Mae Thornton Mehra


Public bio

Mae Thornton Mehra is an oral historian and filmmaker who earned her MA in Islamic Studies at Columbia University in New York City in 2008. As a FLAS Scholar Mehra documented the life and poetry of Nazir Banarsi through her original translations and oral history interviews recorded within Nazir’s weaving community of Varanasi, India. Mae went on to pursue advanced level Hindi/Urdu as an American Institute of Indian Studies language fellow in Lucknow, India 2009-2010 where she continued to document the lives of ordinary people through oral history recordings. Mae works with her husband and filmmaker, Atin Mehra to create documentary films and other media at Orange Kite Productions. Their current documentary film in post-production can be found at www.hersongthefilm.com