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Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai


Lopamudra has nearly 16 years of work experience as a university teacher, a historian, ethnographer, author and columnist. Fluent in English, Hindi and Bangla, she researches in history, popular culture and heritage of India and the SAARC region. Presently, she is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Legal History at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, West Bengal (India). She has been an Guest Lecturer and also an Assistant Professor at Symbiosis International University, a Culture Specialist at SAARC- Sri Lanka and also a correspondent with the leading English Indian Daily- The Indian Express. She continues to write regularly for various international news websites, including Newsin.Asia (Colombo, Sri Lanka)- (https://newsin.asia/category/lopamudra-column/) and also for South Asia Monitor (based out of New Delhi, India)- (https://www.southasiamonitor.org/contributors/19604/Dr.%20Lopamudra%20Maitra%20Bajpai).

Recently, (2017), she was deputed as the Culture Specialist (Research) at the SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka, on behalf of Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India. Here, she was in-charge of research and publications, organizing seminars and conferences, including all the 8 Member States of the SAARC conglomerate. At the international level, she successfully edited and published 2 volumes of SAARC Art journalwhich, for the first time, included all 8 countries of SAARC region. These issues can be accessed at- March, 2017 issue- http://saarcculture.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/03/issue3.pdf-. September, 2017 issue-http://saarcculture.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/issue4.pdf).

Recently, she was also a Research Grant Fellow (2017-2019) of the Indian High Commission, Sri Lanka and conducted a historical research work between India and Sri Lanka on the British colonial architecture. This is the only research work of its kind and has been published as a book in 2019, titled- ‘Stories of the Colonial Architecture- Kolkata- Colombo’ (Doshor Publications, Kolkata). This book was released at the prestigious Kolkata International Book Fair (2019).

She has worked as an Assistant Professor (2013-2015) at Symbiosis Centre for Media Studies (UG), under Symbiosis International Deemed University, Pune, where she was in-charge of various administrative responsibilities, along with teaching the main courses of Journalism, Culture and Communication, Media and Society Interface, Global Media, Film Studies and Assessment. As part of her administrative responsibilities, she was in-charge of three main criterion of NAAC of the college, she was also in-charge of university examination, including organizing question papers, student counselling and organizing Visiting Faculty classes and mostly importantly, organizing placements for students, amidst other administrative work.

She has also represented India at various international platforms, including UNESCO- the most recent being the UNESCO- ICH (Intangible Cultural Heritage) conference held in Jenjou, South Korea (October, 2020) and ICH conference held in Sharjah (April, 2019). Earlier, she has also represented India at the SAARC Cultural Centre international conference as the Official Nominee of the Govt. of India (April, 2014).

Her earlier work on oral traditions of Bengal from the compilation- Thakurmar Jhuli (Grandmother’s Bag of Tales) is also referred to as part of the basis and Further Reading List on Wikipedia- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thakurmar_Jhuli (“100 years of Thakurmar Jhuli (Grandmother’s Bag of Tales): From Oral Literature to Digital Media – Shaping Thoughts for the Young and Old”. Indian Folklore Research Journal. (7): 77–95).
She is also in the editorial board of international journals, the most recent being Nidan Journal of South Asia from University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa- where she is the Guest Editor for all 4 issues across 2021 and 2022 on Folklore of South Asia.