2016 - City Scripts

City Scripts 2016

City Scripts 2016 began on 19th February. The three-day urban writings festival featured panel discussions around city histories, urban reportage in India and on cities and cinema. Highlights of the festival include the launch of Gautam Bhan’s ‘In The Public’s Interest’, a masterclass on writing, conversations with renowned authors and storytelling sessions for parents and children. Over 300 people attended the first edition of City Scripts in Bengaluru.

Aarti Mohan Anjum Hasan Appupen Aromar Revi
Arpita Das Arshia Sattar A R Venkatachalapathy Danish Sheikh
Disha Mullick Gautam Bhan Harsh Mander Indrajit Hazra
Jairaj Singh Kaiwan Mehta Kalpana Sharma K T Ravindran
Lawrence Liang Naresh Fernandes Nisha Abdulla Nisha Susan
Paromita Vohra Ravikant Rohan Shivkumar Ruchir Joshi
Rupleena Bose Samar Halarnkar Savita Hiremath Spandan Banerjee
Srinath Perur Subasri Krishnan Suresh Jayaram Urvashi Butalia
Vidyun Sabhaney Vinutha Mallya Vishwajyoti Ghosh Vivek Shanbhag
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Arpita Das joined publishing in India after completing her Masters in Islamic Studies at SOAS, University of London. She worked in various editorial positions with diverse publishing houses like HarperCollins India, Sage India and OUP India before starting her own independent publishing house called YODA PRESS in 2004. Between 2009 and 2013 Das ran an indie bookstore called Yodakin in South Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village, which became a popular hub for readings and book events in the city. Das began teaching students of the MA in Publishing programme at Ambedkar University in 2013 as Adjunct Faculty, and co-founded a self-publishing startup called AuthorsUpFront in early 2014. In the same year, YODA PRESS completed 10 years.

Her writings have been published in Asian Age, Hindustan Times, the Statesman, Business Standard, Mint Lounge, Biblio, OPEN Magazine, Kafila, DOMUS, Timeout Delhi, DailyO and HuffPostIndia. She has also recently become a columnist with Mail Today. In late 2014 she joined IIHS to set up its Word Lab and to systematise its publishing programme. Arpita and her team curate and conduct writing workshops aimed at writers writing across media.

Rekha Raghunathan leads the institution’s partnerships and resource development efforts. With nearly 20 years of diverse experience in India and the US, Rekha focuses on developing strong relationships with existing and potential donors and partners in India and globally.

She has been with IIHS since 2015, and has helped set up the IIHS Word Lab which anchors all IIHS publications including the production of its interdisciplinary journal Urbanisation. She also anchors the public engagement, donor acquisitions, and fundraising efforts of the IIHS public reference library, and co-founded IIHS’ annual international writings festival, City Scripts. She has built institutional relationships with several leading digital and print media platforms, cultural organisations, publishers, and other practitioners, collectives and stakeholders working across the arts and the urban.

Rekha and her colleagues at the Word Lab created one of IIHS first two MOOCs on Coursera titled, ‘Writing and Disseminating Grey Literature’, aimed at helping researchers and practitioners develop hands-on skills in writing across public facing formats such as op-eds, data stories, and social media posts. Articles edited by Rekha have been published in The Hindu, EPW, Scroll.in, The Wire and IndiaSpend, among other print and online media platforms.

Prior to IIHS, Rekha ran India Water Portal (Arghyam) and was instrumental in building the portal’s connections with the media. She has worked in finance, technology, product training, and sales with Thomson Reuters in the US, and managed several client relationships.

Shyamala Suresh

Keerthi K. Shastri has worked in the fields of advertising, creative writing and film after completing a Bachelor’s in Communication, Psychology and English literature. Media, digital culture and the internet are her favorite areas of interest and study. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Digital Humanities at Srishti Institute of Art, Technology and Design, Bangalore.