The Road Less Travelled: Contributors November 2014

Manishikha Baul is based in Singapore and co-heads “Ethos: Exploring the Odissi Spirit”. She is a professional Odissi dancer. She graduated from the University of Delhi in English Literature and has a diploma in Commercial Art. Manishikha works mostly out of Singapore and Delhi. She enjoys reading, cooking and travelling. She can be reached at

Ranjana Dave is an Odissi dancer and dance writer based in Bombay, India. She is the co-founder and programme director of Dance Dialogues, a platform for the dance community to collaborate, reflect and explore ideas that inform their creative practice in multi-disciplinary ways. She recently initiated Varnan, a social media consultancy which helps artists and arts organisations develop effective communication strategies. Ranjana regularly writes on dance for prominent Indian publications, including Time Out Magazine, the NCPA On Stage Magazine,The Hindu and Asian Age. She has worked on the online archive project, where she focused on curating an archive of the performing arts. Ranjana holds a postgraduate degree from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where her focus was performance studies. In 2013, she was a recipient of the Arthink South Asia Fellowship, a programme aimed at nurturing potential leaders in the cultural sector in South Asia. To learn more about Ranjana and the work she is doing, please visit: [,,]. She can be reached at

Rathimalar Govindarajoo (Rathi) specializes in Indian Classical Odissi, Bharata Natyam and Modern Contemporary dance. She spent her formative years with Sutra Dance Theatre for over two decades and worked full-time as one of the pioneer dancers of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (SJDC) London, UK. Rathimalar received Marie Claire’s Women of Style & Substance Award (2011) and was named Watson’s Extraordinary Woman in 2013. An established choreographer; she was nominated for best choreography at the 2009 BOH Cameronian Arts Award. She continues to contribute her extensive dance experience towards the performing arts in Malaysia and abroad. You can find out more about Rathimalar by visiting:;;] Rathimalar can be reached at

Srijat Mishra is an entrepreneur in the knowledge industry, specifically the education sector. His dream is to use technology and innovative education models to transform education and learning in society at large, and in the process, touch millions of lives – especially in emerging and developing countries. Srijat is also an enthusiastic mentor for young organizations and fellow entrepreneurs. He advises many organizations that are at the cusp of technology and organizational/social change and regularly speaks, in different forums, on entrepreneurship and governance. Srijat is an alumni of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (Kolkota). He blogs on various topics at: Srijat can be reached at

Debiprasad Sahoo is budding photographer based in Bhubaneswar with a passion for Odissi dance. He is also a web application developer and entrepreneur by profession. His photography page can also be found Facebook: He can be reached at

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