Films on contemporary Indian Art at The fd Zone: July 13

By NewsDesk • Published on July 8, 2013

MF-Hussain1What: Film screenings on Contemporary Indian Art

Organizers: The fd Zone, Films Division, Mumbai



Films Division, 35mm, B/W, 18 min, Hindi, 1967

Direction – MF Husain

Experimentation – Jehan Bhownagry

Camera – JS Ralhan

Sound – J Raghavendra Rao

Editing – UK Wadke

Music – Vijay Raghav Rao

MF Husain, on the invitation of Jehan Bhownagry made an experimental film for Films Division in the 20th year of India’s independence. He visited Rajasthan and filmed landscapes, faces, architecture and water. Everywhere he sought abstraction. His recurring motifs were a lantern, an umbrella, a cow and a shoe, that appear in the most unexpected of places. In the midst of all this are Husain’s iconic images of the Indian peasant – a man and a woman, united by Vijay Raghav Rao’s sound design.


HD video, Colour and B/W, 53 min, 2013

English and Hindi

Cinematography and direction – Avijit Mukul Kishore

Curatorial concept and interviews – Chaitanya Sambrani

Sound recording – Suresh Rajamani

Editing – Rikhav Desai

Sound post-production – Gissy Michael

Assistant director and cinematographer – Sagar Shiriskar

Producer – Sanjay Tulsyan, Art Chennai

The second volume of “To Let The World In” starts with the tumultuous context of art practice on the cusp of India’s economic liberalisation and the re-assertion of religious fundamentalism in Indian politics. The altered context for art-making in a globalised environment, the crisis in art education in the 1990s are the preoccupations of this group of contemporary artists who need to frequently reinvent themselves to adjust to a changing world. An engagement with history, subjectivity and the politics of place find prominence in their work.

The artists featured in this volume are Anju Dodiya, Archana Hande, Benitha Perciyal, Sharmila Samant, Parvathi Nayar, Riyas Komu, Tushar Joag, Shilpa Gupta, Josh P.S., Gargi Raina, Sumakshi Singh, T.V. Santhosh, Nataraj Sharma, Anandajit Ray, Gigi Scaria, Reena Saini Kallat and Jitish Kallat.

The film was produced by Art Chennai, to accompany the show “To Let The World In: Narrative and Beyond in Contemporary Indian Art”, curated by Chaitanya Sambrani, held in Chennai in 2012.

Venue: RR Theatre, 10th Floor, Films Division, Pedder Road, Mumbai

Date: Saturday 13th July

Time: 4 PM onwards

Entry: Free/Open to all

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