The work and activities of the Godrej India Culture Lab have drawn the attention of the media ever since our inception. Here is a selection of some of the coverage we’ve received. If you’re from the press and would like to visit our lab, attend some of our events, or would like specific images of certain events, please mail us on


New Left for Fashion

In collaboration with SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action), an NGO that works in Mumbai’s Dharavi district, the Godrej India Culture Lab organized “Fashion Funda—A Dharavi Design Dialogue”. Moderated by Godrej India Culture Lab’s head Parmesh Shahani, it explored design in...18 February 2017

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Nusrat Durrani: The counter-revolution is love

From producing Madly — an omnibus of six love stories among which was Anurag Kashyap’s Clean Shaven — to creating Rebel Music series, MTV’s acclaimed documentary series on musicians and artists practising in areas of conflict, Nusrat Durrani is an agent of love. But, make no mistake; Durrani is...26 January 2017

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The Hindu

Love is all you need

Durrani will be conducting a masterclass at the Godrej India Culture Lab on how connectivity across the world has built bridges of understanding between communities, be it romantic or otherwise. “Examine the news, there is a gathering tsunami of intolerance, misogyny and racism everywhere you t...26 January 2017

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Hindustan Times

Colours of hope: Films, hugs and a flash mob for LGBT rights

India’s biggest pride march, Azadi March, heads to the streets on January 28 in Mumbai to legalise homosexuality. Events are on all week from Saturday. “Since the first March was held [in 2008], the movement has grown in incredible ways,” says Parmesh Shahani, who heads the Godrej India Culture...21 January 2017

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I will use this platform to push for inclusivity in India

LGBTQ activist and head of the Godrej India Culture Lab in Vikhroli (Mumbai) Parmesh Shahani was the only Indian to be named senior TED Fellow this year. 12 January 2017

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When the arts become the voice

A panel discussion at the Godrej India Culture Lab will talk about how diverse art forms can provide a vital platform for LGBTQ rights and activism14 December 2016

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The Ladies Finger

Studying Lavani Dance For Years Has Taught Me All About My Grandparents’ World

Yesterday I curated a day-long Lavani festival at Godrej India Culture Lab, where I work. It was an attempt to explore the divergent forms, styles and genres of Lavani academically, visually, musically, and performatively. Through this festival I engaged with fundamental questions like ‘What ma...4 December 2016

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Brown Paper Bag

Lachak Life: Inside A Lavani Dancer’s Make-Up Kit

The secrets to some of the most elaborate make-up in Bombay sit in a steel-lined vanity case that looks like it holds a nuclear button. It belongs to Anil Hankare, TV star and celebrated lavani dancer, whom we catch as he prepares for a major show at the India Culture Lab’s Lavani Live! festiva...30 November 2016

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