• Strengthening Community Media
  • Democratising Public Spaces
  • Politicising Artistic Practice

Maraa: a Media & Arts Collective.

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arts // culture // media // public space

About Maraa

We are a media and arts collective based in Bangalore and Delhi. Founded as a charitable public trust, our work is centred around a political yet creative practice across three domains - strengthening people-centric media platforms, democratising usage of urban public spaces and deepening rights based campaigns. For us, the dimensions of labour, gender and sexuality, caste and class cut not only across but also deeply inform and shape all the work that we do.


We’re structured horizontally as a collective. Each of us have broad areas of interest and take responsibility for advancing that area within the collective. All our members are free, even encouraged, to debate and disagree with others, but ultimately, we try and work towards consensus on key decisions.


Our work is not strictly linear, nor is it entirely project-based or donor-dependent. Instead, our work has developed based on the political, economic and cultural ecology in which we situate ourselves. This is why our work is eclectic and this quality allows us to work across and between diverse fields or disciplines.


Cultures and histories, politics and economics are often downplayed and instead the oppressed are held responsible for their own situation. We remain attentive to, and highlight the various ways in which oppression continues. At the same time, we are sensitive to people’s creativity in resisting their oppression.

What we do

As a non-profit organization with core competencies in media, arts and culture, we are able to offer extremely niche and specialised services cutting across capacity building, research, curation and media production.


Every year in October, Maraa curates a public space and arts festival in Bangalore, that is open to the public free of cost. This festival is intimately related to urban life and draws participation from a diverse range of artists across India. Apart from this, Maraa regularly invites and hosts artists, film makers, musicians etc. to showcase their work in Bangalore and/or Delhi. 


Maraa has been involved in training and setting up some of the first community radio stations in India. We have trained community radio stations in the areas of policy and regulation, programming, editing, management and research. Apart from these, Maraa has special competence and experience in facilitating participatory learning programmes around community health, especially relevant to women and youth. 


Maraa has experience in producing and making documentary films and radio documentaries on a whole range of issues – from migrant labour to sexuality of young people. Our documentary films have won international acclaim and have traveled to film festivals and art exhibitions across the world. We also ocassionally undertake documentation for other civil society institutions depending on the subject and process involved. 


Maraa undertakes research on media and communications related issues. We have experience and competence to undertake and deploy aa mix of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies that are especially suited for media and communication initiatives. These range from simple questionnaires to semiotics and ethnography. We also undertake baseline, end-line, monitoring and evaluation and other kinds of research for civil society institutions and/or media initiatives. 


We are interested in working on anything that pertains to creative practice or use of arts, urban experience, public spaces, community media, public service media and media (for) development. We are interested in long term collaborations and partnerships. This is because we are a process oriented organisation with a strong culture of dialogue and mutual sharing of knowledge with all those we work with.

  • Developing capacities of media institutions that advance public interest.
  • Using the arts to strengthen democratic usage and access to public spaces.
  • Using creative practices to diversify and broaden justice based campaigns.

Over the years, we continue to retain active working relationships with almost all our partners. Maraa prefers to work with like minded organisations in a spirit of open collaboration. We strongly believe in putting our work in the public domain and for public consumption. While we are a small team, we have a large network of experts and consultants who work with us on specific activities or projects. 

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Arts, Culture and Public Space

Maraa has engaged with and facilitated with a diverse range of artists, including but not limited to illustrators, movement artists, musicians, theatre performers, puppeteers, photographers, painters, sound artists and film makers. We play a curatorial role in creating public access to this creative work.


What we do and what we can offer


We have in-house expertise on designing and executing both qualitative and quantitative research projects related to media and communications. These could be related to baseline and endline studies, impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation, comparative research, RCT, or even policy and position papers.


Community Media outfits often struggle to retain their audience due to the nature of development-oriented content. Our training is designed to help foster innovation and creativity in production through storytelling and other genres. Suitable for media organisations who have experience of 4+ years of broadcast.


Specialised modules for media practitioners/organisations on working with issues of gender and sexuality. These training programme use paintings, mythology, cinema and theatre to engage participants in re-thinking issues related to gender, sexuality and the media. Particularly useful for community radio practitioners

Participatory Learning

Modules for community media practitioners on designing and executing participatory learning programmes. We use specific methodologies and tools to help media organisations engage communities with maximum feedback. Over 20 community radio stations have benefited from this approach.

Our Team

Our team consists of young people with a background in alternative/community media, arts and public spaces. We have a very small, full time core team of five people spread across Bangalore and Delhi. We also work with a wide range of media professionals, like camera persons, editors, designers, publishers etc for specific activities. Get in touch if you want to work with us for specific projects, full time or even if you want to intern or volunteer with us.


An opera track playing under a flyover, A walk around drains, Optical illusions in a metro station, A radio station run by children, A telescope that opens into unseen constellations. The imaginarium is in every city. It has many addresses. It is transient: an imaginarium of playful sensory experiences. The Imaginarium is a new lens to rediscover the city.

Resilience through creative practice

  • Films
  • Audio
  • Theatre

01 Sound Installation

Emergency Control Room is an attempt to look closely at the sights and sounds that permeate our daily senses and shape our opinions via the media.

02 Film-making

In Bangalore alone there are over 600,000 garment workers toiling for global brands. Mallige is a short film about the lives of garment workers inside and outside the factory space.

03 Projections

We screen films as protest, to protest and for protests. We screen, share and distribute films so that it can reach a diverse audience.

04 Storytelling

We devised this form to tell stories, to find connections and departures. We have performed in the context of moral policing, gender and public space.

05 Play

We host artists that break away from traditional representations of performance. Performances that must be seen, heard and told of obscure, perverse and invisible figures in society.

06 Photography

Where horror, grief and violence is consumed via sensationalism, these images images appear as fermatas, musical notation indicating that the note should be prolonged beyond its normal duration.

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