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May 16, 2007

My Other Avtaar

Filed under: My Other Avtaar — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 12:25 pm

Ability Foundation PosterAbility Foundation, where I spend my mornings, is organising its bi-annual (a vague word, this. It means “once in two years” here, but it could also mean “twice a year”) International Disability Film Festival. The Festival is held on the lines of any other international film festival, the difference being, films screened over the three days of the festival are about and by people with disabilities. We saw the first edition in 2005 – a galaxy of film personalities including Jaya Bachchan, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Rajiv Menon and Nandita Das came down to judge the films in the competition section. Organisers of similar film festivals came to watch the proceedings and answer questions from the audience when films from their country were screened. Actor Revathy and PK Nair (Former Director of Film Archives) helped us organise the event.
Here is the information you’ll need to enter the competition. The only qualifications needed are: [1] you have to be an Indian national and [2] have an empathetic heart.


  1. sounds interesting….let me see if i can do anything….i have an idea….

    Comment by vishesh — May 16, 2007 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  2. Sure, vishesh, go ahead. Check out the website for details. We would love to have a lot of young people participating. The website carries a short write-up on “Diversity”. That should help you to think on the right lines.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 16, 2007 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  3. A small step that could educate millions. Congratulations. All the best!

    Comment by Jose — May 16, 2007 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

  4. Yes, Jose. The last time the topic was “Inclusive Society”. We got nearly 400 entries from all over India. At least two colleges gave this film making as the final year project to Masscom students and brought the group to the Festival. Our calculation was, each film would attract at least 10 people in different aspects of its production. That would be 400 x 10 people thinking of “Inclusion”! We hope to get more entries this time!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 16, 2007 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

  5. Mrs P: Quick one on your ‘vague word’ observation. Biannual means “twice a year”; so does semiannual but the word Biennial means “every two years.” So I think there is clarity in the language about those two expressions. Thanks.

    Comment by Shefaly — May 17, 2007 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  6. Hi Shefaly, thanks. Unfortunately, the word “biennial” is rarely used here. I’ll ask my organisation to change it in all their hand-outs and will get back to you with the response. I’ll put my money on getting calls with this question. “When you say “biennial” do you mean ____ or _____? 🙂

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 17, 2007 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  7. Haha. I bet you will. The only point I was making was that it is not the language that is deficient, but that usage has not embraced all options available. Likewise some words are still used in India but most people in Britain are now unfamiliar with them e.g. tiffin, Hobson’s choice…

    Comment by Shefaly — May 17, 2007 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

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