Shatarupa Bhattacharyya is an independent researcher and theatre artist based in Bengaluru. She holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru and an M.Phil. in History from the University of Hyderabad. She specialises in the history and culture of the Sundarbans, especially the festive practices prevalent in the region. She has published her research in a peer-reviewed journal as well as in edited volumes, and presented it in national and international conferences.