Heritage Film Festival 2013 in Ahmedabad (a project by aadhar)

From: HeritageFilmFesitval aadhar <film.aadhar>

Date: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM

A request to float this msg that the Festival is looking for VOLUNTEERS who can help us Video Document the event (all 7 days) and secondly one person who can help us operate our computer system during the screening.

Below is the Email Invite to share it with your friends and family!


INVITATION – The Heritage Film Festival 2013

”Celebration India’s Heritage through Films”


A request to share this information with other interested individuals & organisations.






Video for Happy Feet Home

I write to you for help with making a video for Happy Feet Home (HFH). HFH is going to be India’s first children’s hospice. We need to create a video which is short and crisp, happy as well as moving and tells people about the cause while compelling them to donate money for the cause.

Can you please help us by connecting us with a few people you think are brilliant with their work? Please connect us with a videographer who is very very good at his work. I am pressing on very good videographer because we need to raise a big amount of money and a good video will be instrumental in getting us that amount.

Also, attaching the concept note of HFH with this email.


Concept Note.pdf

New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters 2013-2014, Call for Applications, 1 Oct -15 Dec, 2013

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Asia Society India Centre announces the launch of thesecond edition of New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (NVFS) 2013 – 2014, a programme to identify, encourage and support a group of six talented independent screenwriters to develop their feature film scripts by working in a dynamic and innovative environment with guidance from eminent filmmakers and screenwriters. We seek to build an artistic community that reflects the diversity of contemporary Indian writing, providing screenwriters a platform to develop powerful, nuanced and well-crafted scripts while exploring new approaches to the art of writing for cinema. We invite writers from across India to submit an original story for consideration between 1 October and 15 December, 2013.


Anjum Rajabali, Dev Benegal, Devika Bhagat, Saket Chaudhary, Uma da Cunha, Jeroo Mulla, Jaideep Sahni, Bunty Chand and Rachel Cooper


Juhi Chaturvedi, Ashwini Malik and Sriram Raghavan

"We are delighted to see NVFS grow and evolve during its second edition, which is made possible by Time Warner Foundation extending its grant for another two years. Coordinated by Asia Society’s offices in New York and India, this fellowship represents Asia Society’s commitment to fostering creativity and nurturing new talent. The first edition successfully saw six emerging screenwriters through a process of writing a feature length script under the guidance of industry professionals. By incorporating insights from the first edition, we hope to provide an enriching, rigorous and thoughtful programme for our second-year fellows.”

– Bunty Chand, Executive Director, Asia Society India Centre

Image above: Mentors and Fellows at the New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters 2011-12 Workshop

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Open for Applications:
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7 Days 7 Ways

” Find your truth through whatever you do”, our teachers always say…Here’s few experiments towards that humble effort.”

Monday : Joy of giving
Embracing the wisdom that nothing lasts forever, we try to gift one of our favorite possession to someone random every monday. Doesn’t has to be big, expensive or significant but any simple thing which we cherish and would like for ourselves. Since we started this experiment, we weren’t surprised to realize, we received much more in happiness than we could possibly give.

Tuesday: Soul Force
Remembering Mother Teressa’s words: “We cannot do big things, only small things with great love”, we try to meet and share stories with an invisible local hero who through simple ways serve others.

Wednesday: Silent Meditation
Started in Bay Area (U.S) few years back, wednesday meditations created many inspiring ripples. Observing silence this day, helps us to connect within and around. Keeping the tradition we now host it at our home in Ahmedabad and welcome one and all. Time: 7-9pm

Thursday: Fasting
“Self sacrifice is a biggest sacrifice” Gandhiji would say. This day couple of friends eat just one meal a day and money saved on food is then collected and shared with the poorest of the poor in the community. Effort is to observe non-violence through thought, action and words and thank god for the blessing we have received.

Friday: Lok Darshan
An experiment in connecting with ourselves through the medium of films, this film workshop flows organically with no teachers, just students of life.

Saturday: Inspiring film club
“Every life has a story” we believe. In the sacred space of Seva Cafe we invite everyone to share their stories through films and Art. Time: 3-5 pm, Seva Cafe, Ahmedabad.

Sunday: Do Nothing
Let it go, let it flow… life knows

Soul Entrepreneurs

During the land donation movement, Vinoba Bhave , who is also known as spiritual successer of Gandhi ji asks a 30 year old enthusiastic Gopal :” Do you take a pledge to dedicate your life for service ? ” I do said Gopal without a blink and today at the age of 80, Gopal kaka with just one extra pair of clothes and almost no possessions works for the poorest of poor in rural India.

When 25 year old Nandan, an engineering student in Mumbai leaves his home, he makes sure he has an extra pair of footwear, which he then distributes to the barefoot in the railway stations. No one in his family knew about his kindness act till recently and he doesn’t accepts donation just footwear.

Every Sunday, instead of taking a day off after a very hectic week as a bank manager, S. Shreedhar goes to Government hospital in Chennai to look for unclaimed dead bodies. He would then personally cremate them with proper rituals and prayer.

These are everyday, invisible people who are doing small act of random kindness to bring together oneness in the world. These are whom we call soul entrepreneurs.

We broadly outlined few characteristics which reflects the spirit of soul entrepreneurship:

* Dharma (Belief): Every Soul entrepreneur deeply knows that his journey is about self exploration and connecting with the oneness of the universal energy. He follows his Swadharma ( His natural act). He knows he is just an instrument. he is follower of truth. He does what he does because he finds selfless joy in it, there’s no other way to express his truth. He lives in this moment.

When Shreedhar was asked, why he does the cremation of strangers, he simply replied ” because every human being deserves a dignified farewell.

*Karma (Action): His actions are effortless because he knows Small is beautiful. He acts from a space of no fear and no desire but complete abundance. Unlike an entrepreneur who works for the top of the pyramid and a social entrepreneur who works for the bottom, he is one with the pyramid. There’s no separate two. The giver is receiver and vice versa.

Nandan never fund raised for his cause, he would buy it all from his own pocket money or use donated footwear. When his story was shared, many people poured to send donations to which Nandan politely declined and requested them to buy and distribute themselves.

* Akarma ( Non Attachment with result) :
Unlike any enterprise, the growth here is not sought vertically but naturally horizontally. There’s no desire to scale or measure the impact of one’s deed because he knows that ripples of each selfless act has the potential to transform every life which is touched by it.

Knowing the magnitude of work Gopal kaka has accomplished in his lifetime, I once asked him, ” Kaka what do you think, how many lives you must have changed ?
He looks at me and with a most beautiful smile, he replies ” I am changed”.

I believe there’s a bit of soul entrepreneur in all of us and to find it we just have to follow our truth through whatever we do.

The Compassion Union

This is the third installment of a series (see Thinking Big, Living Small andNandan’s Experiment with Shoes).

I will use questions from Mazarine’s comment to my second piece as the stimulus for this piece: “I love the idea of growing horizontally, and living simply, but can you give us some clues about how you did that? Are you a cooperative now? Do your workers have a union? Are you organized differently?”

Growing horizontally: Thinking back, I feel our biggest concern was “branding” (it goes hand-in-hand with “trust”), not just within the organization but also outside. We were not able to completely rely on delegation of work to others. There was always this unknown sense of being responsible for everything that happened at the organization. Everything had to be under our control, because we thought we knew better. Measuring the steps that were taken, assuming the impact it would cause and producing a result that we thought would be most appropriate became our preoccupation. In short, we were working “only” from a pool of knowledge that we had and limiting it to that. A very dear friend puts it very well: “How can we trust what we know, when everything we know, depends so heavily on what we know”. :)

If a volunteer came in, we would steer him/her in the direction of our work, not leaving them much room to try something new. If we did any collaborations with other companies or organizations, we made clear what our deliverables were and what theirs for us would be. e.g. We host the “I am the change film project” every year. Until 2008, it was all about the sponsors, media partners, newspaper partners, radio, television etc. And we always found ourselves telling them what we needed (from our limited knowledge) and what we can give in return. Again “interpreting knowledge from interpreted knowledge”.

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Thinking Big, Living Small

It’s been over 3 years, since MAM was formed. Its interesting to see how naturally our progression in terms of team-size has lowered (as opposed to increasing). It wasn’t a conscious effort to scale down. Neither was it the case that people weren’t interested. But we just came across people for a reason, and a season … creating a lifetime of experience and learning!

In 2006-07 (the year we were born), we had over 15 volunteers. It was a big number, considering we weren’t really sure where we were going. We just had a passion and an understanding (of sorts) of where we’d like to go. By the year 2007-08, we were a super excited team of 6 full time staff, some intermediate financial support and less than 5 volunteers. Great! We were getting into a stronger and a more focused zone. By 2008-09, we were just 6 full-time staff and almost no volunteers. Interestingly by late 2009, we became a 2-person husband-wife army on a bigger change – moving to a new city – Ahmedabad.

Throughout these years, great inspirations, deviators (challengers) and spiritual mentors crossed our paths, sowing seeds in different ways. The way we realized these learnings were with the opportunity that life gave us and tested us on, so that we could remove what was not necessary and refresh what was most important. Struggles became a sort of an anti-virus software :). It cleaned up our mental system. What we realized after our move to Ahmedabad, was that it was all a part of a bigger plan. The plan that lay in front of us now — in our present. As soon as we became a 2-person army, we became less afraid. We realized that we had been driven a lot by fear in the past. Not the fear of following our dreams into the unknown, but the fear to live our dreams authentically and make all a part of who we were. Not all shared the same thought process, or the spirit with which we wanted to move forward. Most important, we weren’t sure whether we were being true to ourselves. Fear was our biggest hindrance. These experiences taught us so many incredible lessons and gave room to so many thoughts that lied dormant in our hearts. We started “thinking without” :) A phrase we started to understand, alas, after a lot of fallings.

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