Panel Discussion on Peripheries: Boundaries on the Edge, Boundaries Within

This panel discussion will involve conversations around the conflicts in Kashmir, the Northeast, and Central India; their impact on the people from these geographies; their representation in works of film and literature; and the new identities that emerge in its wake.

Ages: 12 years +  |  Date: August 15, 2020   |  Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm IST (12:00 pm to 1:00 pm GMT)


Siddhartha Sharma is an author, journalist and historian, known for the novels The Grasshopper’s Run and Year of the Weeds and the nonfiction book Carpenters and Kings: Western Christianity and the Idea of India. His new novel, Twilight in a Knotted World, will be released shortly.






Aijaz Khan’s debut film, The White Elephant (2009) premiered at the prestigious International Film Festival of India. Travelling to more than 10 film festivals including New York Film Festival and the UK Film Festival. Aijaz has been active in the advertising industry, directing and producing Ad films, for over a decade. Most recently, Aijaz directed Baankey Ki Crazy Baraat, which was well received at the Box Office.




Kenny was born in Guwahati and spent his childhood in two other towns in Assam. After a few years working in the Mumbai film & TV industry, he made his first film, Local Kung Fu, on a budget of 1 lakh rupees. The Assamese action comedy became a cult classic and part of pop culture in Assam, and was followed by the sequel Local Kung Fu 2, which was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Kenny has also acted in Hindi films Yaara, Mary Kom, Shanghai and Raag Desh. His debut novel, a musical romantic comedy called Chocolate Guitar Momos, was published by Westland



Rinchin is a writer and an activist based in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. She also writes for children and her writing reflects her social engagement with several people movements for the past two decades. She loves stories, and feels that everyone should have some to read that reflect the world around them. Rinchin’s style is her rare and powerful storytelling technique through which she explores issues using her feather-light touch. Some of her books published are – Sabri’s Colours (2009), The Magical Fish (2013), Trickster Bird (2016) and I will Save My Land (2017), which won the Neev Book Award for the Best Picture Book in 2018. Several picture books and collection of stories have been published by publishers like Tulika Books and Eklavya.