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


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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Performance politics: Not just a dance form, Lavani is a commentary on gender, caste, sex

In the contemporary times Lavani has been interestingly experimented with across the varied genres of theatre, popular culture and digitised mediums of expression. For my curation of Lavani LIVE! I have tried to explore the divergent stories, styles and discourses around Lavani. These conversat...26 November 2016

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Daily O

You have sex. Let's talk about it.

Our unwillingness to talk about sex risks us from realising the possibilities of critical discussions on larger societal problems. The writer, Brian Horton will talk about sex and much more at an adda he is curating this Friday with Godrej India Culture Lab. 7 November 2016

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The Quint

Diversity Begins at Home: Smriti Irani Talks Gender and Inclusion

The World Economic Forum India Summit, hosted by Vikram Chandra on NDTV, brought together a panel that included Smriti Irani (Minister of Textiles), Sashi K Mukundan (Country Head at BP Exploration), Parmesh Shahani (Head of Godrej India Cultural Lab) and Shamina Singh (Mastercard Centre for In...6 October 2016

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India Economic Summit: Breaking Down Diversity Barriers

The recent World Economic Forum's India Summit had a panel on "Breaking Diversity Barriers" that included Lab Head Parmesh Shahani, Min. Smriti Irani and others. Watch the discussion here. 6 October 2016

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