Impakt, in collaboration with The Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University, are proud to present Parmesh Shahani as the second IMPAKT – CfH Festival Fellow at the Impakt Festival from 24-28 October 2012.
Parmesh Shahani heads the Godrej India Culture Lab – a space that aims to interrogate the textured nature of Indian modernity by cross-pollinating the best minds working on India from across the academic, creative and corporate worlds. In addition, he serves as the Editor-at-Large for Verve, a fashion and lifestyle magazine and is also a TED Fellow and MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.
Parmesh’s first book – Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (New Delhi, London, Los Angeles, Singapore: Sage Publications) was released in 2008. He is often invited to present on different aspects of creative and corporate India at forums such as Next Media (Canada), XMedia Lab (Australia), Nokia World (UK), and at institutions like the Berghs School of Communication (Sweden).
Parmesh has degrees in Commerce and Education from the University of Mumbai, India and a Master’s degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT. In the past, he founded Freshlimesoda, India’s first online youth expression community, and worked across the Indian media and corporate landscapes, as a writer, editor, and venture capitalist, at organizations like Elle, the Times of India group, Sony Entertainment Television and Mahindra and Mahindra.
Festival Fellowships at the Centre for the Humanities
The festival fellowship scheme is an initiative designed by the Centre for the Humanities to bring together researchers, practitioners, students, Utrecht citizens and others interested and to stimulate the discourse around the arts today.