Konkona Sensharma is an award-winning actor with roles in over 40 feature films in Bengali, English and Hindi. She has received the prestigious National Film Award twice, first for Best Actress in Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002), and then again for Best Supporting Actress in Omkara (2006). Among her many noteworthy performances are Amu (2005), Page 3 (2005), 15 Park Avenue (2005), Dosar (2006), Life in a Metro (2007), Luck by Chance (2009), andTalvar (2015). In 2016, Sensharma directed her first feature film, A Death in the Gunj, which will be in theatres this June.
Debashree Mukherjee (Moderator) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. Her research and teaching centers on the history of modern South Asian visual cultures and industries, with a specialized focus on late colonial Bombay cinema. Dr. Mukherjee has published in a variety of academic journals and anthologies. Trained as a filmmaker, Dr. Mukherjee worked in the Bombay film industry from 2004-2007, on films such as Omkara. She brings her knowledge of film production, aesthetics, ethnography, and archival work to her current book project which presents a new cultural history of early Bombay cinema (1920s-1940s) by privileging cinematic practices and circuits of cultural work.