Bindu Subramaniam

Bindu Subramaniam is a singer/songwriter, author and music educator. She started the contemporary world music band SubraMania, with her brother Ambi, and their first release “Days in the Sun” had over a million views on Facebook. As a songwriter, she has won Honourable Mentions at the Billboard World Song Contest. She is also a recipient of a Global Indian Music Award and was named one of 12 Gen Next Achievers by Verve Magazine. Bindu heads of the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, and started the SaPa in Schools part of school curriculum. She has co-written the SaPa Baby series of books (with her father Dr. L. Subramaniam) to teach music to young children and teaches on the SaPa Show, a weekly television program. She is also closely involved with the philanthropic activities of the Subramaniam Foundation. Bindu has a master’s degree in law from London University, a master’s certificate in songwriting and music business from Berklee Music, a Montessori diploma, an MPhil, and is currently working on a PhD in Music Education.

Ihitashri Shandilya

Ihitashri is a Social Entrepreneur and a Sustainability Champion, who believes in the power of entrepreneurship to tackle the social challenges of rural livelihood and cultural preservation.

After 7 years of stint with the Corporate world (in the areas of Supply chain management and Enterprise Resource Planning), Ihitashri started her brainchild Social Enterprise ‘MITHILAsmita’ to promote the heritage Madhubani Paintings of India.

The enterprise aims at using the power of marketing, technology and strategic partnerships to bring sustainability in the rural artisan sector, with a focus on women artisans.

In the course of her Social entrepreneurship journey, Ihitashri has developed expertise in the areas of Social Business Development, Partnerships, Thought Leadership, Digital Marketing and Academic Collaborations and is actively working on initiatives to use culture as a tool for empowerment and development.

Tess Maunder

Tess Maunder is a contemporary art curator and writer based in Brisbane. She currently works as Public Programs and Publications Officer at the Institute of Modern Art. In this role she has worked with internationally renowned contemporary theorists, curators and artists in the delivery of exhibitions, public programs and publications for the institution.

In 2012, Tess started her own publication called The Maximilian, with peer Laura Brown and has since, used the publication as leverage to begin a publishing partnership called Approximating with other editors from Indonesia, The Philippines and India. In 2012, she was awarded the Art and Australia writers program, and was mentored by Rachel Kent, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. In 2013, Maunder participated in the 5th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course in South Korea. Also in 2013, she was selected to represented Australia at the Independent Curators International Course held at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

In 2014, the Queensland State Government honoured Tess for her achievement to the arts. Tess has an independent curatorial practice and regularly writes art criticism and contributes to publications. Tess is interested in thinking about contemporary art as an avenue for broadening social awareness and cultural understanding.

Rebecca Allen

Bec is the Executive Producer of Force Majeure (a dance theatre company based at Carriageworks in Sydney). A graduate of NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), she has over 15 years experience working within the performing arts sector as a stage manager, company manager, programmer and producer.

Prior to Force Majeure Bec was the inaugural Creative Producer at Darwin Festival (2009/10) and Company Stage Manager with Bangarra Dance Theatre (2007‐09). Career highlights include touring to over 50 towns and cities across Australia and to France, UK, America and Canada.

Bec was a 2011 Asialink Arts Management resident in Hong Kong, has a Masters in Management (Arts and Culture, University of South Australia) and is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Development Program with the Australia Council for the Arts. She is a peer assessor for ArtsNSW, Australia Council and Asialink. She is a Board Director of Powerhouse Youth Theatre (Fairfield, Western Sydney) and is a regular contributor to community radio station 2SER 107.3

In 2016 Bec will relocate to the United States and take up a Masters in International Cultural Diplomacy at the University of Westminster.

Aneesh Bhasin

Aneesh is a multi-award winning professional photographer with over 6 years of extensive experience in lifestyle, fashion and travel photography. He shoots everything from food to people all over the world. These include Johhnie Walker, Dom Pérignon, BBC Good Food, Vanity Fair, Lonely Planet, GQ, CN Traveller, Silver Kris, Times of India & Hindustan Times.

His professional assignments and personal interest in travel as well as wine led him to understand and experience firsthand the vast world of wine consumption around the world and the up coming industry in India. Having met with various wine makers and enthusiasts in the country his keen understanding of the potential for the Indian wine industry and it’s need to engage with it’s consumers in a hard liquor dominated market made him realise the potential for a platform such as the Indian Wine List.

Amoghavarsha Js

Amoghavarsha is a wildlife photographer and filmmaker. He has travelled extensively, and documenting the planet’s bio-diversity and helping conserve through photographs and film. He has photographed the thick evergreens of Arunachal, the barren landscapes of Ladakh, the Western Ghats in south India and the vast plains of Africa.

He began his career as a Software Engineer at Amazon.com and worked with two Internet start-ups before he switched to full-time photography and filmmaking. Having worked as a naturalist and hailing from a technology background, he makes use of new media to help spread the message of conservation.

His recent projects include “Secrets of the King Cobra” – a National Geographic documentary and “Jaya hey Kannada Thaye” – India’s first wildlife music video which was launched on six channels and gained two million views in two days. He works closely with State Governments on wildlife and conservation based activities. He has been one of the main contributors for the mobile exhibition.

Tess Maunder

Tess Maunder is a contemporary art curator and writer based in Brisbane. She currently works as Public Programs and Publications Officer at the Institute of Modern Art. In this role she has worked with internationally renowned contemporary theorists, curators and artists in the delivery of exhibitions, public programs and publications for the institution.

In 2012, Tess started her own publication called The Maximilian, with peer Laura Brown and has since, used the publication as leverage to begin a publishing partnership called Approximating with other editors from Indonesia, The Philippines and India. In 2012, she was awarded the Art and Australia writers program, and was mentored by Rachel Kent, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. In 2013, Maunder participated in the 5th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course in South Korea. Also in 2013, she was selected to represented Australia at the Independent Curators International Course held at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

In 2014, the Queensland State Government honoured Tess for her achievement to the arts. Tess has an independent curatorial practice and regularly writes art criticism and contributes to publications. Tess is interested in thinking about contemporary art as an avenue for broadening social awareness and cultural understanding.

Rebecca Allen

Bec is the Executive Producer of Force Majeure (a dance theatre company based at Carriageworks in Sydney). A graduate of NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), she has over 15 years experience working within the performing arts sector as a stage manager, company manager, programmer and producer.

Prior to Force Majeure Bec was the inaugural Creative Producer at Darwin Festival (2009/10) and Company Stage Manager with Bangarra Dance Theatre (2007‐09). Career highlights include touring to over 50 towns and cities across Australia and to France, UK, America and Canada.

Bec was a 2011 Asialink Arts Management resident in Hong Kong, has a Masters in Management (Arts and Culture, University of South Australia) and is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Development Program with the Australia Council for the Arts. She is a peer assessor for ArtsNSW, Australia Council and Asialink. She is a Board Director of Powerhouse Youth Theatre (Fairfield, Western Sydney) and is a regular contributor to community radio station 2SER 107.3

In 2016 Bec will relocate to the United States and take up a Masters in International Cultural Diplomacy at the University of Westminster.

Aneesh Bhasin

Aneesh is a multi-award winning professional photographer with over 6 years of extensive experience in lifestyle, fashion and travel photography. He shoots everything from food to people all over the world. These include Johhnie Walker, Dom Pérignon, BBC Good Food, Vanity Fair, Lonely Planet, GQ, CN Traveller, Silver Kris, Times of India & Hindustan Times.

His professional assignments and personal interest in travel as well as wine led him to understand and experience firsthand the vast world of wine consumption around the world and the up coming industry in India. Having met with various wine makers and enthusiasts in the country his keen understanding of the potential for the Indian wine industry and it’s need to engage with it’s consumers in a hard liquor dominated market made him realise the potential for a platform such as the Indian Wine List.

Amoghavarsha Js

Amoghavarsha is a wildlife photographer and filmmaker. He has travelled extensively, and documenting the planet’s bio-diversity and helping conserve through photographs and film. He has photographed the thick evergreens of Arunachal, the barren landscapes of Ladakh, the Western Ghats in south India and the vast plains of Africa.

He began his career as a Software Engineer at Amazon.com and worked with two Internet start-ups before he switched to full-time photography and filmmaking. Having worked as a naturalist and hailing from a technology background, he makes use of new media to help spread the message of conservation.

His recent projects include “Secrets of the King Cobra” – a National Geographic documentary and “Jaya hey Kannada Thaye” – India’s first wildlife music video which was launched on six channels and gained two million views in two days. He works closely with State Governments on wildlife and conservation based activities. He has been one of the main contributors for the mobile exhibition.