The Urban Typhoon Workshop Koliwada is a collaborative project organized by the residents of Koliwada, independent researchers and activists, and PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research), a Mumbai –based research collective founded by anthropologist Arjun Appadurai.

The organizing team is composed of:

  Ravi Keny / Community leader of Koliwada, Dharavi, Mumbai
Ravindra Keny is the secretary of the Dharavi-Koli Jamaat Trust in Koliwada and one of the prime movers of the workshop. He is currently also Superintendent of Central Excise and Customs in Goa. He has received an M.A Degree from Mumbai University and has a sixth degree black belt from the US Karate Federation, Ohio, USA. He is passionately interested in the tribal history of the Koli community and regrets the fact that the plight of Koliwada in Dharavi has been affected strongly by the civic administration’s inability of understanding its village-like structure.


  Bhau Korde / Social Worker, Dharavi, Mumbai

Ramchandra Y Korde (Bhau) is a resident of Dharavi who has been intimately involved in the neighbourhood all his life. After completing his schooling he has worked in the administration of the D.S. High School, Sion for around four decades. He has been part of various political upheavals that Dharavi witnessed in the second half of the twentieth century. He has worked closely in preventing communal riots in the neighbourhood by organizing local committees and launching innovative media intitiatives. He has also been involved with the Nomadic tribe movement – (Bhadaktya Vimukti Jaati) - all over Maharashtra.


  Anita Patil Deshmukh / Director, PUKAR, Mumbai

Dr Anita Patil-Deshmukh is the executive Director of PUKAR. She received her MBBS from University of Mumbai, MD from University of Illinois and a Master in Public Health from Harvard University. A Faculty physician at a teaching institution in Chicago for twenty years, Anita was also the Director of the Pediatric Residency programme. During her stay in the USA she played a major leadership role within India Development Service (IDS) a pioneer organization in United States which supported multiple, small scale, socio-economic development projects across India. She organized many important seminars in Chicago on developmental issues and helped build links between several philanthropic initiatives and leaders in India and the United States. She is also the Senior Advisor for India China Institute (The New School, NY)



  Geeta Mehta / Associate Professor, Temple University, Tokyo

Geeta Mehta is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at Temple University Japan Campus, and a visiting professor at the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture. She is also the founder/chair of an NGO Asia Initiatives, and the president-elect of American Institute of Architecture in Japan. Geeta has worked on architectural and urban design projects in Japan, US, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. She is the author of several books on architecture, and is currently researching the role of urban design on economic development and social justice in Asian cities. She is a graduate of School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi and Columbia University in New York, and received her Ph.D from University of Tokyo.


  Rahul Srivastava / Research Advisor, PUKAR, Mumbai

Rahul Srivastava explores urban themes on He is a research advisor with PUKAR. He also writes fiction for young readers and is based in Goa. He likes to sit in the eye of as many storms as possible and is thrilled to be pulled into the urban typhoons that are periodically hitting cities around the world. He has studied anthropology at Mumbai, Delhi and Cambridge (UK). He has written on cities, tribal histories and popular culture.


  Matias Sendoa Echanove / Researcher, University of Tokyo

Matias S. Echanove is the coordinator of the Urban Typhoon Workshop in Koliwada-Dharavi and has previously co-organized the Urban Typhoon Workshop in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo. He likes urbanism, architecture, information technologies, street culture & music and writes about it in He is now completing a project-based PhD on information systems & participatory urban planning at the University of Tokyo. Previously, he studied government, economics and urban planning at LSE and Columbia University. His latest project is



  Katia Savchuk / Harvard Post Graduate Fellow & Intern at SPARC, Mumbai

Katia Savchuk is currently working on projects related to the redevelopment of Dharavi as a fellow with the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), an NGO based in Mumbai. She graduated with an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University in June 2007. She will return to the United States in 2008 to study law and urban planning.


  Anupamaa Joshi / Office Manager, PUKAR, Mumbai

Anupamaa Joshi is working with PUKAR as the Office Manager since July 2005. Her previous work experience includes teaching at Sophia Polytechnic and coordinating training progammes at Avehi Audiovisual Education Resource Centre. She has recently completed a diploma in Ecology and Natural Resource Management.



  Tomo Takeda / Architect, Barcelona

Tomo was trained as an architect and Master of Architectural Planing at Tokyo Denki University. She also finished master program La Gran Escala at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. She has explored many modes of architectural intervention including interior design, landscape design and web design. She concentrated on not only on design but also on the management of projects. Currently she is doing arechitectrural design works and running a recording studio; El tostadero and working as webdesigner. She is the webmaster of the Urban Typhoon Workshop.



  Ganesh Kadam / Dharavi regident, Mumbai

Ganesh Kadam is a resident of Dharavi and a student of information engineering. He is passionate about his neighbourhood and has many stories to say about it and his relationship to the city.