Dr. Manisha Choudhary

Manisha Choudhary teaches History at University of Delhi. She specializes in the History of Medieval India and Rajasthan. She has acquired her Degree of Bachelors from Miranda House (University of Delhi) and pursued M. Phil and Ph. D Degrees from University of Delhi. She has working knowledge of Urdu and Persian. The various aspects of Banjara community and their social and economic contributions in pre-colonial states have been explored extensively in her book titled Trade, Transport and Tanda: Shifting Identities of the Banjaras (Manohar, Delhi, 2018). Recently, she has published Delhi: A History (Rupa, Delhi, 2020) and The Eternal Dastur Craft (Primus, Delhi, 2020).

Much of her works are based on the archival documents written in Dhundhari. She has published and lectured extensively on economic, cultural, social and environmental History. She has completed her project titled “The depiction of multi-faceted lifestyles in the bhiti-chitrakari of Setho ka Ramgarh and Nawalgarh havelis: A study into popular knowledge system and role of traders” funded by Research and Development Grant awarded by University of Delhi. She is recipient of Professor Pema Ram Award for Best Paper-2019 at Rajasthan History Congress. Recently, being a Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla, she has successfully completed the project titled The History of Thar: Environment, Culture and Society, which is in press.

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