Arna Seal is a Sociologist, teacher-educator, child rights and cultural activist, lyricist and story-teller. With a Ph.D in Sociology from Tulane University, Louisiana, USA, she has 25 years of combined professional experience in development research, individual & organizational capacity development, knowledge management, pre-school to post-graduate level activation & teaching, school project management and scaling in urban, peri-urban and rural geographies and curating art-for-change digital domains. Her areas of work include Education, Culture and the Arts, Communication and Advocacy and Public Health and Gender. She works/collaborates extensively with Academic and Government organizations, INGOs, NGOS, and international funding organizations both independently and as part of a team of experts.
Story-telling is Arna’s passion and she regularly holds story-telling workshops with children in India (and at times in the United States). As Managing Trustee of Musiana, dedicated to the promotion and preservation of performing art forms, especially of Bengal, Dr. Seal manages offline and online enterprise of the Musiana Collective, which includes a popular Bengali Story-telling Series (Goppo) for children. Dr. Seal is a regular translator of Bengali stories for children with Tulika Books, Chennai and is engaged in writing Bengali fiction and text books for children, apart from academic publishing. She has featured as Storyteller at the Think Arts curated, Tata Steel’s Kolkata Children’s Literary Festival in 2017 and 2018. Arna is also co-founder of Bondhu, a Creativity center for children in Kolkata.