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The Goal

We at inCulture are looking to shed light on what we see as an emerging new Indian culture as well as paying dues to the traditions that have been integral in shaping the current space. We want to try and create a space where critical reflection on cultural events, individuals, works of art, or practices can be fostered. Rather than exist as a cultural news outlet that merely serves as a bulletin board for the latest releases, inCulture will look to curate multi medium pieces that seek to inform readers about aspects of our culture that make you think beyond an immediate reaction. In particular, we strive to look critically at Indian culture through investigating it under four distinct categories – film & theatre, music, spaces, and society.

Music – Instead of reviewing the latest album or gig, the music section looks to cultivate
articles that discuss intriguing aspects of existing or historical musical cultures/artists/songs in India. For instance, a new album or song can be newsworthy if it has within it elements that can be connected to pre-existing cultures or represents something deeply topical about the times its been released in.

Film & Theatre – Similar to the music section, the film & theatre section does not look to
review each and every new release. Rather, it will aim at exploring larger trends in Indian cinema, television, and theatre, both independent and mainstream. Particularly, we seek to look at the topics being explored, the communities involved, and the unique styles being employed.

Spaces – We see physical space as something that is inextricably tied to the culture that inhabits it. For that matter, the spaces column looks to discuss everything from specific establishments to abstract aspects of an area’s culture. This section looks to explore the stories behind spaces as well as the culture they seem to produce as a consequence of their existence.

Society – The society section delves into more intangible topics that don’t necessarily fit under the stricter categories listed above. Through a culture specific lens, it looks to incorporate pieces that seek to pose larger questions about the nature of Indian society today by exploring our relationship with language, industries, social media, conventions, and traditions.

Article Styles & Submissions

We encourage submissions from writers, researchers, musicians, artists, and filmmakers from all backgrounds. Our content is primarily focused on long form op-eds and research pieces but we also encourage submissions of photo essays and video essays within the gambit of the four categories listed above.

Specifications

  • Articles should be written in British English.
  • Length of an article should be in the 1000-1500 word count range.
  • Please ensure that the ideas and content being presented are entirely your own.
  • Each author should also choose a song to link with the article they have written alongside a 1-2 line explanation as to why it would fit with the piece to enhance the reader’s experience.
  • Video essays should be around five minutes long and visually dense.
  • Should you not be able to compile a video essay, please send us a script and a list of visuals you would like to incorporate and the editing team will help you execute should they see the idea as workable.
  • Photo essays should be comprised of original photographs and will be accompanied by an article of standard word count.

Submission Process

To submit a pitch, please contact us at editor@inculture.co.in with the subject line “Article/Video Essay/Photo Essay Proposal”. Please attach a word document highlighting the pitch idea and within the body of the email do let us know a bit about who you are and why you are interested in collaborating with us. Within three days, we will let you know whether we have chosen to go ahead with your pitch. As we are a newly found organisation, we presently are unable to provide monetary compensation to our contributors.

Once a pitch has been selected the author will be assigned an editor to work with who will spend a day or two working with the author to refine their topic and argument. After a clear path has been established, the author will spend the next week completing the refined first draft as per the specifications listed above. The editor will then spend 2-3 days refining the piece alongside the author before it is ready for publication. Expected publication for a piece after approval would amount to around 10 days.

About Us

Anant Shah

Anant Shah- Founder

Anant Shah (just as his Instagram bio says) has always been interested in connecting people though their different cultures. He is drawn to this goal, given his background of a family of artists, as well as his work at several different organisations such as the People Tree with Orijit Sen, The Conflictorium in Ahmedabad and The UN (AIDS) Communications and Global Advocacy Team in Geneva. As a graduate of History and International relations at Ashoka University, he co-founded and set up the Ashoka Literature festival in 2019. Longing to increase this critical discourse on contemporary and traditional Indian Cultures he finally decided to start InCulture.

Kartik Sundar- Founder

Kartik Sundar loves nothing more than opining on cultural content. An avid writer for many publications, the decision to start one of his own came from recognizing a substantive lack of critical discourse around Indian culture today. He graduated Ashoka University with a degree in History & International Relations and wishes to complete further education with a focus on media and cultural studies.

Who We Are

We at inCulture are looking to shed light on what we see as an emerging new Indian culture as well as paying dues to the traditions that have been integral in shaping the current space. We want to try and create a space where critical reflection on cultural events, individuals, works of art, or practices can be fostered. Rather than exist as a cultural news outlet that merely serves as a bulletin board for the latest releases, inCulture will look to curate multi medium pieces that seek to inform readers about aspects of our culture that make you think beyond an immediate reaction. In particular, we strive to look critically at Indian culture through investigating it under four distinct categories – film & theatre, music, spaces, and society

Disclamer

All views and opinions expressed in the articles, videos are personal to the Author/Editor(s) and don’t mean to offend any individuals, organisations, institutions or communities.

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