Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota is a filmmaker, theatre practitioner, storyteller and vocalist born and brought up in Bangalore. She has made films on agriculture, women’s rights and environment around rural landscapes. She also taught various aspects of film to students of Samvada & Baduku Community College and Mount Carmel College. She has worked in Rangashankara, Bangalore and Indianostrum Theatre Pondicherry.
Less than a year back she started Urban Folk Project with her partner Adithya Kothakota to research, document and bring folk experiences from across Karnataka to the urban sphere. In ‘Yellamma and Other Stories’ she plays a rare single-string instrument called ‘Shruti’ while singing songs and narrating the story and the folk experiences surrounding this Goddess Renuka Yellamma.