Meet the team

MAITHILEE SAGARA
COMMUNICATIONS ANCHOR

 

Favorite smell: Parrots

 

For a chaotic mind, Maithilee’s love (and need) for order is rather odd but befitting for a communications anchor at the Conflictorium. They are interested in the politics of love and make efforts to build, and curate dialogues about various intersections of identity through different forms of media. They have previously worked with multiple LGBT+ rights organisations on using storytelling as a tool for advocacy

Vaidehi Sadiwala

Vaidehi Sadiwala
Visual Designer

 

Favorite smell: Khichdi, musk melon and ghee

 

Vaidehi is a visual artist who primarily expresses herself through the mediums of text, books, zines, and graphic novels. Her area of research is centred on socio- political and identity dynamics.

Kamini Nag

Kamini Nag
HOUSEKEEPING STAFF, CONFLICTORIUM RAIPUR

 

Favorite smell: Dashang Dhoop


Kamini Nag is a housekeeping and maintenance coordinator at the Conflictorium, Raipur. She is from Bhilai-3 in Chhattisgarh. Mother of three children, she likes to read whenever she gets a chance. She also enjoys listening to music and indulging in impromptu dance with her daughters. She likes to work at the museum the most as she gets to learn new things on a daily basis.

Avni Sethi

Avni Sethi
Founder

 

Favorite smell: How Mirzapur smells for sure, of wet earth, of raat rani, of cinnamon sticks and tea shops

 

Avni is an interdisciplinary practitioner with her primary concern lying between culture, memory, space and the body. She studied Interdisciplinary Design from the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore and pursued a master’s in performance studies at Ambedkar University, Delhi. She conceptualized and designed the Conflictorium in 2013 and has operated as its Artistic Director from 2013-2023. Trained in multiple dance idioms, her performances are largely inspired by syncretic faith traditions as well as sites of contested narratives. She is interested in exploring the relationship between intimate audiences and the performing body.

V Divakar

V. Divakar
Curator

 

Favorite Smells: “I can’t pick up many smells”

 

Divakar is an art critic and curator who also edits a bi-monthly called ‘The Baroda Pamphlet’, on art and culture. He also manages an experimental art space called ‘Knots’ in Baroda. His other interests include films, music, books and star gazing. At the Conflictorium, he curates exhibitions on various themes and facilitates the Artist-in-Residency programme.

Gargi

Gargi Verma
Project Associate, Conflictorium Raipur

 

Favorite smell: Naphthalene balls and sauteing garlic


Gargi is an associate working in research and outreach of the museum. She moonlights as a freelance journalist and is exploring storytelling through different media. She is interested in exploring conflict, its symptoms and consequences, through stories.

JAY RATHOD
CREATIVE DIALOGUE CONSULTANT, CONFLICTORIUM AHMEDABAD

 

Favorite Smells: does not like smells

 

Jay is interested in exploring and developing dialogues around the politics of translations, haptics, and bridging worlds. Jay’s vision for the Conflictorium is to make it a mainstream “event” that reaches a wider audience, rather than just a haven for a select few. He believes that the museum is a thought-provoking exploration of events, memories, (non)representation, and (anti)image. His outreach presentations aim to challenge and confront people, encouraging them to consider new ideas, break habits that hold them back, and unearth “certain” grounds.

दिमाग की नसे खींचने वाली बातें, इनका पेट भरती है।

Ranjeetha

Ranjeeta Dhosiya
HOUSEKEEPING STAFF, CONFLICTORIUM AHMEDABAD

 

Favorite Smells: Jeera and Phenyl 

 

Ranjeeta is the sole earning member of her family, and has been working as domestic housekeeper and carer for the last 30 years. She has three children who she is extremely proud of. Her two daughters have studied till 5th grade and are now married and engaged respectively. Her son, the youngest child, is a professional dancer. Ranjeeta has a sweet tooth and is most happy to survive off just cake and mithai for an entire day! 

Abhishek Kukreja

Abhishek Kukreja
Critical Thinking Educator, academic researcher

 

Favorite smell: Scent of geniunity and creativity

 

Abhishek has submitted and presented PhD thesis in Film Studies at School of Culture and Creative Expressions (SCCE), Ambedkar University Delhi. He has taught courses and conducted workshops in film-production, film- studies, theatre performance making, culture studies and creative arts at universities like Ambedkar University Delhi, AAFT Noida, Amity School of Film and Drama Noida and Amity School of Communication Jaipur. At Conflictorium Abhishek serves as an educator to initiate dialogues and workshops that promote critical thinking and art-appreciation. He is also practicing as a documentary filmmaker and theater-maker.

YSK Prerana
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

Favorite Smells: my cats’, petrol , mogra 

 

YSK Prerana is largely interested in writing, language and translations. They are the current Artistic Director of Conflictorium wherein their role leads them to engage with bureaucracy critically and poetically; their fundamental value is to express and embody ideology in practice. They have in the past worked with grassroots organizations that address concerns of body, land, sovereignty and mobility, such as the National Institute of Urban Affairs, Urban Catalysts, Apne Aap Women’s Collective, Child Rights and You, and Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health. They also make zines, quick and bad drawings and write poetry in their notes application on the phone. can be reached at preranaysk@gmail.com

Sameeksha

Samiksha Purohit
Museum Manager, Conflictorium Raipur

 

Favourite smell: Petrichor, Pear, Roses

 

SAMIKSHA is the Museum Manager at Conflictorium Raipur. An MBA graduate, she was previously a Radio Jockey for the All India Radio. She is also a certified graphologist. She enjoys cooking, traveling and dancing.

Jayanti Christian

Jayant Christian
Technical Assistance, Conflictorium Ahmedabad

 

Favorite smell: Rose

 

Jayant has more than 45 years of experience working with electricals and technology, and has been associated with the Conflictorium for almost a decade. He is interested in applying electrical sensibilities creatively to artists needs.

Nayan Rathod

Nayan Rathod
Museum Manager, Conflictorium Ahmedabad

 

Favorite Smells: Fresh flowers, rain wet clay and sweet basil

 

Nayan Rathod working as a museum manager at Conflictorium-Ahmedabad, which includes but is not limited to interacting and guiding visitors at the Museum premises. Along with, also handle many internal communications for purposes of accounting, building maintenance and intra-team logistics. Studied M.com from the H.L Commerce College. Like to watch movies, swimming and always excited for wandering new places.

Jignesh Gajjar

Jignesh Gajjar
Technical Advisor

 

Favorite Smells: Citrus and Coco Butter 

 

Jignesh is a graduate of Gujarat University and has earned a diploma in computer programming from H.K. College, Ahmedabad. He has more than 15 years’ experience in commerce and the IT sector. At the Conflictorium, he provides technical support from time-to-time.

Praveen Soya

Pravin Soya
Support Staff, Conflictorium Ahmedabad

 

Favorite Smells: Wet mud, raat rani

 

Pravin has been a theatre artist and enthusiast for more than a decade, particularly interested in works that centre equality and justice. He has been a working professional, in the role of support staff, across various organisations that span teaching driving to women as a mean to livelihood to now the Conflictorium.

RAMESHKUMAR H. YADAV
gardener, Conflictorium Ahmedabad

 

Favorite Smells: Mogra, Chameli, and Raatrani

 

Ramesh works on keeping the Conflictorium garden evergreen. In addition to his passion for gardening, he enjoys indulging in fashion and bike riding.

Interested in being part of the team? Drop us a line at dialogue@conflictoium.org

 

Past Teams

Conflictorium would not have been what it is without the people who have been part of Conflictorium in the past years and people who will be in the coming years.

2024-25

  • Aakash Dutt
  • Aayush Chandrawanshi
  • Abhishek Kukreja
  • Divakar Venkataraman
  • Gargi Verma
  • Jay Rathod
  • Jayantkumar B. Chirstian
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Kamini Nag
  • Maithilee Sagara
  • Nayan Rathod
  • Pravinkumar Soya
  • Rameshkumar Hublal Yadav
  • Ranjitaben Doshiya
  • Samiksha Purohit
  • Vaidehi Sadiwala
  • YSK Prerana

2023-24

  • Aakash Dutt
  • Aayush Chandrawanshi
  • Abhishek Kukreja
  • Avni Sethi
  • Dhrupad Mehta
  • Divakar Venkataraman
  • Gargi Verma
  • Jayantkumar B. Chirstian
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Kamini Nag
  • Nayan Rathod
  • Pravinkumar Soya
  • Rameshkumar Hublal Yadav
  • Ranjitaben Doshiya
  • Samiksha Purohit
  • Vaidehi Sadiwala
  • YSK Prerana

2022-23

  • Aakash Dutt
  • Aayush Chandrawanshi
  • Abhishek Kukreja
  • Avni Sethi
  • Dhananjay Sinha
  • Dhrupad Mehta
  • Divakar Venkataraman
  • Gargi Verma
  • Isha Khan
  • Jayantkumar B. Chirstian
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Kamini Nag
  • Kinjal Shah
  • Nayan Rathod
  • Pravinkumar Soya
  • Rameshkumar Hublal Yadav
  • Ranjitaben Doshiya
  • Samiksha Purohit
  • Shanti Bai Bag
  • Vaidehi Sadiwala
  • YSK Prerana

2021-22

  • Aakash Dutt
  • Aayush Chandrawanshi
  • Abhishek Kukreja
  • Anuja Vohra
  • Avni Sethi
  • Dhananjay Sinha
  • Dhrupad Mehta
  • Divakar Venkataraman
  • Farzaan Dalal
  • Fatema Dula
  • Jayantkumar B. Chirstian
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Kinjal Shah
  • Nayan Rathod
  • Pravinkumar Soya
  • Rameshkumar Hublal Yadav
  • Ranjitaben Doshiya
  • Rocky Balsara
  • Shanti Bai Bag
  • YSK Prerana

2020-2021

  • Abhishek Kukreja 
  • Akash Dutt
  • Anuja Vohra
  • Avni Sethi
  • Dhananjai Sinha
  • Dhrupad Mehta
  • Dipendra Luitel
  • Divakar Venkataraman
  • Farzaan Dalal
  • Fatema Dula
  • Jayant B. Christian
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Jyotika Chunara
  • Kinjal Shah
  • Nayan Rathod
  • Rameshkumar H. Yadav
  • Ranjitaben Doshiya
  • Rocky Balsara
  • Shristi Sharma
  • YSK Prerana

2019-2020

  • Amit Vaghela
  • Anuja Vohra
  • Avni Sethi
  • Dipendra Luitel
  • Divakar Venkataraman
  • Farzaan Dalal
  • Hemali Shah
  • Jayant B. Christian
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Jyotika Chunara
  • Kinjal Shah
  • Nayan Rathod
  • Rameshkumar H. Yadav
  • Shristi Sharma

2018-2019

  • Amit Vaghela
  • Anuja Vohra
  • Avni Sethi
  • Divakar Venkataraman
  • Farzaan Dalal
  • Hemali Shah
  • Jayesh Patel
  • Jayant B. Christian
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Jyotsanaben Sathwara
  • Jyotika Chunara
  • Nayan Patel
  • Nayan Rathod
  • Nirja Shah
  • Rameshkumar H. Yadav
  • Shamini Kothari
  • Shristi Sharma

2017-2018

  • Amit Vaghela
  • Avni Sethi
  • Divakar Venkataraman
  • Farzaan Dalal
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Jyotsanaben Sathwara
  • Mansi Thakkar
  • Nayan Patel
  • Salomi Christie
  • Shamini Kothari
  • Shefali Singh
  • Simran Dhaliwal

2016-2017

  • Amit Vaghela
  • Avni Sethi
  • Divakar Venkataraman
  • Farzaan Dalal
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Mansi Thakkar
  • Nihal Vora
  • Shefali Singh
  • Surabhi Vaya
  • Yatti Soni

2015-2016

  • Amit Vaghela
  • Avni Sethi
  • Divakar Venkataraman
  • Farzaan Dalal
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Mansi Thakkar
  • Mustaq Ali Shaikh
  • Nihal Vora
  • Shefali Singh

2014-2015

  • Amit Vaghela
  • Avni Sethi
  • Farzaan Dalal
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Nihal Vora
  • Shefali Singh

2013-2014

  • Avni Sethi
  • Jignesh Gajjar
  • Manjushree Abhinav
  • Shefali Singh