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NEWSLETTER
August 2015
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Hello Culture Lab family,

Happy Independence Day in advance! We are ecstatic to launch our monthly newsletter that will give you an insider’s peek into the many cultural disruptions the Lab is brewing. You are part of an exclusive network of people that we want to reach out to and keep up-to-date on the various ways that our Godrej India Culture Lab is being a catalyst in conversations around contemporary India.

This August, we stay true to our spirit of collaboration. Indie-pendence Day, our annual celebration of non-commercial Indian cinema, is back in a new avatar - ‘Wandering Women: The Feminist Docu Film Festival’. The fest is in collaboration with our friends at The Ladies Finger - an extraordinary website that is publishing cutting-edge writing about the modern Indian woman. This month we will also collaborate with our dear friends at Lakme Fashion Week, where we are bringing together the top fashion editors in the country to discuss the future of fashion journalism.

We are also looking back at two fantastic events we held at the Lab. The first was a talk by animation superstar Priyamvad Deshmukh, who works for the VFX studio Weta Digital founded by Peter Jackson. The second is an event curated by our summer scholar from Yale, Nitika Khaitan. After intensive research, she got together performance poets from different traditions in the art form to showcase their works at the Lab. Also, don’t miss the video of Sheena Iyengar’s talk about women’s education held earlier this year.

We look forward to your feedback.

Cheers,
Kevin Lobo + Team Culture Lab
Upcoming Events
Feminist Film Festival at the Lab
August 15 - 16, 2015
A conversation that started on Twitter about the lack of feminist video content from India between Lab head Parmesh Shahani and The Ladies Finger team has now evolved to a full-blown film festival! ‘Wandering Women: The Feminist Docu Film Festival’ will take place from 10 am to 5 pm, on August 15 -16. The festival will showcase the best of feminist documentary filmmaking from India.

RSVP and read more by clicking here.
Fashion Funda pop up at LFW
August 29, 2015
The Lab teleports itself to Lakme Fashion Week this month! On August 29, along with LFW we are assembling the top fashion editors in the country to talk about the multiple futures of fashion journalism. Details will be up on our website soon.

Check out a video from our last Fashion Funda.
People Passing Through
Godrej India Culture Lab is truly moving towards becoming an international hub for new and experimental ideas. It was great meeting our Vikhroli Skin collaborator, Radhika Batra of Radhika’s Fine Teas. It was also great catching up with Museum of Memories collaborator Adhuna Akhtar who spoke about the amazing her amazing work with Bblunt. We were excited to host filmmakers – Paromita Vohra and Madhushree Dutta – don’t miss their films at our Feminist Film Fest on August 15-16. We also met the crew from Mixtape, the artist management agency who we are brewing some trouble with.
Past Event
Highlights from our talk with Priyamvad Deshmukh 
June 26, 2015

We were proud to host visual effects superstar Priyamvad Deshmukh. He is among the leading names in his field and has worked on The Hobbit, Furious 7, among other movies at Peter Jackson’s studio Weta Digital. At the talk, he spoke about his journey from Amravati to the top of the visual effects industry. and also shared anecdotes from the work he has done on some of the best animation films, which include Bolt and How to Train Your Dragon 3

Read an interview with Priyamvad. 
Featured Blog
Performance poetry in Mumbai - an essay 
This essay by Nitika Khaitan, our summer scholar from Yale, explores the relationship between spoken word and traditional Indian performance poetry. By speaking to various stakeholders, from organisers of events to artists, the piece looks at the divides that exist and the efforts that are being taken to bridge them.

Read the essay here.
Past Event
Our Performance Poetry Funda in pictures 
July 22, 2015
If you thought poetry is dead, you would be proved dead wrong at our Poetry Funda. Braving torrential rain, more than 200 people showed up for the event that featured poets from different traditions. During the Q&A the performers gathered on stage – this included a Marathi lokshahir, a Tamil rap crew, English and Hindustani spoken word artists and a theatre troupe, artistes who would have otherwise never shared the same stage.

Click for highlights in pictures.
Featured Video
Sheena Iyengar on women's education
“Every additional year of secondary education a girl receives contributes an increase of 15 to 25 per cent in salary over the course of her life”. In this compelling talk at our Lab, the author of The Art of Choosing and professor at Columbia Business School, Sheena Iyengar talks about the power of education to change the lives of women.

Watch Sheena's video here. 
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