In February 2015, I taught a module on Contemporary India and Childhood to students of Theatre-in-Education at the National School of Drama in Agartala, Tripura. Apart from sharing my own work and discussing issues of contemporary childhood in India, I asked the students to do some fieldwork – find children and spend an afternoon talking to them about their everyday lives. These were then presented in class and based on these conversations, the students put together stories of everyday childhood – of going to school, of playing cricket, of taking care of household chores, of making a new friend, of writing a letter to the Prime Minister. These are some pictures from their conversations with children.
And this is me with the students!
Stories are a way of making sense of the world. So I make films, write, teach and conduct workshops to make room for multiple stories of the world.
I studied history at St Stephens College, Delhi University and Mass Communications at the Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. I work as a documentary filmmaker, writer, facilitator/teacher and sound recordist, and have a special interest in media for children.
My work has shown at the Open Frame Film Festival, New Delhi, Mumbai International Film Festival, Karachi International Film Festival, Dhaka International Short & Independent Film Festival, Tricontinental Film Festival, Commonwealth Film Festival, Manchester and the International Symposium of Electronics Arts(ISEA). I was awarded the Sea Change Residency by the Gaea Foundation, USA in recognition of my work across disciplines.