|Avijit Mukul Kishore
Avijit Mukul Kishore is a film-maker and cinematographer based in Mumbai. He studied cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and has a bachelor’s degree in history from Hindu College, University of Delhi. He works in various genres of image-making and is actively involved in art, cinema and cultural pedagogy. He also works with visual artists as a collaborator on installation art projects.
Kapadia’s oeuvre is the result of a consistent search
to arrive at an idiom capable of containing the sap of her experiences
which constitute the backbone of her existential and emotional
strength. Through her art, she primarily seeks to invoke the
emotional depths of the viewers, which would allow them to receive
and respond to the play of multiple resonances in her work.
Often called the 'man with the golden voice', he is regarded as the finest Indian artiste in the field of western popular music. Gary began his singing career in New York during his stay there in the 80's, singing at showcase theatres and nightclubs. He returned to India and made his mark as a Composer and arranger with a string of highly successful TV commercials. Gary has to his credit Five albums, including a song on a compilation album along with the likes of Kenny Rogers, Gordon Lightfoot and Don Williams, etc.
Kambli is one of India’s foremost printmakers.
Himanshu Suri, also known as Heems, is an American rap song singer. In addition to releasing solo music, he is 1/3rd of the influential alternative-rap group Das Racist. In 2008 Himanshu founded Greedhead Music, an independent record label distributed by Sony. He has also written about music and the South Asian diaspora for Village Voice, Stereogum, Vice, Death and Taxes, Alternet and more. Suri is from Queens, New York and serves on the board of directors for SEVA NY, a local immigrant rights non-profit. He is an alumnus of Wesleyan University and New York City's Stuyvesant High School.
Farooqi (nee D’Silva) was born in Quetta, Pakistan, but
from the age of 3 years grew up in Karachi. She started working
for an advertising company as an illustrator, and later in the
same capacity for The News, and Politics & Business, a monthly
A natural writer with a keen interest in every aspect of culture, Ratnottama Sengupta has, since 1978, worked with leading newspapers like the Indian Express, The Telegraph and The Times of India where she is the Arts Editor. She has written on all forms of the arts, with special emphasis on cinema and visual art.
She has curated more than 30 art exhibitions, in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore. She has authored volumes on artists like the internationally renowned Krishna Reddy, Suhas Roy, P Khemraj, Jehangir Jani and Manoj Kachangal. She has contributed to volumes on art and edited a special volume on Sculpture for Lalit Kala Akademi, the national council for Fine Arts. Currently she is writing In the World of Bimal Roy, and Behind the Veil, on the legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen.
Winner of the National Award for Writings on Cinema in 2001, she has written on Hindi cinema for Encyclopaedia Britannica edited by Saibal Chatterjee, Gulzar and Govind Nihalani. In 2009 she edited Chuninda Kahaniyan (Selected Stories): Nabendu Ghosh, an anthology of stories (in Hindi translation) by the celebrated screenplay writer of Indian cinema. She has scripted and assisted in the making of Mukul, a tribute to Nabendu Ghosh by his son Subhankar Ghosh.
Currently she is curating ‘Bengali Cinema Post Rituparno,’ a package of films by directors who emerged in the last five years, to be screened at Delhi’s IIC through September. In April-May this year she curated Celluloid Lives, a festival documentaries on filmmakers and technicians, to mark 100 Years of Indian Cinema at Nandan. Last November she curated a section titled Incredible India on Screen for the IFFI in Goa. She has been in the selection committee of the Kolkata Film Festival since 2011, and had last year programmed the Amitabh Bachchan Retrospective. Earlier, in March, she curated a Festival to mark the Birth Centenary of Ashok Kumar, the legendary actor and once proprietor of Bombay Talkies.
She had curated a photo exhibition for the Birth Centenary of celluloid master Bimal Roy, at Kolkata Film Festival (2009), and the Bimal Roy Tribute at IFFI (2008). She curated a film festival to focus on Human Trafficking (2009). She has served on the jury for India’s National Film Awards in 2012, 2008, 2006, 2002 and 2001. She has been on international juries for the Children’s Film Festival, Lucknow (2011) and for the SAFMA Documentary Festival, Kathmandu (2008).
She has traveled widely to participate in cultural events, conferences and festivals. In November 2012 she was in Cairo, and in October she was in Tokyo, to write on the film festivals, interact with programmers and visit studios. In June 2012 she was invited by Casa Asia, Madrid to give an illustrated talk on ‘Mythology in Post Colonial Indian Arts.’ Last year she traveled to Moscow for 150 Years of Rabindranath Tagore, and earlier she has been in Almaty, Berlin, London, Avignon, Amsterdam, Beijing, Sydney, Kathmandu, Dhaka.
She has curated signature festivals for The Times of India in Kolkata -- including Maitree Bandhan Literary Festival with Dhaka in March 2012 -- besides in Delhi and Hyderabad. Winner of the Bharat Nirman Award for Journalism and Uttam Lekhani award, she lectures Film Appreciation students including of WB Culture & Information Dept and Mass Communication students at Delhi University. She was an Advisory Panel Member of Central Board of Film Certification, Kolkata, from 2007-2012.
Rajdeep Naik is drama producer at Kala Chetna Volvai and worked in collaboration with Department of Art & Culture in organizing “NATYA MAHOTSAV” for 5 years (2005 to 2010) at Savoi Verem. A competition between the best productions of the Kala Academy Drama Competition was successfully organized. In 2010 they produced 4 new dramas. The Kala Chetana Volvoi has troupes of dancers of the Goan folk arts like Dekhni, Fugdi, Ghode Modni, JAgor, Virabhadra, Dhangar Nritya, etc, which are performed during various Performing Art Festivals.
|Sonal Jain & Mriganka
Collaborating since 2004 as Desire Machine Collective, Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya employ film, video, photography, and multimedia installation in their works. Assuming their name and theoretical disposition from Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, a seminal text from 1972 by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari, Desire Machine Collective seeks to disrupt the neurotic symptoms that arise from constricting capitalist structures with healthier, schizophrenic cultural flows of desire and information. As the French philosopher Michel Foucault put it in his preface to the text, “Anti-Oedipus is an Introduction to a Non-Fascist Life.” Drawing on the ideas in this work, Jain and Madhukaillya confront the many forms of fascism that lead to violence and injustice through their practice, both regionally in Guwahati, Assam, and around the world.
Jain is a fine arts graduate from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Vadodara, Gujarat, India. She subsequently served as a faculty member in Communication Design at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. Madhukaillya received a degree in physics from Fergusson College in Pune, India, and completed his postgraduate work in film and video at the National Institute of Design. As Desire Machine Collective, they initiated Periferry (2007–), an alternative artist-led space and residency programs situated on the M. V. Chandardinga, a ferry docked on the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati. Periferry serves as a laboratory in flux for generating innovative practices in
contemporary film and video. The space and its activities also provide a connective platform for dialogue across artistic, scientific, technological, and ecological modes of production and knowledge. As an extension of Periferry, in 2011 the artists introduced A+type, an artist residency program situated in the city of Guwahati itself.
In addition to their tireless activities forging artistic networks and spaces, Desire Machine Collective have presented their work in a number of group exhibitions including, Everyone Agrees: It’s About to Explode at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, India Pavilion, Venice (2011); Indian Highway IV, MAC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon and Indian Highway V, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome (2011); Between Utopia and Dystopia, Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico (2011); Machines, Oi Futuro media center, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2011); Biennial of Curitiba, Brazil (2011); Being Singular Plural, Deutsche
Guggenheim Museum, Berlin (2010); and Subjective Projections, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefelder (2010). “Unreal Asia”, as a part of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (2009) Their recent exhibitions are, Being Singular Plural, at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum New York (2012), Intense Proximity, the 3rd edition of the La Triennale at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, curated by Okwui Enwezor (2012) and Experimenta India: London Indian Film Festival at the Tate Modern London (2012). Walking Drifting Dragging, New Museum, (January, 2013), [UN]NATURAL LIMITS at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (January, 2013)