PEOPLE IN ROCK ART - INDIA
Jana is a National Geographic Certified Educator, a School Innovation Ambassador, Researcher and a Barefoot Ecologist with a background in sociology and courses in anthropology, demographic, linguistics, research methodology and cave art documentation. He is a leading authority on the Iduhatty Rock Art of Nilgiris, India. He is a pioneer in using modern technology and techniques to document the rock arts in Nilgiris. He is engaged in multidisciplinary research projects across Nilgiris, focusing on human origin, cultural ecology, indigenous ecological knowledge, climate change, nature-based solutions, environmental conservation and education. He aims to preserve, protect and systematically document all the Rock Art sites of Nilgiris.
Shubham Rajak is doing Ph.D in Prehistoric Archaeology from Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, Pune, India, and his research focused on Behavioral aspects of prehistoric cultures through studying Rock Art and Stone tools from North Karanpura Valley, Jharkhand, India. His masters’ dissertation was focused on 3D documentation of Isko rock shelter, Jharkhand, India. In 2019, he was awarded with Nehru trust research grant at Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He has intensely worked on Archaeological excavations, Ethnoarchaeology and Rock Art of Eastern India.
Sujitha Pillai has finished her first masters in A.I.H.C. from Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra, India, and her thesis focussed on documentation of paintings and engravings in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. In 2017, she was selected for the Erasmus Mundus Programme of IMQP (International Master in Quaternary and Prehistory), funded by the European Union and her thesis focussed on documentation of painted rock art sites using digital technology in Spain and Portugal.
Research interest: Rock art, Ancient India, Cultural anthropology, Intangible Heritage.