Hello Culture Lab family,
We’re in cricket mode (after India won the series in Sri Lanka 2-1), so straight off the bat, I’d like to thank all of you for the love and support you have been sending us for our debut issue. In case you missed it, this newsletter is an exclusive monthly information capsule about all the fun things we are up to at Godrej India Culture Lab.
Last month, with a heavy heart we dropped Professor Henry Jenkins, one of the leading minds in digital media
[pictured above] to the airport. The Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts at USC was with Godrej for about two months for LOUD, Godrej’s recruitment campaign
When not inspiring students to live out their dreams in colleges across India, Professor Jenkins was soaking in the sights and meeting thought leaders from the country. These meetings included meeting comedy sensations All India Bakchod
; a panel discussion at a Twitter influencer conference, a round table discussion with journalists from The Indian Express
, talks at JNU and TISS Mumbai among many others. In between this hectic schedule the professor also delivered one of the most inspiring talks this year at our Lab. In case you couldn’t make it for the masterclass, don’t miss the video of the talk
Secondly, we are so proud to tell you that Vikhroli is turning into a hub for cutting edge art
. The latest sculptures by artiste Jeremy Mayer
, Godrej's first artist-in-residence, are a testament to that. Using parts of 60 Godrej typewriters, the sculptor has created four breathtaking pieces, the largest of which is a 13-foot kinetic lotus
that opens and closes according to the time of day.
This edition also has pictures of our super successful Wandering Women: The Feminist Film Festival of India
that we held in collaboration with the feminist website, The Ladies Finger
. We hosted 1000 people over two days for a selection of 10 amazing documentaries. Since we are talking film, our next event
is a collaboration with Alliance Francaise where we will screen The Invisible (R)evolutions
. Read more about it below and we obviously expect to see you there.
At the Lab we find inspiration everywhere. One of our most ardent supporters and fellow Godrejite Vandana Gupta shares the beautiful results of her 100-day haiku challenge where she pushed herself to write one haiku every day. She has chosen to share a few of them for us in our Blog of the Month
With this newsletter we also launch our new and slick video section. For the past four years the Lab has reflecting changing modern India with our events. We now have a wonderful archive of almost every event we have hosted. From talks by names like Kenya Hara
or Devdutt Patnaik
to music performances, our video section has something for everybody. Don't forget to check it out by clicking here
Until next time.
Kevin + Team Culture Lab