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Dakxinkumar Bajrange

Dakxinkumar Bajrange (Chhara) is an award winning filmmaker, playwright, director and an activist from the Chhara De-notified Tribes of Ahmedabad in the western part of India. He is a recipient of Ford Foundation International Fellowship (2010-11) to study Graduate studies in ‘Theatre and Global Development’ at the University of Leeds, UK. His book ‘Budhan Bolta Hai’ (Budhan Speaks) awarded first prize for “Mahatma Gandhi Best Creative Writing on Human rights” by National Human rights Commission (NHRC) for 2010-11. He is also a recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Arts Fellowship (2004-05) and Bhasha Fellowship (2002-03) to study art forms of nomadic and de-notified communities in Gujarat. Currently, he works as an “Artistic Director” at Budhan Theatre also a founding director of Nomad Movies Pvt Ltd. He has written and Directed 12 plays and Supervised 47 Theatre Productions of Budhan Theatre and performed more than 1000 shows in different parts of India. He was nominated for “Heroes of Ahmedabad” by Ahmedabad Mirror. As a Filmmaker, he directed 94 fiction and non-fiction films/TV series on various development and political issues of India that includes (Non-Fiction) Birth 1871, Sundarana, Nungro, Fight For Survival, The Lost Water, Bulldozer, Setu, Actors are Born Here, Toiletwale and many more… He has recently directed his debuted critically acclaimed Bollywood film “Sameer” on the “politics of perception”. The film was release in theatres in India on 8th Sept 2017 and also screened in New York Indian Film Festival (USA), Charlotte Asian Film Festival (USA) and Indian International Film Festival of Queensland, Australia where he received “Best Director” award for ‘Sameer”.His academic articles appeared in number of national and international journals.

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