Kriti team's 12th Annual Peace Day Festival/ 21 September 2017/ IHC, New Delhi

You are invited to come spend an evening celebrating peace, harmony and citizen solidarity in these troubled times. The evening will have some poetry and films made by young students on the theme of interfaith harmony. 
Come and make a collective pledge 
for peace, justice and comprehensive human security!

a Kriti team and Step Trust curated evening

Please note that the venue is changed to Amaltas at India Habitat Centre for this event.
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Daslakhiya and The Hunt - Kriti Film Club special screenings @IHC / 4 August 2017

Kriti Film Club
invites you to mark this August with two documentaries that ask some important questions on what's freedom and who has it, after seven decades of independence! The films will be followed by a discussion with the film makers present.
Daslakhiya and The Hunt

on 4 August 2017
7 pm onwards
Gulmohar Hall
India Habitat Centre
Lodi Road, New Delhi 3

(30 mins/ Hindi & Bahia with Eng subtitles/ 2017)
Director: Rishika Namdev
Producer: Vineeth Menon

About the film: Fences are often built to create boundaries, to determine ownership and to create a partition. One of such fences has been built in Kanha National Park of India, where a primitive tribe has been deprived of their basic forest rights. This documentary reveals the aftermath of eviction of the Baiga Tribe from Kanha National Park. 

About the film makers: Rishika Namdev is an alumnus of National Institute of Design, India. She has recently completed her Masters in film and video communication. She hails from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She is interested in activist documentaries. She is currently teaching film and theatre in one of the international schools in India. Her documentary film “Bepurdah” has been screened in national and international film festivals. Vineeth Menon is an Independent filmmaker and founder of an Independent production house in Delhi known as Tatva films. His past comprises of working with premier production houses in Mumbai like Equinox films and Aamir Khan production where he was assisting renowned Director Mr. Ram Madhavani. In the current past he was as an employee of CNN- IBN as a promo producer. Overall a storyteller with experience of print, television and films, along with some independent works to his belt. Majorly uses his tool of storytelling for bringing awareness on Social Issues.


The Hunt 
(26 mins/ Chattisgarhhi, Hindi, English/ 2014)
Directed by Biju Toppo 
Produced by PSBT

About the film: The Hunt explores the condition of human rights in the Naxal affected areas of Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Orissa. It questions the thoughtless rapid development model of the Government where lives of millions of people in these areas are severely affected. These areas are rich in mineral resources as well as tribal population where Central and the State Governments have already signed MoUs with various national and multinational companies. 

About the film maker: Biju graduated from St Xavier’s College, Ranchi, and then completed the Film Appreciation Course at FTII. He has made over fifteen documentaries on issues of water, forest, land, displacement, migration, health, education, environment, art and culture, under the aegis of his company, Akhra. His film Kora Rajee won the Silver Conch at Mumbai International Film Festival and Loha Garam Hai won the National Film Award.

About the film club: Kriti Film Club is an ​educational initiative of a not-for-profit organisation 'Kriti team​​'. It screens and shares documentary films on development, environment and socially relevant issues, in an effort to influence mindsets and behaviour towards an equitous, just and peaceful world. ​It also curates issue based film festivals and organises neighbourhood, school, college or institutional film shows. ​​The Kriti Film Club has been screening regularly and independently since 2000.​
Open for all
Confirmations appreciated
Thanks to Habitat World for the collaboration

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TURUP (Kriti Film Club specials @IHC)/ 13 July 2017


invites you for the screening of a feature length fiction film and film maker conversation 


by Ektara Collective
(72 mins | colour | Hindi with English subtitles| HD 16:9; stereo | India | 2017)
on 13 July 2017
at 7 pm
Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi
(nearest metros JLN Stadium, Jor Bagh, Khan market)
The film will be followed by a discussion with members of cast and crew.

About the film: Chess is a popular pastime in this neighbourhood in Bhopal, with roadside games bringing together men to challenge each other in friendly and sometimes unfriendly matches. But for some, the pawns include morality and religion, causing tensions to erupt when a tournament gets underway. Against this backdrop, a domestic worker with a secret hobby, a former journalist struggling with married life and a young woman in love, all find themselves pushing boundaries and challenging the rules of the game.  

Turup was made as part of a collective process by Ektara Collective over the course of a year – along with the residents of different working class settlements in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. All of the cast and much of the crew were from the settlements. Other technical and non-technical people came from across the country to become a part of the film. The process was a collaborative and evolving one, where ideas about the script, dialogues, shoot, edit, and music were shared and discussed. Each person involved has contributed her/his own unique vision, skill and perspective to the film.
About the film makers: Ektara Collective is an independent, autonomous, non-funded group of people who seek to combine creative efforts and imagination, collaborating with trained and untrained people to make films that are content-wise and aesthetically located in people’s subjective, contextual realities and experiences. Through this process Ektara has earlier produced the short fiction films Chanda Ke Joote (22 min, 2011) and Jaadui Machchi (38 min, 2013). This is their first fiction feature film.
About the film club: Kriti Film Club is an ​educational initiative of a not-for-profit organisation 'Kriti team​​'. It screens and shares documentary films on development, environment and socially relevant issues, in an effort to influence mindsets and behaviour towards an equitous, just and peaceful world. ​It also curates issue based film festivals and organises neighbourhood, school, college or institutional film shows. ​​The Kriti Film Club has been screening regularly and independently since 2000.​
Open for all
Confirmations appreciated
Thanks to Habitat World for the collaboration

The Plastic Cow (Kriti Film Club specials @IHC) 23 June 2017

Kriti Film Club 
Invites you for its Environment Day month screening 

The Plastic Cow 
(English/ 2012/ 34mins) 
Directed by Kunal Vohra

followed by a discussion with invited speakers and film maker

23 June 2017
7 pm
Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

About the film: Plastic Cow looks at the impact of our almost complete #dependence on #plasticbags, which we use and discard carelessly every day, often to dispose our #garbage and #kitchen #waste. 

Not only are these bags a huge #environmental threat, they end up in the #stomachs of #cows who have to fend for themselves and forage for food, which they find in community #garbage #dumps. 

The film is also a comment on the hypocrisy of the cult of the #holycow. 

About the film club: Kriti Film Club is an ​educational initiative of a not-for-profit organisation 'Kriti team​​'. It screens and shares documentary films on development, environment and socially relevant issues, in an effort to influence mindsets and behaviour towards an #equal, #equitous, #just and #peaceful world.  

Thank you to Habitat World for the collaboration.

Open for all
Nearest metros: JLN Stadium, Jor Bagh, Khan market 
Entry to IHC from Gate no 3

Phone: kriti film club @krititeam
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The Tiger who Crossed the Line (Award winning documentary @Kriti Film Club)/ 12 May 2017

Kriti Film Club
Invitation for the screening of National Award 2017 winning documentary

The Tiger Who Crossed the Line

Dir. Krishnendu Bose

On 12 May 2017
7 pm
Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre
Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003
(Entry from gate no 3)
[nearest metro JLN Stadium, Jor Bagh, Khan market]

Synopsis: As the world sleeps, in the dead of night, ghost like figures of big cats roam the fringes of the villages and the cities. They are the tigers who live OUTSIDE the tiger reserves. And they are in trouble.

The documentary shows how with increasing development pressures on the forest corridors outside, the spilling out tigers are coming into constant conflict with humans, causing alarming consequences for both. The myopic vision of the tiger planers in India has begun to bite back.

Made over 4 years, the film reports from distant corners of India, the mangroves of Sunderbans, the sugarcane fields of Pilibhit, the forests villages of Ramnagar, North India and the conflict zones of Chandrapur, straddling Tadoba Andhari Tiger reserve, the now most famous tiger park of India. The film also travels through the beautiful Western Ghats and the tiger corridors of central India, to capture the contrasting policy impacts on the tigers outside. In his travels, Krishnendu meets forest officers, villagers and scientists and all pointing at the criticality of creating and protecting spaces for the outside tigers. Using, infrared night vision cameras and compelling found footage, the film brings some never seen images of tigers and leopards living on the edge of their habitat.

The future holds anxiety and suspense for these tigers. They may be headed for a long struggle.

Premiered on Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, India.
Best Environmental Film in the National Awards 2017.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film maker.

Open for all
Seating on first cum first basis


Thanks to Habitat World for the venue support.

Gestures by Kriti team at India Runway Week April 28th 2017

Gestures by Kriti team
– an artisanal and community livelihood support initiative
“Wearing your politics on your sleeve, literally, doesn’t mean a loss of fashionableness
Telling the world that you care about artisan, weaver and women’s groups in Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal by wearing clothes produced by them doesn’t mean a dip in your coolness quotient”
Founded in 1999, the Kriti team (a not-for-profit organisation) independently began the initiation and incubation of a community made enterprise for preserving the artisanal and craft heritage of our country, for conserving the environment and supporting community producers’ livelihoods—GESTURES. Our aim is to produce ethically and create a consumer culture that will not harm human beings or the environment, by way of the products they buy from us.
The Gestures logo represents the tree of life which connects us to the earth and universe in more than one way.
We work closely with community organisations and committed individuals in identifying and partnering with weavers, artisans and community producers who can handcraft and revive lost crafts as also work with contemporary design ideas. This is an initiative to share ‘a gift’ to the self and others – products for the body, mind and soul - that are eco-friendly and ethically produced across rural & urban landscapes all over India. All the products at Gestures are good quality in terms of raw materials and manufacturing, as they are hand woven and handcrafted by local talented artisans and producer groups who are part of the recovery of lost skills and crafts.
The ‘Gestures’ products are not limited to any one type or class, in fact, these products range from stationary to cosmetics, toys to stoles and shawls, home d├ęcor to t-shirts, organic foods to jewellery, gifts to art and more. They represent the diversity of artisans, weavers, producers and users and symbolise the coming together of many ‘gestures’—from Delhi, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Punjab, Odisha, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh. These marginal and low-income artisans and communities of women and men, young and old, differently abled and heritage based artists are trained in their local crafts and production, and represent what India stands for—a life of caring and sharing. Gestures brings the entire skill set of Indian creativity and heritage at one place,
Your purchase at Gestures will enable these artisans, weavers and communities have decent work opportunities, earn a secure livelihood and build their lives, which we all agree is a right for everyone—to have access to good education, food, health and housing. The earnings from these product sales are directly given to the community producer groups when you buy from Gestures.

Come shop and support Gestures and make your ecofootprint in building a clean, green and happy environment, while also allowing yourself to lead a healthy and sustainable ‘life’work’style.

The India Runway Week 2017 Collection from Gestures by Kriti team
Handwoven Cotton and Silk Stoles, Dupattas and Sarees by weavers from
West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha.
Rabha Cotton Weaves, West Bengal
Rabhas are a relatively unknown tribal community residing in the districts bordering Assam and West Bengal and belong to the Indo-Mongoloid group. In West Bengal, they are forest dwellers spread across the forests of Duars region of north Bengal. Traditionally they depend on agriculture and non-timber forest produce. Rabhas are shy in nature and rarely connect with the outside world. Rabha women are traditionally skilled in extra weaves with colourful and flowing floral and geographical patterns. It was a part of their cultural expression. They still weave but mostly for their own use and for their own festivals such as marriages. Living isolated in the forest villages, with no external support and lack of market opportunities, Rabha women have not been able to transform their exquisite weaving skills to a livelihood option. Partnerships with local groups is making it possible to revive this traditional Rabha Weave, providing them an opportunity not only to continue with their weaving but also earn their livelihood through marketing support and revive their cultural expression at the same time. The initiative is in its infancy, started in early 2014, with a group of women in one of the forest villages of Buxa forests. This year, the women of Mendabari forest village of the Chilapata forests have joined this initiative. Currently, the community of weavers are creating Stoles, Dupattas, Sarongs and Sarees, but have endless possibilities.
Baragaon Weaves, Uttar Pradesh
Inspired by the village of Baragaon and the life of the weavers near Lucknow, we work with local partners to assist weavers in distress—especially as they struggle under the onslaught of mechanisation and exploitative middlemen, providing them capacity building, design development and marketing assistance. The effort ensures that weavers are given just and dignified wages, their handloom weaving craft is respected and handloom weaving becomes fashionable. The complete collection currently includes handwoven pure Cotton Fabric, Stoles, Dupattas, Sarees, Men’s Shirts and Kurtas.
Banarasi Silk Weaves, Varanasi
The handwoven silk stoles are by Bachalal Maurya, National and State Awardee, Handloom Weaver, Varanasi. He is a skilled artisan, who inherited the art of weaving from his ancestors. The resident of Chhahi village,  Sarnath, is a Geographical Indication (GI)  and handloom mark registered artisan, with a wide assortment of products such as Stoles, sarees, running material and suits. His speciality, the Kabir Doha stole was presented to PM Modi on the eve of National Handloom Day, 2015!
Contemporary Ikat Silk Weaves (Stoles)
Ikat weaving is locally called Bandha (meaning ‘to tie’) in Odisha, the largest centre for intricate and fine curvilinear ikat designs (popular across the world as Sambalpuri Ikats). The Ikat technique requires the yarns to be tied and dyed repeatedly in accordance to the design to bring about the desired colours at the desired places and ultimately with the simple interlacement of the threads the design is produced on the fabric. The work of a local design studio in Odisha with weavers who had stopped weaving or were migrating is finding its way to Gestures by Kriti. The complete collection includes stoles, dupattas and sarees.
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