Tishya Khanna ’23

Tishya Khanna ’23 is from New Delhi, India (or “Dilli,” as she calls it). She intends to major in computer science and math, and may pursue the dual-degree engineering program. She envisions her future job to be at the intersection of multiple interests in art, computer science and math. She writes for the Mount Holyoke News and works for AWAZ, the College’s South Asian Students Association. A true Delhiite with a love for big cities, Khanna is currently immersing herself in rural Massachusetts. She has an odd fascination for maps and an endearing love for her favorite writers and artists. In her free time, you can find her napping in odd spots around the campus, listening to indie music or writing. Her favorite quote is by Annie Dillard: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

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February 7, 2020

Madhubani art matters. Let’s save it.

The summer I learned to say “dhanyawaad” instead of “thank you” ended up defining three years of my life. 

I found myself in the Indian village of Bihar — the heart of Indigenous Madhubani art, an ancient painting style practiced by the region’s rural women — without much more than my journals and camera equipment. But these items, along with my love for art and my interest in economics, enabled me to start an independent nonprofit to revive the art form and empower its artisans. I named it The Mithilaki Project.

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