Staff

Stalin K., Managing Trustee, Video Volunteers India

Stalin K., Managing Trustee, Video Volunteers India

Stalin K. is a documentary filmmaker, media trainer and human rights activist from Gujarat, India. Stalin has directed 15 documentaries and has won several international awards for his films. He has produced six community radio programs, designed more than 20 rights-based campaigns and conducted over 300 trainings in film making and participatory video, street theatre, radio production, and development communications. As an activist, he has been deeply involved in the relief efforts of the 2002 Gujarat riots, and of the Kutch earthquake of 2001, during which time he helped to create a community radio program that was instrumental in delivering information to the victims.

Stalin is the Convener of the Community Radio Forum-India until 2009 and was one of the core group that drafted the legislation that made community radio legal in India. He is also on the Executive Group of Girls Count, a coalition of organizations that is working to stopping the declining child sex ratio in India His film work on the issue of untouchability has helped bring international attention to Dalit issues, most notably his 1996 film Lesser Humans on manual scavenging, and his feature-length 2007 film IndiaUntouched, winner of the Mumbai International Film Festival. This film surveys the existence of untouchability across 8 states, four religions and all social classes in India. He teaches communications, film and grassroots activism at a number of the most senior institutes in India and has lectured at Berkeley, Stanford and NYU, among other institutions, and also advises foundations and NGOs on their communications and participatory media strategies. One of his greatest passions is training rural men and women in leadership and in expressing themselves powerfully, and he spends as much time as possible in the field, working directly with communities. Until 2008 he ran Drishti Media in Ahmedabad, an organization he co-founded at the age of 23. You can read his personal blog here.

Jessica Mayberry, Founding Director

Jessica Mayberry, Founding Director

Jessica Mayberry founded Video Volunteers after spending a year training rural Indian women in filmmaking as a W.J. Clinton Fellow of the American India Foundation. Jessica is a TED Fellow and a Fellow of Echoing Green, an organization that invests in social entrepreneurs with high-impact solutions. In 2009 she was recognized as an Architect of the Future by the Waldzell Institute of Austria, and in 2010, as an Outstanding Young Person by the Junior Chamber International Osaka. In 2011, she was one of the top fifty people shortlisted for the Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, out of over 1000 applicants from 66 countries. Under her leadership VV has won numerous awards, including the Knight News Challenge, the most competitive award for innovations in news and information, the NYU-Stern Business School Business Plan competition, a Tech Award, a Development Gateway Awards shortlist, and a shortlist for the King Baudouin (of Belgium) Foundation International Development Prize.

Prior to starting Video Volunteers, Jessica worked in television in New York at Court TV, the Fox News Channel, and CNN. She has served on the board of Free the Children, the world’s largest organization of “Children Helping Children” and on the Advisory Council of Counterpart International. She holds a degree in Modern History and Modern Languages from Oxford University, from which she graduated in 1999.

Manish Kumar, Program Manager & Principal Trainer

Manish Kumar, Program Manager & Principal Trainer

Manish’s expertise is in documentary film-making and community video training. In his four years with Video Volunteers he has trained more than 200 community people to make films and use media to create awareness in their communities. Prior to coming to Video Volunteers, Manish served as a Program Associate at Community Enterprise Forum International.
Manish interned at Doordarshan News, where he gained experience with mainstream media. He has directed the film, “Bahin Tonye Kahah Jathis,” which focuses on the exploitation and trafficking of Tribal girls to Delhi for domestic work. Manish has a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Communication from the Mass Communication Research Center at Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi and a degree in mass communication from Bharti Vidya Bhava, in New Delhi.

Anand Hembrom, State Coordinator – Jharkhand

Anand Hembrom, State Coordinator – Jharkhand

Anand is from Kasiadih village,  Hazaribag district of Jharkhand. He belongs to Santhal Adivasi community. He completed M A in  broadcast journalism from Delhi (NISCORT) and has worked with the group of the people named AKHRA which produce documentary films on various issues and work for the culture and communication for Adivasi community in Jharkhand. Anand has been involved with the people’s movement to protect  land, forest and water which is being taken away by corporates like TATA, CCI, Jindal etc.

Shobha Ajay, Video Editor – Chhattisgarh

Shobha Ajay, Video Editor – Chhattisgarh

Shobha is a filmmaker with over ten years of experience. Her films are from a social anthropological point of view and on diverse issues such as gender relations, the relationship between traditions and politics and health. Her documentary, “Living Memory”,was screened at the Kings College and the Cambridge South Asia Forum. She worked as a research assistant with the Social Anthropology Department at the LSE on a project that worked with women and children in Chhattisgarh.
Shobha was also working as a Senior Trainer with the Mayaram Surjan Foundation on projects that work with children.

Sarita Biswal, State Coordinator – Odisha

Sarita Biswal, State Coordinator – Odisha

Sarita was a Community Correspondent from Cuttack District before she became the Odisha co-ordinator for IndiaUnheard. Born in a village where there are no schools that teach past the seventh grade, she had to struggle and persevere to get educated. As a correspondent,  she made many powerful videos on the  issues of gender discrimination, mining, land grabs, smuggling etc.
She is a local leader and the face of the popular anti-mining campaign in her village. She  organized her people in a campaign and successfully ended timber smuggling in her area. After her marriage, she has shifted to Jamshedpur but continues to lead and participate in the grassroots movements in her native village.

Radhika, Coordinator (Expansion & Social Movement’s Partnerships)

Radhika, Coordinator  (Expansion & Social Movement’s Partnerships)

Radhika came to Video Volunteers with a few years of experience here & there, hoping to learn new things, make a difference. The Community Correspondents she recruits have completely changed her way of viewing this world. They have also compelled her to ‘speak’ Hindi. 

She enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, reading or writing about dogs and random people for her blog. She hopes to build an animal shelter in the future.

Amrita Anand, Manager – State Offices

Amrita Anand, Manager – State Offices

Soon after graduating from College, Amrita joined Swechha, a youth based NGO in Delhi. Here she worked on implementing an alternative education program for children from marginalized communities. Amrita is also a sports fanatic; she is an avid runner and a national level kickboxing gold-medalist. She is passionate about her work, traveling and reading among other things. In her free time Amrita likes to blog on her ponderings and observations about the world around her.

Kayonaaz Kalyanwala, Communications Manager

Kayonaaz Kalyanwala, Communications Manager

Kayonaaz has a Masters in Media and International Development from the University of East Anglia. Her final dissertation examined the efficacy of AIDS awareness posters as tools of development communication. Before returning to India she worked at the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association where she did research on Public Service Broadcasting and the News Media in India as well as helped manage an online film initiative, YourWorldView. Kayonaaz has now lived in four cities in the world and hopes to add many more to the list.

Purnima Damade, Production Coordinator

Purnima Damade, Production Coordinator

Poornima graduated from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication with specialization in Audio Visual production. She has worked with DISHA (hiv/aids services), a project under Deep Girha Society, a Pune based ngo. She has also worked with Smile foundation working for education of small girl child and interned with Lighting Fish games as a motion editor. She likes reading fictional novels, watching movies, listening to music, travelling, exploring mostly hilly areas and meeting new people. She is kind of an introvert but gets comfortable with time. She loves editing.

Kanhaiya Maurya, Video Editor – Uttar Pradesh

Kanhaiya Maurya, Video Editor – Uttar Pradesh

Kanhaiya work as a video editor at VV Uttar Pradesh. He graduated from Kashi Vidyapeeth completing his Bachelors of Arts in 2010 and followed with a Master’s in Social Work in 2012 – 13′ from Vinayaka Mission University. During college, he underwent training in computers & graphic design and has been actively teaching courses at a computer institute for the past three years. He also worked part-time, video-editing at Globe Studios, Varanasi.
He volunteers and works with handicapped children at Kiran Center, an NGO and organizes cultural programs. Currently, he is employed as the assistant video trainer in the Saksham Project of Video Volunteers. 

 

Ajeet Bahadur, State Coordinator – Bihar

Ajeet Bahadur, State Coordinator – Bihar

Being a community Correspondent is a way to learn a new tool for activism, and to continue fighting for my community and beyond. What I prefer when shooting is to listen to people, all their stories and experiences. Now, as a State Coordinator, I get to listen to many more stories and experiences. I mentor, assist and support other CC’s who bring these stories so the issues that really matter to the community can be highlighted and resolved. Joining IndiaUnheard gave me the opportunity to explore new places and to learn a lot. I just hope to create the same environment for any future CCs so they may grow, support and lead their communities. 

Achintya Rai, Human Resource Manager

Achintya Rai, Human Resource Manager

Achintya has worked for more than 10 years in various roles– in corporate sales for the private sector, as a teacher, with a for-profit social enterprise, in the area of disability and for a peer-2-peer micro-lending platform. He has completed a Post-Graduate Diploma from Nirma University, Ahmedabad and an MBA from HEC, Paris.

At VV he looks after a bit of Operations, a bit of Finance and a bit of HR. 

 

Sameer Malik, Program Coordinator (Training & Mentoring)

Sameer Malik, Program Coordinator (Training & Mentoring)

Sameer graduated in 2007 from Goa University. He likes community media, film making and resolving developmental issues. At VV, he is often found mentoring CCs, with a special focus on impacts and escalations. 

 

Guruprasad Pednekar, Video Editor

Guruprasad Pednekar, Video Editor

Guruprasad loves to click photographs and it was this passion that drove him into video production. At VV, Guru is edits videos and manages the video ingestion. He has been crowned the in-house software Guru.  On weekends, he is found driving around Goa capturing pristine sunsets.

Edward Fernandes, Assistant Accountant

Edward Fernandes, Assistant Accountant

Edward works as an assistant accountant meanwhile also pursuing a bachelors degree in commerce. He has a fascination for shoes and likes hanging out with his friends at the Siolim waterfront. On weekends, he can be found in Aronda, a small hamlet on the outskirts of Goa. 

Anshuman Singh, State Coordinator – Uttar Pradesh

Anshuman Singh, State Coordinator – Uttar Pradesh

Before joining Video Volunteers as the State Coordinator for Uttar Pradesh, Anshuman was working as the General secretary of Wada foundation. He was also engaged in providing services to other voluntary organisations on leadership and cadre building processes. He has mobilized dalits – particularly women – in many gram panchayats in his region and helped them with finding solutions to contemporary development issues, building leadership capabilities. This has turned into a small movement fighting for accessibility towards government welfare schemes, raising voice against their poor implementation particularly in MNREGA and PDS.  In his capacity he has developed many reports and documents on the prevailing issues. 

Anand Pagare, State Coordinator – Maharashtra

Anand Pagare, State Coordinator – Maharashtra

Anand manages the Maharashtra state office while mentoring other CC’s in creating change. Anand can be found on social media doing his bit of online activism during his free time. He was associated as a community correspondent and as a mentor before ascending to the State Coordinator position working in one of the most sensitive areas in the country. A boiling pot of communal strife, the region is in the constant grip of violence and religious tension but while these stories are picked up by the mainstream presses, there are atrocities that happen under the radar. 

Vidyadhar Ketkar, Accountant

Vidyadhar Ketkar, Accountant

Vidyadhar works in the Finance & Accounts Department in VV-India. Prior to joining VV Iheworked in Essar Oil Limited – Jamnagar and MTR Foods Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. He likes to discover new places and can be found exploring  and redicovering Goa with his friends.

Dheeraj Sharma, Video Editor

Dheeraj Sharma, Video Editor

Dheeraj is one of our youngest video editors in the whole VV universe. He is a football freak and plays 3rd division league. He is also pursuing a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Dheeraj also has an interest in film making and is found fiddling with one camera or the other in his free time. 

Sanjay Parmar, Video Editor

Sanjay Parmar, Video Editor

Sanjay works as a video editor at VV. He found his passion in video and social change when he was trained by Video Volunteers and the NGO Navsarjan to be part of a Videoshala Education Community Video Unit(Videoshala – E-CVU). Sanjay began to use videos as an educational tool to empower dalit children in his community. Later, he began to actively document continuing practices of untouchability and everyday discrimination against Dalits in order to get his people talking about the 3000 year old atrocity that continues to oppress and stifle them. Now, he edits IU videos to make them stronger and helps the CCs make better video reports. 

Kamar Sayed, Video Editor

Kamar Sayed, Video Editor

Kamar had been working with VV for a long time as a freelance video editor and has now joined the production team full time. He has worked for various regional and local media houses in past. He plays league football in Goa and is often found watching either movies or streaming football matches. 

Deepak Bara, Video Editor – Jharkhand

Deepak Bara, Video Editor – Jharkhand

Deepak works as a video editor at VV Jharkhand office. He belongs to Oraon Tribal community. He is a graduate in fine arts and has been into video editing since 2002. He has always tried to be part of the documentary films which have tribal/social background in context to Jharkhand. He was the Chief Video Editor for Satya Bharati, a Jesuit communication center in Ranchi for 8 years and has also taught editing for a while in Mass communication Department in St. Xavier’s college, Ranchi. He has edited many award winning documentary films like ‘Kora Rajee'(MIFF’06/Silver Conch) , ‘Buru Gara'(President’s award 2011). 

In his free time, he likes to watch movies(no-bollywood), play a little football/hockey, take photographs, play Mandar (tribal drum) or flute and make sculptures. He prefers to go to his village Urmi in Gumla to relax and seek inspirations.

 

Sajad Rasool, Consultant Coordinator – J&K

Sajad Rasool, Consultant Coordinator – J&K

A journalist dissatisfied with his work in the mainstream and a committed Right to Information activist, Sajad Rasool is concerned with the wayward development of his state.  He feels that it is only through community media that he will be able to bring out the real stories from Kashmir and address the lack of vision, rife corruption and zero accountability within the system. Initially a correspondent, Sajad now manages the J&K office as the acting state coordinator.