The city of scaffolds

Kashish Parpiani

16 October 2013

The city of Mumbai unfurls a new page each day in its constant pursuit to achieve developmental excellence. As an ardent resident, I believe it’s a city for the fickle. It almost feels like this city is trying to amuse it’s melancholic habitants everyday with something new. A city that always holds up the ‘work in progress’ board, as seen in Image 1. As a documentary photographer & freelance photojournalist, I’ve tried to capture this persuasive city in action for over three years now.

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Amar Akbar Anthony

Chitranshu Mathur

4 October 2013

On Friday,  13th  September,  Godrej India Culture Lab invited Sidharth Bhatia, renowned journalist and author to discuss his new book Amar Akbar Anthony with Supriya Nair from Caravan magazine.

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Like here, like there

K P Jayasankar & Anjali Monteiro

16 September 2013

Like this, like thatLike here, like thereFriend, enemyLife, deathAll the sameAll is he …– Shah Abdul Latif (1689-1752)

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Putting Hindustani Music on life support

Ipsita Bandyopadhyay

22 July 2013

One of the common debates that have surrounded the form of music commonly known in contemporary India as Indian classical music has been the idea that it is in a state of crisis.

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Queer Voices of Mumbai

Jeff Roy

8 July 2013

In 2012, I was one of four grantees to have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship. The Fulbright-mtvU program awards individuals with projects that explore the use of music as a base of mutual understanding between cultures. I proposed to develop a documentary about how music and dance within Mumbai’s LGBTQ communities help to empower and strengthen their individual and collective voices. The project was given its stamp of approval by music idols Foster the People, B.o.B, J.Cole and Diplo, as well as the Presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. And now, on July 19th,  2013, at the Godrej India Culture Lab, I have the wonderful opportunity of being able to present some of the fruits of my labor in the first public presentation of my documentary-in-progress following a year-long production stint:

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When the environment turns hostile

Gita Aravamudan

11 June 2013

The news report in The Economic Times dated 21st May 2013 said it all. 

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The extraordinary everyday - a hunt for new metaphors

Rohan Shivkumar

3 June 2013

The city of Mumbai is currently undergoing a rapid metamorphosis. As it seems to be in the throes of transforming from a post industrial city to a city imagined as a hub of financial, entertainment and information technology for the region, its physical form has undergone tremendous changes- often in extremely violent forms. Historical fabrics and environmental systs are ravaged into and new housing districts and glittering commercial buildings replace older neighbourhoods and slum communities. As the new violently rips into the old, as boundaries that connect transform into those that separate, new configurations are formed, new networks created.

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