The African Drumming Laws project works with newly discovered laws to understand how and why the British colonial government controlled and criminalized drumming in native African communities.
Gaurav shot photos, produced this video and is currently designing and developing an online interactive experience to explore this area of research.
The laws represent significant policies that affect community, civic and spiritual growth through control of drumming. We're learning more every day.
Gaurav uses Firebase, React, Mapbox and lots of JSON to describe the data represented by the 100+ laws and quickly sort, filter and search the data set in real time atop a map of 1950s era Western Nigeria.
Gaurav is responsible for the experience design and development of the platform that brings the laws, drums, music and interviews together on an interactive map to reveal how the laws spread over time and their impact on Western Nigerian culture.
Gaurav wrote, directed and edited, Making a Mark, a short film that features a cast and crew of predominantly Indian descent. The short has no spoken dialog and communicates instead through purely cinematic techniques, music and Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form.
In December of 2014, Gaurav joined a Cultural Intelligence study abroad group from Seattle University in Guatemala to shoot and produce a short film. The film highlights the broad range of organizations visited and shows how student perspectives evolved over the 10-day immersive.
Gaurav is writing, directing and editing a film inspired by NASA's CineSpace short film competition. The film suggests that, as we travel to space and develop new civilizations as early as 2025, we have a novel opportunity to learn from the experiences of oppressed and marginalized communities to simultaneously establish a more peaceful, harmonious and equitable future on Mars and Earth.