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KarmYogini - Mujh Mein Hai Ahilyabai

Even after withstanding repeated casualties and deaths of her beloved family members, Ahilyabai did not let her grief affect the administration of the kingdom and the lives of her people. She was doubted to be incompetent to rule Malwa Samrajya. Contenders underestimated her for being a woman and aimed to seize advantage of her being unattended. Ahilyabai with her confidante Tukoji Rao, her trained army of women warriors, her administrative ability and her keen interest in all her people protected her kingdom – fighting off invaders tooth and nail from plundering Malwa. Karmayogini showcases how the journey of Devi Ahilyabai enlightens and guides a modern-day businesswoman Komal when presented with similar circumstances.

  • Sumeet Sudesh Nagdev
    Mukt - The Freedom Chronicles
  • Sumeet Sudesh Nagdev
    Mukt - The Freedom Chronicles
  • The Principal Daly College
  • Nabieha Khusro
    Key Cast
    "Devi Ahilyabai Holkar"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Short
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 1 minute 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    40,330 USD
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    Digital, 35mm, RED
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Daly College Indore
Director Biography - Sumeet Sudesh Nagdev

Sumeet Nagdev is the Artistic Director of the contemporary dance organisation Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts or SNDA since 2007. As a child Mr. Sumeet studied gymnastics and mallakhamb and slowly moved to studying Jazz, Ballet and Modern with Oscar Unger, Veronica Balsara and Mahesh Mahbubani respectively. In 2007 he was awarded a scholarship with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York and with ECNAD in Singapore. He further researched and studied under Tripura Kashyap for Dance Therapy and Pandita Uma Dogra in Kathak while concurrently running SNDA. In 2010 he was shortlisted as an international choreographer in residence for the 6-week American Dance Festival where he first performed and choreographed in USA. He has choreographed 11 full length dance productions namely Gandhi is Alive, Resonate, Trishna, Dashanan, Jan-Jaati, Talkative Dancer and Dhrut that have been performed in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Jaipur, Seattle, Lisbon, New Jersey, New York and Bali. Other than performing at dance festivals across the country Sumeet along with his company has also created more than 65 television advertisements, Music Videos and Film Projects with various celebrities namely Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Hema Malini, Ayushman Khurrana, Anusha Dandekar, Ranveer Singh, Virat Kohli and many more. His recent work Jan-Jaati was lauded as the most evocative choreography of the year by Senior Editor Yogesh Pawar, whereas top dance critics of India rated SNDA as the company to look forward to in the coming years. Recently Mr. Sumeet has directed and choreographed music videos for Netflix Film Brijmohan Amar Rahe although the most challenging work for him was choreographing for AR Rahman’s film titled ‘99 songs’ coming in 2021.
His creative vision for 2018's Tata Tea Jaago Re Ad campaign was lauded globally winning multiple awards for creativity whereas his 2019 work for JBL with Ranveer Singh, The recent Tata Sky Body Art Ad Film and the Human Car formation for Hyundai at the Auto Expo 2020 have been another creative journey for him and the artists of SNDA that has attracted critics to take notice of Sumeet’s writing and visualisation skills too.
Sumeet has directed 24 Large Scale Musicals in places such as Mayo College Ajmer, Daly College Indore, Vantage Hall Dehradun, American School of Bombay, Heritage Udaipur, Delhi World Ajmer, Sanskar Jaipur and Rajkumar College Rajkot..
Sumeet’s expertise in creating visual experiences went a step further when he was invited by The Daly College to create a Docu-Drama Musical film (60 mins) on the life of Devi Ahilyabai Holkar; whereas his largest project to date has been the production of his first hindi feature film titled Mukt - The Freedom Chronicles starring Taare Zameen Par Fame Actor Darsheel Safary that deals with Youth suicide in India.

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Director Statement

I have been lucky to share my art with the students of the Daly College. Although in usual cases I have presented what I create with the talented students on stage, due to the pandemic we thought of creating a film and the Principal, staff and students took it positively and helped give life to a project that will inspire many students in the coming years. The challenges were enormous, covid being one and then shooting it within a stipulated budget and that too within a bio-bubble.