Martushka's passion for the Himalayan culture started in the early childhood when her uncle was telling her stories about the threat, sacrum and adventure in the mountains. When she visited Himalayas for the first time she was overwhelmed by the stories created and connected to rivers, lakes and mountains.

Martushka Fromeast is a founder and initiator of Stories From Himalayas project. She is Polish born photographer interested in storytelling as a collaborative phenomenon. Martushka graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland, as well as from the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London.

Having worked for several years as a photojournalist, Martushka has covered stories of national identity and economic changes in Poland, Ukraine, Russia and the Turkish part of Kurdistan. In 2004 she founded the ClickAcademy, an art group that uses photography as a means of social change. Since 2005 she has worked with Romani people in Eastern Europe, visited and documented their settlements as well as run community project, Romani Click, which was a voice in a discourse on the approach to education of Roma and was exhibited internationally in Austrian Parliament in Vienna and in 2nd Roma Pavilion in Venice International Arts Biennale.

Martushka's project on Nepali Himalayan heritage of shamanism was exhibited internationally (in India, Georgia, China, Nepal, Poland, Austria and UK). Recently her pictures have won BZ WBK Press Photo 2014 competition in Poland.


Ula Kahul is a Polish born globally trained cultural anthropologist, visual artist and aspiring independent curator. Over the years she collaborated with various cultural institutions and NGOs promoting human rights through documentary film. She has explored global development while living in Asia, South America and Africa. Travels around the world enhanced her fascination with issues of postmodern transformations of identities and of rapid global social change. 

She has been regularly returning to Himalayas in search for new inspiration and to share her skills. With aim to stimulate creativity and dialogue, she initiated several of participatory photo projects which were exhibited internationally in Poland, India, Italy, Germany, Cambodia and UK.


Mukesh Khugsal is a an activist with roots in Uttarakhand Himalayas but currently based in New Delhi. He has very deep knowledge of Uttarkhand Himalayan culture and tradition. He was head of photography in "Rajula" movie, the first ever full time movie set in Uttarkhand Himalayas which got to mainstream cinemas across India as well as Head of Production of next movie about culture from the hills, "Aas", awarded with Best Audience Choice Award during Delhi International film Festival 2013.


Raju Pushola 
after graduating from HNB Garhwal University in India had been working as journalist in Seemant Varta Daily Evening newspaper and Uttarakhand Post in India. 
Since 2003 he has been working as a full time photojournalist in Dainik Jagran, Hindi-language daily newspaper, the biggest and the most read and circulated newspaper in India with an average Issue Readership (AIR) of 16.37 million. Raju was awarded by Garhwal Bhratra Mandal and Punjabi Mahasabha Uttarakhand for his work in Kumbh mela 2010 and coverage of Kedarnath Flood in 2013.


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