Ekta Mittal & Yashaswini Raghunandan
Yashaswini B. R. has worked in the field of Documentary Cinema for the last 5 years. She assisted in the making of Nero’s Guests by Deepa Bhatia and Bidesiya in Bambai by Surabhi Sharma. She has researched for and conceptualized Behind the Tin Sheets, a film based project in collaboration with Ekta Mittal in 2009. She has co-directed three films under the project - in_transience (27 mins), presence ( 18 mins) and distance (38 mins). She collaborated with Ekta on an Archival project, awarded by the India Foundation of the Arts, and produced a film called ‘Down the rabbit hole’, that explores the landscape of the archives of Indian Labour in all its textures. She also worked on a dance film called ‘Site Mapping’ in collaboration with Preethi Athreya, a dancer as part of GATI dance residency. She is currently doing her Masters in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Arts, London.
Ekta Mittal is the co- founder of maraa, a media and arts collective based in Bangalore (www. maraa.in). She manages the arts programme which is committed to reclaim public and dead spaces for the arts. She works closely with community radio as a trainer and a mentor. She has researched for and conceptualized Behind the Tin Sheets, a film based project, in collaboration with Yashaswini B.R in 2009. She has researched and co-directed three films under the project - in_transience (27 mins), presence ( 18 mins) and distance(38 mins), films that have emerged from the footage shot over two years. She won an Archival fellowship from the India Foundation of Arts, to activate the Archives of Indian Labour, which resulted in a film called ‘A very old man with winged sandals,’ based on a trade union leader and labour activist for coal miners, Comrade Anil Kumar Rai.