Yashodara Udupa

External Consultant | yudupa at iihs dot ac dot in

2008    MA, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
2007    BA, Christ College, Bangalore University, Bangalore



Countries: India, Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand, Singapore, South Africa
States: Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Telangana, Uttaranchal
Cities: Almora, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Srinagar, Vizag
Languages: English, Kannada, Hindi

A graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London, Yashodhara has worked for organisations including Al Jazeera, Jamia Millia Islamia and Alipur Films before joining IIHS. As a freelance editor and filmmaker, Yashodara’s work has focused on issues such as human rights, health, decentralised waste management, culture and the city. What draws her to filmmaking is the ability to depict and share an experience with audiences from distant geographical, social and cultural spaces. She has edited a feature length documentary called Inshallah Kashmir, which won the National Award for Best Investigative Film (2013) in India. She directed and edited a documentary called Conversations at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad (2015).


Her work at IIHS includes making films on markets and the impacts of natural disasters, along with teaching a skill lab on photography and filmmaking. As a part of the Media Lab, she has coordinated the production of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Sustainable Cities for the United Nations Sustainable Solutions Development Network (UNSDSN). She is a part of the core team that organises the annual Urban Lens film festival which brings together filmmakers, academics, students and the community to use cinema as a starting point for a dialogue on reflecting on the cities we create and live in.

Research Projects at IIHS

2015  – 2017
Internal Grant

Practice Projects at IIHS

2017 – 2018
Urban Lens Film Festival 2017, Bangalore, Delhi & Mumbai
2016 – 2017
Massive Open Online Course on Sustainable Cities
2015 – 2016
Short film for Save the Children
2015 – 2016CIRF | Audio-visual outputs
2015 – 2016Urban Lens Film Festival 2016, Bangalore & Delhi
2014 – 2015UNSDSN MOOC on Global Public Health
2014 – 2015Urban Lens Film Festival 2014, Bangalore
2013 – 2014India Urban Policy Support Partnership


2015 –  2016Ways of Seeing


2017 – 2018
Film and the City

Previous Teaching Experience

2010 – 2011Jamia Millia Islamia

Anugraha (Producer), & Udupa, Y. (2013). Conversations at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, 2013 [Motion picture]. Mumbai: Studio Anugraha.


Books/Book Chapters

  • Nalla, V., Ranjit, N., Udupa, Y., Madhavan, M., Arvind, J., Jain, G., & Malladi, T. (2022). In V. Nalla & N. Ranjit (Eds.), Afterwards: Graphic narratives of disaster risk and recovery from India. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.


Other Writing

  • Udupa, Y. (2021, August 9). A fishing village in Tamil Nadu: Remembrances and realities, after cyclone Gaja. EPW Engage. https://www.epw.in/engage/article/fishing-village-tamil-nadu-remembrances-and
  • Singh, C., Tebboth, M., Arvind, J., & Udupa, Y. (2021). Representing disasters and long-term recovery: Insights from Tamil Nadu. Recovery with Dignity project, Indian Institute for Human Settlements/University of East Anglia. https://doi.org/10.24943/RDLRTN06.2021
  • Nalla, V., Udupa, Y., & Dhanapal, G. (2019). Recovering from the tsunami: A case of long-term engagement to build resilience in Nagapattinam. IIHS Case No 1-0036. Bangalore. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

External  (Films)

2015 – 2016
Anugraha (Producer), & Udupa, Y. (2013). Conversations at the Kumbh Mela Allahabad, 2013 [Motion picture]. Mumbai: Studio Anugraha.
55-minute documentary completed in June 2015

Exhibitions at IIHS

2015  – 2016
Ways of Seeing
Photographs shot in Allahabad and Bylakuppe
2015 – 2016
Conversations at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad 2013
Audio-visual exhibition on the Kumbh Mela