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Indira Chowdhury

Area of Practice



B.A. English (Honours), Lady Brabourne College, University of Calcutta

M.A. in English, Jadavpur University,

M.Phil in English, University of Pune

Ph.D. in History from University of London

Work Experience

  • Lecturer in English, St. Mira’s College, Pune
  • Editor, Encyclopedia India
  • Reader in English, Jadavpur University
  • Professor in English, Jadavpur University
  • Archivist, TIFR Archives
  • New India Fellowship
  • Consultant to numerous archival projects and founder of ARCH

Interest Area

oral history; archiving; history of medicine; history of crafts;


Current Practice at Srishti

Public History; Oral History; Museum Studies

Creative practice and Outreach

  • Worked with designers to create archival exhibitions and five archival books for several institutions: IIM Calcutta, Indian Museum, Kolkata. Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, Sasha, Kolkata, National Council of Education, Kolkata
  • Organised Certificate courses in Oral History at Srishti as well as at the Nepal Photography Archives, Patan; and Guwahati University
  • Organised the Winter School in Oral History from 2013 to 2019 where eminent international oral historians have taught at an advanced level
  • Organised the first Winter School in Public History in February 2020

Projects showcase:

The practice of public history

Oral History, Oral Cultures and Social Change

Intergenerational Dialogue

Intergenerational Dialogue
Mrs. Ramalakshmi K. (seen third from the top) discusses transportation by boats on the canals of the Godavari that she witnessed as a child at Nidadavolu, Andhra Pradesh, as a part of "Intergenerational Dialogues" organised by CPH