Aditi Rao is a writer, educator, and dreamer. Her essays and poetry have been widely published, and
her first book of poems, The Fingers Remember, published by Yoda Press, won the Muse India Young
Writers Award 2015. She has also been the recipient of the TFA Creative Writing in English award and
the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize, and she was selected in 2014 as one of the most promising emerging
writers in India by Caravan Magazine. Aditi founded Tasawwur in 2014, after seven years of working in
the youth development sector in India, Mexico, and the USA, including at Pravah, the Gandhi
Fellowship, The Possibility Project, The Regional Resource Centre for Elementary Education, and
SEDEPAC. Aditi has been a Change Looms fellow and is currently a fellow at the Advancing Leaders
Fellowship program.

Artistic director of The Pocket Company, Niranjani Iyer is a performer and director / choreographer who
lives and works between India and France. Having studied at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris and trained
with Ariane Mnouchkine of the Theatre du Soleil and Yoshi Oida among others, Niranjani has been
performing and giving workshops for over 10 years now. She has been a resident fellow at Gati and an
ArtThinkSouthAsia fellow, while also teaching at the National School of Drama in New Delhi.

Kanika Batra is a certified Movement Therapist with the UNESCO, Conseil International de la Danse
(FRANCE) and the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India. She has taught School and
University programs in Sustainable Embodied Leadership, Personal Development and Creative
Expression in San Jose, Costa Rica and University Austral de Valdivia, Chile. She is also certified Yoga
Shreemani by the Sivananda Ashram in Madurai, India and uses yoga and all our modalities she has
trained in, to build her own creative movement sessions.

Kandala works as a consultant in the development sector. The volunteer work she did as a high school student in Gujarat in 2003, a year after the communal violence in the state motivated her to join the voluntary sector and to study Human Rights. After studying History (Hons.) in Lady Shri Ram College, University of Dehi, Kandala went on to pursue an international Masters in Human Rights Practice. Gender and conflict transformation issues are closest to her heart, and she has worked on a range of gender related research and documentation projects, the most recent being a study on child marriage in Haryana with the International Center for Research on Women. She is currently a Program Coordinator with the Public Health Resource Network. 

Urvashi Bahuguna is a writer whose work has appeared in Muse India, The Four Quarters Magazine, Vayavya, Cadaverine, Barely South Review, Cadaverine and elsewhere. After studying English at St. Stephen’s College, Urvashi went on to pursue a masters in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in the UK. She has previously worked with Avasara Leadership Institute, an NGO that facilitates the education of adolescent girls in Mumbai and Pune. She interviews contemporary Indian writers, particularly women and other underrepresented voices, and she volunteers at the mental health website, 7 Cups of Tea. 

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