Nina Bhattacharya (“Radio Rani”, she/her) is an artist, educator, and community organizer from Michigan, now based in Boston, MA. Grounded in the vision of mutual, collective flourishing, Nina’s interdisciplinary work connects the dots between peoples, identities, and stories. In particular, Nina is dedicated to nurturing and amplifying the creative and intellectual power of youth.
As Radio Rani, Nina’s collages are living artifacts of reflection, threading together meditations on liberation, community, and spirituality. Her pieces stitch archival images with the visual details of scrapbook kitsch, and offer tender commentary on current moments and movements. Nina’s artwork has been featured in publications like The Juggernaut and displayed at the Institute for Contemporary Arts / Boston.
A self-taught audio engineer, Nina produces the politics and culture podcast, Almirah Radio Hour, and Live Vedanta, a podcast on high thinking and happy living. Nina is also a dancer, currently studying kathak under Gretchen Hayden, senior disciple of Pandit Chitresh Das. She previously completed her Arangetram in bharatanatyam under Ashoka Rao.
In her life as an educator and community organizer, Nina designs adaptive, playful learning experiences that empower individuals to create, experiment, fail, and grow. She has facilitated courses for students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard College, progressive faith-based programs for Hindu youth, and workshops for activists across the country. As an enthusiastic emcee, Nina also builds intergenerational creative community with Subcontinental Drift Boston, the first and longest-running South Asian open mic in the city.
Through her current work at the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University, she collaborates with educators and learners to develop multidisciplinary tools and resources that bring messy global challenges to life in the classroom. Nina received her M.S. in Global Health & Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and was also a 2012-13 Fulbright fellow in Indonesia.