Amar Kanwar is a filmmaker and a visual artist. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Tate Modern, London and Minneapolis Institute of Art (2017-18), Goethe Institut Mumbai (2016) and the Assam State Museum in collaboration with KNMA, Delhi and NEN, Guwahati (2015). In 2012 and 2014 at the Art Institute of Chicago, USA; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, U.K.; TBA2, Vienna and the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. Kanwar has also participated in Documenta 11, 12,13 and 14 in Kassel, Germany (2002, 2007, 2012, 2017). He is the recipient of the 2017 Prince Claus Award, the Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art, Norway and an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, USA. His films have received several awards like the Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, the Golden Conch, Mumbai International Film Festival, and Jury’s Award, Film South Asia, Nepal.
Amit Dutta is an Indian experimental filmmaker and screenwriter. He is considered to be one of the most significant contemporary practitioners of experimental cinema, known for his distinctive style of filmmaking rooted in Indian aesthetic theories and personal symbolism resulting in images that are visually rich and acoustically stimulating. His works mostly deal with subjects of art history, ethno-anthropology and cultural inheritance through cinema, many times merging research and documentation with an open imagination.
Amit Mahanti is a filmmaker, cinematographer and editor. He has worked on films and video installations that explore questions of ecological transformation, culture and politics. His films include Scratches On Stone, Every Time You Tell A Story, Malegaon Times, among others. He has also been a part of art and film residency programs at Khoj Studios, New Delhi; PAV Experimental Centre of Contemporary Art, Turin; Kran Film, Brussels and Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski, Warsaw. He was also a recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust Short-term Fellowship, 2016.
Anirban Datta started his career as a screenwriter before he joined SRFTI as a student of Direction and Screenplay Writing. “Tetris”, his diploma film from SRFTI in 2006, premiered in Cannes ’06 and “Chronicle of an Amnesiac” received the Rajat Kamal at the National Film Awards (2007). He has served as a jury member for Indian National Film Awards 2008 and has taught as an Assistant Professor at FTII. He is also working as a visual and installation artist and has participated in a multi-discipline art collective for Khoj International Artists’ Association, and Vasudha Art Festival Bhubaneshwar.
Anugyan Nag is an Assistant Professor of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at AJK Mass Communication Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. Recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research fellowship at Tisch School of the Arts, Cinema Studies, New York University. He has a Masters degree in Film Production and Film History from Salford University, U.K. An M.Phil in Cinema Studies 2012, from the School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU and is currently finishing his PhD in Cinema Studies.
Anupama Chandra is a film editor. She graduated with a diploma in film editing from the FTII, and holds degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, UK, and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. Over the last fourteen years she has worked as an editor on several documentary and fiction films, and has also edited the Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema for the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Anupama Srinivasan is a filmmaker who graduated from FTII in 2001. She has been making films for over a decade, often shooting and editing her own work. Her documentaries On my Own, I Wonder… and Nirnay (as co-director and editor) have won much critical acclaim. She has mentored at several filmmaking workshops, was Festival Director of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, and Associate Course Director at the Creative Documentary course 2013-14.
Aparna Sanyal is a producer and director based in Delhi. As director, some of the themes she has worked on include Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, Mental Health, Buddhism and Dance. She has been recognised by the British Council for Creative Entrepreneurship, is a National Film Awardee and a Charles Wallace Grant recipient. She has been a jury member for the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Films Award in 2009, 2010 & 2014 and on juries and selection committees for the Directorate of Film Festival in India in 2012, 2015 and 2017. She is one of the founders of the creative collective 'The Carbon Union' and the co-founder of 'The Red Door', an initiative to promote Mental Health. She is also one of the filmmakers who run 'FD Zone Delhi', a monthly documentary screening at the India Habitat Centre.
Asheesh Pandya is a sound recordist based in Delhi. He graduated from FTII in 1988, and has since been practicing the art and technique of sound for films, theatre and music. He has worked on several award-winning documentaries and has travelled widely with some of the best names in the broadcasting industry in India and across the world. He has been visiting faculty at prestigious institutions across India and loves to engage with young minds.
Avijit Mukul Kishore is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Mumbai, working in documentary and inter-disciplinary moving-image practices. He is involved in cinema pedagogy as a lecturer at film and media schools across India and as a curator of film programs at institutions including Films Division India, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Mumbai and MAMI. His films as director include Snapshots from a Family Album, Vertical City, To Let the World In, Electric Shadows and Nostalgia for the Future. Many of these have been part of festivals and art fora such as Documenta, Berlinale, IDSFFK etc. His films as cinematographer include An Old Dog's Diary, Seven Islands and a Metro, John and Jane, Kali Salwaar, Made in India and Kumar Talkies.
Bhamati Sivapalan is a videomaker based in Delhi. Her work currently is around documenting social movements and community struggles through the medium of video. She is interested in the use of video as a political and evocative witness. She enjoys dabbling in design and animation. She studied film at AJK Mass Communications Research Centre, JamiaMiliaIslamia, New Delhi.
Dilip Simeon joined the History Department of Ramjas College in 1974, and taught there until 1994. His thesis on the labour movement of Bihar was published in 1995, under the title The Politics of Labour under Late Colonialism. He is one of the founding members of the Association of Indian Labour Historians. From 1998 till 2003 he worked on a conflict mitigation project with Oxfam (India). From 2003 to 2008 he was a Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library where he engaged in a study of political violence. He has been a visiting scholar at the universities of Surat, Sussex, Chicago, Leiden, Princeton and Gottingen; and in 2014 was Centenary Visiting Fellow at the London School of Oriental and African Studies. Over the years he has published numerous academic articles and opinion pieces in journals and newspapers. He has addressed students at campuses in India and abroad, and also at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy for IAS and IPS officers in Mussoorie. He currently teaches the history of totalitarianism and militarism to the Young India Fellowship course at Ashoka University. He is a trustee at the Aman Trust, which has worked on understanding and reducing violent conflict. His first novel, Revolution Highway, was published in September 2010 and in a Hindi version in 2014.
Gargi Sen is a filmmaker, curator, exhibitor, distributor and producer. She recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship for Academic and Professional Excellence at the UC Davis, California, USA. In 2011 she was awarded the Clore International Fellowship for Arts Leadership in UK. She is the co-founder of two arts organisations, Magic Lantern Foundation (est. 1989) and Magic Lantern Movies LLP (est. 2011), which she led. She has conceptualized, curates and executes different editions of the film festival Persistence Resistance in India and the world that explores new ways for audiences, filmmakers and cinema to engage. She is also a non-executive director of 4Cs, a London based arts charity.
Ira Bhaskar is Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She has critical interests in “historical poetics”, cinema and modern subjectivities, literature and film, film music, screen melodrama and historical trauma, violence, memory and representation. She has co-authored Islamicate Cultures of Bombay Cinema, and is currently working on a co-edited volume of essays, Bollywoods’s Islamicate Idioms, Cultures and Histories. She is also editing a volume of Ritwik Ghatak’s screenplays – Ghatak’s Partition Quartet and is working on her book on Trauma, Memory and Representation in Indian cinema.
Iram Ghufran is a Delhi based filmmaker and artist working on moving image, sound and text. Her work has been shown in several international art and cinematic contexts. As a member of the Media Lab at Sarai CSDS between 2004 and 2011, Iram was part of several experimental and multi-disciplinary processes and collaborations. Her film, There is Something in the Air is the winner of several awards including the National Award for Best Direction and Best Editing
Karan Thapliyal is a Delhi based cinematographer. He is an alumnus of the Department of Film & Video Production, SACAC. His student films and independent short films have been screened and awarded at various film festivals. He works with documentary, corporate films, travel shows and short fiction. In recent years he has extensively filmed ethnographic documentary films, and has a strong interest in travel and wildlife.
Kavita Singh is Professor of Art History at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, where she teaches courses on the history of Indian painting and the history and politics of museums. Among her recent publications is Real Birds in Imagined Gardens (Getty Research Institute, 2017), which examines the conscious choices made by Mughal artists as they learned about and quoted from the repertoire of Persian-Safavid and European-Renaissance art.
Kersti Uibo is a filmmaker living in England and Estonia. Her films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, at Cinema duReel, and at festivals in Mumbai, Tehran, Sydney, Montreal, Delhi, Boston, St Petersburg, Parnu, etc. and won several awards. She has taught and mentored projects in film schools across the world. She has also been a music producer with Estonian Television, and was involved in setting up the post-war Estonian Embassy in the UK.
Kislay is a freelance filmmaker and a recent alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Before moving to films, he was extensively involved in theatre. He has made three shorts and is currently working on his first feature length film. He was one of the ten students selected for International Student Film Camp, in Serbia and the only Indian filmmaker who was asked to showcase his work in European League of International Arts (ELIA) in 2015
Leonhard Emmerling is an art historian, currently serving as the Director of Programs South Asia, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi. After gaining his PhD, he worked as a curator at several German museums and lectured at several art schools. He has authored several books and published exhibition catalogues, articles on contemporary art and contributions to catalogues.
Mahadeb Shi graduated from FTII in 1985. He has edited many national and international award-winning films including Voices from Baliapal and Eleven Miles, which won the Joris Ivens award in 1988. Tales from the Margins, Swapnabhumi, In search of Gandhi, The Other Song, and The Sun behind the Clouds, are other acclaimed films edited by him. His directorial work includes Om Mani Padme Hu, Kirtan of Bengal, A Journey Extraordinary and Kather Baxo.
Marcel Odenbach is one of the most well-established and internationally known German video artists. In the 1970s, along with Ulrike Rosenbach and Klaus vom Bruchthey, he formed the producer group ATV. Odenbach's works paradigmatically criticize the specific conditions of the German society for which he usually finds literary titles referring to puns or traditional sayings.
Maya Krishna Rao is a theatre artist who has worked on and off stage for the last thirty-five years. She is particularly known for her solo performances that have a distinctive form and style. She collaborates with other artists to create multi media shows that she directs and performs in herself. She creates comedy built on current political events and popular issues. Maya’s shows have travelled to different parts of the world and she has been commissioned by well-known theatre organizations to create new works. For several years Maya taught Acting in the National School of Drama, Delhi. Till recently she was professor at Shiv Nadar University where she designed and taught a Diploma program – TEST - Theatre for Education and Social Transformation – a first in any institution of higher education in India.
Nilita Vachani is a documentary filmmaker, writer and educator who divides her time between India and New York. Her documentaries, Eyes of Stone, Diamonds in a Vegetable Market and When Mother Comes Home for Christmas have been internationally screened and awarded, to great critical acclaim. She has also worked as an assistant director and script supervisor in fiction films, and as a documentary film editor. Her debut novel, Home Spun won Foreword’s Best Fiction award in 2008, and her non-fiction long form investigative piece in the Caravan won Asia Media Foundation’s Inaugural Prize in Investigative Journalism in 2016. Nilita teaches documentary film, history and criticism at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in New York, and at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.
Nirmal Chander Dandriyal has been in the field of documentary film making for 15 years. He has edited several acclaimed films, and has also worked for four years in Dubai as Senior Promo Producer/ Editor for Ten Sports channel. His directorial debut, All The World’s A Stage, has been to many international festivals and won five awards. His second film, Dreaming Taj Mahal, won a National award and also the Silver Conch at MIFF 2012.
Parvati Sharma is the author of four books: Jahangir: An Intimate Portrait of a Great Mughal, The Dead Camel and Other Stories of Love (2010), Close to Home (2014) and The Story of Babur (2015, for children). Thanks to itinerant parents, she grew up in different parts of the world and the country, but has spent most of her adult life in New Delhi, where she is now based; and where she has worked as a video editor, journalist and travel writer, amongst other things. Besides fiction, Parvati has also written book reviews and essays for various newspapers and magazines, she was a columnist with Time Out Delhi in 2010-11, and she suffers occasional lapses into poetry.
Pratik Biswas is a self-motivated and self-taught sound technician with over eighteen years of experience in studio and location sound recording. He has worked with reputed music labels such as Warner Brothers, Virgin Records, Music Today and Makar Records. He has done sound design for many award-winning documentaries, and won the 2010 IDPA Gold award for documentary sound design. He has also worked on many radio series, television serials, theatre and musical ballet productions.
Priya Sen is an artist and filmmaker based in New Delhi. She also works as an editor, sound designer and occasionally teaches experimental film. She works with video as poetry, essay and correspondence, and is interested in constructing video and sound structures and environments. Her work has shown at several venues nationally and internationally.
Priyanka Chhabra studied film at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Themes in her work include memory, landscape, time and relationship of people and communities to places. Her works include Pichla Varka (Previous Page), Shame Was A Place Inside, A Summer Flu, Taana Baana and The Furnished Room. Her films have been screened at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Frauen Film Festival Koln, Aesthetica Film Festival, and Mumbai International Film Festival, among other venues. Priyanka also works as an editor.
RV Ramani started making films, as a process of seeking expression in his personal journeys and dilemmas. With more than 25 independent films to his credit, he has established a unique style of making impressionistic films. His films and retrospectives have been presented in many forums. Ramani graduated from FTII, Pune, in 1985, and is presently based out of Delhi and Chennai.
Radhamohini Prasad grew up in Kalimpong a remote town in the Himalayas, which in the past century has been the scene of many migrations, from Tibet in the north, from Nepal in the west, from Bhutan in the east and from India and Bangladesh in the south. She herself is a product of two such migrations: her great grandparents themselves came from Uttar Pradesh and from Okhaldhunga and Ilam in Eastern Nepal. Kalimpong could be described as a great crossroads where trade with Tibet and Nepal flourished and it also functioned as the starting point of many an expedition to Central Asia. Her place of birth and its circumstances have greatly influenced and shaped her work.
Rahul Roy completed his masters in Film and TV production from the Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 1987 and since then has been working as an independent documentary film maker. His work has focused on communalism, labour and masculinities. His films have been widely screened internationally and won several awards.
Rajula Shah's work is located in the interstice of Poetry, Cinema and Anthropology. A keen interest in the indigenous knowledge systems, its practitioners and the changing practices thereof form the core of her study; her practice emerges through a close collaboration with people, their histories and environments. She has been producing/ directing / writing/ editing & photographing films for well over a decade and continues to explore boundaries of fiction/non-fiction, photography, video essay, digital art and multi media installation. Her films have screened widely in festivals, museums and across academic/ art contexts, earning critical acclaim. Among significant awards are the Horizonte Preis at Dokfest Munich Germany for Word Within the Word; Signs Special Jury award for Beyond the Wheel, John Abraham National Award for the Best Experimental film 2013 for ReTold by Loknath & for short fiction Jumbled Cans in 2014. She writes fiction and poetry. Her poetry collection in Hindi Parchhain Ki Khirki Se was awarded for best New Writing by prestigious Bharatiya Gyanpeeth in 2004. Among her translations into Hindi, the eminent social scientist Ela Bhatt’s We Are Poor But So Many and selected letters of Vincent Van Gogh, Mujh Par Bharosa Rakhna are prominent. She has been on the Juries for National and other Film Awards, on panels for seminars, talks and conferences for Cinema and continues to mentor young scriptwriters and film directors in various film & media schools including alma mater Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.
Reena Mohan is an independent documentary filmmaker and editor who has worked out of Dubai, India, Kathmandu and London. She graduated from FTII in 1982 and since then has edited features, television serials and over 50 documentaries. She produced and directed her first award-winning documentary Kamlabai in 1991 and has, till now, scripted and directed more than 10 documentaries. She is the Managing Trustee of the India Chapter of IAWRT.
Renu Savant has completed an MA in English Literature, worked as a journalist in Indian Express and worked as an assistant with filmmakers Madhushree Dutta and Kamal Swaroop. She joined the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune as a student of film direction. During her time here, she won two National awards – Special Mention in 2012 and Golden Lotus for Best Direction in 2015 for her projects, among other awards. After graduating she received the Early Career Fellowship from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, SMCS. Through this fellowship she completed in 2017, her first long duration film in the village of Mirya, a 4-hour video chronicle – Many Months In Mirya. In 2018, she completed her second film in Mirya, Mod Bhaang (The Ebb Tide) for PSBT, and also a research fellowship with the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, University of Exeter, UK. She is currently working on a film project in Mirya, based on her research at the Bill Douglas Museum.
Ritika Kaushik is a Research Associate at Sarai and a PhD scholar in the Cinema Studies Department at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her research interest lies in the field of documentary historiography and she is currently working on the state funded documentary film practice at Films Division of India which also culminated into her M.Phil dissertation. She completed her Masters in Mass Communication from AJK MCRC Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and has briefly taught at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University as a Guest Lecturer. She also has a background in production and worked as an Assistant Director for the feature film Vicky Donor as well as in the making of educational shorts for idiscoveri.
Ruchika Negi's films include ML 05 B 6055, Malegaon Times and Every Time You Tell A Story. She has been part of art residencies at Khoj Studio, Delhi, Parco Arte Vivente Experimental Centre for Contemporary Art, Turin and Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski, Warsaw, and is the recipient of Charles Wallace India Trust Short - Term Fellowship, 2016. She was faculty at the Creative Documentary Course from 2015 to mid 2019.
Rustom Bharucha taught theatre and performance studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, before retiring recently. He is the author of several books including Theatre and the World, The Question of Faith, In the Name of the Secular, The Politics of Cultural Practice, Rajasthan: An Oral History, Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin and Terror and Performance. The last publication was researched while he was a Fellow at the International Research Center/Interweaving Performance Cultures in Berlin, Germany, between 2010- 2012. As an intercultural theatre practitioner, he has conducted a number of workshops with marginalized communities in India, the Philippines, Brazil and South Africa on issues relating to land and memory, the politics of touch, and social transformation. More recently, he has worked as the Project Director of Arna- Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan devoted to the study of traditional knowledge systems and as the Festival Director of the Inter-Asian Ramayana Festival at the Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Research in Pondicherry.
Saba Dewan’s work has focused on communalism, gender, sexuality and culture. For the past few years she has been working on a trilogy of films focusing on stigmatized women performers. Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi (2006) on the lives of bar dancers was the first film of the trilogy; the second being Naach (The Dance, 2008) that explores the lives of women who dance in rural fairs. The third and final film of the trilogy is The Other Song (2009) about the art and lifestyle of the tawaifs or courtesans.
Samprati Pani is a PhD candidate at the department of sociology, Shiv Nadar University, working on the weekly bazaars of Delhi. Through intersections of urban informality, design and spatial practices, her research focuses on the making of these itinerant and impermanent bazaars, and how they co-constitute the culture and everyday life of the city. Samprati has worked in academic publishing for a decade and is the co-founder of a design studio that specializes in book design. Her interests include everyday aesthetics, city spaces, street typography and practices of street vending. She curates, edits and writes for the blog Chiragh Dilli (chiraghdilli.wordpress.com) on various aspects of the everyday city.
Samreen Farooqui along with Shabani Hassanwali founded Hit and Run Films in 2005 an independent video production unit, which engages with changing socio-political-personal realities through documentaries, video art and intervention films. They work as directors, editors, camerapersons and writers. Their first feature documentary, Out of Thin Air, on Ladakhi local cinema, was an official selection at International Film festival of Rotterdam and was the opening film at Film South Asia, 2009, besides playing at numerous other festivals. Their second feature documentary, Online and Available, released in 2012, told a story of an India-in-transition through its online identity formation. It was produced by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust and was an official selection at Mumbai International Film Festival, 2012. Their most recent film Being Bhaijaan, is a story about masculinity in India, through Salman Khan’s fans. It played at New York Indian Festival, 2015 and has been broadcast on Channel 4, UK. They worked as associate directors and editors of Star by Dibakar Banerjee, as part of the Bombay Talkies omnibus in 2013, to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema.
Sardar Arshad is a renegade architect who started work as an assistant on documentaries and feature films in New Delhi. He was also an advertising copywriter for about 8 years before deciding on a film education from Łodz, Poland. He graduated from The Polish National Film School with a Masters in Cinematography in 2015. Currently he sits on the fence, loving both fiction and documentary films equally. He works out of Mumbai and Delhi.
Sarnath Banerjee is the author of the graphic novels Corridor, The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers, The Harappa Files and recently All Quiet in Vikaspuri. Banerjee has received several fellowships, such as the MacArthur, Indian Foundation for Arts, Charles Wallace Trust Award, and Egide Bursary in Paris. In 2012, he was commissioned for a public arts project during the London Olympics called the ‘Gallery of Losers’. Banerjee is also the co-founder of Phantomville, a publishing house that exclusively published graphic novels based on collaborations. He received the young publisher award, 2008, by the British Council. Born in Calcutta, Banerjee currently lives and works out of Berlin.
Saumya Verma is an alumnus of MCRC, Jamia Millia, and has been the Assistant Professor in Film & Cultural Studies there since 2009. She teaches Critical Media Studies, PR & Corporate Communication, Scriptwriting and Editing Principles. Earlier she taught at Lady Irwin College and IIM Ahmedabad. She has presented papers and participated in international conferences, and her work has been widely published. Saumya has also worked with Miditech Productions Ltd. and NDTV Convergence Ltd.
Shabani Hassanwalia is a writer and filmmaker, but now, mostly a filmmaker. She wrote for First City Magazine for over a decade, and edited books on film, music and art for the First City Volumes. Alongside, she co-founded Hit and Run Films in 2005 with Samreen Farooqui. She went on to receive the Inlaks Scholarship in 2009-2010, to research documentary funding and support structures across the UK and US. Shabani and Samreen’s first film, Out of Thin Air, was the opening film for Film South Asia, 2009 and was the official selection at International Film Festival of Rotterdam. Their work has dealt with a country-in-transition by recording its stories around online identity formation (Online and Available, 2012), gender (Bioscope, 2013) and masculinity. Their latest film investigates masculinity in India through Salman Khan’s fans, and is the closing film for PSBT’s Open Frame in 2014. It’s called Being Bhaijaan. She was the associate director and co-editor on Dibakar Banerjee’s Star, which was part of the Bombay Talkies’ omnibus to celebrate the 100 Years of Cinema.
Sherna Dastur is a graphic designer and filmmaker from the National Institute of Design where she has also been visiting faculty. Her film Manjuben Truck Driver was screened at various festivals and institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has worked on a wide range of design projects for social campaigns, exhibitions, publications and films. She also makes handmade paper and has collaborated in the making of The Sovereign Forest by Amar Kanwar. Along with Samina Mishra, she is the co-author of My Sweet Home: Childhood Stories from a Corner of the City. She has designed several large format books on artists including Nilima Sheikh, multimedia projects like Cinema City and cultural spaces like The Freedom Theatre in Palestine, receiving Publishing Next awards in 2014 and 2017.
Subasri Krishnan has been a documentary filmmaker for the past 10 years. She also heads the Media Lab of the Indian Institute for Human Settlement (IIHS). Her first documentary film, Brave New Medium, on internet censorship in South East Asia has been screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally. The award winning, This or That Particular Person produced by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) looks at the idea of official identity documents, and in that context, the Unique Identity number. The film was adjudged as the Best Short Documentary Film at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK), 2013. Her new documentary film, What The Fields Remember’ explores ideas of memory, violence and justice through survivors’ narratives of the massacre. As a part of the Media Lab at IIHS, she teaches and curates the Urban Lens film festival. Prior to going to film school, Subasri worked for the academic journal Seminar from 1998-2000.
Surabhi Sharma is an independent filmmaker making feature-length documentaries and short films since 2000. Her documentaries, fiction, and video installations engage with cities in transition using the lens of labor, music, and migration. Surabhi’s films have been screened and awarded at international film festivals and are included in teaching curricula in universities in North America and India.She is currently working on a film on a music tradition that is struggling to survive. The question the film asks is what happens to a community if music is the repository of their oral history and identity and if they are unable to keep it alive. Surabhi is currently teaching at the Film and New Media programme at the New York University, Abu Dhabi.
Swapna Liddle is a historian who has worked to take history out of the classroom. Her focus has been on Delhi, through a PhD on nineteenth century Delhi, as well as through many years of activism in the cause of preserving Delhi’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. Her writing reflects both those interests, as she works to make history and heritage accessible through informative, entertaining and easy to read works.
Udit Khurana is an independent cinematographer. He started working professionally in 2013 after completing his diploma from L.V. Prasad Film and Television Academy, Chennai. His work includes fiction films like Hairkatha Prasanga which premiered at Busan International Film Festival-2016 and For the love of a man a documentary feature which premiered at Venice Film Festival-2015.
Vishal Chauhan is an alumnus of the Department of Film & Video Production, SACAC and is currently working as a freelance editor in Delhi. Prior to this, he worked in Mumbai on programmes for channels such as ZEE, Star, Sahara and NDTV, and then had a stint with the creative team of UTV Network in Delhi. He has edited corporate films, advertisement films, as well as nationally and internationally awarded documentaries and short fiction.
Yousuf Saeed is an independent filmmaker and researcher based in New Delhi, India. He started his career in educational television in 1990, co-directing the science series Turning Point for Doordarshan. Some of his prominent films are Inside Ladakh, Basant, A Life in Science-Yashpal, the Train to Heaven, and Khayal Darpan that looks at the state of classical music in Pakistan. Yousuf has also worked for Encyclopedia Britannica (India) as the Arts Editor, and has been involved with Tasveer Ghar, a digital archive of India’s popular visual art. Recipient of several fellowships, he is also the author of Muslim Devotional Art in India which explores the history of Islamic poster art in India. Campus Rising is one of his recent works.