Team Bios

Aditi Mendoza - Aditi is thrilled to have been called upon to design the website hosting this poignant film made in a city she used to call home, by people she holds dear. 

 

Sudarshan VigSudarshan is a Hyderabad based photographer-cinematographer who is also an avid art evangelist. He has founded a personalized children's storybook company called Merlinwand. You can check it our at www.merlinwand.com .

B.V. Suresh - B.V.Suresh is a celebrated internationally renowned artist with a number of prestigious awards to his credit. 1988 saw his first Solo show in Mumbai, followed by many more solo and group shows in India, USA, South Africa and Kazakhstan including the installation “Cane of Wrath” at the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018. Suresh is presently teaching at the Fine Arts Department, S.N.School of Arts & Communication, University of Hyderabad. His contact details are
email: xsuresh.bv@gmail.com
mobile: 9327920456

Neha Vaddadi - Neha Vaddadi is a Hyderabad based illustrator and graphic designer who collaborates with filmmakers, podcasters, social scientists and educators, apart from also drawing for herself. Her favorite themes include urban life, the people that make cities what they are, nature, the cosmos and our place in it. You can follow her work on Instagram at @nehavaddadi.

 

Siva Pavan - Siva Pavan has a degree in Computer Science & Diploma in Animation & VFX from MUV Institute of Digital Arts. He has worked with MAAC & Frameboxx as a Technical Head for various regions across India, and has handled various commercial 3D and Gaming Projects. He has worked on the National Award-winning film Anji.

Gauri Nori - Gauri has an MA from Univesity of York, UK and is a PhD scholar at the Department of Film Studies, EFLU, Hyderabad, where she is researching the nature of experimental films. She has taught Film and Media studies at Annapurna International School of Film and Media. Her research interests include adaptation studies, aesthetics of film and experimental art.

Preetha Kannan - Additional: Poster Design Artist

www.preethakannan.com

Arnaz Bisney - Arnaz Bisney is Bombay born, but a true Hyderabadi at heart. A history & heritage buff, she can handle anything from social media accounts to financial accounts.

Veda Muppavarapu - Veda Muppavarapu is a Monitoring and Evaluation expert with a background in International Development. A compulsive optimist, she is based in Dublin but will always call Hyderabad home.

Navanita Lahiri - Navanita Lahiri’s heart is Hyderabadi where she has lived for the last 21 years. A PhD degree in Culture Studies  she  is an English Literature teacher by profession. Theatre, music, reading and cooking get her really excited.

Taimur Khan - Taimur Khan has worked in Human Resources operations for over 32 years in India and UAE. He is a hobbyist photographer. The environment and its protection are close to his heart. 

Rajaa Farhaan - Rajaa Farhaan is the assistant manager at Lamakaan, an open cultural space. She set up “Booktube” a youtube channel where she talks about books she has read. She is an avid photographer.

Ramsha Farhaan - Ramsha Farhaan is a Hyderabad-based aspiring historian. She feels strongly about preserving the landscape that she grew up with. Her other interests include singing, reading, writing, and cooking.

Jonathan David - Jonathan David is pursuing his bachelor’s in multimedia and animation from Loyola Academy, Alwal. He has worked with multiple companies as a graphic designer and social media marketer. A budding musician he performs with his band - This Vision.

Akshayini L. Prasad - Akshayini Leela-Prasad is currently a high school student studying in North Carolina USA 

Deeptanshu - Deeptanshu is a Communication designer, specialising in illustration and comics. He has great interest in animation too. His work has been featured online as well as in print media. A highly skilled over-thinker, a music enthusiast and an-all time singer. He loves to indulge in gaming in leisure time.

Padma Ramesh - Padma Ramesh is the Dean of Annapurna College of Film and Media. She has more than 20 years’ experience in fields as diverse as media, teaching and training

Sayandeb Mukherjee - Sayandeb Mukherjee A post graduate in cinema from SRFTI, Dolby Mix Engineer, Sound Effects Designer and Sound Designer. Among the 95 feature films in multiple languages he has worked in, the notable films are Vedam by Krish, LBW by Praveen Sattaru, Bombaiyer Bombetey by Sandip Ray, Yatra by Goutam Ghosh, Cash by Anubhav Sinha, Idi Sangati by Chandra Siddhartha, Athili Sathibabu by E.V.V. Satyanarayana, Loudspeaker and Adbhutam by Jayaraj, Banshiwala by Anjan Das. Sayandeb was awarded an Independent Research Fellowship by SARAI under CSDS (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies) He has also taught at the Ramoji Film City Film School, Research Engineers Pvt. Ltd and has managed numerous live recordings for concerts, cultural programs and reality shows on television.

Jagadeesh Ramanujam Mudambi – Jagadeesh M.R. is a self taught musician, jazz guitarist and composer. Founder of MoonArra World Fusion ensemble. He has performed overseas in international Jazz festivals in Asia, Africa & Europe. He has also composed and recorded guitar sections for select Kannada movies.

Keith D'Rozario - Keith Rozario is also recognised as one of the most versatile artists in the city. He touches genres from mainstream pop and rock to Bollywood and jazz.

Faez al Haq - Performer, playwright , artist, Speaker. Known for writing and composing poetic, rhythmic, deep lyrics and arson on stage while performing live.

Khyati & Kshiteissh - Heythereabaadi Rockstars is the artistic endeavour of siblings Khyati Bharedwaj (kat Vox) and Kshiteissh Bharadwaj (Heythereabaadi). Khyati and Kshiteissh are Renaissance people from Hyderabad. Apart from being multi-instrumentalists and singers, they are currently pursuing studies in engineering. Through their brainchild, Heythereabaadi Rockstars, they aim at exploring different incarnations of art whilst being a kaleidoscopic reflection of Hyderabad’s multifaceted culture.

Usha Raman - Usha Raman is a writer, editor and professor of media studies at the University of Hyderabad. Her writing has appeared in several media outlets, and she is currently a columnist for The Hindu.

SubbaReddy A. - Subbareddy Adapala is a culture vulture, very passionate about Telugu and its spread. An IVLP alumni, he travels, writes and documents about the presence of the Telugu genepool footprint in the Indus Valley, in Australian aborigines, in Angkorwat builders, in Srilanka nomadic tribes, in South Asia menial workers to rulers of the subcontinent. 

Padma Ramesh - Padma Ramesh is the Dean of Annapurna College of Film and Media. She has more than 20 years’ experience in fields as diverse as media, teaching and training

Amit Patil - Amit Patil Founder of Ambika Creative Studio, was a team lead in Mirriad later resumed at Warner Brothers (WB) for almost 5 years in the department of VFX and Motion Graphics, Grabbed a Promax award for the excellent creative job under same banner, went on to explore more vertical in the field of Media entertainment and serving corporate clients under the owned banner of Ambika Creative Studio.

Anuj Gurwara - Anuj Gurwara A Master of Ceremonies, Playback Singer (Filmfare Award winner), Actor, Voice Artist, Former RJ, Writer & Traveller - Anuj Gurwara is an entertainer you could truly call multi-talented. Having shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Cinema, Music, Business, Industry & Sports, he has achieved considerable success in multiple forms of entertainment over the last two decades. With roots in Hyderabad where he started from the ground-up, he went on to establish a career in Mumbai and is one of the most sought-after live artists in India today.

Zoe Kennedy-Huges - is a human geographer and NGO worker who has called Hyderabad home for nearly 10 years. As a lover of the outdoors, Zoe was delighted to offer support to save Hyderabad's iconic landscape.

Osman Jalal - is a Writer, Director, Editor, Theatre trainer. He has a double masters degree in Theatre Arts and Film Direction. He has written, directed, edited and filmed a couple of short films.  "RJ AJ" won the Dr. Parachuri Gopala Krishan Award for Best Dialogues.

Vandana Ramakrishna - is a Sound Designer and Production Sound Mixer (www.thesoundwoman.com). She has recorded, designed and mixed sound for Indian, American, British, German and Singaporean - short films, feature films, documentary films and podcasts. 

Mohammad Sher Khan - He is a cinematographer and is interested in creating a unique look, color and lighting of every single shot in the film.

Murthovic -  is an electronic music composer based out of Hyderabad. He currently works as a music director for Studio Antariksha.

George Hull - a well known Musician from Hyderabad plays the saxophone for jazz bands and also teaches woodwinds. He is a photographer and a lover of art and literature.

Krishna Sravan - plays the Mridangam. He had his initial training under Sri Arangi Sreenivas Rao and is currently under the tutelage of Mridangam Maestro Dr. Patri Satish Kumar. He is one of the up and coming young mridangists of the country, who has accompanied many acclaimed artists across India. He is the recipient of Kalakaar Award from Thyagayya TV, Chennai and the Palghat Mani Iyer Endowment Prize from Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai.

Jaywant Naidu - performs North Indian classical music on the Hawaiian Slide Guitar. He is the creator of ‘Jaywant Guitar’ which has been awarded Design Patent by the Controller  General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Kolkata. Jaywant has a flair for writing articles in leading  newspapers, especially about the vanishing folk forms and rare musical instruments of India. He has lectured on Stress Management and on Music in many institutions. In October 2021, Jaywant was  invited to the International Music festival, Bahrain as a team leader of a classical, folk, fusion music group and 50 years  of India- Bahrain Diplomatic relations.

Farhatullah Beig - is an Audio-visual storyteller, trainer, filmmaker and a photographer. He received the Canadian  Golden Sheaf award in 2009. He is the founding partner of  Honeybee Media Works.

Ajay Noronha - is a cinematographer, documentary film-maker and visual arts facilitator based in Hyderabad.

Vamshidhar - is an aspiring Cinematographer. He loves photographing nature and portraits. He has an MA in communication from University of Hyderabad and a BFA in Photography & Visual Communication from JNAFAU.

Gopika Jairam - is a Carnatic-trained vocalist, composer, theater artist and writer, based in Hyderabad. A member of Murthovic's carnatic-electronic ensemble for Antariksha Sanchar, a transmedia theatrical dance-opera-turned-videogame, she currently works as an assistant music producer at Nadabramha Records in Hyderabad. 

Sanjay C. Nair - Film Professional, Film Explorer, Film Educator

Akram Ul Haq is a percussive finger-style guitarist from Hyderabad, India. Akram’s music is instrumental storytelling through both eastern and western influences mixed. Above and beyond technical proficiency, it's an eye candy for the viewers and deeply introspective for the listeners. 

 

His music is not in any one language and connects with people around the world, emotionally. It can be described as poetry through a guitar! A one man band without a looper, Akram layers melody, harmony, rhythm with percussions with seeming effortlessness.   

 

His journey began over a decade ago with its inception playing for a popular death metal band, post which he went on to study western classical guitar to a high proficiency level. These beginnings mixed with his exploration of Indian musical notes while incorporating global feels lead to his signature brand of tunes. Through his unique humanistic pedagogy, he now enables budding guitarists to tap into their emotional fingerprints and realise their musical potential. Akram’s musical heroes and influences are Gustavo Santaolalla, Porcupine Tree, Mike Dawes, Kaki King, Jon Gomm, Andy Mckee & Metallica.

 

Krishna Vasudha Yellapantula On weekdays I sit behind my PC working on marketing strategies for customers, but on the weekends I've been known to don a cape and save humankind from complete destruction… kidding! A graduate in engineering who used to code before becoming a digital media marketer, I also love cooking and staying fit. 

Conscientious about maintaining balance in the environment, whether it be locally or by protecting endangered species across the globe because let's face it… everyone should have a place they can call home!

Zakir Alladin has been in the business of Entertainment/event management & professional Sound & Lights for over two decades now working with renowned producers, directors, artists  & contemporaries.

His company Mowzz Entertainment Services India LLP is ranked amongst India’s top entertainment service and support  companies in India today. Operations were established n Hyderabad, Bangalore & Chenai . The company has an inventoryof  D&b Audiotechnik  speaker systems & Robe lighting fixtures.

Hands on experience coupled with training and seminars attended in the USA has given a wide prospective to the events that have been handled by Mowzz. Mr Alladin has conceptualized, produced and directed several sound and light shows over the last 20 years on the history of India and Hyderabad.(right form concept ,scripting, dialogues, stage blocking, design of sets, design of lights and surround sound, selection of artists, costumes, production and direction)

Mah Esh is a Sound Recordist and Designer who has worked for documentaries and Short films.

 

Vinay Verma founder of Sutradhar started out as an amateur theatre practitioner and is now a theatre personality of International repute. He has been passionately involved with theatre for more than thirty years. He's also been a part of more than 15 feature films in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and a Hollywood film. For more details about him and his initiatives, please check out www.sutradharactors.com and www.vinayvarma.in .