CS2021 Sessions - City Scripts

11:00-13:00 | Conversation with Librarians | Synthesizing 2020 for the Future

Session description

2020 was a novel year, and it forced libraries to do novel things- be it embracing new technologies, re-jigging old ideas, digitizing collections, and even delivering books- all so that they could remain open and accessible to their communities. Come join us as City Scripts kicks off its sixth edition with this session, led by community, academic and public librarians, as they discuss learnings that could forge a new way forward.


K. Rama Patnaik has a Doctoral Degree in Library and Information Science from the Andhra University of Visakhapatnam, India, and the Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from Andhra University, and a Master’s degree in Sociology from IGNOU.  She was awarded the Emerald LIS Research Fund Award for best research proposal in 2012.  She has published one book and fifteen papers in reputed journals, even course writer for INFLIBNET e-pathshala, University of Hyderabad, and BR Ambedkar Open University Programmes on Library and Information science. She was recently awarded as the Best librarian by MANLIBNET, a network of business school libraries in India.

Sujata Noronha holds the work of a library based organisation Bookworm in Goa .  She has over 20 years of experience in the education sector.  Sujata holds a Masters in Financial Management and in her late twenties shifted to education by returning to University where she earned a Masters in Education and an Mphil in Education from Tata Institute of Social Science. Her area of specialisation and interest resides in literacy which she activates through the portals of a library imagination. Sujata edits an online journal Torchlight which is on libraries and bookish love, consults with various NGOs and educational institutions in the country and is a Consultant for Library work with the Tibetan Government in Exile for a number of years. Through Bookworm Sujata has enabled a practice that demonstrates how libraries can be vibrant spaces of learning for all age groups across all contexts. She designed and offers the Library Educators Course which is supported by Tata Trust, a one of its kind professional development course in the country for teachers and educators around the library. Sujata’s work is enabled by the rich and diverse team who reside at the heart of Bookworm and believes that everything changes when we read. What we read and how we enable that reading are critical components that must be explored to enable change.

Hamsa Kalyani has been with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru since its inception three decades ago. She has set up the Library services and has been responsible for collection development over the years. She developed the institutional repository of NIAS in 2006 using Eprints software.  In 2007, the new Library space was aesthetically designed to create a pleasant ambience for reading and research with adequate physical infrastructure under her supervision. Ms Hamsa has been managing the Institute website and has been involved with the publications programme of the Institute for the last many years. In 2010, she was responsible for developing the institutional repository for Manipal University as a collaborative project with Indian Institute of Science.  Recently, a Coffee Table Book of NIAS titled Transformation through Research, Dialogues, and Policies was published under her supervision. 

M Madhan is a librarian by profession and he has more than 20 years experience in research and academic librarianship.  At present, he is working with the library of Azim Premji University. His research interests are scientometrics, and open access to scholarly publications.  His other interests are development of libraries in public schools.

15:00-17:30 | Comic Book Workshop | Writing Pictures and Drawing Words

Session description

Aren’t comics just the coolest? City Scripts ’21 is bringing you all things comic in ‘Behind the Panel: A Comic Workshop’. This workshop is for everyone interested in learning how to write or illustrate a comic, but don’t know where to start. You will need: Pencil and paper, a fast internet connection, and an open mind.


C. G. Salamander is a writer, comic journalist and editor who lives in Chennai, India. He enjoys writing horror and humour, and likes manga, Terry Pratchett and cows. Salamander is currently working on a book about mythical beasts. Salamander is also a commissioning editor with close to a decade of work experience in publishing. He’s the founding editor of Jellyfish Monthly, ex commissioning editor at Pratham Books, and has consulted for some of the country’s largest publishers.

Sahitya Rani, an animation film design graduate from the NID, Ahmedabad is an illustrator currently based in Mumbai. She especially enjoys illustrating children’s books and comics. She is also a potterhead who loves filter coffee and anime. She’s currently working on an experimental horror comic and a mixed-media digital storytelling piece. Her work has been published by Scholastic, Hachette and The Mint and she has also worked as a guest art director for Pratham Books.

18:30-20:00 | Photos and Conversations | From the Intimate to the Streets: Documenting Our Lives and Cities During COVID-19 with The Journal Collective

Session description

Join a panel of women* photographers from the US, India, Columbia, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and Saudi Arabia as they discuss their work for The Journal — an established global photography collective of several hundred women* who have come together to create a profound avenue for connection, creativity, and support. The group will discuss how the project has provided insight into the lives of working photographers around the world during COVID-19.


Samyukta Lakshmi is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Bangalore, India. Her work focuses on vulnerable communities, social inequality, the human spirit, resilience and climate change. She is a graduate of the Documentary and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography, New York. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Der Spiegel, BBC, Bloomberg News, Quartz, Business Insider USA, MIT Technology Review Magazine, Refinery29, Caravan, Nrc.nl, Grazia, Yahoo Finance, Deccan Herald. She has been exhibited both in India and internationally.

Uma Bista is a photographer based in Kathmandu, Nepal. She works on visual narratives that focus on issues of gender inequality . She studied International Photography Program in Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Bangladesh. Uma was named in British Journal of Photography’s annual “Ones to Watch 2019”. She is a mentee of Women Photograph 2020. She is a Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow 2020. She has been working as a photojournalist for Annapurna Post national daily. 

Nyimas Laula is an Indonesian photojournalist based in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia. Her works focus on environmental and human rights issues across the country.  She began her journey in 2015 and has since worked with Reuters, The New York Times, National Geographic, Washington Post Magazine, and VICE.

Liliana Merizalde Gonzalez is a Colombian documentary photographer and visual artist iInterested in identity, memory and territory issues generally linked to women and our strength. She usually mixes documentary photography with staging based on life stories used as a vehicle to deepen the way in which social, political and community situations are documented and understood. She has done commissioned and on assignment work for Spiegel, Atmos, Netherlands Cadaster for their project Land In peace, Victus (a peace construction lab through art) Warchild Holland, Fundación Batuta among others. Her commissioned and personal work has been published in The New Internationalist, New York Times, Americas Quarterly, VICE Identity UK, VICE France, VICE Colombia, etc. She has participated in collective and solo exhibitions in Colombia, Peru, Spain and the United States. I was selected for MOPLA (Month of Photography LA) organized by Lucie Foundation. Finalist in IWPA 2018 (International Women Photography Award 2018). I’m part of the Women Photograph Database and Native Agency. 

Brooke Herbert is a documentary filmmaker and photographer currently based between Portland, Oregon, USA and Delhi, India. Previously, she was a film producer at Blue Chalk Media in Portland and prior to that, she was a multimedia producer at the Chicago Tribune. She earned her Master’s degree in photojournalism from Ohio University, where she also taught. Brooke is a member of Women Photograph, The Journal collective and The Video Consortium. She has been nominated for four regional Emmys for her work in Oregon. 

Watsamon Tri-yasakda, also known as “June” is a photographer and visual storyteller born and based in Bangkok, Thailand. She is actively documenting issues of human rights for LGBTQ community in Thailand and Southeast Asia. She is a member of Women Photograph and The Journal collective. Her works have been published and featured in local and international publications such as Financial Times, DER SPIEGEL, and Global Citizen. Her photo works on the LGBTQ community have been exhibited in over 15 cities around the world. Currently, she has been working as a photographer at THE STANDARD, a leading media outlet from Thailand covering news, culture, and lifestyle content. 

Iman Al-Dabbagh is a Saudi/Palestinian/Armenian photographer based in Jeddah. She works on long-term visual narratives addressing human issues, love and social taboos in conservative societies, identity, and self-image. The stories she makes are narrated by her own life events and experiences. In 2016 she received the AFAC/Magnum Foundation/Prince Claus grant. And in 2019 she received the Women Photograph + NikonUSA grant. Iman is a contributing member of The Everyday Projects (@EverydayMiddleEast) since 2014. She’s also a member of Diversify, Women Photograph, and The Journal Collective. Iman’s work has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Spiegel, Zeit, The Los Angeles Times, and more.