A lawyer of international repute, social commentator and thought leader, Sumant Batra is the founder and architect of a number of innovative creative projects to promote Indian heritage, culture, art and literature. He is the co-founder of NHP Centre, an independent research foundation striving to creatively document India’s rich cultural heritage, traditions and practices, in particular from the twentieth century, for the benefit of future generations.
He is also the author of the bestselling coffee table book - The Indians.
An avid collector of memorabilia, Sumant and his wife are probably the largest collectors of Indian cinema memorabilia as a hobby. To find out more about him, please visit www.sumantbatra.com
Sumant believes in living his dreams.
Asha is one of the key thinkers behind the idea of NHP Centre, which manages Cinemaazi. A senior partner of Kesar Dass B. & Associates, a leading law firm of the country, Asha graduated in Botany with Honours before studying law. Born and grown up in the mountains of North East, she has deep and sensitive understanding of the problems faced by the people living in the hill villages and works for their welfare.
She is the Managing Director of Treepie Hospitality Private Limited, which manages Te Aroha, a boutique hotel located in the mountains of Uttarakhand.
Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri is either an 'accidental' editor who strayed into publishing from a career in finance and accounts or an 'accidental' finance person who found his calling in publishing. As executive editor at HarperCollins Publishers India, he helped launch what came to be regarded as the go-to cinema, music and culture list in Indian publishing. Books commissioned and edited by him have won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema and the MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Images) Award for Best Writing on Cinema. He also commissioned and edited some of India's leading authors like Gulzar, Manu Joseph, Kiran Nagarkar, Arun Shourie and worked out co-pub arrangements with the Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives, apart from publishing a number of first-time authors in cinema whose books went on to become best-sellers. In 2017, he was named Editor of the Year by the apex publishing body, Publishing Next. He has been a regular contributor to Anupama Chopra's online magazine Film Companion. He is also a published author, with two books to his credit: Whims – A Book of Poems (published by Writers Workshop) and Icons from Bollywood (published by Penguin Books). He is at present, executive editor at Penguin Random House India.
Spandan holds PhD and MPhil in Cinema Studies from the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He graduated in Film Studies from Jadavpur University in 2009.
He has worked as a researcher with the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong; Asia Art Archive, New Delhi and Media Lab, Jadavpur University; and as a faculty of Film Studies at the Ambedkar University, Delhi; Loreto College, Kolkata and the Department of Media Studies, University of Calcutta.
He is presenting working as Honorary Consultant with Cinemaazi. He will join Cinemaazi full time after completing his term as Post-Doctoral fellow at the department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata in March.
A post graduate media professional, Ajit has over 12 years of experience in entertainment industry, ranging from idea generation to post production, in producing reality shows, TV serials, corporate films, short films, documentaries, wedding diaries, live events, award shows, news packages and special programs Before joining Cinemaazi, he served as In-house Creative Consultant with Shemaroo Entertainment in Mumbai. Ajit is deeply passionate about cinema and ever eager to create entertaining and informative content.
Nandini joined Cinemaazi as researcher in 2019 as the first member of Team Cinemaazi, after finishing her post-graduate degree in Film Studies from Ambedkar University, Delhi. Previously, a student of Economics in Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University, Nandini enjoys making and watching films, reading, writing and listening to punk music.
Nildeep Paul holds a Master’s degree in Film Studies from Ambedkar University Delhi. Prior to that, he completed his Master’s degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University. He has worked as freelance translator. He is deeply interested in film histories and the politics of cinema and other forms of media in India.
Madhubanti completed her Masters from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2019. As a student of literature in Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University and Jadavpur University, Kolkata, she was an active participant in editing and publishing activities.
She holds a keen interest in cinematic, theatrical and performance arts, in particular relating to feminist politics and protest cultures.
An aficionado of literature, history and dance, Harini Srinivasan has found innovative ways of bringing her passions to her work. She also blogs on classic Hindi films and books at www.bagsbooksandmore.wordpress.com
Among her achievements is her contribution as an editor of several prestigious publications published by the Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, such as Selected Speeches of the President: Pranab Mukherjee; The Republican Ethic: Selected Speeches of Shri Ram Nath Kovind; Indian Dance – Through a Critic’s Eye; Abode Under the Dome; Legends of Indian Silver Screen; and Selected Speeches of the Vice President: M. Venkaiah Naidu. She has authored a children’s book, The Wizard Tales- Adventures of Bun-Bun, a romantic comedy, Ek Confusing Love Story (on Juggernaut Books) and a historical detective fiction novel, The Curse of Anuganga.
Along the way, she has undertaken different roles (Civil Servant, Project Manager, Communications Professional and Editor) across countries (India, Germany and The Netherlands).
Siddharth recently completed his Post-Graduation in Sociology from Ambedkar University, Delhi. He enjoys shooting for films and editing. A strong believer of the philosophy: "Once the camera starts recording, capture everything." Siddharth enjoys a good Netflix binge but can also be found on long bike rides on hilly country roads.
A copywriter by day and an aspirant author by night, Prerona graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, with a degree in English Honours and later completed her Masters in English from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has previously worked as a freelance writer and written for India Perspectives, the flagship magazine of The Ministry of External Affairs India. She has interviewed (and survived) Chef Marco Pierre White and written a coffee table book on home and kitchen which is currently in the pipeline for publication.
A Bachelor in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aditya is very passionate about editing. Before joining Cinemaazi, he worked as Video Editor for Rajya Sabha TV.
Rajlakshmi has completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Miranda House and post-graduation in Film Studies from Ambedkar University Delhi. She is interested in cinema, finding new music and working on her doodling skills.
Rajeev is responsible for maintaining the archives and record room of the Centre. He has been employed with the Centre for the longest.
Rahul keeps inventory of the assets of the Centre and feeds content in the master meta data.