Buraansh is a baby of Gautami Srivastava and Siddharth Lakhanpal, two like minded friends who share a deep love for the mountains where they both grew up. They both left their nests to explore the world, only to realise that their bond with the Himalayas is getting stronger with time. After a decade of staying away from their roots, they decided it was time to go back and share their appreciation for the rich Pahari culture with the world.
Gautami Srivastava is a graduate in Media Studies from Symbiosis Institute for Media and Communication and a postgraduate in Social Development from the prestigious University of Sussex, UK. In her early years of career, she worked as a correspondent with Hindustan Times. Later, she was selected as a Young Professional at NITI Aayog, the apex Government of India policy think tank. While working on the Skill India and Start Up India schemes at NITI Aayog, she felt that her own home state Himachal Pradesh is full of unexplored potential and she must contribute towards its development.
Siddharth Lakhanpal is an Economics Graduate from the prestigious University of Delhi. With a keen interest in human development, he pursued his Post-Graduation in Development Studies from Ambedkar University of Delhi. His passion for empowering Himalayan communities led him to the mountains of Uttrakhand where he spent months understanding the challenging lives of rural Pahari communities. This project was much more than a Master’s thesis for him as it kindled the desire to work closely with the rural people of mountains. His stint with Institute for Human Development, Delhi, further motivated him to go back to his roots and build a system for empowering rural livelihood.