Public Event : Screening "At the Altar of India's Freedom – INA Veterans of Malaysia" a film directed by Ms. Choodie Shivara, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1600hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560 012


Conflict Resolution Programme

Invites you to the screening of the film


 ‘At the Altar of India's Freedom – INA Veterans of Malaysia’

(Duration ~30 Min)


Directed by


Ms. Choodie Shivaram

Senior freelance journalist and researcher


There will be a discussion on the film after the screening.


Date:               Thursday, 9th August 2018

Time:               4:00 PM

Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS


About the Film:  ‘At the Altar of India's Freedom – INA Veterans of Malaysia’, captures the stories of valor, sacrifice and the saga of the Malaysian INA veterans who, as teenagers, fought for India’s freedom from the distant lands of Southeast Asia. Many of them had never even seen India! The film documents a significant part of Indian history, hitherto unknown, i.e.; the role of Malaysian Indians in India’s freedom struggle. ‘At the Altar of India's Freedom – INA Veterans of Malaysia’, is produced by the Indian High Commission at Malaysia. Concept, Script, Research and Direction is by journalist Choodie Shivaram who has based the film on her extensive research on INA, Netaji and Southeast Asia’s role in the Second World War. In this first of its kind documentary, INA veterans recall in-depth, their war experiences, training and the impact that Netaji Subash Chandra Bose had on their lives. Young men and women hastened to support Netaji, leaving behind their homes, families, and lives of comfort. The remarkable young women of the INA formed the ‘Rani of Jhansi Regiment’ which was the first all-woman combat regiment in the world. Trained to be equal in all respects to their male counterparts, this historic unit served with valor and distinction in the most brutal war of the modern age. Even to this day, these INA veterans who are now nonagenarians, continue to live by the lofty ideals of Netaji.


About the Director: Ms. Choodie Shivaram is a senior freelance journalist and researcher with over three decades of extensive experience spanning print, radio, television and digital media. Writing for both National and International publications, her articles have been used by universities abroad as study material. She contributed a special Sunday column for five months on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the INA for ‘Prajavani’, a sister publication of Deccan Herald. After completing her Bachelor of Arts (Journalism, English Literature and Psychology), Shivaram went on to obtain a second degree in Legum Baccalaureus (Law). She has earlier scripted several documentary films including a documentary for UNICEF as also on the oceanographic excavations at Dwarka and Poompuhar for the National Institute of Oceanography. Shivaram is a regular researcher at the National Archives of India. She has authored a book which is due for release in 2018.


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All are cordially invited



For further information, please contact Dr. Anshuman Behera <>

Thursday, August 9, 2018