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Independent Filmmaker & Researcher

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 18 Jun 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Independent filmmaker and researcher Mallika Visvanathan will speak about her practice as a filmmaker who explores language through personal and political lenses, as a response to how language mediates the experience of a city. Her short film Zabaan Par will also be screened as part of this session and she will share a presentation about her artistic practice.

The film Zabaan Par is an exploration of the fault lines between politics, history and language. Drawing on passages from C.M. Naim’s Ambiguities of Heritage, the film seeks to reflect upon the history of Urdu and the place it holds in India. Based in an Urdu class, where the filmmaker tries to learn the language, it is about the simple labour and joy involved in learning a new language. It is also an attempt to document the everydayness of language and nationalism in a constantly changing city.


Mallika Visvanathan

Independent Filmmaker & Researcher

Mallika Visvanathan is an independent filmmaker and researcher based in Delhi. With a Masters in Arts and Aesthetics from JNU and a diploma in Creative Documentary filmmaking from SACAC, New Delhi, her work attempts to explore the intersection of research and practice. Her interests include moving image and lens-based practices, archives and documentary narratives. She currently works with Critical Collective and has previously worked at Alternative South Asia Photography (2021-22) and Sarai, CSDS (2019-21). She is a recipient of the Inlaks Fine Arts Award (2022).