People

Agnishikha Choudhuri

FACULTY

A design practitioner, educator and researcher with an M.S. in Interior Design from Eastern Michigan University and an M.A. in Literature from S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Agnishikha joined Srishti in 2011 as full-time faculty. Her research interests and explorations are varied and currently include design pedagogy, design history, urban waste management, redefining urban landscapes and public space design. She has ten years of experience in a diverse portfolio ranging from managing and facilitating personal transformation programs, faculty development, film production and teaching both design and literature. Areas of Interest: Public space Design, Urban Design.

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Samir Parker

FACULTY

Samir's background is in interior and exhibition design. In recent years, his practice as a designer and an artist has sought to engage with built form and architecture at an urban scale towards the creation of narratives that are culturally and politically responsive. He is inspired by the aspirational images Indian cities are generating of themselves shaped by ancient legends and contemporary politics. Art in Transit, which is a live project with the Bengaluru Metro offered Samir a unique opportunity to engage with a public space at an institutional scale. Working with 3 other facilitators and 37 students this project aims to develop at Peenya Station an immersive art and design experience that engages with the community as well as commuters; to create cultural links that allow for new shared experiences for the citizens. As the line, the area and the city continue to grow and change the project hopes to create a space that becomes a destination as well as an inspiration for the use of art and design to develop a sense of community ownership for a shared history and a future vision of the city. The project aims to create a variety of experiences that will offer something for someone with just a moment to spare as well as those who return for the experience.

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Shivani Shesadri

Project Facilitator

Shivani Seshadri has a Bachelor degree in architecture from RV College of Engineering and a Masters in Architectural Studies from the University of Missouri, with an emphasis on Design with Digital Media. She has worked as a Design Educator at RV School of Architecture and at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. Currently she is a visiting faculty at Impact School of architecture. She has worked as an architect, graphic/interior designer in India and the US for a period of 8 years. Her interests are Public Space Design, Universal Design and exploring the idea of place and space in the urban context.

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Abhiyan Humane

Team Lead

Abhiyan Humane is an artist and scholar interested in perception, manifestation, and interpretation of information. He experiments with light, photosensitivity, and motion. His work explores emergent technologies and platforms that are increasingly relevant in a world where our interactions and experiences are mediated. Abhiyan’s research areas include communication and consumption patterns, altered realities of participation, spaces, and representations that are fun to explore, design and play with. How political movements foster, develop, and evolve has always fascinated him.

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Reuben Samson

Research Assistant (Jan - Dec 2015)

With skills ranging from writing to graphic design to illustration, and accompanied by a keen sensibility for installation and exhibition design, Reuben Samson’s work travels across several different forms of visual and literary media. Interested in polymath concepts, underground visual narratives and literature, his work is frequently embedded with literary allusions, pop-cultural references and social commentary, filtered through a personal, introspective lens. His work, often concerned with the irony associated with the beauty and repulsiveness of human behavior, brings depth and dimension to the contexts he chooses to represent, revealing their inherent contradictions.

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Ruchika Nambiar

Research Assistant (Jan-Dec 2015)

Ruchika Nambiar’s practice focuses on framing and conveying ideas through the use of narrative as a subtle tool of persuasion as well as a tool for packaging large amounts of detail. Her projects often incorporate whimsy and playfulness in an attempt to ease her audience into space where they are more receptive to new ideas. While her ideas are often expressed in the context of personal experiences and stories, the larger themes they explore are connected to her interests in socio-cultural evolution and human behaviour. Her work involves bookmaking, creative writing, image making and illustration, graphic design and occasionally diorama-making.

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Gaurav Singh

Research Assistant

Gaurav Singh is an Computer Science Engineer and Multi-Disciplinary Designer. He mostly works on projects that can spark paradigm shift in how people perceives and enjoy Mathematics and Technology. His research areas include Prime Numbers & Lossless Data Compression, Cellular Automata and Emotional Intelligence.

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Aditya Bharadwaj

Research Assistant

Aditya is an artist who thrives on craft and making. He has formally studied animation and equipped himself with tools and skills from Art and design. He is often found working amongst plants and animals or tucked away behind some percussion. He currently designs and illustrates for Art in transit while simultaneously thinking about his practice as an artist.

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Arunima Bose

Research Assistant

Aru is a queer activist and global nomad. She has worked as a researcher and facilitator on gender and sexuality with young people. Along with attempting to understand public art and linkages with gender and sexuality; she is on the journey of realising herself as an illustrator. She is currently in transit with Art in Transit as a Research Assistant.

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Yash Bhandari
Research Assistant
Formally trained in Sculpture, Yash likes to continuously challenge thought by switching practices and working with different networks.
Manu Sharma
Manu Sharma is a visual artist whose work includes illustration, graphic narratives and microvideos. He views the public sphere as an opportunity to create work that is interacted with and appraised in real time by a wide variety of viewers.
Fabrice Grolaire
Research Assistant
A graphic artist with a bold and distinctive style, Fabrice Grolaire was formally trained as a product designer, first in France, and then in Bangalore at Srishti, indulging in graffiti and street art as only a hobby. Taking to walls with ease, Fabrice conceptualizes and executes murals by drawing inspiration from elements within the context of his site, creating graphic compositions that he then executes with his preferred medium of spray paint. Whether in his sketches or murals, Fabrice’s style is strongly inspired by the aesthetic of graffiti art, thus representing his themes in a striking yet playful manner.
Natasha Sharma
Reseach Assistant
Inclined towards exploring multiple mediums and materials at different scales, her practice mainly revolves around creating public space interventions, objects, installation. Besides design, she gathers most of her inspiration from art, architecture and especially psychology.
Siddhanth Shetty
RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Siddhanth is an alumni of the Art In Transit Project. He is a film-maker and makes videos for the project. He is primarily interested in works that are actively participative in nature.
Aastha Chauhan
Project Facilitator
Aastha Chauhan specialised in sculpture both for her B.F.A, completed at the Government College of Art in Chandigarh, and her M.F.A. at New Delhi College of Art. She is interested in socially engaged art and collaborative practices. Aastha's practise is rooted in the urban village of Khirkee in Delhi where she has worked for a decade on projects ranging from an independent zero budget street art festival to projects focusing on urban design and redevelopment.
Amitabh Kumar
Team Lead
Trained as a painter, Amitabh has explored numerous forms of graphic art, from graphic design and typography, to comics and graphic novels, to illustration and mural-making. Having worked across the spectrum from content creation to curation, he has participated in several exhibitions and art fairs. It is this engagement with contemporary art that made him aware of the lacuna between art and culture, and he began to address this gap by working in public spaces, primarily in the form of murals and print media.
Arzu Mistry
Team Lead
Arzu is an educator, ecologist, visual artist, and dancer. She maintains a high level of dedication and enthusiasm for the arts and ecology as mediums for pedagogy, advocacy, transformation, and intervention. Her practice centers on connecting educators, youth and families with place through interdisciplinary education using memory, story, play and art making through community art/ecology projects, livelihoods training, teacher professional development and educational research and practice.

Arzu Mistry

Team Lead

Arzu is an educator, ecologist, visual artist, and dancer. She maintains a high level of dedication and enthusiasm for the arts and ecology as mediums for pedagogy, advocacy, transformation, and intervention. Her practice centers on connecting educators, youth and families with place through interdisciplinary education using memory, story, play and art making through community art/ecology projects, livelihoods training, teacher professional development and educational research and practice.

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Amitabh Kumar

Team Lead

Trained as a painter, Amitabh has explored numerous forms of graphic art, from graphic design and typography, to comics and graphic novels, to illustration and mural-making. Having worked across the spectrum from content creation to curation, he has participated in several exhibitions and art fairs. It is this engagement with contemporary art that made him aware of the lacuna between art and culture, and he began to address this gap by working in public spaces, primarily in the form of murals and print media.

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Aastha Chauhan

Project Facilitator

Aastha Chauhan specialised in sculpture both for her B.F.A, completed at the Government College of Art in Chandigarh, and her M.F.A. at New Delhi College of Art. She is interested in socially engaged art and collaborative practices. Aastha's practise is rooted in the urban village of Khirkee in Delhi where she has worked for a decade on projects ranging from an independent zero budget street art festival to projects focusing on urban design and redevelopment.

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Siddhanth Shetty

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Siddhanth is an alumni of the Art In Transit Project. He is a film-maker and makes videos for the project. He is primarily interested in works that are actively participative in nature.

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Natasha Sharma

Reseach Assistant

Inclined towards exploring multiple mediums and materials at different scales, her practice mainly revolves around creating public space interventions, objects, installation. Besides design, she gathers most of her inspiration from art, architecture and especially psychology.

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Fabrice Grolaire

Research Assistant

A graphic artist with a bold and distinctive style, Fabrice Grolaire was formally trained as a product designer, first in France, and then in Bangalore at Srishti, indulging in graffiti and street art as only a hobby. Taking to walls with ease, Fabrice conceptualizes and executes murals by drawing inspiration from elements within the context of his site, creating graphic compositions that he then executes with his preferred medium of spray paint. Whether in his sketches or murals, Fabrice’s style is strongly inspired by the aesthetic of graffiti art, thus representing his themes in a striking yet playful manner.

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Manu Sharma

Manu Sharma is a visual artist whose work includes illustration, graphic narratives and microvideos. He views the public sphere as an opportunity to create work that is interacted with and appraised in real time by a wide variety of viewers.

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Yash Bhandari

Research Assistant

Formally trained in Sculpture, Yash likes to continuously challenge thought by switching practices and working with different networks.

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Aishwarya Kumar

Student / 2016

Aishwarya Kumar comes with a background in Science and an interest in anthropology and literature. Her outlet medium before Srishti encompassed of dancing and performance and it was her entry into Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, which created a turning point and gave a more versatile approach to the moral and creative outlook on storytelling. Having gone through a fluid array of skills from animation and image making to photography and writing for journalism, documentary and fictional practice, research in anthropology and literature always called her back.

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Fabrice Grolaire

Student / 2016

A graphic artist with a bold and distinctive style, Fabrice Grolaire was formally trained as a product designer, first in France, and then in Bangalore at Srishti, indulging in graffiti and street art as only a hobby. Taking to walls with ease, Fabrice conceptualizes and executes murals by drawing inspiration from elements within the context of his site, creating graphic compositions that he then executes with his preferred medium of spray paint. Whether in his sketches or murals, Fabrice’s style is strongly inspired by the aesthetic of graffiti art, thus representing his themes in a striking yet playful manner.

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Jaivardhan Singh Channey

Student / 2016

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Karman Nanda Jovi

Student / 2016

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Natasha Sharma

Student / 2016

Natasha Sharma situates her practice at the crossroads of art and design. Her outcomes are a combination of artistic instincts translated through design methodology to cater to the public in various forms. Drawing from an eclectic pool of interests, she has worked in several different media, from product and furniture design to packaging to graphic art and illustration to installation art. Natasha has recently begun focusing her practice on the dimension of tactility, narrowing in on product, furniture and object making. The themes she engages with lean towards interactivity and play, material research and development, social experiments and storytelling.

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Nishit Lalvani

Student / 2016

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Nitya Balakrishnan

Student / 2016

Nitya Bala’s practice is largely focused on still life photography, illustration and two-dimensional image based work. Through the years she has explored traditional areas of image making, using alternative printing techniques, film and analogue photography. Her primary area of focus within her work is the domestic; giving life to the objects and spaces we surround ourselves with, and creating new contexts for the same. Being a visual person, her work explores bold forms, colors, contrast and white space, allowing for it be active and yet minimal.

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Rhea Khanna

Student / 2016

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Roshan Shakeel

Student / 2016

Born in Muscat, Oman, Roshan Shakeel enjoys observing landscapes and cities, and often draws inspiration from board games, lowbrow culture, leftist writing and erotica. While his preferred choice of media is the visual—working across graphic design, illustration and photography—he remains open to experimentation and has also dabbled with simulation and card games. His current area of interest lies in the study and visualization of spaces—natural, built and imagined. Having entered Art in Transit as a way of engaging with the city of Bangalore, his current place of residence, he also dreams of being able to turn his attention to gardening and architecture.

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Shaarang Bhanot

Student / 2016

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Shuchi Bellare

Student / 2016

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Srishti Saxena

Student / 2016

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Taarini Jouhari

Student / 2016

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Akshaya Zachariah

Student / 2015

Through her journey of developing her practice, Akshaya Zachariah has explored several different forms of visual media: from graphite to charcoal to watercolours to illustration to photography to muraling. Her work evolves from medium to medium as she combines various techniques to suit her needs. Her work tries to capture the essence of daily life, recording conversations, activities, spaces, textures, colours and several other forms through which daily life evidences itself. As such, her work involves observation through drawing and photography, and interaction with people, the spaces they inhabit and the activities they engage in.

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Aroushka Jinelle D’mello

Student / 2015

Aroushka D’mello entered the field with an interest in fine art, working primarily with her preferred medium of water colours. Since then, she has worked with illustration, typography and graphic design, occasionally trying her hand at curating, exhibition design, mural making, film & animation. Photography forms a big part of her practice as well, and she also engages in social media design, advertising and food reviewing. In her work, she looks for opportunities to bring several avenues of creative practices together to create a wholesome experience for her audience.

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Deepthi Ramakrishnan

Student / 2015

Deepti Ramakrishnan’s work is largely focused on her practice of image-making and illustration. While on the one hand she explores a certain realism through portraiture, on the other she explores abstraction and surrealism through themes of fantasy, mythology and symbolism. She has tried her hand at various different media, from pencil sketches to water colours to inked drawings to digital illustration. With an effortless ability to interact and converse with people, these interactions often find their way into her work even while being intercut with personal musings and whimsical explorations.

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Devika Shah

Student / 2015

Having primarily studied space and furniture design, with Art in Transit, Devika Shah’s practice began transitioning into a more fluid engagement with spaces and structures through image making. Through the act of painting onsite, she creates compositions that interact with physical sites and are influenced by them. In return, she manipulates the realities of these physical spaces by playing with and extrapolating their existing lines, forms, colours, shadows and perspectives through the image she imposes upon the site.

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Harleen Chatha

Student / 2015

Harleen Chatha’s interests are wide and varied, ranging from furniture design, installation art, mural painting, writing, Lomography and sculpting. All her work, while utilitarian in some form, combines a strong aspect of play, making her practice an equal mix of both art and design. She likes to put herself within a tangible context to respond to and her installations are often interactive, concerned with creating immersive experiences. Also a very visual person, her installations explore interesting, abstracted and highly graphic forms, lines and patterns with bold colour play.

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Ishita Biswas

Student / 2015

Having found her initial approach of social activism to be narrow and one-dimensional, Ishita Biswas has since begun trying to translate and simplify the phenomena she observes around her, in attempt to better understand them for herself and further share her understanding with others. Observing and communicating through drawing and illustration, she talks about human life and urban conditions by summarizing them in the form of symbolic interpretations that she uses as a way to start a dialogue with people. As such, drawing is an important means in her process, as well as its end.

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Manush John

Student / 2015

Manush John’s work has ranged across digital painting and illustration, digital sculpting, bronze casting, sound design, film, animation, museology and curation. He weaves several of these aspects into his projects, be it in their final form, their presentation or their documentation, and has participated in art shows both nationally and internationally. Having developed a rigorous and in-depth understanding of human anatomy, his work often explores how ideas can be expressed through the human body. Regardless of form, his themes attend to various social realities and norms as he underlines, reflects upon and critiques them through his work.

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Natasha Sharma

Student / 2015

Natasha Sharma situates her practice at the crossroads of art and design. Her outcomes are a combination of artistic instincts translated through design methodology to cater to the public in various forms. Drawing from an eclectic pool of interests, she has worked in several different media, from product and furniture design to packaging to graphic art and illustration to installation art. Natasha has recently begun focusing her practice on the dimension of tactility, narrowing in on product, furniture and object making. The themes she engages with lean towards interactivity and play, material research and development, social experiments and storytelling.

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Prateek Vatash

Student / 2015

A skilled graphic artist and designer with a distinctive style, Prateek Vatash’s work ranges from typography to publication design to illustration. With a striking visual language that plays with bold neon colour palettes and strong, clean lines and forms, he creates dynamic and engaging visual compositions. His work effortlessly combines several forms such as clean vector art, 3D elements, digital typography, photography, graphic patterns and optical illusions, found media and handwritten type. Thematically, his work ranges from the whimsical to the abstract, weaving in elements that evidence his interest in the occult and in semiotics.

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Raj Palan

Student / 2015

An avid illustrator, Raj Palan finds his interests travelling across various different forms and media, from cartooning to character design to comics and graphic novels. Occasionally working with graphic design & typography as well, Raj’s work employs a bold and playful aesthetic, much like his illustrations. He has now begun venturing from sketchbook to walls, exploring the form of murals in public spaces. He finds the form liberating in that he is able to exercise creative control while still sharing his ideas in public. His work often deals with understanding elements that make up a context and personifying them in the form of playful creatures, monsters or people.

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Reuben Samson

Student / 2015

With skills ranging from writing to graphic design to illustration, and accompanied by a keen sensibility for installation and exhibition design, Reuben Samson’s work travels across several different forms of visual and literary media. Interested in polymath concepts, underground visual narratives and literature, his work is frequently embedded with literary allusions, pop-cultural references and social commentary, filtered through a personal, introspective lens. His work, often concerned with the irony associated with the beauty and repulsiveness of human behavior, brings depth and dimension to the contexts he chooses to represent, revealing their inherent contradictions.

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Ria Bajaj

Student / 2015

Ria Bajaj’s interests lie primarily in product and furniture design and she situates her practice along the line between art and design, finding interesting sculptural and aesthetic ways to express functional forms. Every project she embarks on evidences a keen interest and a high understanding of motion and interactivity and she refines this sensibility of hers with every new endeavor. Her practice invariably engages with how people interact with the spaces they inhabit. While her work most often manifests in the form of product or furniture design, she is able to translate these interests into other forms as well, such as murals and other visual media.

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Ruchika Nambiar

Student / 2015

Ruchika Nambiar’s practice focuses on framing and conveying ideas through the use of narrative as a subtle tool of persuasion as well as a tool for packaging large amounts of detail. Her projects often incorporate whimsy and playfulness in an attempt to ease her audience into a space where they are more receptive to new ideas. While her ideas are often expressed in the context of personal experiences and stories, the larger themes they explore are connected to her interests in socio-cultural evolution and human behaviour. Her work involves book making, creative writing, image making and illustration, graphic design and occasionally diorama-making.

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Shail Suneja

Student / 2015

Having dabbled in product and space design, and with a keen interest in hands-on work, Shail Suneja’s practice has most frequently dealt with sustainability and ecological building, emphasizing on the use of natural, indigenous materials that forge a direct link between that which is built and the natural context within which it is situated. As a result, his work, instead of imposing form upon material, allows material to dictate form. Whether it comes to understanding the properties of natural materials or the functioning of man made machinery, Shail’s practice advocates a close introspection of our physical world in order to inform our interventions such that they are integrated with context rather than imposed upon it.

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Shambhavi Singh

Student / 2015

Shambhavi Singh uses art and design as a tool for inquiry, to understand contexts, and then build imagery that can tell a story about those contexts. Her work often makes use of characters, personification and metaphorization and her themes often revolve around the city and ideas around urbanization. Treating the city as something of a theatre production where characters have stories to tell and paths that cross, her work plays with visual narrative structures. Her practice aims to seek out existing stories that are embedded within contexts and activate them in the form of images that can trigger conversation with people.

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Siddhanth Shetty

Student / 2015

Siddhanth Shetty is a multi-media artist whose primary inquiry deals with understanding the many ways in which one may amplify, alter or supplement the experience of any given context. Having begun by primarily making short films, he found the process limiting and eventually abandoned allegiance to any one form, instead allowing context to dictate the most effective media. His practice hinges on a thorough immersion into context. His work is often participative in nature as he explores forms and media that can actively address and negate the homogenizing nature of our urbanity.

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Veda Thozhur Kolleri

Student / 2015

Veda Thozhur Kolleri uses the tools of drawing and writing to develop her understanding of various human phenomena. Her enquiries are fundamental in nature: to understand why things are the way they are. This involves understanding the way people think and behave individually or collectively, and then further understanding how their environments are shaped by their thoughts; be it in the activities they choose to engage in, or the physical spaces they create and inhabit. As such, Veda’s practice involves observation of people and spaces, and she documents, reflects upon and draws inferences from her observations.

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Urvika Chabbra

2016

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