Although globally recognized for her performances on screen as a critically acclaimed Indian actress, Nandita Das remains deeply involved with her activism and social work. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work and is involved with various Civil Society organizations and movements. Over the years, she has actively campaigned against communal violence, violence against women, stigma concerning HIV/ AIDS and has raised a strong voice on the issues of child rights, disability and human rights. Not only has she voiced her concerns at relevant platforms, but she has also actively advocated for certain issues close to her heart at various social forums in India and abroad. In recent times, she has also produced & directed short public service films on issues like Education & Rainwater Harvesting.

International Talks

  • Khayaal Creative Network
    Lahore, Pakistan, November 2015
    Topic: Pushing the Boundaries

  • Leading Wellbeing, University of Cumbria
    University of Cumbria, July 2015
    Topic: Creativity for the common good.

  • Developments in Literacy, New York Gala 2014
    The Pierre Hotel, New York City, November 2014
    Topic: Keynote Speaker

  • Southern Connecticut State University -Human Rights Week
    South Connecticut State University, November 2014
    Topic: Colour, Race, Gender and other biases followed by Q&A and discussion

  • South Asian Studies Council, Yale University
    Yale University, November 2014
    Topic: Screening of the film Bawandar followed by Q&A and discussion

  • Tufts University
    South Asian Indian Ocean Studies, October 2014
    Topic: Struggles of being a woman in society and cinema

  • Asian American Cultural Center
    AACC La Casa, October 2014
    Topic: Infinite Identities

  • Museum Of Moving Images (MOMI)
    Astoria, New York, October 2014
    Topic: Screening of Between the Lines followed by discussion

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Sloan School of Management, October 2014
    Topic: Dark Is Beautiful Campaign, a campaign against colour bias in India

  • South Asian Studies Council, Yale University
    Yale University, October 2014
    Topic: Dark Is Beautiful Campaign, a campaign against colour bias in India

  • South Asian Studies Council, Yale University
    Yale University, September 2014
    Topic: Screening of the film Firaaq followed by Q&A and discussion

  • South Asian Institute, Cambridge MA
    Cambridge, September 2014
    Topic: Panel discussion on Role of Arts in social change and Screening of film Bawandar

  • American India Foundation Event
    USA, March 2014
    Topic : Social Work & Cinema - A personal Journey

  • Hunter College Human Rights Program
    New York, USA, March 2014
    Topic : In conversation with University Professors on Films and Social Work

  • World Bank
    Washington, USA, March 2014
    Topic : Changing Minds & Mindsets - Social Inclusion through the Arts

  • Crossing the Frame: The Women's Media Festival
    Brown University, USA, March 2014
    Topic : Art and social change'

  • South Asia Conclave on The Power of Collaboration
    Lahore, Pakistan, Nov. 2013
    Topic : Dialogue on Collaboration through the Arts

  • Hay Festival
    UK, June 2013
    Topic : Firaaq Screening and post film Discussion

    Barcelona, May 2013
    Topic : Special Invitee by City Council of Barcelona and the Celler de Can Roca for EL- SOMNI (The Dream) - A gastronomy event with 'an opera in 12 courses, a banquet in 12 acts'

  • Harvard University (Prof. Amartya Sen & Prof Sugata Bose's Class)
    Cambridge, USA, Oct 2011
    Topic : Screening of Firaaq followed by talk

  • MIT
    Cambridge, USA, Oct- 2011
    Topic : Screening of Firaaq followed by talk

  • Art Transforming the World - IWF's World Cornerstone Conference
    Rome, May 2011
    Topic : Role of Art/Cinema in Transforming the World

  • ImagineIndia Film Festival
    Madrid, Spain, May 2011
    Special guest and a previous year Awardee

  • Maximum India Festival, Kennedy Centre
    Washington DC, March 2011
    Topic : Bollywood and Beyond

  • South Asian Women in Media (SAWM), key note speaker,
    Lahore, Pakistan, October 2009.
    Topic : The Gender Identity in media

  • Eranos Tagung, Eranos Foundation
    Ascona, Switzerland, June 2008
    Topic: Identity and the Notion of the Other

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
    Cambridge, USA, April 2007
    Topic: Women in Films, with focus on Fire

  • Hamilton College, NY Sate,
    USA, November 2006
    Topic: My journey of films and social work

  • AAPI (American Association of Physician of India Origin) Convention,
    Atlanta, USA, July 2006
    Topic: The role of women in society

  • Rietberg Museum for Lange Nacht Der Museen (long night of the museum),
    Zurich, Switzerland, September 2005
    Topic: A personal journey social work and cinema

  • The Alliance for a New Humanity (ANH) conference in Puerto Rico,
    USA, December 2005
    Topic: The power of the feminine

  • 15th National Convention of AFMI (American Federation of Muslims of India),
    Dallas, USA, September 2005
    Topic: Equitable education for sustainable development

  • Cornell University, NY State,
    USA, April 2005
    Topic: Personal journey from films to social work

  • Pan-Asian Youth Leadership Summit, Hiroshima,
    Japan, September 2004
    Topic: Building youth leadership

  • The Capital Women's Conference in London,
    UK, 6th March 2004
    Topic: Domestic violence

  • AAHOA's (Asian- American Hotel Owner's Association) Annual Convention,
    Houston, USA, April, 2004
    Topic: Women's empowerment

  • The Children's World Congress on Child Labour,
    May 2004, Florence, Italy
    Topic: Child rights and our responsibility

  • Annual Gala, SAKHI, a South Asian women's organization,
    October 2004, New York City
    Topic: What creates change?

  • Emory India Studies and Emory Vaccine Center (EVC),
    August 2003, in Atlanta, USA
    Topic: Stigma of prejudice - AIDS and social perceptions

  • Festival of India,
    August 2003, Atlanta, USA
    Topic: What is it to be an Indian?

  • South-Asian Conference for Youth Leadership,
    April 2003, Singapore
    Topic: Youth leadership and media

  • Annual Event of Manavi, a South Asian women's organization,
    November 2002, New Jersey, USA
    Topic: Rising communalism in India and its impact on women

  • Event of AASRA (Shelter), a South Asian women's organization,
    November 2002, Boston, USA
    Topic: A personal journey - from social work to cinema

  • Annual Event for Apna Ghar (Our Refuge), a South Asian women's organization,
    November 2002, Chicago, USA
    Topic: Representation of women in society and cinema

  • DePaul University Women�s Day Celebration,
    March 2001, Chicago, USA
    Topic: Women's empowerment and society

 Other participations

  • Member of the Advisory board of the Alliance for New Humanity. 
  • Went to the Galle area in Srilanka to help in the rehabilitation work after the Tsunami disaster in January, 2005. After the visit, she wrote an article for the Indian Express sharing her experience and expressing her concern towards the Tsunami victims. To read more, click on the link below
  • Participated in the Mumbai Marathon 2005 to raise awareness and funds for Aman Biradri, an organization working towards peace, justice and harmony.
  • Nandita Das, co-founded Leapfrog, a Civil Society Organization , working in the field of social communication and directed 4 PSAs one on Rainwater Harvesting and three on education.
  • Participated and Founded the International Special Film Festival in 2003 along with Brotherhood, an organization that works towards bridging the gap between children with disabilities and ordinary school children.
  • Worked as the project coordinator in ANKUR, a non-governmental organization, in the field of empowerment of women.
  • Worked in ALARIPPU, a voluntary organization as a trainer and conducted workshops for children and teachers, in the field of innovative education.
  • Participated in the Sangharsh yatra, a protest rally led by Medha Patkar and supported by various other activists and members of the Narmada Bachao Andolan.