Anju Uppal, Co-founder
Co-founder of vikalp kriya, Anju has over 25 years of experience in the area of gender and VAW, education & life skills, health & watsan, ecology & environment, rights and participation.
She has facilitated participatory processes with groups, designed participatory communication resources, practiced participatory theatre and documented processes in text and video as a medium to enable collective critical abilities for action.
Her association with rural & urban communities, national & international organisations, academic institutions from across the country has helped build critical understanding of the diverse socio-cultural, political reality along with present policies and development trends.
Anju has keen interest in exploring participatory media and communication approaches, tools & methodologies. She facilitates intense and engaging participatory processes with groups and communities across the country.
Over the past 15 years, she has been facilitating participatory processes with communities, designing participatory communication resources, practicing participatory theatre, making documentary films, and documenting processes in text video & photo as a medium to enable collective critical abilities for action.
Her association with groups and communities across the country has helped build critical understanding of the diverse social, cultural and political reality along with present policies and development trends. Also, she has sensibilities to probe and respond to issues corresponding with child rights & participation, adolescents life skills, education, reproductive rights, gender & sexuality.
Prabir has designed a range of tools, methods and communication resources for workshops, community-level processes and research that challenge the norm, provoke a rethink and enables collective reflection and action.
His passion lies in exploring the possibilities of theatre for social change and has facilitated participatory theatre processes with children, adolescents, young people and women from tribal, rural and urban communities across the country. Prabir has been conducting workshops on participatory theatre for the students of TISS (Mumbai) for more than 10 years and for students of IIM (Ahmedabad) for the past four years.
Prabir has several documentary films to his credit. At present he is co-directing a documentary on education.
He has been working in the area of social development with a focus on participatory communication for over 20 years now.
A college dropout, Prabir has quit a government job, a bank job and a career in journalism. He has been a consultant with UNFPA and UNICEF, and worked on a range of projects with development organisations from across the country.
He is also the Managing Trustee of Media Matters, a non-profit trust working in the area of development communication.