About the authorBina Sarkar Ellias is founder, editor, designer and publisher of International Gallerie, an award-winning global arts and ideas publication from India. Since 17 years of publishing, she has been committed to encouraging critical awareness and understanding of cultures as interpreted through the arts, performing arts, essays, poetry, features on communities and people, cinema and photography. She is a poet and writer, published in various Indian and international anthologies and online sites. Her chapbook of poems 'The Room' was published by AarkArts, UK. As art curator, she has curated shows of Indian artists, besides having curated the 2010 online show for Pen and Brush, Inc, NY. She has also given talks and participated in panel discussions on art and social awareness at several venues in India and internationally. She is currently curating an International photo show for FOCUS in Bombay, March 2015. Engaged in socio-political and community building issues, she received a Fellowship in 2007 from the Asia Leadership Fellow Program and Japan Foundation for research and development of the project: Unity in Diversity. Envisioning Community Building in Asia and Beyond, the Times Group Yami Women Achiever's award in 2008, and the FICCI/FLO 2013 award for excellence in her work.