Jeena Yahaan, Marna Yahaan
Padmavati Rao, MK Raghavendra and Vidyashankar N with Samantak Bhadra
Padmavati Rao is an actor, writer, director, translator and poet. She speaks many languages but prefers writing in Hindi. As an actor she has worked in Kannada, Hindi, English, Marathi and now even Malayalam and Tamil cinema. The Hindi films she has acted in are Pardes, Te3N, Padmaavat,Tanhaji and Raat Akeli Hai. She has translated plays of Girish Karnad and Mahesh Dattani into Hindi. Padmavati is also a storyteller and puppeteer. Her collection of poems Kuch Pyaar Kuch Tadap- Of Love and Longing was released by Girish Karnad at the Bangalore Poetry Festival in 2017. She has worked with Girish Karnad in various capacities for 42 years… as actor, assistant director, dialogue writer and translator. She has also translated Kiran Nagarkar’s Cuckold.
Trained in process work as a facilitator at Foundation for Human Learning And Growth -Aastha, she combines process work and theatre in her work with children and adults. She trains teachers to use theatre in the classroom and has worked with teachers of private and government schools from around the country, in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, in the far off Lakshadweep and communities in the Himalayas too in order to empower them to tell their own stories to a larger audience. She has conducted workshops abroad as well. She hopes to make theatre more accessible to people of varied age groups across geographies. These days her focus is on villages just outside Bangalore for now, where she endeavours to do and promote natural farming, arts and crafts. Her TEDx talks on the subject of including all that is immeasurable in life, especially in schools are now on You Tube. Her interest in natural farming, arts and crafts drives her to stay connected and build bridges between people and cultures.
Raghavendra M. K.
MK Raghavendra (DOB. 24th Dec, 1954), who got a master’s degree in science (MSc.) and worked in the financial sector for over twenty-five years, is a writer on culture, literature and politics, much of his writing focussed on cinema. His chosen approach is textual analysis with an emphasis on political discourse. He received the National Award for Best Film Critic in 1997 and was awarded a Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 2000-01. He has authored four volumes of academic film scholarship criticism – Seduced by the Familiar: Narration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema (Oxford, 2008), Bipolar Identity: Region, Nation and the Kannada Language Film (Oxford, 2011), The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium: Bollywood and the Anglophone Indian Nation (Oxford, 2014), and Locating World cinema: Interpretations of film as Culture (Bloomsbury, due March 2020). He has also written two books on cinema for the general reader 50 Indian Film Classics (Collins, 2009) and Director’s Cut: 50 Film-makers of the Modern Era (Collins, 2013). His essays on Indian cinema find a place in Indian and international anthologies. He has also published extensively in Indian newspapers, periodicals and journals like The Indian Review of Books, Caravan, Economic and Political Weekly, Frontline, The Book Review and Biblio: A Review of Books. His writing has been translated into French and Polish. He has written extensively on politics and culture for Firstpost in the past three years. He has edited an anthology of writing on South-Indian cinema Beyond Bollywood: The Cinemas of south India published by HarperCollins in 2017. His book The Oxford India Short Introduction to Bollywood was published in 2016. His academic writings have been anthologized in books published by Oxford University Press, Sage, Routledge, BFI (British Film Institute). His book on international cinema Locating world Cinema is due to be published by Bloomsbury in 2020 as is another book Philosophical Issues in Indian Film by Routledge. He is the Founder-Editor of online journal Phalanx, which dedicated to debate: http://phalanx.in/pages/content.html
Samantak Bhadra’s poems and reviews have been published in magazines and anthologies like Rain Taxi, The Missing Slate, Solstice Initiative, Recours au Poème, 40 Under 40, Knot Magazine and Taj Mahal Review among others. He has been conducting poetry readings and workshops in Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai since 2014. He is a TEDx speaker and a Millennium Fellow and runs a branding, marketing and art consulting company called theSound through which he helps authors and publishers market their books better.
Mr Vidyashankar who is the Founder member and presently the Artistic Director of Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFes), which has completed 12 editions, is passionate about the Art of the cinema and has been associated with Film Society movement since 1977. He is a Former President and Secretary of Suchitra Film Society, a reputed cinephile club of Bengaluru founded in 1971.
He underwent the Certificate course in Film Appreciation at National Film Archives, Pune, India in 1981. He has been Lecturing and writing on World Cinema, Indian and Kannada cinema in both English and Kannada languages for over three decades and his articles have appeared in almost all the major newspapers in Karnataka. He is a Member of FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) and of NETPAC (Network for promotion of Asian & Pacific Cinema).
He has served for 5 years as a member of the Advisory Panel of Central Board of Film Certification (Film Censors). He was Managing Editor of a literary journal in Kannada for eight years and the editor of a Film Society journal for 2 years. He has compiled a book on European Film theories in Kannada and edited a book on African Cinema. He has scripted and directed Television serials and has provided English narratives and subtitles for number of documentaries.
He has been attending International Film Festivals in India and abroad since 1980 and was a Chairperson of the NETPAC International Jury at Busan International Film Festival, South Korea in 2018, member of FIPRESCI Critics Jury at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival, France in 2017, QCinema International Film Festival, Philippines in 2016 and also for the 16th International Film Festival of Kerala in 2011. He has also attended the prestigious International film Festivals at Berlin & Venice, as a delegate. He was invited to participate in a colloquium on Russian Cinema St. Petersburg, Russia in 2019.
Academically he holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics, a degree in Law and a Post graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. Professionally, he is a Legal and Management Consultant specializing in Information Technology/Entertainment Industry Laws.