We are Sarigama Yerra and Vanalata Bulusu, two people deeply interested in Arts, Education, Creativity and the intersections of all three. We are research students at the Perception and Cognition Group in IIIT Hyderabad, studying creativity with Dr.Priyanka Srivastava.
What you’ll be supporting us for
The Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany has agreed to let us work in their lab, which is a hub of eminent research scientists like Prof.Saskia Jaarsveld who works on innovative and creative thinking and Prof. Thomas Lachmann, who works on Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. This opportunity would allow us to work on our project with some of the best researchers in this domain, understand this field better, learn from them and from our lab mates there.
We would like to work there for two and a half months between May and July, just enough time to soak it all in and do some good work, this summer. Unfortunately we do not have the finances for this pursuit. Which is where we could really do with your help.
Unfortunately we could not get the confirmation for our research internship until the very last moment. With most scholarship deadlines past, and barely any other funds we do not have enough funds to go after this road.
Your support means a lot to us. In the unfortunate case we do not make it, lest be assured everything will be refunded along with a whole lot of gratitude.
We are fourth year students doing a Dual Degree in Computer Science and Humanities. We have worked together on various projects over the last three years. We understand each other’s vague, formless ideas and rein in the other’s crazy. Working with each other adds perspective, vitality, guts and bad jokes to everything we take up.
We worked under Prof.Navjyoti Singh, an inspiring old-young man with wispy hair and a mad sparkle in his eyes, who noticed our interest in the arts and sent us to Shantiniketan (one of the oldest art institutions in the country started by Rabindranath Tagore) to explore our interests. Sarigama was looking into the theory of colours and cultures and Vanalata was exploring cross modality (the way information from our five senses interact and we make sense of it in our head).
Having established our passion for arts, at one point in college, which is primarily focused on computer science, we figured, it was not our cup of tea and planned to take a semester off. We wanted to move out, pursue our interests to figure out what we wanted to do with our lives. We decided to take up projects on our own, in the fields of Education, Art and Creativity.
Hearing about our interest in education, professor Kavita Vemuri put us in contact with an NGO called The Action Northeast Trust which works with the local Bodo community in Assam on better education, against communal violence, upliftment of women through weaving initiatives, health care and mental health projects. We stayed there for a month, did field work, where we were actually staying at the houses of teachers in remote villages of Bodoland, to understand the state of education there. Our learnings here later led us to our current research on ‘Abstraction and Creativity thinking’.
After Prof.Navjyoti passed away, we had to abandon our projects and were unsure about continuing college. Prof.Priyanka, one of our biggest supporters and constant source of encouragement, had kept in touch from the start and helped us convert our work and interests into our current research project on 'Abstraction and Creativity thinking'. We both have our research thesis work basing on this.