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November 20, 2012

The Children’s Wing of Budhan Theatre

Towards the end of Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir! there is an interview with two boys who had written a play about the Budhan Theatre library: Harry and

March 6, 2012 Redesign

Henry Schwarz, Alan Sussman, Shashwati and I created Vimukta to help support Budhan Theatre’s community development activities. For the past few

December 26, 2011

Moral Hazard

Writing in the WSJ about a program to provide food security to India’s poor, Rupa Subramanya reveals her ideological bias in towards the end of the

October 3, 2011

Jean Rouch Award and our Kickstarter Campaign

We have some very exciting announcements to make regarding our documentary film, Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir! But before I get to that, I wanted to

August 15, 2011

World Premiere

We are very happy to announce that our film, Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!, has been officially selected to have its world premiere at the 2011 Busan

December 18, 2009

Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!

We are happy to finally be able to share the trailer for our new film, Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir! See our website for more info

June 16, 2009

“Born Criminal” Found Not Guilty!

Activist and playwright Dakxin Bajrange was arrested on May 11th, 2003 for allegedly assaulting Prahlad Chhara. The real reason? Performing plays

September 2, 2008

More Than A Library

(Reposted from Vimukta.) [ Attention: Please help us raise Vimukta’s membership count! Scroll to the end for details.] The Budhan Theatre Library

June 11, 2008

Music from Liquor

Yesterday Chhara playwright and documentary filmmaker Dakxin Chhara posted a short “musical documentary” to YouTube which shows an original

December 14, 2007


The BBC has a nice little photo essay about voting rights for Daffers [pronounced Dafirs], a DNT community. I suspect that these photos might be the

November 17, 2007

2007 Chharanagar Photos

I finally finished editing and uploading my photos from last February’s shoot in Chharanagar. I did a lot of portraits this time, but haven’t yet

November 16, 2007


If thou lend money to any of My people, even to the poor with thee, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest.

October 3, 2007

Model Minority

This NY Times story made me wonder: Do Indian-Americans really want to have a small vocal minority whose views diverge strongly from their own

June 13, 2007

Municipal Corporation

It is hard to express in words how sick I felt when I heard that the community of Maninagar, about which I’ve written twice before, was once again

March 6, 2007


The photo shows a young girl in Maninagar preparing lunch. See my Maninagar photo set on Flickr. Her home was bulldozed on February 8th. It was 8th