20 years of experience in the field of Production, Direction and Column Writing. An innovative thinker with adequate experience of program management and excellent communication skills.
- Authored Dar DarGange (A semi-fiction based on life-stories of farmers of the Ganga basin; published by Penguin Books)
- AuthoredMatiManooshChoon(A novel based on River Ganga and its surrounding habitat; published by VaniPrakashan)
- Authored CulluBharKahani(A fiction based on life- stories of Ganga Path)
- Presently working as a coordinator on the project ‘Riverine Culture- Water Wisdom’at JanapadaSampada Division, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.
I have completed comprehensive journey along the entire stretch of the holy River Ganga, from Gomukh to GangaSagar four times, so far. The objectives of all these GangaYatras were to experience and witness the present status of the river and to study the impact of Ganga on the cultural & economic activities of the societies along with its course as well as the impact of societal activities on the bank of the river, in turn.
I tried to gauge the character, depth and dimensions of the society through which the eternal flow of the mighty river continues. In a way, these journeys were an attempt to quench the thirst of my personal, intriguing curiosity – How did a powerful career of a civilization, a rich culture, the life-line of a nation was reduced to a mere dying and diminutive river? …and what, if any, message is it relaying to us?
Through the course of these journeys, I got a glimpse of the various aspects of Ganga – its cultural significance, spiritual message, impact on the flora, fauna and human societies, along with the impact of big/small dams, sand mining, pollution, distortion of faith, sewage, mafia, poaching of Ganga-dolphins, mindless construction, political ramifications etc. around the river and practical solution/sto these problems.
As a journalist and a writer having 20 years of experience, I have tried to study some cultures and their practices closely, especially those thriving along the river Ganga – also revered as the goddess Ganga. I have had the opportunity to travel through and along the river several times and research and document on its various aspects.
As a writer on environmental issues, I have attempted to understand the interrelationship between humans and environment, culture and environment, mythology and environment and several other possible permutations. It’s more than a coincidence that my workplace Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts provided me ample opportunities and avenues to take further my interest on rivers correlating it with the art and culture of India.While working on this project I developed an interest in local gods, goddesses and deities of various tribes and currently I am regularly trying to research on the subject as well.
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