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Artiste and Educator
Panel 1, Moderator
Senior VP - HRD, Infosys
Registrar, Academics, Mount Carmel College
Research Fellow, St Joseph's University
Writer and Curator
Panel 2, Moderator
Singer, Composer, Music director, Actor and Graphic designer
Lawyer, Movement Artist and Theatre Practitioner

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 10 Mar 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Join us for two thought-provoking panels. In ‘Are Co-Educational Spaces Detrimental to Women Students?’ we explore the dynamics of co-educational environments and their potential impact on female students. Meanwhile, ‘Artistic Journeys: Paths Chosen and Traveled Upon’ delves into the diverse experiences and decisions that shape artists’ unique creative paths.

Are Co Educational Spaces Detrimental to Women Students?
Time: 4pm – 5:30pm
Speakers: Shamita Chatterjee, Dr. Suma Singh and Dr. Etienne Rassendren with Sahana Das
The debate surrounding the impact of co-educational spaces on female students continues to provoke discussion and scrutiny. Advocates highlight benefits like diverse perspectives and gender equality promotion, while critics express concerns about potential biases and academic disparities. Research yields mixed results, underscoring the importance of understanding the nuanced dynamics to create inclusive learning environments that support all students’ needs.

Artistic Journeys: Paths Chosen and Traveled Upon
Time: 5:30pm – 7pm
Speakers: Bindhumalini, Priyanka Chandrasekhar and Tasneem Lohani with Sadhana Rao
Art practitioners deliberate upon their artistic journeys and the roads they have chosen to travel. The trajectory from assimilative and immersive years of learning, to the performing spaces and stages. The celebrations and the challenges that the path with the Art form has presented. The toss up of merging traditional practices with contemporary innovation idioms. Weaving in the nuances of identity, inclusivity, gender, politics and economics of Art.


Sahana Das

Artiste and Educator

With over 30 years of experience in teaching, Dr. Sahana Das has taught at Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, Sophia Degree College and St. Xavier’s Collage in Mumbai and currently, is at Mount Carmel College, in Bangalore for 28 years. She has an interdisciplinary PhD in Film Studies and Indian Aesthetic theories. Sahana also offers courses, workshops, and talks on Effective Communication Skills for universities and corporates.

She is also a trained classical Odissi practitioner with 30+ years of training and experience. A graded Doordarshan artiste, she has contributed to spreading awareness on Indian Art & Aesthetics as a dancer herself, a choreographer, and through her course titled ‘Perspectives in Indian Art’ at Mount Carmel College.

Shamita Chatterjee

Senior VP - HRD, Infosys

Shamita Mukherjee is a HR leader with three decades of experience in the tech and consulting industry, shaping the people and culture agenda for organisations in a post liberalised economy. She is a Stats person doing HR and therefore brings an analytical data driven approach to people problems. Currently, she is a senior Vice President HRD, Infosys and CHRO Infosys Subsidiaries.

Suma Singh

Registrar, Academics, Mount Carmel College

Dr. Suma Singh has been an academic for over three decades now. She has a deep interest in political economy and policy and has spearheaded the introduction of courses related to Policy and Planning at Mount Carmel College where she is a respected Faculty member. Currently, she is the Registrar Academics at MCC and a major guide in steering the college transition from being an all girls college to becoming a co educational university.

Etienne Rassendren

Research Fellow, St Joseph's University

Primarily from the discipline of literature, Dr. Etienne Rassendren is deeply interested in Cultural Studies, World Literatures and Critical Theory. He has been a much respected and sort-after academic at St. Joseph’s University for over 40 years now. Currently, he is supervising Phd research at SJU.

Sadhana Rao

Writer and Curator

Sadhana is a research-led writer and curator in the arts & culture area.

She has written on arts, crafts, 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 and artisans across various genres from classical performers and craftspeople to weave narrative backed lecture demonstrations that break down fundamental elements of arts.

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 had developed its own pedagogy and delivery methodology leveraging the Alchemy of teachers and technology.


Singer, Composer, Music director, Actor and Graphic designer

Bindhu Malini Narayanaswamy is an Indian singer, composer, graphic designer. Bindhu has training in both Carnatic and Hindustani classical forms but has constantly strived to explore avenues outside of her strict classical roots to other forms and traditions in search of the pure soul stirring power that music has. This has given form to a more easy yet confident personal style for her as a performer. Suno Bhai is her first music album created in collaboration with Vedanth Bharadwaj. She directed music for feature and documentary films such as Harikatha Prasanaga, Nathicharami, Conversations at the Kumbh, Surey Number Zero and Coral Woman. She and Vedanth co-directed music for Aruvi- a tamil film. Apart from “The Threshold”, Bindhumalini is part of other collaborations like Khusrau ke rang, Akath Kahani and Saath-Saath

Priyanka Chandrasekhar

Lawyer, Movement Artist and Theatre Practitioner

Priyanka is a lawyer by education and a movement artist and theatre practitioner based in Bangalore. She has trained in Bharathanatyam for over 25 years and Kathak for about 10 years. Priyanka has performed extensively in both solo and group formats in India and abroad along with popular dance companies. Priyanka is the founder and director of ‘The Nirali Collective’. Presently, Priyanka is reimagining classical dance pedagogy through training, performance building, research, choreography, and the creation of new work. She is also a performer, curator, choreographer and facilitator. 

With a keen interest in the politics of the form and its history, Priyanka believes in creating work that is accessible, critical, and contemporary. Her work is process-focused, exploring interdisciplinary approaches, methods, and collaborations that provide agency for her co-creators and audiences. With Nirali, Priyanka aims to create a non-hierarchical safe space to converse, express, critique and  question, building a new culture in the field that nurtures reflection, intention, experimentation and creative exploration, along with rigour and discipline inherent in our styles and traditions.  She hopes to create a new body of work in Bharathanatyam, expanding the boundaries of the form to include personal stories and political realities of our time.

Tasneem Lohani


Lohani’s work is concerned with the interrelations of communication and anxiety in the Post-Internet Age. Digitized human communication systems facilitated by social media and human-machine communication made possible by interactive personal assistant systems are important points of inquiry. Recurring themes in her work are politics of communication in the techno-capitalist age, disembodiment, isolation by technology, spirituality and mental health. She is fascinated with life in the urban city, what it means to be human today and the evolving dynamics of intimacy in human relationships.

She works with Drawings on paper, Sound and Voice, Video, and GIF to think through their influence on the everyday human interaction online. Her drawings on paper employ mark-making drawn from her meditation practice. They explore the internal psyche that is affected by the various obsessions of the post-internet world. Her interest lies in the contemporary experience of the mind, body and spirit.