A symposium on media arts & communication

‘Beyond The Present’ will bring together eminent media arts practitioners who will speak on their diverse understandings of how their craft and practice is being influenced by the phenomenal amount of changes in the society.


11:40 – 1:00PM - “Advertising and beyond; managing the inner conflict” Vishal Sagar, Associate Creative Director, Web Chutney,
In conversation with alumni of the Advertising & PR School.

2.00PM – 4.00PM :
A symposium on how pop culture impacts communication and media arts


  • » Upamanyu Chatterjee - Eminent Author
  • » Sadanand Menon - Journalist & Art Critic
  • » AF Mathew - Academician & Sociologist

4.00PM – 4.30PM : High Tea

4.30PM – 5.30PM : Then and Now
Chandan Gomes, Documentary Photographer, in conversation with alumni of the Photography School

6.00PM – 7.30PM : A conversation with Sadanand Menon
In a world dominated by screens, where does the art of making photograph stand?


  • »Ruhani Kaur
  • »Chandan Gomes
  • »Sadanand Menon


10.30am – 11.30am : Looking back to move forward
Chayan Adhikari- Independent Music Professional
in conversation with alumni of the Audio Engineering & Music Production School

11:30-11:45AM : High Tea

11:45AM – 1:00PM : A symposium on Music Production
'Today, when technology, is whether acknowledged or not, the focal point in a lot of decisions that are made by the artists, how is it impacting their art”, In conversation with Gaurav Chintamani, Producer, Studio Engineer


  • »Abhishek Mathur - Musician, Guitar Player and Founding Member of Advaita
  • »Donn Bhat - Music Producer, Song Writer, Guitar Player
  • »Sajid Akbar - Composer, Sound Artist, Multimedia Professional

1:45PM – 3:45PM :
What it takes to retain individuality as a film maker” Shankhajeet Dey, filmmaker with the alumni of former film school at SACAC.

4.00PM – 6.30PM :
Interrogating notions of Reality and Truth- the Ethics and Politics of Representation in Creative Practice: “A series of presentations and conversations between CDC alumni and senior practitioners moderated by filmmaker/artist Priya Sen.


  • »Amar Kanwar- Filmmaker & Visual Artist
  • »Nundrisha Wakhloo- CDC Alumunus & Filmmaker
  • »Varun Trikha- CDC Alumunus & Filmmaker

6:30PM - 7:00PM: High Tea

7:00PM – 8:00PM : Screenings of CDC films


ABHISHEK MATHUR Musician, Guitar Player and Founding Member of Advaita

Abhishek Mathur is an experienced musician on the Delhi music circuit. He is the guitar player and founding member of the well known band Advaita. Abhishek is also part of a synth pop band called 'Mag Phos'.


A.F. MATHEW Academician and Sociologist

A.F. Mathew is presently an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode. He has been teaching for the last two decades. Previous to his teaching career


ANANT DONN BHAT Music Producer, Song Writer, Guitar Player

Donn Bhat is a Music Producer/Songwriter/Guitar player based out of Mumbai. A self-taught musician, his band in college went on to win nationwide competition 'The Great India Rock' (GIR) in 2003.


CHANDAN GOMES Documentary Photographer

Chandan won the India Habitat Centre Fellowship for Photography in 2011, Oslo University Scholarship to participate in Chobi Mela in 2012, Neel Dongre Award in Photography in 2013 and the Foto


RUHANI Documentary Photographer

Ruhani Kaur has been making documentary photo stories since 2002 and is currently freelancing. She has been published in many National and International Newspapers and Magazines.


SADANAND MENON Journalist and Art Critic

Sadanand Menon is a nationally reputed arts editor, popular teacher of cultural journalism, photographer, stage lights designer and a prolific speaker at seminars on politics, ecology and the arts.


SAJID AKBAR Composer, Sound Artist, Multimedia Professional

Sajid Akbar is a composer, sound artist and multimedia professional with a career spanning over 10 years within the creative arts. Operating fluently between contemporary art



Upamanyu Chatterjee (born 1959) is an Indian civil servant who currently serves as Joint Secretary to Government of India on the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board.


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