Meet Our 15 Quotes from Kolkata, This Year – The New Indian Express


Jhulan Goswami, Cricketer

Former India women’s national cricket team captain Jhulan Goswami is considered one of the greatest speed players of all time. One of the fastest bowlers in the history of women’s cricket, Jhulan won the ICC Women’s Player of the Year award in 2007 and the MA Chidambaram Trophy for Best Women’s Cricketer in 2011. Goswami was ranked first in the ICC Women’s ODI Bowling Rankings in January 2016. Her record for taking most wickets in Women’s One Day International cricket stands unbroken till date. Jhulan also won the Arjuna Award in 2010 and Padma Shri in 2012. Inspired by her life on the pitch, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma is currently shooting for Chakda’ Xpress, where she plays this fearsome bowler.

Swastika Mukherjee, Actor

A powerhouse of talent, actor Swastika Mukherjee’s oeuvre boasts of some very impressive films including Jaatishwar, Aami Aar Amar Girlfriends, Maach Mishti & More, Shaheb Bibi Golam, Sesher Kobita and Guldasta to name a few. -ones. His impressive work in web series Pataal Lok, Black Widows and Escaype Live brought him national fame and his latest film Shrimati is successfully shooting in theaters now. Animal lover, local weaving champion, fashion icon and proud single mother, Swastika wants to be remembered as a “compassionate human being with a straight spine who lived life on her terms, without shame”.

Richa Agarwal, Chairman of KCC and CEO of Emami Art

A creative communicator and visionary, Richa Agarwal is a force to be reckoned with in Kolkata’s artistic landscape. She donated to the city’s Kolkata Center for Creativity, a massive multi-disciplinary endeavor to nurture and showcase artists and artwork of all kinds. Emami Art and Kolkata Center for Creativity have added vibrancy to the city’s thriving cultural landscape. Richa also launched the Ami Arts Festival at the height of the pandemic, which has now become a must-visit event for affordable artwork.

Nandita Roy, Director

The only female director to deliver commercially viable films year after year in this male-dominated industry, Nandita Roy needs no introduction to Bengali moviegoers. All of the films that Roy co-directs with Shiboprosad Mukherjee, have tight plots, impressive scripts and a relatable cast, making them big box office earners. A few notable among them include Prakton, Belaseshe, Haami, Kontho, Muktodhara, Posto, Gotro and Belashuru among others.

Priyadarshini Hakim, Social activist and entrepreneur

Priyadarshini Hakim juggles the same momentum between the roles of mother, entrepreneur and communication professional. Her passion for social change is reflected in her work in the areas of women’s health and menstrual hygiene. She has led different projects such as Pratimashe Pratima-she for the upliftment of women deprived of health and proper menstrual care. She has also facilitated workshops and outreach programs in and around the city for the past few years. With a deep interest in social welfare and philanthropy, Priyadarshini is a great inspiration to many.

Seema Sapru, Pedagogue

Educator Seema Sapru, who leads The Heritage School as Principal, is celebrated for her original approach to education. Recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Pride of the Nation award, she is responsible for assessment for the International Baccalaureate and inspector of schools for CISCE accreditation. Under his leadership, the Heritage School has seen many innovative methods and approaches to teaching children more successfully.

Sanaya Mehta Vyas, Entrepreneur and fitness expert

An enthusiastic sportswoman, Sanaya Mehta Vyas leads the women’s rugby team forward at local and national levels. A fitness instructor specializing in kickboxing, pilates, primal movement and a host of other forms of exercise, Sanay is a fashion icon and businesswoman.

Paromita Banerjee, Fashion designer

When it comes to sustainability in fashion, no one in Kolkata has done better than fashion designer Paromita Banerjee in preserving the ancient Indian art of storytelling weaving. The NID alumnus has always worked for the preservation of local handwoven ensembles with great success. The designer has worked with 100 to 150 weavers in seven clusters across the country for 13 years. Celebrated for her handwoven pure cotton jamdani weaves, Paromita’s designs have been featured by Vidya Balan, Nandita Roy, Shubha Mudgal and Swastika Mukherjee, among others. But for Banerjee, whose USP is simple, effective textiles that will stand the test of time, it is more important to reach ordinary people because they are the ones who will keep the weaving stories alive.

Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Scientific

An inspiration for many women, Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay is the first female director of the prestigious Indian Statistical Institute. A Padma Shri recipient, she is also a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). Specializing in computational biology, her discoveries include a genetic marker for breast cancer, determining the co-occurrence of HIV and cancers, and the role of white matter in Alzheimer’s disease.

Tapati Guha Thakurta, cultural historian

Cultural historian Tapati Guha Thakurta is currently Honorary Professor of History at the Center for Social Science Studies in Calcutta. She has contributed to the creation of a wide range of digital visual archives documenting historically significant paintings and photographs. It was Guha Thakurta’s dossier on the Durga Pujas of Kolkata for the Ministry of Culture that had Bengal’s biggest festival listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Debarati Mukhopadhyay, Author

With more than 20 bestselling novels in her kitty, author Debarati Mukhopadhyay is certainly one of the most popular young Bengali writers. She has written many bestsellers including Narash, Dakatraja, Glanirbhabati Bharat, Shikhandi, Ishwar Jakhan Bandiand Aghoré Ghimiye Shiva. Her novel Dashgupta Travels had been shortlisted for Sahitya Akademi Yuva Pursakar in 2021. Many of her works, such as NArak Sanket, Ranrkahini, and Shikhano one have been adapted for the big screen.

Vandana Alase Hazra, Dancer

Bharatnatyam dancer, Vandana Alase Hazra has contemporary the traditional dance form of Bharatnatyam with her unique storytelling. Working closely with budding young dancers, she explores liberating dance moves and has traveled the country with her shows. A disciple of Guru TV Saunderrajan, Vandana is deeply inspired by the work of dancer Mandakini Trivedi. A visiting professor at Rabindra Bharati University, Vandana also won a prestigious scholarship from the Ministry of Culture in 1992. She also has a keen interest in languages ​​and has published various translations from Marathi to Bangla and Marathi to English for Sahitya Akademi and Rupa.

Alka Bangour, industrialist and philanthropist

Former IIM student, successful industrialist, avid golfer, painter and pianist, Alka Bangur wears many hats with success. The managing director of the LNB group of companies is also the chairman of All India Marwari Mahila Samity since its inception in 1995, which plays a pivotal role in various social welfare initiatives. But beyond all that, she is above all a philanthropist, who works tirelessly for underprivileged girls and women.

Dr Sushmita Roychowdhury, pulmonologist

Dr Sushmita Roychowdhury has been one of the most prominent frontline warriors throughout the period of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Fortis Hospital pulmonologist worked more than 21 hours a day and treated 190-200 patients every day during the peak period of the pandemic. With 25 years of experience in the field and expertise in Interventional Pulmonology, ILD and Critical Care, Dr. Roychowdhury is committed to her noble profession. We salute the Covid-19 warrior for her extraordinary efforts.

Preyam Budhia, Patton Group; co-founder, ICanFlyy Cafe

A passionate champion of sustainability and water conservation, Preeyam Budhia is the force behind the unique Water-on-Wheels initiative and several rainwater harvesting projects that empower women and children across India. rural. Its innovative initiatives during the pandemic – the touchless handwashing station and touchless bins and checkouts have been exemplary. In addition to her role as President of the Patton Group, Preeyam is also co-founder of Cafe ICanFlyy, a cafe run by people with special needs.


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