Debjani Mukherjee is an independent animation filmmaker, author, illustrator, researcher and educator. She is also the co-founder of ‘BOL-The language of Children’, a not-for-profit based in India, contributing towards community filmmaking and engaging community youth to share their own stories through the powerful medium of art. Her research interests include animation, documentary, collaborative filmmaking, writing and designing books for children and indigenous art pedagogy.
She is presently the Coordinator of Design Thinking at Pathways World School, an IB boarding school in India where I design the curriculum for Design Thinking in the Primary, Middle and DP Programs and integrates it within their classrooms. Previously, she was the HOD of the Department of Animation and Motion Graphics at United world Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
She has a PhD in Indigenous Art Pedagogy to IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, India. She graduated from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, in 2009.
Preeti Chaturvedi in conversation with Debjani about her book “When Mommy Was a Little Girl”: The Story of 15 different Moms
What message does your story convey to the audience?
I am one of the 15 mommies who contributed to this heartwarming anthology that shares moments from our childhood, with our children.
Unfortunately, even in the present times, for some teenagers, fairness is a standard for beauty. I was fair but yet, I could never meet the expected standards of beauty that people had. Through my story, I share how I overcame body shaming as a child and grew up to be a beautiful and successful mommy!
You can buy the book from Amazon