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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power


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Fri 21 Aug 2020

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Film Screening and discussion

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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power

Centerstage : Film Screening & Discussion - "In the Fire of Dancing Stillness"

Is it possible to live a more peaceful and creative life on our planet? In a time when the state of the planet poses important questions: What is life worth to us? And what do we still consider sacred?

These questions inspired the Director  to meet the Indian mystic, philosopher and grassroots activist Vimala Thakar (1921 – 2009). It was an encounter that deeply inspired and changed her life. Almost twenty years later, she researches the profound work of this fascinating woman again in the context of our time, and translates her urgent call for holistic thinking and action into a cinematic work of art.

August 21, 2020, Friday | 06:00 - 08:30 PM IST

Post screening, discussion by Dir Renata Keller

Moderator: Shri. Danji Thotapalli, Chief Curator, Indica Pictures


Shri. Danji Thotapalli

Chief Curator, Indica Pictures

Shri. Danji Thotapalli is the chief curator at Indica Pictures. He is a senior Global Technology sourcing professional with a passion for Cinema. Having spent the past 10 years at major Hollywood Studios - previously at NBC Universal and currently at Sony pictures - Danji understands the power of film and the extent of its reach. In addition to working in Hollywood, Danji has been associated with the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles for about 12 years, and comes with a deep insight in to all facets of running a film festival such as community outreach sponsorship/ funding, event management, programming and media relations.


Renata Keller


Renata Keller is a filmmaker and dialogue facilitator based in Berlin and Switzerland. She has worked in visual arts for over thirty years and was until recently also the CEO and art director of the German philosophical quarterly magazine ‘Evolve‘. With a master’s degree in Applied Imagination at University of Arts in 2006, Renata went on to study documentary filmmaking in London. Renata’s lifelong pursuit of philosophical and spiritual questions, along with her interest in women’s development, led her to Gerda Lerner’s work and inspired the creation of Why Women Need to Climb Mountains (2016). In the film True Healing Arises in Freedom (2019) she accompanies the Biochemist Dr. Roger Kalbermatten in his research about the nature of healing plants and their relationship with us humans. Her meeting with Vimala Thakar and her questions about the values of our times has led her to work on the current film In the Fire of Dancing Stillness