Sushma Veerappa


After a Post-graduate diploma in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, Sushma joined the CIEDS Collective. Here, she conceived and executed a film education programme for school children. Post this experience, she worked as Assistant Director and Scriptwriter with filmmaker M.S.Sathyu for 4 years. She began making documentaries in 1998.

As Producer / Director, her focus has been on documenting the work of grass root organizations working in Karnataka’s remote villages. Her films have been used as communication tools by these organizations to further engage with the people they work with. Her work encompasses a wide spectrum - about people’s co-operatives, leadership imaging as participatory research tool, training modules for blue collar workers, issues relating to water, women and violence.

Her concerns with the city in transition led her to produce and direct her first independent documentary WHEN SHANKAR NAG COMES ASKING.
Her last short film SHEELA GOWDA AT BATTARAHALLI CORNER was screened at the 13th IAWRT (International Association of Women in Film and Television) Festival.

Sushma is Founder Trustee of Vikalp Bengaluru, which has been curating documentary screenings in Bangalore since 2005.
She is Founder Trustee of Udaanta (registered 2018) to assist, encourage and promote an equal, fair, transparent and decentralised system of production of cloth by enabling fundamental linkages along the producer to consumer chain.

She has been the recipient of the Majlis Culture Fellowship 2007 - 2008.


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