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 JSON and the d3.js library to describe the data represented by the 100+ laws and quickly sort, filter and search the data set in real time.
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.
ADL is under active development in collaboration with the Harvard Law Library Innovation Lab.
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.
The short will screen in Boston and Los Angeles at the end of Summer 2016.
Gaurav wrote and directed a film inspired by NASA's CineSpace 2016 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.
In December of 2014, Gaurav joined a Cultural Intelligence study abroad group from Seattle University in Guatemala. He shot and is currently editing a short documentary of the trip to highlight the broad range of organizations visited and show how student perspectives evolved over the 10-day immersive.