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Dr Padmanabh Joshi (1 Post)

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.

Indranil Bhattacharya (1 Post)

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.

Mayurakshee Gangopadhyay (1 Post)

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.

Pankaj Sharma (1 Post)

Pankaj Sharma is an avid reader, an active blogger and a passionate writer who wishes to read all the classics written by the literary geniuses of 19th and 20th century.

Parag Sankla (3 Posts)

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 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.

Peeyush Sharma (52 Posts)

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 (2 Posts)

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.

Piu Mahapatra (2 Posts)

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 (1 Post)

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.

Poulomi Robin (1 Post)

Poulomi is a development communication professional and is currently associated with Travel site as an editorial coordinator

Pradip Biswas (1 Post)

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.

Prerita Sen (1 Post)

Prerita Sen studies English literature in Jadavpur University and writes on cinema. Her interest in particular is on the films of Ingmar Bergman.

Priya Saggi (1 Post)

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.