Mae Mehra


Mae Thornton Mehra is an oral historian and filmmaker who earned her MA in Islamic Studies at Columbia University in New York City in 2008. As a FLAS Scholar Mehra documented the life and poetry of Nazir Banarsi through her original translations and oral history interviews recorded within Nazir’s weaving community of Varanasi, India. Mae went on to pursue advanced level Hindi/Urdu as an American Institute of Indian Studies language fellow in Lucknow, India 2009-2010 where she continued to document the lives of ordinary people through oral history recordings.

Mae has collaborated with her husband and filmmaker, Atin Mehra on documentary film and other media projects at Orange Kite Productions since its inception in 2007. Mae brings oral history, language and historical expertise into the collaboration with Atin's photography and film experience. Mae is motivated to work with others to share untold stories with the world.

Mehra spends her time between her home in Los Angeles, CA and her home in Varanasi, India as the proud mother of her six-year-old daughter.



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