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Lightcube was initiated by Suraj Prasad and Anuj Malhotra in April 2012 with the intention to deeply investigate the cinematic traditions of the country and the world. To pursue its ambitions, Lightcube has organised close to three hundred and fifty single screenings across India in the six years of its existence, designed and curated visual installations and exhibitions as well as organised five film festivals. Lightcube has published ten issues of a quarterly newspaper of visual culture called Umbra, which is subscribed by major media institutions across India as well as individuals. Lightcube has also published ten issues of online film criticism magazine called Projectorhead.

Lightcube aims to democratise exhibition, dissemination of visual storytelling and provide curatorial control to communities. We work towards creating participative cultural expressions and archive stories and mythologies that may help an individual have a sense of identity and dignity thereby empowering a new cultural paradigm.

Lightcube has collaborated in the past with festivals such as Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, the Delhi International Arts Festival, Eyemyth Unbox Festival, the Centenary of Indian Cinema Celebration, Dharamshala International Film Festival, The Inner Path, Peace Builders' Festival and with such institutions as the Instituto Cervantes, Japan Foundation India, Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi.

Lightcube is registered as a non-profit society, under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. The Society's activities during the years 2015 to 2017 are documented in the Activity Report 2015 - 2017

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Anuj Malhotra
Founder

A film critic and programmer from New Delhi. He handles the publications for Lightcube. As part of his work in the field, he has collaborated with such prestigious national and international institutions such as the Sundance Film Forward ProgrammeGhent International Film FestivalInternational Film Festival of IndiaPravo Ljudski Film FestivalCinetica di BolognaDelhi International Art FestivalKiran Nadar Museum of ArtNETPAC and the Asian Heritage Foundation, among others. His work has been cited in prestigious national and international forums such as mubi.com, Film Studies for Free, Celine and Julie, Photogenie, Bright Lights Film Journal, Film Mutations Zagreb, Transit Cine, The Seventh Art and Shadowplay.

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Suraj Prasad
Founder

A cinephile, actor and creative technologist. A recipient of the ARThink SouthAsia Fellowship 2018, he is a published film critic and heads The Dhenuki Cinema Project. He is a member of NETPAC and has been on the awards jury for Kerala International Film Festival 2015.  In six years of running Lightcube, he has helped organise nearly three hundred film screenings across urban and rural India. His interests in digital technology, web, distribution systems and interaction design have enabled him to lend his expertise to organisations of national and international repute such as NETPAC, Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF), DIAF, Serendipity Arts Festival & Sundance Film Forward Programme.

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Mahesh Subramanian
Collaborator

Has worked in the advertising industry and specializes in consumer behaviour and charts communication strategies for brands. Prior to this, he practised film-making and directed a few experimental short films. A mechanical engineer by education he also spent 18 months working at a pig iron plant in SESA GOA.
A film lover, he collaborates frequently with Lightcube and has conducted workshops in the past.

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Chitra Roy
Collaborator

Is an arts coordinator and aspiring film curator with a special interest in animation. She holds a Master’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and has worked on arts programmes with several organisations including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, British Council India, ARThinkSouthAsia, and the Mumbai Film Festival. She is a trained pianist and enjoys playing classical and Broadway music.

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Ishaan Banerjee
Collaborator

Started his carrier as a little magazine worker in Bengal. In 2013, while an intern at Lightcube he helped initiate the Umbra. He also organised Lightcube screenings in Kolkata. He has also curated Cinemaनामा, a film festival. He has now dedicated himself in the Development sector and is working for issues like-Rights, Entitlements and Governance.

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Shreyanshi Suri
Researcher

Shreyanshi is pursuing her graduation in Political Science. She aspires to be a stylist and a curator. She has a keen interest in theatre and likes to do calligraphy and sketching.

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Radhika Jhalani
Operation

Is pursuing her education in Law and is extrmely concerned about Climate Change. Soon to be a lawyer, wannabe culture enthusiast and manages Garga Archives once done with all of the above.

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Shalini Ekka
Researcher

An undergraduate in history, Shalini likes to explore varied range of subjects. A cultural animal who likes exploring new music, binge-watching films and series and travelling. She is working in a nation-wide Arts Survey.  

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Ketan Dua
Storyteller

Is a theatre and film enthusiast. He is a performer and an aspiring filmmaker. Has learned under some accomplished repertories, film and theatre personalities, has assissted on plays and workshops. Has keen interest in social sciences. An avid film watcher, he studies and writes about film.

Testimonials

'One of the best film clubs in New Delhi'

Little Black Book, New Delhi

'Lightcube screens films that have been left untouched.' 

Hindustan

'We especially love Umbra, their publication on film.' 

Homegrown

'A film society whose work borders on the revolutionary'

So Delhi

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Organisations that have partnered with us in the past, some of them continue to support us in our endeavors. We are constantly looking for support to empower our projects, if you would like to partner / support us, please do drop us a line and we will get back soon.