ABOUT US

Curiouscity was founded in 2009 by Dr. Shonali Chinniah, Dr. Jandeep Banga, and Umesh Malhotra. Dr. Sukanya Sinha and Dr. Utpal Chattopadhayay joined us shortly afterwards. Most of the programs we have been running over the years was developed by Dr. Shonali Chinniah, Dr. Sukanya Sinha and Dr. Utpal Chattopadhayay with a few of the summer camps and sessions developed and run by Dr. Jandeep Banga. Umesh Malhotra was the driving force behind our ideas and our company.

In 2016, the company was bought over by Dr. Shonali Chinniah and Anil Chinniah to take it further and develop a science center.
In 2016, the company was bought over by Dr. Shonali Chinniah and Anil Chinniah to take it further and develop a science center.

OUR TEAM

Dr. Shonali Chinniah (Director)
Shonali recieved her Ph.D in Marine Ecology from Cornell University in 1997. She has explored the depths of the Ocean off the coast of Maine in a deep sea-submersible (The Johnson Sea-Link) as a part of her research, organized international conferences on the use of acoustic methods in ocean research in Goa, published papers in research, written articles and a children’s book "The Fabulous Fibonnacci’s" in science. She has a wide and varied range of teaching experience from teaching undergraduate courses in American univeristies to conducting educational tours at the New Jersey State Aquarium; technical courses at SAP (a German company) to ICSE syllabus for pre university classes in India. In 2009 she incorporated CURIOUSCITY as a company to teach innovative science workshops with a “practical” rather than “theoretical” approach to learning. She has worked with several NGO’s in India, teaching science to less privileged children, including children from the Ashraya Neelbagh School, Pench Rural Schools, and the school for the deaf in Indiranagar.

Anil Chinniah (CEO)
Anil Chinniah is has a MS from the University of Massachusettes, Amherst and an MBA from the Drexel University, Philadelphia. He has a decade of work experience in corporate America and has been an enterpreneur for the past 15 years and has successfully been running several online ventures. He is passionate about the environmental related issues and along with Shonali has successfully initiated and sustained a neighbourhood a Solid Waste Management Solution for over 500 households in Koramangala, Bangalore. He has also started a pioneering leaf litter composting solution for the city of Bangalore, in Koramangala – where officials from our BBMP and even a South East Asian team of developers came to take a look at the unit for possible replication around Banglaore and in other countries.

Nilanjan P. Chourdhury (Science Advisor/Volunteer)
Nilanjan P. Choudhury is an author, theatre person and science communicator. His interests lie at the intersection of science and art. He believes in the power of theatre and storytelling to communciate the magic of science. His play "The Square Root of a Sonnet", explores the history and science of black holes and has been recognized as a significant voice in science theatre. It has been performed all over India to wide critical acclaim and has been seen by over 6000 people. His recently written play "Servant of God" tells the story of Abdus Salam, the brilliant Pakistani physicist and is expected to be staged soon. He is also the author of three novels, which have all been (very) brief bestsellers. Nilanjan did his MS in Physics from IIT Kanpur and continues his passion for it as an advisor and enthusiastic volunteer at Curiouscity. More details of his plays and books are available at www.nilanjan.net

Shruti Mallya (Program Developer/Educator)
Shruti has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the Institute of Science, Mumbai, and has three years’ experience working in research labs in Bangalore at JNCASR. She has been working with children for a year now, and is passionate about communicating the unexpectedly fascinating aspects of science in a fun, relatable way. She enjoys public speaking and writing, and is a voracious reader with a particular interest in popular science. Shruti has been working with Curiouscity since 2018 and has all around skills in program development, science writing, website managament, and working with children.

Vanditha Gowda (Website Developer)
Vanditha has a Bachelor degree in Information Science from the Institute of Vivekanada College of Engineering and Technology, Puttur, and has eight years’ experience working in Web Designing in Bangalore at NRI Online Private Limited. She has been working with Curiouscity to create and maintain our website and online presence.

Dr. Shonali Chinniah:
Shonali recieved her Ph.D in Marine Ecology from Cornell University in 1997. She has explored the depths of the ocean off the coast of Maine in a deep sea-submersible (The Johnson Sea-Link) as a part of her research, organized international conferences on the use of acoustic methods in ocean research in Goa, published papers in research, written articles and a children’s book “The Fabulous Fibonnacci’s” in science. She has a wide and varied range of teaching experience from teaching undergraduate courses in American univeristies to conducting educational tours at the New Jersey State Aquarium; technical courses at SAP (a German company) to ICSE syllabus for pre university classes in India. In 2009 she incorporated CURIOUSCITY as a company to teach innovative science workshops with a “practical” rather than “theoretical” approach to learning. She has worked with several NGO’s in India, teaching science to less privileged children, including children from the Ashraya Neelbagh School, Pench Rural Schools, and the school for the deaf in Indiranagar.

Dr. Sukanya Sinha:
Sukanya has a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Maryland, USA. She has held research positions in University of Mexico, Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, and Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Bangalore. She is currently Visiting Professor at ISI, Bangalore. A scientist with deep interest in science education, she has given lectures and conducted workshops related to mathematics, and science.

Dr. Utpal Chattopadhyay:
Utpal has a Ph.D. in Physics from State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. He has held senior R&D positions in two of the world's most renowned technology organisations, AT&T Bell Labs, and Motorola. He is currently director of Anweshaa, an organisation that focuses on management and organisation development on one hand and Science and Technology education on the other. He has also given lectures and conducted workshops related to mathematics and science to high school students and teachers. Dr. Sukanya Sinha : Sukanya has a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Maryland, USA. She has held research positions in University of Mexico, Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, and Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Bangalore. She is currently Visiting Professor at ISI, Bangalore. A scientist with deep interest in science education, she has given lectures and conducted workshops related to mathematics, and science.

Dr. Jandeep Banga:
Jandeep has done his MBBS from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla in 1989. Presently he is Managing Director of ‘Banga Hospitals Pvt. Limited’ a company that runs few hospitals and diagnostic centers in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Even though he got into medicine, he has always been passionate about teaching science in innovative ways. He takes two weeks off every month from his work in Himachal to be in Bangalore and is actively involved in creating science modules and conducting science workshops for children.

Umesh Malhotra:
is a serial entrepreneur. He is an Ashoka Fellow and founder of Hippocampus Reading Foundation, an organization with the mission of making reading facilities available to disadvantaged children. Umesh also runs Hippocampus a library that promotes reading amongst children. He has a passion for food and design and runs the Oye Amritsar chain of restaurants. Besides this, he serves on the board of Idenizen Smartware, People Health and on the advisory board of Dream-a-dream, a NGO that helps develop life skills in underprivileged children. Umesh has done his graduation from IIT-Madras and started his career with Infosys Technologies. He first became an entrepreneur with Bangalore Labs in 1999, a computer infrastructure services firm which was later sold by him in 2002.
We are in the process of building a center of science for Curiouscity which we hope will go live by 2020. Here we will run our day programs, have guest lectures, summer camps, teacher training programs, outward bound camps and activities through the year. We also hope to bring our programs to schools – both urban and rural.