Sooni Taraporevala is a photographer, screenwriter and filmmaker. She received a BA from Harvard University in English Literature, Film and Photography (1980) and an MA from New York University in Cinema Studies (1982). A still photographer, her work has been exhibited worldwide. She has authored and published two editions of her book of photographs, Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India; A Photographic Journey. She was awarded a Padma Shri from the President of India for her contribution to the arts (2014).