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 Ananda Dutta
Mr. Nilay Ananda Dutta
Advocate General, Arunachal Pradesh; Senior Advocate, Gauhati High Court
Ms. Millie Hazarika
Ms. Millie Hazarika
Senior Advocate, Gauhati High Court
Ms. Mahfuza Rahman
Ms. Mahfuza Rahman
Academic
Ms. Sudha Shankar
Ms. Sudha Shankar
Facilitator and Trainer, Non-Violent Communication
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 one of the founding team members of Studio Nilima and works as Principal Associate for Pratidhwani (The Echo). A graduate from National Law University, Assam, his research interests include aspects of constitutional and criminal law in their application to public policy concerns of Northeast India. He has been a research associate to the Committee for Implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. In his work in Correctional Homes through Pratidhwani, he facilitates legal services and strategic litigation apart from researching on policy concerns such as equitable access to healthcare within prisons. 

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 and Director of Studio Nilima, a peace scholar and a practitioner of law. Her research interests include identity-based and generational dynamics of conflict, post conflict development of societies and peace building practices based on dialogue and critical reflexivity. Through her work at Studio Nilima, she has facilitated intergenerational and inter-community dialogues and serves as a restorative justice practitioner. She has received her M.Sc. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, USA and holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne. A traveller of roads less taken, she pretends to read, cherishes conversations and enjoys a good laugh.  

Moonmoon Laskar

Moonmoon Laskar graduated from ILS Law College, Pune. She had worked for a legal publishing house for over a decade before joining Studio Nilima. Her responsibilities at Studio Nilima involve Management and Administration of the organization. She is also one of the core facilitators of the “Reading Circle,” an action led research project with the inmates of District Jail, Morigaon. She is driven by a strong commitment to work in Assam, while addressing and improving the living conditions of the vulnerable and marginalized sections of the society. Striving for a life of dignity for all and inspired by the motto of ‘deeds not words’, she draws her strength at work from her dedication and perseverance to grow with knowledge each passing day. She loves to have tea and watches movies during recess. She ardently hopes to see our society get free of ‘casteism’ and ‘dowry’ menaces someday soon.

Ankita Paul is a practicing Advocate in the Gauhati High Court. One of the founding team members, Ankita leads Communications and Youth Engagement at Studio Nilima.  She has an abiding interest in criminal law and works closely as a Project Associate with the Pratidhwani (the Echo) initiative. A researcher of human psychology, she has a keen interest in criminal psychology. She loves engaging in conversations and is a self-confessed gastronome. 

Shruti Sarma Hazarika

Shruti Sarma Hazarika is a B.A. LL.B (Hons.) graduate from Indraprastha University, Delhi and is also pursuing her PGD in Environmental Law and Policy from WWF-India in collaboration with NLU, Delhi. She is one of the principal associates of the Pratidhwani (The Echo) initiative at Studio Nilima. Enrolled as an Advocate in 2013, Shruti has had the opportunity to practice both before the Gauhati High Court and the Delhi High Court. She holds a strong belief in addressing the grey areas in the criminal justice system. Her thirst for knowledge and interest in criminal law has paved her way to Studio Nilima. She is a voracious reader and loves travelling.

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

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER