Urvashi Butalia
Managing Trustee, Research Director

Urvashi Butalia co-founded Kali for Women in 1984 and in 2003, Zubaan. With over 35 years of experience in feminist and independent publishing, she has a formidable reputation in the industry in India and abroad. She also has a long involvement in the women’s movement in India, and is a well-known writer, both in academia and in the literary world. She has several works to her credit, key among which is her path-breaking study of Partition, The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India which won the Oral History Book Association Award and the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture. She has also taught publishing for over 20 years and is on the advisory boards of a number of national and international organisations. She has received many awards, among which are the Pandora award for women’s publishing, the French Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres and the Padma Shree, the highest civilian honour awarded by the Indian government.


Satish Sharma
Finance Manager

Satish has over thirty years of experience working in non-government organizations. He has been with Kali and then Zubaan for seventeen years. He manages the finance and accounts of various projects undertaken by Zubaan, as well as contributes a lot to the unhindered functioning of the office space. He can also manage a mean backhand in badminton and give players younger than him a run for their money.


Bidisha Mahanta
Project Lead & Lead Researcher

Bidisha has a (barely used) bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s in development and labour studies. She works in conceptualising, designing and implementation of projects, bargaining over budgets and ensuring that all projects are working in tandem. She’s previously worked on peace building, conflict resolution, gender based violence and livelihood issues with women’s collectives in Northeast India and has volunteering experience with state human rights commissions (focusing on GBV and police impunity in ‘disturbed areas’). She’s a true khar-khua axomiya and makes a mean smoked pork curry with bhut jolokia and lai xaak, when she’s not feeling too exasperated with her cats (and the world, in general).


Ishani K B
Project Lead (No Space For Work) & Researcher

Ishani KB works on the No Space For Work project and has previously worked on the Sexual Violence and Impunity project and a scoping study on the possibility of setting up a women’s museum in India, for Zubaan. Ishani is also the commissioning editor of the Young Zubaan list for our sister publishing organization. She is often found putting out many fires around the office and trying to teach people traffic rules and pedestrians right of way, outside of the office.


Karuna Menon
Project Research Associate

Karuna coordinates the planning and implementation of all ongoing projects, activities and events with the team. She works on developing different programmes, outreach campaigns and ensures we stick to our timelines, reporting deadlines and budget constraints (pssst…her secret trick is Asana)! When not eating copious amounts of Magic Masala Lays, she’s chilling with her neighbour’s dachshund puppy.



Sadaf Wani
Project Research Associate (Outreach & Communications)

Sadaf has written her M.Phil dissertation on understanding suspended violence in cities of turmoil through public spaces at Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She was previously associated with the Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi where she worked on the National Food Security Act and its implication across ten states in India. She loves reading and deluding herself into believing that writing will start from tomorrow. At Zubaan, she helps with creative designing, conceptualizing campaigns, forming partnerships and of course, spreading feminist propaganda through our social media handles.


Laxmi Murthy
Project Consultant (No Space For Work)

Laxmi Murthy is a journalist, writer and researcher based in Bangalore. She is contributing editor with Himal Southasian, Colombo, and heads the Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange, Kathmandu.  She is passionate about freedom of expression and journalists’ rights and is the editor of the annual IFJ South Asia Press Freedom Report. Laxmi helped co-ordinate the Sexual Violence and Impunity research and publication project  at Zubaan, and also the Stepping Stones project, which took forward the research through the performing arts. She is one of the co-founders of the Network of Women in Media, India, and co-founder editor of the Free Speech Collective. After more than three decades in the autonomous women’s movement, she is being taught Feminism 201 by her two daughters.


Anushya Pradhan
Project Consultant (Cultures of Peace)

Anushya has previously worked as an Asstt. Programme Manager at EQUIP, a state education project based in Sikkim. Later, she worked as Events Manager at an art space in Gangtok, The People’s Studio, ARTEM. Her earlier association with Zubaan has been through a visual art project, Through Her Lens. She recently joined the Zubaan Projects Team as a part of Cultures of Peace: Festival of the Northeast.  Apart from this, she holds a keen interest in arts and education and is currently a Teaching Fellow at Chennai Photo Biennale Prism.