Anirban is a musician and a visionary for arts practices and cultural policy in the country. He has played the bass guitar with Bernie Marsden, Orosz Zoltan, Gianni Denito, Rabbi Shergill, Susmit Sen Chronicles, Harpreet, Grey Area, Samarpan, Oritus and Prestorika, to name a few and has performed at prestigious festivals and venues all around the globe (Coke Studio Season 2 being one of them). A versatile musician who can play fusion to rock with equal prowess, his passion lies in working with young people and creating arts-led community engagement programmes. With a master’s degree in management and an undergrad degree in IT, he has also been a part of a number of entrepreneurial ventures—all in the field of arts and education.
He was a finalist in British Council’s ‘Young Entrepreneur Award‘ (2010), selected for the Merit Scholarship (Bass Guitar) at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (2014), Bill and Melinda Gates foundation funded ‘Vihara Innovation Lab’ fellow in Leadership and Innovation and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), UK. He has also been a part of the ArtThink South Asia Fellowship (2015-16), Goethe Institut’s ‘South Asian Music Residency’ (2016), ATSA & Pravah’s Train the Trainers fellowship (Big Ticket). He also serves as the Head of Product Development and Partnership & Alliances at Sthaapak, where he is responsible for developing propositions, formats and customer-facing value portfolios and is currently in the process of recording his album and developing music based curriculum for young learners.
Vardhna Puri completed her Masters in Human Development and Childhood Studies from University of Delhi in 2010. Since then she has been working with various organizations in the development network. Her longest stint was with the Aga Khan Development Network where she worked as a Program Coordinator of the Early Childhood Care and Development Program which is part of the larger Urban Renewal Initiative. She was involved in designing and implementing programs for children below six years of age who live in Nizamuddin Basti. Currently she is enrolled as a PhD student with University of Delhi and she plans to study childhood, migration and policy implications. Her other interest are photography and art.