Based in Bangalore, the two of them initially collaborated on an open-to-public initiative by Max Mueller Bhavan – the Bangalore City Project. Whilst working on this project they realised the importance of neighbourhood histories. Of involving the residents of a locality in the process of excavating, documenting and engaging them in discovering secrets, truths and novelties that made their neighbourhood special.
Neighbourhood Diaries was a natural continuation of this idea seeded in the Bangalore City Project initiated by Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe Institut – Bangalore. The notion of documenting the oral, tangible and intangible heritage of neighbourhoods using the short film format began to take shape.
A partnership between Saythu working in the conservation architecture space and Jaaga Media Center dedicated to using the power of digital media technologies to document public and personal histories was formed. Both organizations are keenly interested in generating public awareness of stories and issues around the city’s socio-cultural heritage. Neighbourhood Diaries is this new partnerships’ debut project.