, Mumbai campus
M.A. (Mumbai), Ph.D. (IIT-B)
K.P. Jayasankar is Professor and Chair at the Centre for Critical Media Praxis at the School of Media and Cultural Studies (www. smcs.tiss.edu), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He holds an M.A. in German Studies and a Ph.D. in Humanities and Social Sciences (IIT-B).
He is involved in media production, teaching and research. He teaches courses in documentary and video production as well as theoretical approaches to image making practices and has done pioneering and innovative work in critical media education with various groups including activists, school and college students, parents and teachers.
His documentary films (jointly directed with Prof. Anjali Monteiro), have been screened across the world, have won 33 national and international awards. A presiding thematic of much of their work has been a problematising of notions of self and the other, of normality and deviance, of the local and the global, through the exploration of diverse narratives and rituals. These range from the stories and paintings of indigenous peoples to the poetry of prison inmates.Their most recent awards for their Kachchh Trilogy are the Basil Wright Prize 2013 for So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) and Jury's commendation in the Intangible Culture category 2019 for A Delicate Weave at the Royal Anthropological Institute Festival, UK. Retrospectives include Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala, 2006; Bangalore Film Society, 2010; Madurai International Film Festival, 2012 Parramasala Sydney, 2013, Chennai 2017, Trichur International Film Festival 2018 and India International Centre, New Delhi 2018. An adaptation of their film Saacha (The Loom) was a part of the art exhibition ‘Project Space: Word. Sound. Power.’ at the Tate Modern, London, in 2013, and at Walking Through the Soul City — Sudhir Patwardhan: A Retrospective, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, between Nov. 30, 2019 and Feb. 12, 2020. Monteiro and Jayasankar were invited artists at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, where Saacha (The Loom) was showcased as an installation, between Dec 12, 2018 and March 29, 2019. He has also mentored many student and fellowship documentary film projects as commissioning editor. Dr. Jayasankar is an award winning cameraperson and editor and enjoys web and graphic design.
He writes in the broad areas of censorship, documentary film and media and cultural studies and have contributed to scholarly journals and edited volumes. His most recent publications are Jayasankar, K.P., anjali Monteiro, A Fly in the Curry — Independent Documentary Film in India, Sage, 2016, which has won a Special Mention for the best book on cinema in the National Film Awards, 2016, and DigiNaka: Subaltern Politics and Digital Media in Post-Capitalist India, Anjali Monteiro, K.P. Jayasankar, Amit S. Rai (Eds.), Orient Black Swan, 2020. They have also supervised several MA, M.Phil. and Ph.D. dissertations.
He was a a DAAD visiting scholar at the University of Heidelberg in 1984, a Howard Thomas Memorial Fellow in Media Studies, at Goldsmith’s College, London, in 1996, an Erasmus Mundus fellow at Lund University, Sweden and a Key Technology Partner Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney in 2013. He has also been been visiting faculty at several leading media and design institutions and lectured at universities in the USA, Australia, Europe, and in Asian countries and has served as a media consultant to IFAD, NDDB and UNDP. He currently holds an Honorary Faculty Associate position at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney.
He is actively involved in movements against censorship including Vikalp, which is collective of documentary filmmakers campaigning for freedom of expression and also associated with various media and voluntary organisations.
Documentary Film, Censorship, Television Studies, Media Education, Media and Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Hermeneutics, Advaita Vedanta
Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar, Mumbai Sub-versions: The Place of Affect in Digital Video Activism in Monteiro, A. et al (eds) DigiNaka: Subaltern Politics and Digital Media in Post-Capitalist India, Orient Blackswan, 2020.
Faiz Ullah, Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar, DiverCity- Independent Documentary as an Alternate Narrative of the Cityin Devasundaram, A.E. (ed) Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood: The New Independent Cinema Revolution, Routledge, 2018.
Pani Panchayat 1986, Part I and II, 50 mins, Marathi with English subtitlesTags: Watershed Management, Environment, Community Participation, Sustainable Development
New Directions in Medical Social Work: Community Health 1987, Part I and II, 60 mins., Hindi with English subtitlesTags: Community Health, Community Participation, Social Work
The Young Workers 1987, Parts I-IV, 1 hr. 40 mins.Tags: Child Labour, Community Participation.
Tanda A Document on the Denotified Tribes in Maharashtra1988, Part I and II, 60 mins, Marathi with English subtitlesTags: Nomadic and De-notified Tribes, Human Rights, Social Movements
The Fifth Schedule1988, Part I and II, 44 minsTags: Indigenous peoples, Forest Rights, Scheduled Tribes, Land Alienation, Human Rights, Social Movements, Environment.
Lage Jiva Ghar GharA Document on Women and Shelter 1990, 44 mins., Marathi with English subtitlesTags: Housing Rights, Gender, Domestic Violence, PatriarchyFrom the Diary of a Genetic Counsellor 1991, 30 mins., EnglishBest Programme Award, Open/General category, Fifth UGC Country-wide Classroom Video Festival 1992Tags: Health, Genetic Counselling, Down’s Syndrome, Social Work
Magra Mewar Vikas Sanstha 1991, Part I and II, 68 mins., Hindi with English subtitlesTags: Watershed Management, Environment, Community Participation, Sustainable Development
One Hundred Years Of Drought 1993, 21 mins., Marathi with English subtitlesTags: Watershed Management, Drought, Famine, Environment, Community Participation, Sustainable Development
Sudha Police Station Gayi ThiOn the Demystification of Police Procedures for Women 1992, 16 mins., Hindi Tags: Gender, Domestic Violence, Patriarchy, Police, Social Work
Odhni: A Collective Exploration Of Ourselves, Our Bodies 1993, 23 mins., Hindi with English subtitlesTags: Sexuality, Gender, Domestic violence, Patriarchy2nd prize, Health and Population category, International Video Festival, Thiruvananthapuram, 1995.
The Plot Thickens… 1993, 14 min., EnglishTags: Media Education, Media Literacy, Identity, Semiotics, AdvertisingFirst Prize and the Award for Individual Technical Excellence in Editing,
Identity: The Construction of Selfhood 1994, 20 mins., EnglishTags: Media Education, Media Literacy, Identity, Semiotics, Advertising, CommunalismPrix Futura Berlin Asia Prize 1995.2nd prize, Education and Literacy category, International Video Festival, Thiruvananthapuram, 1995.
Punarvasan A Document on Reconstruction in Post-earthquake Marathwada 1995, 58 mins., Marathi with English subtitlesTags: Earthquake, Environment, Community Participation, Housing, Rehabilitation, Sustainable Development
Kahankar: Ahankar (Story Maker : Story Taker) 1995, 38 mins., Marathi with English subtitlesTags: Indigenous peoples, Forest Rights, Scheduled Tribes, Land Alienation, Warli Paintings, Warli Folklore, Environment, Gender.Special Mention of the Jury, Mumbai International Film Festival,1996.
YCP 1997 1997, 43 mins., Marathi and Hindi with English subtitlesTags: Prisons, Identity, Poetry, Human RightsCertificate of Merit, Mumbai International Film Festival 1998 Jury’s Award for Best Innovation, Astra Festival of Anthropological Documentary Film, Sibiu, Romania, 1998.
Water to the PeopleTowards Community Participation in Rural Drinking Water Schemes1998, 34 mins., English, MarathiTags: Drinking Water Management, Environment, Community Participation, Sustainable Development
Jungle TalesSurviving Development in Uttara Kannada1999, 52 mins., Kannada with English subtitlesTags: Indigenous peoples, Joint Forest Management, Scheduled Tribes, Land Alienation, Forest Rights, Social Movements, Environment.
Self Representation5 mins, English, 2000Tags: Media Education, Media Literacy, Identity
Saacha (The Loom)2001, 49 mins., Marathi and EnglishTags: Working Class, Mumbai, Poetry, Art, Marxism, Trade Unions, Textile Industry, Mills, Narayan Surve, Sudhir PatwardhanSecond Prize, New Delhi Video Forum, 2001.
Reconstructing Communities2002, 52 mins, Part I &II, Marathi with English subtitlesTags: Watershed Management, Environment, Community Participation, Sustainable Development
Naata (The Bond)2003, 45 mins., English, HindiTags: Informal Sector, Mumbai, Slums, Communal Harmony, Peace and Conflict Resolution, 1992 Mumbai Riots, Dharavi, Community Media
Mumbai2004,10 Mins, Marathi with English subtitlesTags: Working Class, Mumbai, Poetry, Marxism, Trade Unions, Textile Industry, Mills, Narayan Surve
SheWrite2005, 55 mins, Tamil and EnglishTags: Sexuality, Poetry, Tamil, Gender, Domestic violence, PatriarchyBest Documentary Prize, IV Three Continents International Documentary Festival, Venezuela 2005 Gold for Sound Design and Silver for Cinematography, IDPA Awards 2005
Unheard Voices2006, 27 mins, EnglishTags: Health, HIV/AIDS
With the People2006, 5 mins, EnglishTags: Baba Amte, Anandwan, Community Participation, Social Work, TISS
Our Family2007, 56 mins, EnglishTags: Gender, Sexuality, Patriarchy, Transgender, Tamil NaduSpecial Mention of the Jury, Signs 2007Certificate of Merit and Special Mention of the Jury, MIFF 2008Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA) Gold for Best Sound DesignIDPA Gold for Best ScriptIDPA Silver for EditingIDPA Certificate of Merit for the Best Documentary
Memory.SpaceDV, 90 secs, 2009Tags: Memory, CityIDPA Gold for Best Cell Story, 2008
Irani Restaurant Instructions2008, 3 mins, EnglishTags: Poetry, Irani, Nissim Ezekiel, Mumbai
Do Din ka MelaA Two Day Fair2009, 60 mins, English subtitles Tags: Kachchh, Kabir, Music, SufiIDPA Gold for Best ScriptIDPA Certificate of Merit, Best Documentary2010 Commendation of the Jury, RAI International Ethnographic Film Festival, 2011Runner Up, We Speak Here Culture Unplugged International Online Film Festival, 2012 National Award: Rajat Kamal for Best Audiography 2012.
Climate Justice for All2009, 16 mins, EnglishTags: Community Participation, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Forest Rights, Social Movements, Environment.
So Heddan So HoddanLike Here Like There2011, 60 mins, English subtitles, PSBTTags: Kachchh, Shah Latif Bhitai, Music, SufiIDPA Silvers for Script, Sound Design and Cinematography, 2011Best film, International Folk Film Festival, Kathmandu 2012Basil Wright Award, RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, 2013
Farooq vs The State2012, 25 mins, English subtitles, TISSTags: Mumbai, Communalism, Human Rights, Police, Riots
A Delicate Weave, 2017
2018FriendscapesBreak the Silence around Sexual Violence PSA seriesManbhum CityFables From My Childhood
2017A Foreigner In My Own LandKahan ka Rasta (At the Crossroads)Culture DownloadWheels of Her OwnMithi SiThese Women in the HillsLike Dust We RiseWhy This Cow-laveri Di?Wo DhuanKapda Kamra KachraPSA Series on Questioning Heteronormativity
2016Tayiya Kanasu (A Mother’s Dream)Mod (The Turn)Many Months in MiryaDar-B-Dar (The Itinerants)Time VampiresWhere the Blue Lotus Blooms…Chakwa or How I Learnt to Stop Worrying about the SlumVaastvyaRaet ke Mahal (Sand Castles)Kiska Jungle, Kiska Mangal? (Whose Forest is it anyway?)PSA series "Say No to Intolerance, Say Yes to Diversity."
2015A Radio of One’s Own/Apna Ek RadioChatkorichya AthvaniKicking from the CornerGovandi Crime aur CameraImaging BombayAntar BhaashaCaste on the Menu CardJaat Baaja BaraatMula VimuttiNot Caste in StoneSilence Please!PSA Series “Say No to Censorship”
2014Waiting for a StormWhere The Clouds EndDelisle Road DreamsHerStoriesMahatma Phule Vyayam ShalaRajacha LalbaugPSA Series on Safe City
2013A Commons StoryFlashpointAman ki Khoj / Search for PeaceFraming’92Badalte Nakshe / Changing MapsEk Aakhari Panah / One Last RefugePSA Series on Commons
2012Breakin’ MumbaiTISSTORY – Glimpses through the ArchiveSuch an Eventful JourneyReconstructing Lives – A Community Centred Response to DisastersInnovation in PraxisAt TISS – Campus Life through the Years
2011Dere Tun DilliOld Routes New JourneysFrom The MarginsDo AndolanCornered CityCity’s EdgeFish TalesKahani Pani Ki
2010VideokaaranAndhere Se Pehle
2009There are No Borders HereInside OutFlex n FacesMy Name is Basheer
2008Where’s KishoreKoliwada GazingGender Unpack
Migrant MumbaiA City Made and Sustained by Migrants migrantmumbai.tiss.edu Street MumbaiOn Access and Rights to Streets streetmumbai.tiss.edu WasteLines MumbaiRethinking waste and the city wastemumbai.tiss.edu CasteMopolitan MumbaiContesting caste in the cosmopolis castemumbai.tiss.edu Giran Mumbai/Mill MumbaiRevisiting the mill lands of Mumbai and its people millmumbai.tiss.edu Remembering 1992An exploration of different kinds of memory of the Mumbai ethnic violence of 1992-93, that seeks to counter the present erasures. mumbairiots.tiss.edu DiverCityVisual Mumbai archive divercity.tiss.edu TISStoryAn oral history archive that presents 75 years of TISS’ contributions to education, field action and research from the perspective of alumni and teachers: tisstory.tiss.edu
(Basic course, 2 credits, Semester 1, MA in Media and Cultural Studies)The course critically explores visual images and media narratives, to understand how they are constructed in and through relationships of power and resistance. It enables the students to appreciate the many complex layers and codes involved in image making and representation. It also facilitates a critical engagement with contemporary visual culture in India.
(Basic course, 2 credits, Semester 2, MA in Media and Cultural Studies)This course introduces key issues, debates and movements in documentary film, illustrated with screenings of selected documentary classics. Through the exploration of the work of selected filmmakers, it also aims to sensitise students to the formal elements and changing language of documentary film. This course also seeks to understand the history of documentary film in India, locating it in the context of shifting discourses on state, nation, gender and development, encompassing a range of styles and approaches. Throughout the course, the claim of the documentary to represent the “real” is critically interrogated.
(Basic course, 3 credits, Semester 2, MA in Media and Cultural Studies)
A hands-on course that uses the technical inputs provided in Semester I to take students through the process of producing two short video pieces. It familiarises students with conceptualising, visualising and creative writing for the production of a music video and a public service spot. This course combines the technical and aesthetic aspects of production.
(Basic course, 4 credits, Semester 3, MA in Media and Cultural Studies)
A hands-on course that takes students through the process of producing a documentary film in small groups around a broad common theme relating to the city of Mumbai. It familiarises students with the documentary production process from concept through script, documentation and post-production. At the end of the course, the students would have skills for developing a concept and proposal, doing research for documentary, interacting with communities for making a film, scripting, undertaking video documentation and editing a documentary.
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