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Chalshiksha, India’s first education film festival, in Bengaluru this weekend

At the festival, independent filmmakers will tell stories about innovative teaching practices and educators using film as a medium to teach

At the festival, independent filmmakers will tell stories about innovative teaching practices and educators using film as a medium to teach

This weekend, Bengaluru will witness Chalshiksha, a unique three-day residential film festival that will celebrate education in all its forms through films.

More than 35 independent films and documentaries are screened at the festival organized by SchoolScape Center for Educators and Project Nomad in association with Abheek Lifeversity. This will take place from September 23 to 25.

With the new education policy of the Union government soon to be implemented, teacher educators feel it is time to overhaul education. Chalshiksha tries to do that through movies, as the visual medium offers a new avenue for a new view of education and schooling.

Amukta Mahapatra, Director of SchoolScape, was part of an innovative program called “Neel Bagh” several years ago, led by educator David Horsburgh. “When Neel Bagh completed 50 years, Sourav Dutta, who runs Project Nomad, documented it but failed to find proper avenues to showcase his work. When he approached me, I suggested showing it as part of this film festival,” she says. Dutta’s movie David and his Neel Bagh will be screened on the first day of the festival.

Coming together of movies and education

In Chalshiksha, independent filmmakers will tell stories of innovative teaching practices and educators using film as a medium to document the field. The line-up includes both fiction and documentary films, on topics such as child labour, autism and educational initiatives.

Although films about education in India are not given due importance, given the didactic nature of many films, Mahapatra also says that educators are not sure how to use them effectively.

According to the organizers, the event aims to explore how filmmaking and education can go hand in hand and encourage filmmakers to make films around education, especially in India.

Mahapatra says he is overwhelmed by the number of films received for the very first edition. “There are enough films being made in this area and we have more than we can show for this edition. That is why we are making a repository that will be available to the public shortly.”

Poster of ‘I Wonder’, a film to be screened at Chalshiksha, an educational film festival in Bengaluru from September 23-25, 2022. | Photo credit: special arrangement

Open to the public

To make the event truly democratic and intergenerational, the organizers have opened it up to the public. Children, parents, teachers, principals, filmmakers and educators are expected to come together, blurring the lines of the hierarchy.

The event will be attended by well-known names from the education and film world, including Arvind Gupta, Deepa Dhanraj and Vijay Padaki.

In addition to film screenings, Chalshiksha will also feature plays, lectures and open discussions. To make it an interactive experience for the little ones, activities have been organized such as yoga, bird watching, storytelling workshops, theater games.

The residential event will be held at the Ecumenical Christian Center in Whitefield and will have facilities for receiving attendees who wish to stay on site for the festival. Spot registrations are also available.

For more information about the event and to register, visit

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