Meet “The Messbari Project” Team

The Messbari Project interns (from left) Barshana Basu, Dipanwita Paul and Anmol Grover

Three brilliant early career researchers with complimentary skill-sets will work on Heritage Walk Calcutta’s The Messbari Project. Here is all that you need to know about them.

Barshana completed her graduation in History from Jadavpur University and is currently pursuing her Masters in History from the same. Her areas of interest include the sociopolitical and cultural history of Kolkata in the colonial and post-colonial period, its built spaces, and migrant communities. She also harbours a strong penchant for Gender Studies. She’s a Citizen Historian with the 1947 Partition Archive. If not buried under a pile of books, she’s most likely to be found loitering around the labyrinthine alleyways of Kolkata, clicking pictures of odd edifices.

Dipanwita is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University. She has undergone training in the ethics of ethnographic practice and conducted some ethnographic interviews as a part of her course at JU, which she brings to this project. She is a queer feminist activist, working closely with the survivors of gender, sexual, sexuality and class-based violence. She is a member of a student-driven forum fighting against sexual harassment in educational institutions and workplaces around the world. She is a freelance content writer, likes to dabble in poetry and singing from time to time and hopes to topple patriarchy very soon.

After her stint as an intern during her B.Arch studies, Anmol resolved to steer clear of commercial architecture and chose to couple her interest in history with her passion for built heritage to pursue an MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation from Cardiff University, UK. As a fresh graduate, she plans to initially involve herself in projects aiming to create heritage awareness as she believes that that is something India still lacks. She hopes to build her way up towards starting a Conservation based firm of her own and also looks forward to teaching the subject at architecture schools across India.​

Join us to wish them all the very best for the valuable work they will be undertaking in recording old boarding houses in Kolkata  in the next two months.

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