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Sumona Chakravarty & Nilanjan Das

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Sumona and Nilanjan have been engaging with diverse communities around the Chitpur neighbourhood of Kolkata since 2014, as a part of the artists collective Hamdasti. They started by working with students and craft people, slowly building an ecosystem of artists, residents, community organizations, and government officials to develop collaborative art projects and create more engaged community spaces. With greater attention now on this heritage neighbourhood and a push for urban development, and conservation, Nilanjan and Sumona want to challenge prevalent narratives of Chitpur.