Biography

Nandini Sikand is an Associate Professor of an interdisciplinary film and media studies program at Lafayette College, a liberal arts school in Pennsylvania. Sikand’s documentary and experimental films have screened and won awards at over 100 domestic and international film festivals. Her work has aired on PBS and has been awarded grants from The Jerome Foundation, the Center for Asian American Media, and she is two-time awardee of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Her films include, The Bhangra Wrap (1995), Don’t Fence Me In (1998), Amazonia (2001), In Whose Name? (2004), Soma Girls (2009), and Cranes of Hope (2011), Slightest Shifts (2012) and One, if by Land (2015). She also produced the documentary Mahasweta Devi: Witness, Advocate, Writer (2001). In television, she has worked as a producer and director on projects for Channel Four: UK, Ovation: the Arts Network, HBO, Oxygen, and The History Channel. She served on the board of directors of Women Make Movies, a non-profit feminist media distribution organization from 1997-2006. She was on the Fulbright IIE National Selection committee for film and video for 2008-2011.

Nandini choreographs and performs regularly with her neo-classical Odissi dance company, Sakshi Productions (sakshiproductions.org).  Her dance work has been funded by LMCC (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), the Asian American Arts Alliance and Joyce Soho and combines the use of film imagery, live music and elements unique to Indian theatre and performance. She is also the Associate Director/Choreographer of Harmattan Theater (www.harmattantheater.com), a performance group committed to an environmentally and socially-engaged theater.

In 2013-14, Nandini was awarded an American Association of University Women (AAUW) postdoctoral fellowship towards her book project, Languid Bodies, Grounded Stances: The Curving Pathway of Neoclassical Odissi Dance, published by Berghahn Books (2016). Nandini is currently working on a feature documentary film about incarcerated women and recidivism in the Lehigh Valley and a new book project on racialized narratives of India and the Indian.