Research Films

Dakxin Chhara also associated with many academic researchers worldwide for research on De-notified Tribes and Nomadic Tribes. His research works in the field of theatre, films, anthropology, history are widely published and also use for policy making. 


The Other From Within: Indian Anthropologists And The Birth Of The Nation

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Primary investigator : Professor William Gould

Co-investigators : Professor Crispin Bates (University of Edinburgh), Dr Jesus Chairez-Garza (University of Manchester), Kevin Greenbank (Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge) and Dr Arunima Bhattacharya (University of Leeds)


12 episodes of Budhan Podcast: A community Art Podcast about health and rights during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Primary investigator : Dr Alice Tilche

Funded by : Global Challenge Research Funded project at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. 

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Birth 1871 – History, The State and The Arts of India’s De-notified Tribes  (2013)

It’s a film on the De-notified tribe’s history and their current situation in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Produced by History Department, University of Leeds. England. Film was funded by British Academy, UK.


Principal Researcher : Prof. William Gould, University of Leeds

Funded by : The British Academy

Screened at University of Ottawa, Canada, University of Toronto, (2013), York University, Queen’s University, Georgetown Univertsity, Temple University, Philadelphia, Steven Institute of Technology, New Jersy, Ball State University, Muncia, University of Washington, Seattle, (2014), University of Alberta (2018), University of Ottawa, Canada (2014), University of Toronto, (2014), Steven Institute of Technology, New Jersy, (2014), Ball State University, Muncia, (2014)

HD / 20 Minutes / Gujarati, Bhantu (Tribal dialect), Marathi, Hindi / English Subtitled / Produced by History Department of University of Leeds / Directed by Dakxinkumar Bajrange Chhara / Funded by British Academy.

The Voicing Hidden Stories Project : Participatory Arts In Development

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Published Paper Title : Historical Research as an Advocacy Tool in India.

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Principal Researcher : Paul Cooke,  Prof. William Gould, Stephanie Dennison

Funded by : Arts and Humanities Research Council: [Grant Number Grant AH/P007511/1].

Broken Gods (2018)

An anthropological film that investigates anthropological changes, especially religious and agricultural patterns, in Gujarat’s tribal area called Chhota Udaipur.

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Project Title : The making of indigenous art in relation to the growth politicised religion, and in particular of Hindu nationalism. 

Principal Researcher : Dr. Alice Tilche

Institution: School of Oriental and African Studies, Dr. Alice Tilche

Funded by : Leverhulme Trust, The London school of Economics and Political Science

Festivals and Screenings: Preview Screening, London School of Economics and Political Science, South Asia Anthropology Conference (2019), Invited Screening, University of Cambridge, Department of Anthropology (2019), Invited Screening, Brunel University, London (2020), Invited Screening, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (2020), Official Selection, SCA/SVA Distribute Film Festival (2020).

HD / 45 mints / Gujarati and Rathvi / Produced by Dr. Alice Tilche, Funded by The Anthropology Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, The Wenner Gren Foundation and The Leverhulme Trust, UK.


Dharamaj Day (2018)

A film based on Dharmaj Village’s annual function called Dharmaj Day in which more than 2000 NRIs comes and contribute in the village development. The film also focuses on philanthropic activities by NRIs in the village. 

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Project Title : Transnational Village Day

Principal Researcher : Late Prof. Mario Rutten and Dr. Sanderien Verstappen

Paper published

Institution : University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Funded by : University of Amsterdam

Full HD / 25 Mints / Gujarati and English / English Subtitled / Produced by Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam.

Sundarana-Marriage, Memory And Social Change Among Patidar Community Of Gujarat (2013)

It is an anthropological film on the Patidar community of Gujarat, Produced by Alice Tilche of SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. Film was funded by ESRC.

Principal researcher and co-producer : Dr. Alice Tilche

Institution : School of Oriental and African Studies

Funded by : SOAS, Dr. Alice Tilche

Festivals and Screenings: Screened at School of Oriental and African studies (SOAS), University of London, UK, Screened at Taiwan International Ethnographic film festival (2015), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (2014), SOAS, University of London (2014), Official Selection, Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (2015), Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London (2015), The London School of Economics, London (2017), Museum of Croydon, London (2017).

HD / 56 Minutes / Gujarati and English / English Subtitled / Produced by Alice Tilche / Directed by Dakxinkumar Bajrange Chhara

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