BORN TO SING screening, a Kriti Film Club special @IHC - 21 April 2016

Kriti Film Club invites you to celebrate World Heritage Day and World Earth Day with a film that reflects the connections and traditions of being rooted to our heritage.

Its a celebration of what is inherited, what must continue...musically and otherwise.

Born to Sing 

by Shikha Jhingan

(English/44 mins/2001)

7 pm, 21 April 2016
Gulmohar Hall
India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road
New Delhi

About the film: This film profiles the lives of women singers in Punjab- the Marasans. They have been known to carry the darkest secrets of the royalty, from one generation to another. The film takes us through the journey of four Mirasans, who reminisce about the fondness of the patrons of this rich oral tradition.

About the film maker: Shikha Jhingan is an independent documentary film-maker based in Delhi. She graduated from Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia University in 1986. She is also a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Film, and School of Fine Arts. Shikha is a founder member of Media-storm, an independent women’s film making collective formed in Delhi in 1986. Some of her past works include ONCE THIS LAND WAS OURS , THE HIDDEN STORY, PRISONER OF GENDER, and BORN TO SING. She also co-directed THE POWER OF THE IMAGE, a twelve part documentary series on Bombay cinema. HEALTH MATTERS (2005), her latest independent documentary, was shown at MIFF 2006. At present, Jhingan is teaching at the department of Journalism, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Her research work focuses on performance, practices and circulation of the female voice in Hindi film songs. She has published journal articles on this topic in Seminar and Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies.

About the film club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal platform for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as an access and distribution space for documentary films.

Open for all.

Contact for any further details:
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Women's Reels, 11-12 March 2016 Kriti Film Club specials @IHC

Kriti Film Club celebrates the Women's Day month 
with two days of documentaries by women film makers and issues of relevance.
11-12 March 2016 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  • The Other Song by Saba Dewan 
  • Ore Udal (One Body) by Asha Achu Joseph
  • Reflecting Her: Women and Reproductive Health by Anna Pawlowska (Poland); Atieno Otieno Careen (Kenya); Priya Goswami (India); Sarah Chitambo (South Africa)

The films will be followed by discussion with the film makers/ producers.

Friday, 11 March 2016

7 pm onwards 
Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi


In 1935, Rasoolan Bai the well-known singer from Varanasi, recorded for the gramophone a love song that she would never sing again, ‘My breasts are wounded, don’t throw flowers at me.’ A variation of her song, ‘My heart is wounded, don’t throw flowers at me,’ the 1935 recording faded from public memory and eventually got lost. More than 70 years later the film travels through Varanasi to search for the forgotten song. This journey opens a Pandora’s box of life stories, memories, half remembered songs and histories that for long have been banished into oblivion. It brings the film face to face with the enigmatic tawaifs or the courtesans who till a century back were amongst the most educated and privileged of Indian women. Today they stand recast as deviant, their arts, obscene; their story and that of the lost song linked to the making of modern India and the transitions around the control and censorship of female sexualities and cultural expression.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

7 pm onwards
Venue: Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

ORE UDAL (One Body) 

by Asha Achy Joseph 
Our social, cultural and political psyche embraces rape and its violence to the extent of making it a ritualistic practice of consumption to the spectator. This film marks the beginning of a journey in search of a narrative where one’s own identity as woman and creator is at stake. Through One Body, the director on its preliminary level intends to look at the void in the mind-space of a woman who is raped. Though subjective to a large extent, this attempt wishes to explore varied layers of experiences that engulf the act of violence as victim and perpetrator.


by Anna Pawlowska (Poland); Atieno Otieno Careen (Kenya); Priya Goswami (India); Sarah Chitambo (South Africa) / Produced by IAWRT

The film has been shot in four continents by four women directors. It discusses the dilemmas, personal choices, lack of control and violence that women all over the world face over Reproductive Rights. The stories vary but all reflect the theme of a necessity for women to gain greater control over their own bodies.

About the film club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal platform for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as an access and distribution space for documentary films.

Open for All!

011-26027845/ 26033088

Save paper, Save trees, Save yourself...Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Paper resources

Save paper, Save trees, Save yourself…
Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Paper resources
- a KRITI team initiative©

since 1999

Some FACTS on paper
Whatever the amount of paper that you use, requires more than twice as much its weight in wood to produce it.
The first paper was made by Tsai Lun, an official in the court of a Chinese emperor in 105 A.D. He beat up old fishing nets, rags, and ropes in running water, spread the pulp on the screen of fine bamboo strips and dried it in the sun.
Paper reached India around the 12th century.
Recycling waste paper is different from recycling cloth, as the latter is not environmentally friendly even though the results are more durable and attractive. Cloth can be recycled in a variety of ways but paper can only be recycled as paper or packages.
What we DO for ourselves and for you:
We at the KRITI team have made paper reuse and recycling a part of our work ethic for the past 16 years and involved over a 200 individuals and organizations in this process. Infact, we have a record of asking our friends for waste paper since we reuse all of the paper generated in-house. We want to share our ideas and efforts with other individuals and organisations, to create truly eco-friendly workplaces and homes, to save the environment and financial resources both.
From the point of waste paper generation to storage and disposal, we assist you in following some simple steps for waste paper management and even offer you eco-friendly disposal, storage and disposal materials at a contribution. We offer to ‘barter waste paper’ for recycled handmade paper stationary products.

To start with, we can conduct a ‘waste paper rethink, reduce and reuse’ workshop with your staff, to create an eco-friendly workplace, if you so like, or assist you in other ways. So, if you’d like to set in motion the ‘save paper’ programme at your workplace or home, write to us.

We also welcome you to share your own ideas with us so that together we can set up a creative, self-disciplined and sustainable way of work and life together. Imagine not having to spend money on buying paper stationary, instead creating your own and that too from waste!

One save paper tip as we sign off…
Reuse every envelope that comes in the post with your bank and/ or credit card statement!

Premiere Screening: URBAN VOICE - Kriti Film Club specials@IHC 28 February 2016


is thrilled to invite you for the Delhi Premiere of a film on one of our favourite people and musician Susmit Bose.

URBAN VOICE (Jibon Ebong)

(English/ 60 minutes/ 2015)

by Aneek Chaudhuri

On 28 February 2016

At 7 pm

Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

The film will be followed by a discussion and release of some 'gifts' of love on the occasion. 

About the film: A bio docu-feature on urban folk musician Susmit Bose whose songs have often dealt with social issues- human rights, labour rights, child rights, global peace and non-violence. The film is structured into feature form with unique sense of story telling. The film delves on the life of Susmit Bose justifying concepts relating to the genre of Urban Folk Music and his stand as an Urban Folk Musician.

About the filmmaker: Aneek Chaudhuri has had his films in competition at prestigious festivals at Cannes, Los Angeles, Melbourne, and Warsaw. He is a film theorist and has more than a dozen papers published in reputed international journals; he has also been featured at CSR-Vision for his social views on Cinema. Now, he is one of the youngest experts at the editorial board of an International Journal based in India. He holds the authorship of four books, out of which two are on Film Studies.Moreover, Aneek is also a member of KAAHON, the directorial forum in Bengal.

About the Film Club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal space for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as a borrowing & access space for documentary films.

Open for all.011-26027845/ 26033088 space.kriti@gmail.com
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Thanks to the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi for venue support.

Student Interactions with College Students in Delhi-NCR

The Kriti team is engaging with students in Delhi' colleges through film screenings by the Kriti Film Club, conversations by our Programmes team and stalls of the community enterprise 'Gestures' and 'Docushop' promoted by us. 

If you are coming to any of these events or are in the vicinity, do drop in to visit us, watch a film, have a chat and browse for any resources you may need.

Gender Mela @Miranda House

University of Delhi
11-13 February 2016

Look out for the following by the Kriti team:
- Stall on all three days with films, music, books and other community made products for personal use and gifting.
- Documentary Film screening on 12 February from 11.30 to 1.00 pm

WDC Miranda House, Delhi University; CHSJ, MenEngage Delhi, and the One Billion Rising Campaign and several other colleges and civil society groups like Kriti team are coming together for a three day Gender Mela that will bring together students, academics, activists and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines, working on issues of gender, environment and masculinities. In keeping with the nature of the Mela, the three day event will see a mix of formal and informal events. The plenary sessions and formal discussions will provide an opportunity to expand the canvas, build understanding and deepen the dialogue on these issues. The stalls and other informal spaces will enable showcasing of work by various individuals and organisations as well as provide opportunities for intersectional dialogue. Apart from these, formal and informal sessions like small group discussions, talks, nukkad naataks, debates and film screenings have been planned. Cultural performances and musical evenings will enable participants to have fun, dance, sing without inhibitions while engaging with issues.
Project Film Society events @Tarang
5-7 February 2016
Lady Shri Ram College for Women

The film society run by students at LSR is organising photography and film making competitions and the Kriti Film Club is engaging with this process in an effort to promote documentary viewing and discussions for social change.

Note: If you would like to invite us to your college, school or community or even workplace to engage with your respective audiences, send us an email on and we will get in touch to take the request forward. 

Looking to make 2016 a year of learning and networking with you!

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Invite for Had Anhad: KRITI FILM CLUB Specials@IHC, 27 January 2016

Its a new year and the Kriti Film Club is in action bringing to you thought-provoking cinema that will get you out from where ever you are and whatever else you are doing to this documentary screening! 

You are invited for the screening of

HAD ANHAD (Bounded-Boundless) 

by Shabnam Virmani

(Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu with English Subtitles/103mins) 

on Wednesday, 27 January 2016
7 pm onwards
Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi

About the Film: Kabir was a 15th century mystic poet of north India who defied the boundaries between Hindu and Muslim. He had a Muslim name and upbringing, but his poetry repeatedly invokes the widely revered Hindu name for God – Ram. Who is Kabir’s Ram? This film journeys through song and poem into the politics of religion, and finds a myriad answers on both sides of the hostile border between India and Pakistan.

About the Film maker: Shabnam Virmani, is a documentary film maker and artist in residence at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore since 2002.Co-founder of the Drishti Media Arts and Human Rights collective, she has directed several documentaries in close partnership with grassroots women’s groups in the country (When Women Unite and Tu Zinda Hai, Bol series among others) and also co-directed an award-winning community radio program with the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan in Gujarat.

Virmani began her career as a sub-editor in The Times of India in Jaipur in 1987. A few months later she made journalistic history when she filed the Sati story on what happened in Deorala village, Rajasthan. The next year she won a scholarship to do a Masters degree in Development Communication at the Cornell University, United States. She tried her hand at film making there and her 20-minute student film "Have a Nice Day," was a personal narrative of her alienation, as an Indian student trying to come to terms with North American culture.

Shabnam Virmani is the director of the Kabir Project. Started in 2003, the Kabir project brings together the experiences of a series of journeys in quest of this 15th century mystic poet in our contemporary worlds. It consists of documentary films, 2 folk music videos and 10 music CDs accompanied by books of the poetry in translation. The films journey into contemporary spaces touched by his music and poetry. In her films, Shabnam juxtaposes the urban and the rural, the Indian and the foreign, the classical and the folk, and the secular and the sacred, in their many approaches to Kabir and the search for a universal voice.

About the Film Club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal space for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as a borrowing & access space for documentary films.

The Kabir Project films and Cds will be available at this event.

Open for all.
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Our Diary 2016 now available!

Our Diary 2016 brings together poetic verse and thought-provoking quotes by well-known and respected poets, thinkers, philosophers, political scientists and writers. 

We believe that 'small is beautiful' but useful. The diary comes in a 4.5"x6.5" size but creates sufficient space for 365 days of the year (3 days to a page), bookmarked with inspirational content and space for 'My Thoughts'. 

Selected references of materials and contacts related to people's struggles for the protection of rights and a movement map of India are integral to the diary. 

The diary is spiral bound for easy use and can fit into small bag or even a folder to carry around.
In its seventeenth edition as an independently produced resource, the diary has a detachable or keep within itself wall planner. 
Order yourself a copy and make it part of your movement journey in the new year. 
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