TEAM - Our Story

Across timezones!

We, at Studio Nilima, are a collective of curious learners and researchers. We work at the interconnections of law, culture, governance and society to discover, imagine and seek new ways of learning, thinking, reasearch and practice.

We believe in extending the frontiers of our existing practice imbibing the vastness of the open skies and the possibilities that lie beyond the chartered territories of law, governance and practice. We undertake rigorous inquiry with a solid dose of integrity, harbouring a childlike curiosity and an uninhibited determination to discover roads less travelled.

TEAM - Our Story
OUR GOVERNING COUNCIL
Justice (Retd) Dhiresh Narayan Choudhury
Justice (Retd) Dhiresh Narayan Choudhury
Former Judge, Gauhati High Court
Justice (Retd) Brojendra Prasad Katakey
Justice (Retd) Brojendra Prasad Katakey
Former Judge, Gauhati High Court
Mr. Nilay Dutta
Mr. Nilay Dutta
Senior Advocate, Gauhati High Court
Ms. Millie Hazarika
Ms. Millie Hazarika
Senior Advocate, Gauhati High Court
Ms. Mahfuza Rahman
Ms. Mahfuza Rahman
Academic
Mr. Apurba Sharma
Mr. Apurba Sharma
Senior Advocate, Gauhati High Court; Executive Chairman, Bar Council of India
Mr. Pradip Bhuyan
Mr. Pradip Bhuyan
Industrialist, Guwahati
OUR INSPIRATION

Nilima Dutta was a novelist, poet and philosopher of Assam. Her novels and poems address ordinary life and realistic concerns. Notable works include Dhumuhar Pasot (1992), an incisive examination of the student led political agitation in Assam in 1980, the formation of a Government by former students and the effects of the movement on ordinary lives. Her collection of poems include Sesh Nai (1967), Andhakup (1970), Prabhakar (1977) and Surar Chhabi Aru Pranar Sur (1988). Her poems eloquently speak of the inner angst of modern minds. A feisty woman with a penchant for Rabindra Xongeet, her magnanimous ways were an inspiration for many.

OUR INSPIRATION
OUR TEAM
Anubhab Atreya

Anubhab Atreya is a fourth year law student at the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam. He is one of the core (founding) team members of Studio Nilima and works as a principal associate for Pratidhwani (the Echo). Seeking to specialise in criminal practice, Anubhab also has a growing interest in public policy research concerning Assam. He is an avid reader, a quizzer and enjoys a good cup of coffee.

Meghna Baruah
Meghna Baruah is a freelance graphic designer. Her work ranges from editorial and print design, branding to illustrations for children's books. She has done projects for organisations like the National Law University Delhi; United Service Institution of India; Constitution Club of India; Sahapedia; Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati and Gauhati University. In her spare time, she works on learning the miniature form of art of Assam and loves to travel, explore and dream.
Abantee Dutta

Abantee Dutta is the co founder of Studio Nilima. A reluctant lawyer, she is presently a Masters candidate at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, USA. Her interest lies in post conflict reconstruction of societies with a specific focus on Assam. A traveller of roads less taken, she pretends to read, cherishes conversations and enjoys a good laugh.

Abhinav Sekhri

Abhinav Sekhri is our mentor in residence for the year 2019-2020. A lawyer practising criminal law in Delhi, Abhinav graduated from National Law School, Bangalore and then pursued his masters from Harvard Law School. Abhinav has a keen interest in pursuing reform in the criminal process, and helping bridge the gap between the practice and scholarship of criminal law in India. He runs The Proof of Guilt Blog, and in his spare time can be found in front a TV watching football.

Moonmoon Laskar

Moonmoon Laskar holds a B.S.L,LL.B. degree from ILS Law College, Pune. After over a decade of experience of working for a legal publishing house, Moonmoon has recently come back to Assam to re-engage with the legal practice. This shift has been driven by an urge to work towards improving life of vulnerable and marginalised sections of the population and belief that each person has the right to live with dignity. A tea lover and a film buff, Moonmoon loves to watch films when she is free.

Vedika Pareek

Vedika Pareek graduated with a degree in law this year. She arrived at Studio Nilima looking for research which places legal and policy discourses from mainland India into the context of northeast India. Vedika is driven to advance her understanding of the culture and society of her homeland, and propel a humanitarian understanding of the social issues plaguing Assam. She is excited to be a part of the Studio and is looking forward to making contributions to its progress.

Ankita Paul is a practicing Advocate in the Gauhati High Court. She shuttles her time being a Junior Associate at the law offices of Mr. Nilay Dutta, Advocate General, Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Studio Nilima. One of the founding team members of Studio Nilima, Ankita has an abiding interest in criminal law. A researcher of human psychology, Ankita loves engaging in conversations. The three Cs in her life are Court, Conversation and Cats.

Bonnya Boruah - Having been away from Assam for most of her life, Bonnya Boruah (fondly called Bulbuli) strives to understand and promote the culture and customs of the tribes of Assam and north-east India. A Project Associate at Studio Nilima, she supports the vision and work at Studio Nilima by developing processes of engaging students of the region with its complexities. Always at home amidst nature, she loves getting disconnected to discover this region. A keen observer of ways to secure economic independence through increased exposure of indigenous crafts, she hopes to one day open a business for and by the grassroots people. 

We are grateful and acknowledge the unconditional support of Priyanka Thakur,
who has been our design mentor since our inception in 2016.
If you would like to get involved with us, send us an email with a
statement of purpose at
abantee@studionilima.com

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