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An exploration of Russian culture through the lens of art and travel. Two presentations, followed by a discussion of cultural experiences of Russian people, food and places, while busting myths and breaking down stereotypes.
Sumaa Tekur is a Bengaluru-based editor and writer with 20 years of experience in various forms of writing, journalism and creative literature. Sumaa has worked as a reporter and editor in leading publications; including Deccan Herald, The Times of India, Femina, DNA, and British national dailies, The Sunday Times and The Daily Mail. During her stint as Senior Editor in DNA, Sumaa wrote the columns Positive Thinking and Soul Curry for five years, and was also editor of the Sunday edition.
Sumaa first tasted the joy of solo travel when she lived in London as a Commonwealth Press Union Fellow. Since then she has allowed that curiosity which lead her to many culturally rich and colourful corners of the world. She has traveled to 18 countries in the last 13 years, and continues to move and explore with the aim of covering every inch of this lonely planet. As a trend spotter and global editor for a consumer insights company, Sumaa worked in a multicultural environment that only added to her passion for world cultures and its intersection with dynamic consumer life.
A serious hobby-photographer, Sumaa likes to use visuals to tell stories as much as she finds joy in the craft of the written word. It’s not just the Russian culture that made her venture into the biggest country in the world, but also the promise of many stunning photography opportunities.
Sumaa has earned a master’s degree in International Journalism from City University, London. A gold medallist in Mass Communication from Mysore University, Sumaa also pursues painting, the mystic arts, occult sciences and pottery.
Sumaa is writing a book about her solo travels, slated for release by Rupa Publications next year.
Sadhana is a research-led writer and curator in the Arts & Culture area. She has written on Travel, Socio-Economics, Literature, Film festivals & Music for leading newspapers and Journals such as The Hindu, The Economic Times, Deccan Chronicle, Tehelka, Housecalls, Shruti etc.
As a curator of Music & Arts Intelligence segments at conferences, Sadhana has worked with artists across music genres from Western Classical ensembles to Hindustani & Carnatic Classical performers to weave narrative-backed lecture demonstrations that break down the fundamental elements of music. She has curated Music & Arts segments at Think Fest, EO Summits, Corporate Annual Offsites etc.
She built a three-day Academic conclave “Universe of Sound” covering Melody, Rhythm & Harmony where music pedagogy was shared in performances featuring India’s most followed artists in Music & Dance.
Continuing her volunteering at SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth), since her days at Miranda House and Delhi School of Social Work, she has participated in a number of programs that have taken Gurus and Masters in the Arts to intersect them with students in schools and colleges.
As a passionate believer in the concept that art knows no hierarchies, Sadhana Rao, a Music & Arts Education entrepreneur, co-founded Art Links Learning, which over seven years has developed its own pedagogy and delivery methodology, leveraging the alchemy of Teachers and Technology to drive specific Learning Outcomes;through a combination of teacher training systems and teaching aids, learning delivery plans, assessment processes, and an evolving curriculum that suits age and context appropriate Music & Arts intelligence.
A Masters in Social Work from Delhi University she honed her research, consulting and execution skills at the Administrative Staff College of India and continues to be a student of the Arts even today.