, Mumbai campus
M.A. (Mumbai), Ph.D. (IIT-B)
K.P. Jayasankar is Professor and Dean 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 32 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 are the Best film award at the International Folk Film Festival, Kathmandu and the Basil Wright Prize for So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) at the 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2013. Retrospectives of their films include Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala, 2006; Bangalore Film Society, 2010; Madurai International Film Festival, 2012 and Parramasala Sydney, 2013. 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 Khoj, New Delhi in 2014. They have served as jury and as festival consultants and directors to several film festivals in India. 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. Their most recent publication is a volume on alternative independent Indian documentary entitled A Fly in the Curry- Independent Documentary Film in India, Sage 2016. 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.
They are both 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
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
Gender Unpack (4 short films)28 mins, English, PSBT, 2006Open Frame Festival, 2006
From the Margins (5 short documentaries)English and Hindi, 2012, TISS
TISStory (5 documentaries and website)English, 2011tisstory.tiss.edu
Remembering 1992 (6 documentaries and website)English and Hindi, 2013, TISSmumbairiots.tiss.edu
Giran Mumbai (4 documentaries and a website)English and Marathi, 2014, TISSmillmumbai.tiss.edu
Castemopolitan Mumbai (6 documentaries and a website under development)English and Hindi, 2015, TISS
Dreaming Free (6 music videos and 6 PSAs on gender and public space)English and Hindi, 2014, TISS
Affirming Divercity (5 music videos and 5 PSAs)English and Hindi, 2015, TISS
My Name is BasheerDirected by Anushka Meenakshi, 2009, 66 minutes, Malayalam and English, with English subtitles
Flex 'n FacesDirected by Shrikant Agawane, 2009, 20 minutes, Marathi, with English subtitles
Before DarkDirected by Ajay T.G, 2010, 33 minutes, with English subtitles
VideokaaranDirected by Jagannathan Krishnan, 2010, 67 minutes, with English subtitles
No KiddingDirected by Nikhil Titus, 2011, 30 minutes, with English subtitles
Dere Tun DilliDirected by Shilpi Gulati and Divya Cowasji, 2012, with English subtitles
Old Routes New Journeys Directed by Abeer Gupta, 2012
Waiting For A StormDirected by Prachi Mokashi, 2013
Where The Clouds EndDirected by Wanphrang Diengdoh, 2013
Chatkorichya Athvani (A Slice of Memory)Directed by Shweta Ghosh, 2014
Kicking from the CornerDirected by Vikram Buragohain, 2014
ModDirected by Pushpa Rawat, 2016
(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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