Founders of AKHRA
The duo Biju Toppo and Meghnath founded Akhra in 1996 and have since then been working together. They have made many award-winning films which are based on burning issues relevant to indigenous people’s survival in India and have been thrice awarded the prestigious National Film Awards by the President of India for their films.
Meghnath (29 June 1953) is an activist working in Jharkhand for last 30 years. He has been with the people’s struggle against destructive development. As a film maker he has tried to document the voice of those sections of people who remain unheard.
Biju Toppo (20 January, 1969) is one of the first Adivasi film makers who have effectively used the camera to counter the misrepresentation of his community by the ‘mainstream’ media his film has received national and international recognition. He uses film as a medium for social activism on behalf of marginalized indigenous communities, and teaches video production at St. Xavier’s College in Ranchi, India. He belongs to the ethnic group Oraon of India.
Rupesh Sahu (1 November 1992) is a film student currently working in Akhra for the past five years. He has done major contributions in many of the documentary films released from Akhra and also other side-projects. He has be handling the film editing, sound, direction, cinematography and not to forget handling all the office and technical work in Akhra. In short: a backbone to the Akhra team right now. His Major contribution in latest National Award winning film “Naachi Se Baanchi”.