Yashodara Udupa

External Consultant | yudupa at iihs dot ac dot in

2008   MA, TV Journalism, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, United Kingdom
2007   BA, Mass Communication Christ (Deemed to be University) Bengaluru, Karnataka, India



Countries: India, United Kingdom
States: Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Kerala
Cities: Bengaluru, Srinagar, Chennai, Nagapattinam, Wayanad, Alleppey
Languages: English, Kannada, Hindi

Trained in television journalism, Yashodara Udupa began her career as a freelance researcher-producer for the current affairs programme Frost Over the World on Al Jazeera English, honing her ability to swiftly contextualise diverse stories for a global audience in a short span of time. She subsequently edited the feature-length documentary Inshallah Kashmir, which earned the National Award for Best Investigative Film (2013) in India. She has also directed and edited a documentary called Conversations at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad (2015).


Transitioning to the Media Lab at IIHS, Yashodara applied her skills as a storyteller and video producer across projects, spanning topics from disaster recovery to mental wellbeing. She has worked across narrative forms, contributing to a graphic anthology, producing Massive Open Online Courses, promos, exhibitions and installations. Being on the core team of the annual Urban Lens Film Festival for the last decade has provided her with an avenue to understand how diverse audiences consume and engage with films.


Teaching has been a constant in her journey—she taught television production at Jamia Millia Islamia earlier in her career and contributed as faculty in a series of filmmaking workshops for minority communities with limited access to digital skills more recently. She has also taught in the Urban Fellows Programme at IIHS.


  • Media and Film – Media Lab, Media and mass communication, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS



  • Writing for Digital Media,Digital Blended Learning (DBL) course, IIHS

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.
  • Disaster Resilience Leadership (Phase I & II)
  • Mindscapes: Mental Health at the Margins
  • Sustainable Cities
  • PEAK Urban
  • Recovery with Dignity (RwD)
  • Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures (TESF)

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