About Us

Neelavarana is an Ambedkarite artists forum dedicated to promoting Bahujan artists in Kannada. We are a collective of filmmakers, writers, artists, actors, and musicians who aim to create a platform for the voices of the marginalized communities.

Our Vision

In the Kannada art scene, there is a visible lack of diversity in terms of caste, class and gender. People with caste and class capital have a monopoly over the kind of art that is being produced. They have easily accessible resources that can help them produce content. People from the Bahujan communities have no means of telling their stories due to lack of networks and resources.

The intent of our collective is to create a pool of artists and technicians who can collaborate on projects and help each other out.

Our vision is to help create meaningful art that is progressive, inclusive and intersectional. Neelavarana acts as a network we can access to collaborate and create our art. This is a conscious movement to give a voice to Bahujans.

Our Team


Mahishaa is a Bangalore-based filmmaker born and brought up here. Most of his work focuses on showcasing the unseen side of Bengaluru & challenging traditional narratives of the city.


MK Abhilash

MK Abhilash is a Bangalore based filmmaker. He also produces music which is a blend of 8bit/Chiptune and electronica under the moniker “Murane Athma”. Besides this, he thinks he can be tagged as a poet too. He wishes to record waking dreams into a physical storage space one day


Naveen Tejaswi

Naveen Tejaswi is a filmmaker from Hosabale, Shivamogga. He is a writer, lyricist, photographer and editor. He has written and directed the short films Habba Haridina Suggi Shivarathri, Bidugade and Vadyana. His films were screened at international film festivals in India, Russia and USA, and they won awards. He has written lyrics for R Madhavan's directorial debut Rocketry's Kannada version.


Sachin Sreenath

Sachin Sreenath is a bangalore based actor trained at Ninasam and Adishakti Theatre Research labs. He's been practicing the craft of acting from past 11 years predominantly in kannada and English circles. He's also learning yakshagana and carnatic vocals. He started his career from stage and has now expanded it to television,cinema and digital platforms. His work is an exploration of bodies as a medium of story telling and emotions and to juxtapose surrealistic stage acting to screen.


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