Dr. Amar Nath Tewari
Dr. AmarNath Tewari joined as the Advisor for the Agriculture vertical at Parivartan in July 2013. He is the former Dean Agriculture, Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology Kanpur. He has envisaged transferring the resource conservation technologies in the Parivartan work area comprising of 44 villages falling in 6 Panchayats of Jiradei and two Panchayats of Ander development blocks to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of prevailing cropping systems with reduced costs ultimately aimed to improve the quality of life of the farming community.
Balinder works closely with Dr. Tiwari and provides ideas and insights into the challenges faced by farmers in our communities. Hailing from a family of farmers, he has combined his passion for community development with sustainable farming and is assisting in planning, organizing, and managing agricultural activities. Prior to joining Parivartan, he had worked with the Agriculture department in Bihar. He is well trained to assist diligently with the new techniques to boost productivity. He aims for regenerative agriculture that illustrate holistic, value based ways to farm satisfyingly and successfully. With environmental and economic conditions manifesting, Balinder serves in renewing, enhancing environment and improving lives of their community.
Vivek Kumar Kushwaha
Mr. Vivek Kumar Kushwaha, joined in September, 2019, is an Agriculture Facilitator in Parivartan. He hails from Kushinagar, a village in Uttar Pradesh. Vivek has previously worked with Rasi and Kaedila seed companies. He had an experience of working with the farmers by making them aware of the new techniques and products that enhance their yield.
Rupa Gupta leads the Mahila Sashaktikaran vertical and has been zealously working on making women aware, empowered, capable and self-reliant. Rupa works on connecting these women to government schemes and public amenities, mobilizing womenfolk, monitoring work, resolving issues, and successfully conducting activities on numerous occasions, among different districts of Siwan. She is also responsible for documentations, data entry and reporting at Parivartan.
Arty Devi works in villages Pathar Dae, Bangra, Mahmoodpur and Ruhiya of Panchayat Jamapur. She is determined to make a change in the society by providing her support to everyone. She likes to learn new things on computer and mobile phones. Through her efforts and determination, she has been able to get son enrolled for pursuing graduation. For her family, she is their strength.
Indu Devi works in villages Khem Bhatkan and Babu Bhatkan of Panchayat Narendrapur. She finds satisfaction in meeting up and having meaningful conversations with women of her group. She aspires to become self-sufficient to make ends meet and educate her children.
Kiran has been a part of Parivartan since 2013. Kiran Devi works in village Baikunthpur of Panchayat Gadhaar. She took charge of building her personality for better. She has got an appetite for learning computers. She wants her daughters to get the same privileges as her sons do. She is amazed to see herself changed into an independent woman who can now speak her mind. She believes that her fellow Sahyoginis has always supported her throughout her journey in Parivartan.
Meena Devi works in villages Baliya, Salahpur, Ujjain Bangra and Sajwa of Panchayat Baliya. She marvels at the change in herself through this transformational journey of working for the welfare of rural women. She has a dynamic personality from which is an inspiration for many women in the community. Today, she is happy that she can do everything independently and has her own recognition in the society.
Kavita Devi works in Masudaha, Lachchhiram Parari Khemraj Parari of Panchayat Bhawrajpur. She has a keen interest in reaching out to as many as she can. She seeks to increase the voice, visibility and validity to bring about a change for women. Kavita has helped her family members also understand the importance of educating women. She is very brave and has the courage to fight against any odds. She gets her inspiration from her fellow Sahyoginis.
Rajawti works in 6 villages of Panchayat Chandauli-Ganguali. She believes that working in Parivartan as a Sahyogini, has made her more confident and fearless. Rajawti understands the difficulties faced by women in the community. For her, working is a matter of choice which every women should have. Rajawti aspires to support every woman and adolescent in the community.
Rajiya Khatoon works in villages Jamapur, Garaad and Khargi Raampur of Panchayat Jamapur. She is resilient to life’s hardships. She believes in dealing with problems head-on.
Sarita Gupta works in village Velvasa, Singhi and Hardohpatti of Panchayat Gadhaar. After getting the opportunity to be associated with the women empowerment group of Parivartan, she feels that she is a part of her fellow women’s joy and sorrow. Through the support of the fellow Sahyoginis, she feels that she has become very strong and courageous. Sarita understands that it is not just important to educate a girl child but it is also important for family members to understand the importance of education. She believes that a woman should be independent in every aspect.
Savita Devi works in village Badhuliya and Narendrapur of Panchayat Narendrapur. She says that making women in the villages aware of ways in which they could empower themselves satisfies her. She unquestionably believes that adversity leads to success. Through her experience at Parivartan, she has been able to gain an understanding about her rights and duties as a citizen.
Sushila Devi works in three villages of Panchayat Baliya. Sushila believes that by working in Parivartan for the last five years, has made her more positive. She is now aware of the local Government systems and recognizes her rights and duties as a citizen. Sushila thinks that she has got a new identity by working with Parivartan. She gets immense respect from people in the community and strives to solve every issue at hand.
Tara Devi works in village Bhavrajpur of Panchayat Bhavrajpur. She is empathetic towards others and wishes to use her power for doing well. For her breaking the shackles of patriarchy was difficult. Mahila Samakhya has brought a lot of change in her. She now takes part in the decision making of her family.
Chanda Devi works in Pakvaliya, Hasanpurva and Dharmpur villages of Panchayat Bharauli. She has been a part of Parivartan since 2013. Chanda understands the need to empower women. She believes that an informed woman can bring in positive changes in the society. By working in Parivartan, she has learnt a lot about the problems of the women in the community and provides them as much support as needed. Chanda enjoys learning computer and believes it is one of the ways that she feels empowered.
She joined Parivartan was in June 2017. She works in five villages of Bhatkhan Panchayat of Mian are doing works of Mian of Bhatkhan, Gomti, Seekian, Narayanpur and Sanjalpur. They say that women are not free even today, because they see people of the society with their eyes, so this woman is joining the clan and is trying to bring the rights of women and society forward.
Shanti Devi works in Chhiyasi, Tiwari ke Badhya, Sanjalpur, Gonthi of Panchayat Bhawrajpur. She says she is highly motivated after interaction with her fellow Sahyoginis and their work. She is dedicated to serve with full conviction, contributing to social causes. She feels that empowerment of women comes with information and inclusion in every matter. She believes that a society can grow more with the inclusion of women in the decision making.
Raisa khatoon works in Bhalaipur, Bhikpur, Bharauli of Panchayat Bahrauli. Being a part of Parivartan for the last five years, Raisa believes that she has evolved as a person. Raisa is now more confident about herself than before joining Parivartan. She dreams of playing a significant role in changing many social evils and become shining beacon of hope, by showing exemplary devotion in her respecting field.
Mithilesh Kumar Singh
Mithilesh Kumar Singh is the Project Manager for the Community Sports vertical at Parivartan. In the past he has been a change worker for reproductive health and family planning schemes and has a strong hold on community mobilisation. He has served for organisations such as Agragami, PCI, IYCF and as a master trainer on various projects. At Parivartan he is responsible for management and monitoring of the Sports for Development, Sports Excellence and Leadership in Action programmes. He is responsible for organisation meets, field visits, group discussions, data management and reporting.
Abhimanyu Kumar Singh
Abhimanyu Kumar Singh, a resident of village Surwal, joined Parivartan on September, 2019 as Umang’s Kabaddi Coach. Being an ardent Kabaddi player since 2014, Abhimanyu has participated in around 20 district level and 5 state level Kabaddi matches. Abhimanyu has been a Kabaddi coach previously where he had trained Under 14 and Under 17 teams of Siwan district. He believes that Parivartan has given him the platform to train many such Kabaddi players like himself who have the potential to reach National and International levels.
Pankaj is a youth mentor in community sports vertical at Parivartan. As a youth member he is responsible for showcasing excellent managerial skill, supervise, identify, formulate, implementation of interventions, high quality programming and curriculum for events/programs on best practice in the field to promote participation, innovation and sharing of resources. Supervises a dynamic team of CYLs along with other youth members; ensures compliance including tracking and evaluating session reports, outline strategies for facilitating active participation from community children.
With the belief to bring positive social change in the community, Pooja joined Parivartan in September 2019 as the Youth Mentor in Umang. She is currently pursuing her graduation. Pooja is a resident of village Badhuliya. She believes that every child in our community can rise in life if they are guided and directed in the right direction.
Rajkeshwar Kumar serves as a youth mentor in the community sports vertical at Parivartan. In the past he has an experience of work as a community youth leader in Parivartan “Magic bus program” post-graduation from JP University. He has been passionately working as a Youth mentor since 2015. He has also been part of Jagriti Yatra for the year 2014-15. As a youth member he is responsible for showcasing excellent managerial skill, supervise, identify, formulate, implementation of interventions, high quality programming and curriculum for events/programs on best practice in the field to promote participation, innovation and sharing of resources. Supervises a dynamic team of CYLs along with other youth members; ensures compliance including tracking and evaluating session reports, outline strategies for facilitating active participation from community children.
Arvind joined Parivartan in the year 2015. With the hope to make a positive change, Arvind works as Leadership Trainer. His trainings focuses on how to inspire the youth towards bringing social change in the community. His trainings act as a Driving force for the youth to take the initiative to develop the community. Arvind has previously worked with organizations like Magic Bus and Saksham. To him education is not just about classroom learning but also being able to apply these learnings practically.
Ashutosh Mishra is the facilitator for the Community Theatre Vertical at Parivartan, what we call the Parivartan Natya Mandali. Prior to joining Parivartan, Ashutosh worked with Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), Kolkata for 25 years. He has been a part of numerous theatre groups in the past. He also served for a community radio show. As an expert in the field of art he introduced the dramatics group in Parivartan. He oversees the promotion of dramatics and art with education, works towards revival of folk music and art forms. He sas been a part of various plays to address social issues thereby educating village people.He has been mentoring and nurturing the Natya Mandali that comprises of 14 local artists from 8 villages. He has been working at Parivartan since 2013 and has engaged with the local community through both, stage plays and nukkad nataks.
Akash Kumar works as a manager for Theatre Repertory. Akash has been contributing to rural development since an intermediate student, in the villages. He is currently pursuing Bachelor of Social Work and intends to pursue a career in social work. He has been making conscious people aware with street plays and songs. Akash has participated in varied music programs with 15 stage plays and 10 street plays. He has had opportunities exhibiting his talent at state level. He has interest in making stage props and is even a better player of Parivartan’s Umang Team.
Feroz has been a part of Parivartan since 2013. Before joining Parivartan, he was learning classical music. He used to participate in plays that happened during Dussehra. Since then, he has been interested in performing in theatre. He has performed in many plays in Parivartan and has been appreciated by the audience for his performance. What motivates Feroz to work is the family like environment that is there at Parivartan. He also gets his inspiration when he is able to change the perspective of people towards any social issue. Presently, Feroz pursuing Bachelor of Social Work and want to pursue a career in theatre in future.
This is Anup Prasad, who is from Andar block of Siwan district. He has completed his graduation with specialization in geograpghy. Since 2014, he has been working with Parivartan Rangmandali as a team member. He has participated in a total of 20 plays and 10 concerts. In future, he wants to be a good actor and director. He has special interest in lights and stage designing and wants to pursue a course in the same field.
Vivek Kumar Singh
Vivek has been a part of Parivartan since 2013. Vivek believes that music and theatre can bring in positive changes in the society. He had an interest in theatre since a long time. He feels that Parivartan has given him a platform to nurture his talents and also use theatre as a medium for the social good of the community. He has completed his intermediate and is learning music. Though there have been many obstacles in his life, but he has overcome them with the support of the Rang Mandali team.
Pankaj Kumar Ram
Pankaj joined Parivartan in 2014. Prior to this, he performed in plays in his village. Pankaj believes that Parivartan has not helped in learning acting techniques but also supported him in academics whenever needed. Pankaj looks at theatre as a avenue which can change the perspective of people towards any social problem. He has learnt many techniques with the Rang Mandali. He is thankful to Parivartan who has helped him delve more into the different aspects of theatre.
Ajit Kumar Shah
Ajit joined Parivartan in 2013. Ajit has performed in many plays in Parivartan. He believes that theatre has brought positive changes in the way he expresses himself. He acknowledges the responses of the audience after every play which helps understand his strengths as well as weaknesses. Currently, he has taken admission in Bachelor of Social Work and aims to work for the development of society through theatre.
Pratima joined Parivartan in 2014. Prior to that, she was learning music in Narendrapur Sangeet Vidyalaya. For Pratima, theatre is not just a passion but an art that helped her improve her communication skills. Pratima has performed in many plays with the Rang Mandali team. She is happy that she can bring in positive change in people through the medium of theatre.
Kavita joined Parivartan in the year 2016. She has been interested in theatre from the very beginning. People’s feedback after every play is a source of motivation for her. She feels that there are varied opinion of people that helps her grow as an actor. Presently, she is in the first year of Intermediate. She wishes to continue her studies as well as her passion for theatre in the future.
Anshu joined in Parivartan in 2015. She is in the second year of her graduation with specialization in history. Anshu marvels at the change that she notices in herself. She feels that she more confident with her communication skills than before. According to her, many people have changed their opinions towards theatre and now to some extent, have considered it to be a space where women can perform. Anshu gets her motivation by striving to work towards breaking all the stereotypes in the society. She loves music.
Nitam has been a part of Rang Mandali since 2014. She believes that theatre has helped her build her communication skills. Today, she is not shy and expresses her feelings vehemently. Nitam outlook towards life has changed since she joined Rang Mandali. She feels that she has been able to bring some amount of change in the mindsets of people through theatre.
Doma Ram joined Parivartan in the year 2014. Since then, he has accompanied our Rang Mandali team by playing harmonium. Previously, he had played harmonium with many troupes. But in Parivartan, he has got the opportunity to play it in various theatre festivals in Mumbai, Delhi and Patna. He feels that he gets to teach as well as learn from the new generation about music.
Radheshyam joined Parivartan in 2015. He is the Naal (Drum) player of the Rang Mandali. He loves to play the Naal for his team. He believes that he gets to learn a lot from his team about music.
Rozadin joined Parivartan in 2014. He is interested in music and loves to learn different instruments. He is currently in class 10th. He performed in many plays as a musician as well as an actor. He has very melodious voice and he loves to sing.
Madhubala Devi- Madhubala Devi is a facilitator in our Baal Ghar Angan programme that focuses on early childhood development. Prior to joining Parivartan, she completed her studies with specialization in Homeopath. She has been a part of Parivartan for the last 5 years. Madhubala loves to work with children. Her ability to communicate with children and help them develop their speech and communication, gives her immense joy. Apart from supporting children, she is considered to be a guide for all the Anganwadi Sewikas in the community.
Rinku Kumari- Rinku joined Parivartan in the year 2016. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors with specialization in History. She is the co-facilitator at Baal Ghar Angan. She is responsible for supporting Madhubala on both fronts—curriculum development and programme implementation, while also ensuring the documentation and data collection for the programme. Rinku loves engaging with children and supports them in building their speech and cognitive skills. She does various activities in her classes with children to help them learn poems and action songs.
Sudhir Kumar is the science facilitator in the education vertical at Parivartan. He joined Parivartan in 2017 prior to which he served for PRATHAM as science facilitator. Vigyanshala is a hands on science space and Satish is responsible for the establishment of a science curriculum that promotes develops children’s knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas and concepts.
His responsibilities include conducting community outreach programmes, presenting science shows, holding workshops, demonstrations, model-making, curriculum facilitation and management of the science lab.
Priyanka Kumari joined Parivartan in 2014 as a co-facilitator in Balghar Kislay. She facilitates the conceptual understanding through language and craft activities. This involves conduction sessions on the Parivartan campus as well as workshops in the community to construct an innovative learning environment. Prior to Parivartan, she was a Community Youth Leader in Magic Bus. She is pursuing her graduation. Priyanka enjoys teaching children through games and other activities. She understands the need of every child and strives to guide them in the right direction.
Rajvardhan- Rajvardhan is the Gharounda Facilitator in Parivartan. Since his childhood itself, he was very keen to do something in the field of fine arts. Hailing from Purnea, Bihar, he achieved awards and laurels from the D.M. for being District Level winner in painting. He did his bachelors in Fine Arts and is currently pursuing Post graduation with a specialization in Madhubani paintings. His aim is to encourage children towards the field of art and see them grow in it.
This is Nishu kumari who belongs to the Andar block of Siwan district. She has completed her Bachelor's degree. She is working with Parivartan as a librarian since July 2018. In future she wishes to work with children’s education.
Brajesh Kumar Singh joined Parivartan as a co-facilitator in the education vertical. With two years of experience as a medical representative, six years’ experience in teaching at a coaching centre after achieving a degree in B.ED, he also worked as a soft skill and English trainer at Pratham Education Foundation, Siwan. He serves to demonstrate the efficacy of computer technology to enhance teaching and learning of languages. Facilitates by delivering clear and concise assessment.
Mr. Vinay Shrivastav hails from Delhi. He has completed his graduation with majors in Psychology. Before joining Parivartan, he was part of an export and import company in Delhi. On May 2018, he became a part of Parivartan and works as the Manager of Stitching Unit. It is always a boost for him when he is able to help women from the rural communities. His responsibility to assist women in the stitching unit and provide them technical support.
Sudhir Kumar from village Bhageya, Hirakuthari district Godda of Jharkhand state. He has been a part of Parivartan since March 2018. Sudhir works in the weaving unit as Master Weaver. He was trained at Jharcraft, Ranchi and from the year 2013, he worked as a trainer at an organisation for five years. Sudhir is highly influenced by the values of Parivartan and wants to support the community through his community.
Ravi Shankar Yadav
Ravi Shankar Yadav has been instrumental in re-establishing the Handlooms work in villages Jamalhata and Hathauri. He holds a diploma in Handloom Technology from the Indian Institute of Handloom Technology, Guwahati and is a B.Tech from The Institution of Engineers (India). He also has good experience in the industry having worked for various companies under posts of production officer and coordinator.
Ravi has been passionately working for the weaving and spinning space in the skills and livelihood vertical. After starting the Handlooms work in April of 2014 with only one loom at their disposal, they now have 38 looms in 17 weavers’ houses and coordinating to provide over 400 people dependent on this job for basic needs.
Naushad Ali (Livelihood): Mr. Naushad Ali is from Village Narendrapur Jiradei. He is a part of Parivartan’s Livelihood vertical, where he is managing Rangkargha, a dyeing and colouring unit.
Sukesh Kundu from village Navodip, district Nadiya, West Bengal, is a Master Weaver in the stitching unit. he has been associated to weaving since he was a child. He has been a part of organisations like Jharcraft, Ranchi and Kolkata craft. His passion for weaving has taught him the various intricacies of modern as well as traditional styles of weaving. Sukesh has been a part of Parivartan since March 2018.
Surojit Karmakar (Livelihood): Graduating from Vishwa Bharti University’s Textile Design department, Surojit is now a part of Parivartan’s Livelihood vertical. He has done his internship in organisations like Parivartan and Kora Design Collaborative.
Avinash Gupta is responsible for handling the administration at Parivartan. He is from Bokaro, Steel City (Jharkhand). He is a graduate and thereafter, started working in various organisations. In October, 2018, he became a part of Parivartan.
Alok Kumar Singh
Alok has been working as the programme coordinator at Parivartan since 2017. Prior to joining Parivartan he served as a science teacher in Siwan. He also worked as an English trainer and as an accountant cum academic in- charge with Pratham Education Foundation PACE. He is graduate in Science and has a degree in Education. Currently he is pursuing a distance course in Masters in Social Work. He believes that positive thinking can make a lot of difference in the lives of rural communities. He is responsible for creating vertical wise database of beneficiaries for effective internal and external communication, monitoring information system, creation and compilation of reports, managing and consolidation of calendar of activities and events, content development and management of the information Kiosk, support in capacity building of parivartan staff as well as systemic archiving of documents and reports.
Shilpika joined in Parivartan in the year 2018. She completed her master’s degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati. Her role in Parivartan is to coordinate and facilitate with every vertical through development of strategies, gathering feedbacks and presenting insights and reporting on the program performance.
Setika Singh is the Executive Director of Takshila Foundation— the associate body of Takshila Educational Society (TES), a non-profit working in the space of education, rural development, art and culture. She has completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Warwick in Economics followed by a post-graduate degree in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She then worked under the mentorship of the CEO of a prestigious International NGO, Magic Bus India Foundation. Currently, she is responsible for the management and strategic development of TES’s integrated rural community development initiative called Parivartan. Functional from October 2011, Parivartan has been working from its beautiful campus at Narendrapur village (Siwan, Bihar) in 36 nearby villages on various issues that include early childhood development, education, livelihood, farming practices, social and economic empowerment of women, music and theatre revival, community sports as well as weaving craft revival. Besides, Setika is also a disciple of the Kathak maestro, Pt. Birju Maharaj and has given several solo and group performances in India and abroad.
Mr. Yashwant Parashar
Yashwant Parashar is a music aficionado. He has learnt Hindustani Classical Music and plays Flute. He coordinated the centenary celebrations of Bihar, and was instrumental in the ‘State Anthem and Prayer’ project wherein the music was composed by Shiv-Hari (Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia). He has been associated with the music of films like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and has written in several publications on music, music electronics, arts and other subjects. Yashwant Parashar has been involved in the arts and culture field since 1985 and has been associated with Spic Macay since then. He has coordinated Spic Macay’s ‘National School Intensives’, and started ‘Rural School Intensives’, a model being replicated nationwide by Spic Macay. Recepient of Arthink South Asia Fellowship in Arts Management, he is also a collector of music.
Dr. Rajeshwar Mishra
Rajeshwar Mishra is a student of Social Psychology and has worked as faculty at a social science research institute and at a university. He has also been involved in setting up and managing development programs sponsored by international and local agencies. He has used participatory pedagogy while teaching students at the graduation and post graduation levels, and while training field workers.