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NEWSLETTER
October 2015
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Hello Culture Lab Family,

The festive season is here! Hope you are all enjoying yourselves just as we are in #VivaVikhroli. We have an amazing calendar of events lined up for you that aim to create meaningful dialogue and celebrate changing contemporary India.

First up in this series of heavy hitters is our Diversity Funda on October 9. Our power-packed panel for this features a top industrialist, a person working within big corporates for LGBT inclusive policies and the awesome mom of an LGBT activist. (Read below to know who these amazing people are.) After this, we will be screening Breaking Free, the path breaking new documentary by Sridhar Rangayan that traces the LGBT movement in India! We are collaborating with Godrej’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiative and with Community Business, a non-profit organization, for this event. Don’t miss it. (To whet your appetite, here’s what transpired the last time we collaborated with D&I.)

After you RSVP, don’t miss two really cool new articles on our website. The first one is a blog within a blog – think of it like a blog version of Inception. We have compiled a list of all the posts Dr Henry Jenkins wrote on his website during his trip to India. They are delightful reads and prove to you something we have been saying since he came down - he is one of the coolest academics we have met. After you are done with them, read Lab head Parmesh Shahani’s thoughts on Wandering Women, the feminist film festival that we held at our Lab over the Independence weekend.

As always, we have a great new video for you. Navroze Godrej, the brains behind Hubble, Archana Prasad, the founder of Jaaga, and Rajeev Thakkar of Studio X are in conversation with Lab head Parmesh Shahani about “the architecture of collaboration” – so do check it out, as well as the other 100 videos or so on our website.

To wrap up this newsletter, don’t miss the highlights from our last event, the screening of The Invisible (R)evolutions (you can see the beautiful setup we had for the show in the picture above). Also, read on to know why you are missing out on a large part of your online social life if you are not following the Lab on Instagram.

That’s all folks… for now. Stay tuned.

Cheers,
Kevin Lobo + Team Culture Lab 

Upcoming Events
Diversity Funda
9th October 2015
How important is it to come out – at home, or at the workplace, if you’re LGBT? Radhika Piramal, MD of VIP Industries Ltd., Padma Iyer, who famously put out a matrimonial ad for her gay son in a newspaper, and Joe Zachariah, who has led various corporate programmes on inclusiveness will discuss this pertinent issue at this Funda. The discussion will be followed by the screening of a new documentary that traces the rise of the LGBT movement in India Breaking Free and a discussion with its director, Sridhar Rangayan. 

RSVP and read more by clicking here.
Featured Video
Architecture of Collaboration
The benefits of collaborative spaces have been written about extensively - from MIT’s Frank Gehry designed free-flowing Stata Center to the uber chic General Assembly in New York. We got together three founders of different collaborative spaces in India. Navroze Godrej, creator of the Godrej Hubble, Archana Prasad founder of Jaaga Bangalore and Rajeev Thakker director of Studio X Mumbai (pictured above right to left) spoke of how they had conceptualized each of these diverse spaces and the benefits of collaboration ecosystems. 

Watch the video here.
Past Event
Post film screening highlights
In collaboration with Alliance Francaise, we screened french director Phillippe Borrel’s (picture above) movie The Invisible (R)evolutions on the perils of unchecked economic growth. Shubhi Sachan of Watch, Talk, Eat, Don’t Repeat, the Godrej film series that shows movies on sustainability, moderated the conversation. 

Click here for pictures.
Featured Blog
Wandering Women, Wondering Man
Culture Lab head Parmesh Shahani was left a “wondering man” at our Wandering Women Feminist Film Festival of India. In this piece he articulates his thoughts on the festival, which we co-hosted with the fantastic team from the feminist website, The Ladies Finger. The piece will take you through the movies he enjoyed at the festival and the questions the power packed panel discussions provoked. 

Read the piece here.
Instagram @indiaculturelab
Hashtag #VivaVikroli
Have you seen our Instagram account yet? It is a visual narrative of all that we are doing at the Lab. Short videos, photos from events, the fun people who visit us at the Lab – follow us and see why #VivaVikhroli is the place to be. If you think we are exaggerating, you must check out this article by Hindu Business Line

Followed us yet?
Dr. Jenkins in India
The Amazing Dr. Henry Jenkins
If you liked the video of the masterclass that Dr Henry Jenkins delivered at the Lab, you are going to love his blog posts about his trip to India and his time at Godrej. In the talk, you got a chance to peek into the professor’s thoughts on the future of digital media. In his blogs, through all he saw around him during his 45 days with us, you can see how he connects academia with things he saw around him everyday in India. 

Check them out.
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