Indian Classical and Semi-Classical Music. Analysis of embodiment of Classical Ragas into film and contemporary music intrigues him like anything. He currently lives in New Delhi.
Film and music enthusiast Sundeep Pahwa has a wealth of knowledge and information on movies, especially of the Golden Era. He belongs to a family which was closely connected with the film industry and had produced two films Bahu (1955) and Bombay Race Course (1965). Sundeep is an active member of several movies and music groups and foundations which are striving towards reviving and preserving our film heritage. He is known for his tireless efforts towards helping other film enthusiasts and writers access authentic and accurate information of movies and music.
Surangama Guha has graduated with Honours in Sociology from Presidency College, Kolkata. She then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Sociology from Jadavpur University. She has been briefly associated as an intern with The Hindustan Times. Her desire is to conduct research work that would help integrate a sociological outlook within the field of Cinema Studies in India.
Susmita Paul is an emerging writer with only a couple of English poems recently published in Montauk after a long hiatus. Her sole Bengali poetry book was published by Kaurab in 2019. She is also a Zentangle inspired artist and also a mother to a curious five-year old. She lives in Graz, Austria with her son and her husband.
Swechcha Dhara Dasgupta is a high school student from Kolkata and has a hereditary passion for all things celluloid. She is a consummate commercial cinema lover and an old-school Bollywood enthusiast. She can quote Ray films from the heart and is a movie critic in making.
Terence Towles Canote is the author of the book Television: Rare & Well Done. He runs the blog A Shroud of Thoughts. He has been published in Capper's Weekly, The Old Cowboy Picture Show, and other small press publications.
Tumpa Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor in Sociology, Women’s Christian College, Kolkata. An alumnus of Presidency College, University of Calcutta and Jadavpur University, she completed her doctoral studies on Women in Police in India. Her areas of research interest are Gender Studies, Police and Prison Studies. She is invited to deliver lectures at different Government institutes including the police academies. Her book Community Policing in India: A Sociological Perspective was published by Progressive Publishers, Kolkata in 2006. She also co-edited a book Indian Prisons: Towards Reformation, Rehabilitation and Resocialisation published by Atlantic Publishers, New Delhi, in 2014.
Ujjal Chakraborty is groomed in Italy on the techniques of Animation films. The author learnt the art of cinema by closely observing Satyajit Ray for many years. His book on film making, The Director's Mind, has brought for him a nation wide prominence in the field. He is a faculty member of Roop Kala Kendro, an Indo-Italian Institute of Films.
Vasanti Limaye is a freelance content writer based in Pune. She had been a part of content team of Orient Infosolutions in 2006-2007 in Delhi. The author has a keen interest in Indian Classical Music and is a member of Music club for Senior Citizens at Bhusari Colony, Pune.
Born in 1950, Vijay Kumar’s ancestral roots were in Uttar Pradesh. He took early schooling in Ludhiana, Punjab; secondary school and college education in Kanpur; a post-graduate in Statistics, and much later, obtained a law degree from the Delhi University.
A government job brought him to Delhi, where he had the opportunity to handle national policies on education and culture. His last professional engagement was in the Ministry of Tourism, where he was the Director, heading the division responsible for the promotion of education and skills specific to the tourism sector.
Vijay Kumar is a recipient of the National Hospitality Education Award 2011-12, in recognition of his contribution towards skill development initiatives for the tourism and hospitality sector.
His early childhood was shaped by a familial milieu that was quasi rural, with songs and music for every occasion. His mother had a good memory for Kabir and Tulsidas and she recited them. This music sensitization mutated into a love for the Hindi film music as he grew.