• Umbra X


Umbra X attempts to install a new method by which to talk of mental health. It combines anecdotal writing, autobiography, memory, poetry, conversation and philosophy to open up and make transparent the conversations around mental health. Umbra X features exceptional writers from all over the world, who use the occasion of film to talk of characters, groups, and cultures who feature rarely in conversations around mental health - but who should instead, occupy one of its centres.

We call the issue 'Madness'. The term is fraught with associations in history as well as in terms of stigma employed within social and biomedical contexts. Our attempt here, as with any issue of Umbra, is to reclaim a concept, examine its diversity of meanings and enrich it anew, through conversation.

Previous Issues

Umbra 9 | 'Our Gods: Part II' | December 2017

Umbra 9 | 'Our Gods: Part II' | December 2017

The second part of ‘Our Gods’, a special double-issue, that studies the various forms and methods by which a divine figure is cultivated and then contoured within Indian popular culture..

Umbra 8 | 'Our Gods: Part I' | June 2017

Umbra 8 | 'Our Gods: Part I' | June 2017

The first part of ‘Our Gods’, Umbra’s special double-issue that focuses on and contemplates the various representations of divinity in Indian popular culture: film, television, stage-plays and graphic novels. It then examines their role in the cultivation of a popular consciousness..

Umbra 7 | 'Others' | February 2017

Umbra 7 | 'Others' | February 2017

‘Others’ exists as a condensation of medial representations of individuals, communities or groups whose experiences or lived realities are often excluded from a mainstream narrative that is homogeneous, conventional and cultivated through a consensus that veers towards a bland conservatism..

Umbra 6 | 'Cities' | September 2016

Umbra 6 | 'Cities' | September 2016

The sixth issue of Umbra explores the notion of a city – in its material, memorial and mythical forms. It takes off – and includes – Charles Correa’s seminal essay, ‘The Mythical City’, and uses its central precinct – that of the distinction between a city as a collective imaginary of its residents or distant dreamers, and the actual, physical space that comes to forge it..

Umbra 5 | 'Spaces' | April 2016

Umbra 5 | 'Spaces' | April 2016

The fifth issue marks a significant turn in the journey of Umbra: it is the point at which the magazine begins to develop tendencies of speculation, poetry and the anecdotal – an upheaval that marks a radical reformation in its earlier, stated mission of cold, bureaucratic reportage..

Umbra 4 | 'Exile' | May 2015

Umbra 4 | 'Exile' | May 2015

What is the cinema of a people in a state of perpetual movement? Do they stall for the camera, or must the camera accommodate their kinesis? How does a medium based in subtle shifts and gradual decay respond to a situation marked inherently by these phenomena? ..

Umbra 3 | September 2014

Umbra 3 | September 2014

The third issue of the magazine includes interviews with filmmakers whose work centers around mobilization and then reconciliation (as opposed to, resettlement): Rajesh Jala, with Children of the Pyre, Sourav Sarangi, with Char, and Pawan Srivastava, with Naya Pata..

Umbra 2 | January 2014

Umbra 2 | January 2014

An issue that explores the sector of documentary cinema in the country through the conduct of a roundtable that includes some of its leading practitioners and commentators..

Umbra 1 | August 2013

Umbra 1 | August 2013

The inaugural issue of the publication and one that outlays its concerns – screen culture, the dynamics of the film society movement, their active documentation – most actively..