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// Mysticeti's community of creative thinkers ~
// Active Members ~

Stuti Sareen, Founder

Stuti is building Mysticeti with storytellers who are looking for a supportive space to share and explore their creativity. Contact her with stories and ideas for collaboration.

Shilpa Sivaraman, Illustrator

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Shilpa studies History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and spends most of her time journaling and sketching.

Jishnnu B, Illustrator

Jishnnu is a nature enthusiast. He creates illustrations (on paper and digital media) and visualisations (2D and 3D). He also creates immersive, multi-sensorial narratives using different media for storytelling.

// Featured Artists ~

Rainbow village, Taiwan

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Rainbow Village is a military dependents' village that was converted into street art in Nantun District, Taichung.

Kevin Sudeith

Kevin Sudeith is a New York-based artist, and the creator of the largest online archive of such war rugs. His collection has been featured by Artsy, NPR and The Atlantic among others.

Shantanu Pandit

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Shantanu Pandit is a singer-songwriter based in Delhi. Since 2011, he has spent ten years honing his craft, either as a solo musician, a founding member of seminal Delhi four-piece Run it's the Kid, or the spaces in between.

Tajdar Junaid

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Tajdar Junaid is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer with roots in Calcutta. The song 'Daastan' from his critically acclaimed debut album What Colour Is Your Raindrop (2013) featured in Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf's film The President, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2014. 

Ditty

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Ditty is an Indian independent artist and urban ecologist whose music is inspired by the natural world. She started by playing music on the streets to reclaim public spaces as a woman (#StreetsForUs). Her debut album, Poetry Ceylon released in June 2019 and was called the debut album of the year by India Today.

Begum

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Begum is an alternate dreamscape band. Initially formed as an exercise in allowing both lyrics and sonics to spill out with no second thoughts, the project has, over almost ten years, become more refined, but still based on that gut instinct. 

Peter Cat Recording Co.

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Peter Cat Recording Co. is a band based in Goa, who create and record a variety of different music including Gypsy Jazz, Ballroom, Synth Pop, Psychedelic Rock and everything in between and beyond

Kanishk Seth

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Kanishk Seth is a musician and filmmaker based on Mumbai.

Shubham Sankhyan

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Shubham is a potter and one of the lead representatives of Andretta Pottery studio in Palampur's Andretta Art Village (Himachal Pradesh)

The F16s

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The F16s have been prominent figures in the Indian independent music scene for over a decade. The four-piece band featuring Abhinav Krishnaswamy, Sashank Manohar, Joshua Fernandez and Harshan Radhakrishnan have developed their own unique brand of eccentric and danceable alt-pop.

Shashwat Bulusu

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Shashwat Bulusu is a singer-songwriter, producer and visual artist from the pocket city Baroda. Since 2011, he has been steadily releasing an often dizzying array of musical narratives in both Hindi and English. 

Aakash Mehta

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Aakash Mehta is a stand-up comedian, producer and singer-songwriter. 

Devin Osorio

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Devin Osorio is a first generation Dominican-American from Washington Heights, New York. They create paintings and textile works that are personally cathartic, allowing others to heal alongside them. 

// Contributors ~
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Dhyani Parekh

Dhyani lives in Mumbai and is a product designer studying at the National Institute of Design, Ahemdabad. She believes design research is best done around plants and breaks best taken with some tea. Dhyani currently works at the Quicksand Design Studio in Goa. 

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Tejal Sharan

Tejal has studied graphic design at the National institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She loves illustrating images from her mind (mostly flowers) and believes in the power of visual storytelling in everyday life.

A Humming Heart

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A Humming Heart is an Indian music publication which talks about both film and non-film music, with a heavy focus on the independent music industry. Since their inception in 2017, they have covered a wide range of music from different parts of India and hope to expand their coverage without any biases or boundaries.

Ishani Kamat

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Ishani is a textile designer who loves colour, desserts and everything in between. Ishani is most interested in materials, graphics and prints.

Armatuer Design Studio

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Armatuer aims to honour the work of artisans while carrying forward cultural values that inspire their creativity. It works with handicraft communities and underrepresented cultures to create earth friendly inventive decor, candles and furniture.

Pagal Haina

Pagal Haina aims to spread joy through the simple act of sharing music. With roots firmly grounded in artist development, community building and fan engagement, Pagal Haina's strength lies in discovering, nurturing, and empowering artists with an eye on global reach.

He Says, She Says, They Say Podcast

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He says, She says, They say podcast brings you interesting guests to discuss society, culture, and topics normally too taboo to air out.  It will make you think, make you question, and most importantly (hopefully), make you laugh!

Azielia Anne

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Azielia lives in Kuala Lumpur, and when she’s not at her day job, she keeps up on current affairs, attempts to explore cultural eateries, and thinks of where to travel next. She co-hosts the He says, She says, They say podcast.

Iqbal

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Iqbal lives in Texas and is pursuing his dream of becoming a content creator. He keeps himself busy with posting videos online on cooking, by being an active keyboard warrior on Twitter, and of course by laughing at Malaysian politics. He co-hosts the He says, She says, They say podcast.

Srishti Sareen

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Srishti is a student at the Culinary Institute of America. She loves the smell of freshly baked bread, roasted meat, and fried potatoes.

Shankar Tripathi

Shankar is a student of art history. His writings have been featured by The Punch Magazine, Standpoint, Live Wire, and Art Fervour among others.

Ching Ching Yang

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Ching is a medic and traveler who believes in building the Taiwanese identity. She teaches at National Taiwan University.

Ria Chauhan

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Ria writes free verse and spends most of her time baking lemon. cakes. She studied International Relations at London School of Economics and currently works with UNICEF.

Neharika Gupta

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Neharika  mentors and works with creative people from different ages and runs two writing courses. Her debut Adulting was published by HarperCollins. 

Amrita Brahmo

Amrita is a writer based in Kolkatta. Her words have been published by LiveWire, Chronicle and Asian Literary Journal Cha among others.

Maira Bose

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Maira is a multidisciplinary designer and visual artist. She derives her inspiration from art movements, cultural practices, rock n’ roll and nature. She has studied Creative Facilitation and Contemporary Arts Practices, and worked with Nicobar Design Studio, Blue Tokai among others.

Shreya Shah

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Shreya is a writer and educator based in Mumbai. Her words have been featured by Verve India and Vogue among others. You can check her recommendations from her book shelf at Tea Time Tales.

Vrinda Chopra

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Vrinda is a social science researcher who just submitted her PhD thesis for examination. She loves yoga and drawing pictures of her engagement with the world, through a camera lens and the written word.

Mitra Visveswaran

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Mitra is an artist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She is training to be a psychologist. Her poem Fugitive City was the winning submission for Whistle with Mysticeti - our poetry competition for aspiring writers.

Rohini Kejriwal

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Rohini is a writer, poet and illustrator.

Tarang Mohnot

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Tarang is a freelance writer and full-time traveler, currently living in the Himalayas. She finds solace in music, rain, existentialist thoughts, and oversharing with strangers.

Sujash Purna

Sujash was born in Bangladesh and currently lives in Springfield, Missouri. He is an assistant poetry editor to the Moon City Review and his first book of poems, Biriyani, came out from Ohio's Poet's Haven Author Series in 2018.

Amarabati Bhattacharyya

Amarabati is a journalist and writer. She is a Media Studies major and is currently pursuing her Masters in International Relations. In her free time, she loves re-reading Kafka's Metamorphosis, and writing poems in her diary.

Sristi Suman Ray

Sristi likes to learn a little bit about everything under the sun. She did her studies in English from Ambedkar University and currently works with Teach for India.

Anoushka Khan

Anoushka is an artist and freelance editor. She grew up in Pakistan and the Netherlands, and currently lives in the UK.

Vanshika Randev

Vanshika is a 22-year-old writer based in New Delhi. She currently works as a Junior Editor.

Vinita Agrawal

Vinita is an award-winning poet, editor, translator and curator. She has authored four books of poetry, and is the joint recipient of the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2018 among other literary honors and awards. 

Sumyrah Khan

Sumyrah is an International Law student from Dublin who recently published her first poetry collection Let Alone Hope. She is an activist for Muslim women rights and writes for Harvard University's Led By Foundation that works for empowering Muslim women.

Aditi Sundan

Aditi is a writer and aspiring researcher based in New Delhi. She regularly boasts about the views of the Pir Panjal mountain range from the roof of her house in Jammu.

Vanshika Randev

Vanshika is a 22-year-old writer based in New Delhi. She currently works as a Junior Editor.

Mariyam Fatima

Mariyam is a writer, researcher and editor based in Delhi. She has worked with The Curator Mag and Penguin Random House among others. She is also the founder of The Yarn Cove, a home business that creates mufflers for humans and pets. 

Preksha Sipani

Preksha is a visual designer based in Delhi.

Anayat Gill

Anayat spends most of her time writing her thesis about outmigration and watching animal videos. 

Shombuddha Majumdar

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Shombuddha writes a copy, for which he gets paid, and other things, for which he doesn't. He hopes to make a film someday.

Rubica Kler

Rubica likes to find her current self in books. She likes reading fiction exploring themes of identity, self, and ambition.

Elizabeth Hasan

Elizabeth is a student of English literature at University of Calcutta. Her writings have been published by Delhi Poetry Slam and St. Stephen's College among others.