Talk on Doing and Outdoing Media: Dalit Camera Experience
Talk and Interaction on
"Doing and Outdoing Media: Dalit Camera Experience"
Speaker: Dr. B Ravichandran
Venue: MBL Media School
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Date: March 2, 2017 / Thursday
Dalit Camera, a committed and influential community media, has been in the forefront of the Dalit uprisal in India ever since it was launched in 2011 by a Dalit research scholar Ravichandran Bathran and his friends. Despite the humble beginnings with no investments, and in fact with a rudimentary video camera, Dalit Camera, over the years, has become, "the rallying point of India's Dalits", as BBC would put it. A remarkable YouTube channel with more than 11,700 subscribers and millions of viewers, Dalit Camera has a growing popularity among new media users in India.
"Dalit Camera: Through Un-Touchable Eyes" captures protests, narratives, public meetings, songs, talks and discussions on Dalits, Adivasis, Bahujans and minorities. It is largely run by students and the expenses are mostly met by themselves. With very limited resources, and still struggling to survive and expand, Dalit Camera has done amazing coverage of various caste related issues across India - often outdoing the coverage of mainstream media on many counts. Among the umpteen issues DC covered in detail, the Rohith Vemula agitations in HCU (which started far before his institutional murder) and the Una Dalit uprisal have been of great political significance.
We invite you to meet and listen to the man whose vision moulded this community media: Dr. B Ravichandran, the founder and leader of this mission. Dr. B Ravichandran is an activist, scholar and fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.