Students

Students

Krishanu Bhattacharyya is pursuing a double major in hospitality management from the International Institute of Hotel Management, Salt Lake. He has had the opportunity to work in many of India’s 5 Star hotels and resorts and enjoyed interactions with celebrities ranging from Sharukh Khan to Paris Hilton. “The East Kolkata Wetlands project gave me the opportunity to work with an eclectic team and also made me aware of the valuable resources around me,” he said, about his involvement with the project.

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Tulika Bhattacharya is pursuing her research in Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She is an “International Climate Champion”, British Council and “Sasakawa Young Leader” , Tokyo Foundation. She is also associated with the Jadavpur University Photographic Club. She says-“Working on East Kolkata Wetlands made me aware about – how to live creatively with nature.”

 

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Souvik Lal Chakraborty is pursuing an undergraduate degree at Jadavpur University. Souvik loves theater and has keen interest in sound editing, photography, music and numismatics.”Working on East Kolkata Wetlands was a great experience altogether. I am amazed by the science behind sewage water fish farming in and around Bantala ” he said.
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Tanima Chatterjee is a student of International Relations at Jadavpur University.She is interested in the art of music making. She is a trekker, amateur photographer and a natural conversationalist. She listens to psychedelic trance. Of her experience with the kolkatawetlands project, she says:“I believe if you really want to know the people who live off the soil, you have to get your feet soaked in that soil, get down and dirty and learn the art of survival from the people who know it the best.”
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Malancha Dasgupta is presently pursuing a B.A. in English Honors at St. Xavier’s College. She is passionate about dance and has dedicates a lot of time to social service. She has a keen interest in photography. “Working on East Kolkata Wetlands was a unique experience and it has helped me better understand the rich heritage of Kolkata.  Now I know the reasons why the EKW needs to be preserved” she said of her experience with the EKW project.
 
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Mukulika Dattagupta is pursuing  a Ph.D in comparative literature at the School of Media, Communication and Culture, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.  An avid reader Mukulika follows her joie de vivre through photography, community radio and listening to a wide variety of music. “Working on East Kolkata Wetlands has made me aware of this natural treasure in my city” she said of her experience with the East Kolkata Wetlands project.
 
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Arnab Dutta is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts program in the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University. A keen observer of culture, Arnab is interested in print-history, archival-documentation, photography and visual-representation. He listens to Indian Classical Music in his free time. “Working on East Kolkata Wetlands has allowed me to look at archival documents on the subject, and understand the constant process of ‘othering’ in terms of both the attitude towards proper documentation in earlier times and in having a detailed overview vis-a-vis Wetlands in general”  he said of his involvement with the EKW project.
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Pallavi  Mukherjee is pursuing her M.Tech in Environmental Biotechnology at Jadavpur University. Infected by wanderlust, she is also a dedicated animal lover and wildlife enthusiast. According to her, “East Kolkata Wetland with its natural diversity is the lifeline of our city and its protection is our bare necessity and responsibility”.
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Swastisha Mukherjee  graduated high school in June 2011. She abandoned plans of pursuing English honors in college because she realized she hadn’t made the right choice. Now Swastisha wants to explore and  enjoy life through visual storytelling and travel . She wants to shed the image of a stereotypical student and learn through her interactions with the world. Swastisha became involved with the EKW project because of its documentary approach, and she began picking up aspects of photography, visual storytelling and editing.  “This workshop is one of the ways in which I am trying do learn by doing” she said.
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Nabanita Nath is pursuing her M. Tech. in environmental biotechnology from School of Environmental studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. In her spare time, she likes to listen to music and read books. “While working on  east Kolkata wetlands I learnt how EKW forms an integral part of Kolkata, from supplying food to consumers to generating employment and being a natural waste water treatment for the city. However, these wetlands are on the brink of extinction and we must work towards the conservation of this important heritage of Kolkata” she said.
 
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Amolina Ray completed her M.Phil in Womens Studies from Jadavpur University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. For the past 3 years she has worked at Community RadioJU, a community radio station of the University that is first of its kind in Eastern India. In her free time Amolina like watching movies and playing cards. She got involved with the EKW project because she wanted to know how the ‘kidney’ of her adopted city functions and how she might participate in keeping the city healthy.