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November 2015

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Hello Culture Lab family,

As you are gearing up for the festival of lights we hope this month’s newsletter adds some more brightness to your life. Since its inception, Godrej India Culture Lab has been providing a platform for discourse on LGBT rights. We have hosted several events in the past including the KASHISH pop up and Sushant Divgikar's talk and performance. Last month’s Diversity Funda was one of the best we’ve ever had. 

Most of the content in this edition of our newsletter will focus on thoughts and ideas that came out of our Diversity Funda. We hope that reading Lab head Parmesh’s powerful blog post, will encourage you to contribute more towards making this country equal, or reading up and coming writer Abhra Das’s piece will urge you to demand more stories from the Hindi film industry that explore all kinds of love. Also, don’t miss Radhika Piramal’s amazing quotes on coming out at home and the workplace in an ET Panache article.

Our next event too is LGBT focussed. We will feature the Dancing Queens, India's leading transgender-led dance troupe who will shake a leg to everything from Bollywood numbers to Lavni. This has been curated by our scholar-in-residence Jeff Roy. Check out his talk at our Lab last year

This newsletter has something healthy for you to binge on as well. Watch all our Feminist Film festival videos on our YouTube playlist, which has been specially crafted for our newsletter readers. We’d like to end with a video celebrating Children’s Day (November 14) with a talk by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi whose work with child labour has inspired millions across the world. 

We hope you like this edition. Please do write in with your thoughts by either hitting reply to this mail or reaching out to us on social media. 


Kevin Lobo + Team Culture Lab

Upcoming Events
The Dancing Queens
November 18, 2015
If our last event was a serious discussion on inclusivity of the LGBT community in all areas of life, this month’s event is going to be a grand celebration of diversity. The transgender-led Dancing Queens will shake their hips to Bollywood numbers from Madhubala to Madhuri, lavni, salsa fusion choreographies and even perform a mujra or two. This will be interspersed with videos shot by our Fullbright scholar-in residence, Jeff Roy, who has curated the show. This is going to be massive. So be there!

Click here to RSVP for the event.
Featured Video
Binge on Feminism
The films screened at our 'Wandering Women Festival' were among the best movies on feminism in the country, but for us at the Lab, creating opportunities for conversation are equally important. Featuring a range of powerful, influential women - among whom were stand up comic Aditi Mittal, advertising genius Tista Sen and legendary director Paromita Vohra – the festival hosted two panel discussions. The festival ended with a soul stirring performance by singer-songwriter Shubhangi Joshi. The videos of all three events have been put together for you to binge on.

Click here to start the playlist.
Past Event
Radhika Piramal @ Diversity Funda
In case you missed the panel discussion at our Diversity Funda, here is a jhalak into the powerful things that were said. Using panelist Radhika Piramal's quotes from the event, ET Panache has weaved together a narrative about the challenges she faced while coming out and how empowering the experience has been. 

Click here to read the piece.
Featured Blog
How queer is Indian cinema?
One of our most ardent Lab supporters and up and coming film critic, Abhra Das writes a critical essay on the portrayal of the LGBT community in cinema. Abhra was inspired to write this opinion piece, after watching Time Out and Breaking Free at our Diversity Funda. The story looks at how there has been a perceptible change in the portrayal of LGBT characters in films, but also points out that there still is a lot of work to be done. 

Read the blog post here.
LGBT inclusion
Parmesh on inclusion
Monday mornings at Godrej are looked forward to thanks to MD of Godrej Consumer Products Ltd, Vivek Gambhir's weekly posts in his blog aptly called Monday 8 AM. Recently, Lab head Parmesh guest wrote an emotional post about the changing landscape of LGBT rights and the importance of being inclusive. It is must-read.  

Read it here.
Happy Children's Day!
Must listen before Children's Day
Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi came to Godrej earlier this year to deliver a talk at a leadership summit. He is an impassioned orator, and spoke about the movement he started against child labour– from people scoffing at him at the idea of starting such a campaign to being honoured by the Nobel Prize. Most importantly, he spoke of the role all of us have in a world where state support for most programmes that bring about change is dwindling. 

Watch his talk here.
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