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“India on Film”

An ongoing curatorial

‘India on film’ investigates the relationship between the art and craft of making on ‘film’ in the Indian context.

First presented at the Serendipity Arts Festival in 2019, The intent is to highlight the shift caused by the dismemberment of a medium through changes in narrative techniques by celebrating experiments on film from the Indian subcontinent. The curatorial spreads its net wide and takes you through Films Division documentaries, narratives from art history and contemporary works from a multitude of conscious filmmakers working in the Indian context. India on film celebrates Indian experiments on film, giving centerstage to a medium, still very much alive in the world. It seeks to highlight the deliberation in the ‘making’ of moving images. It seeks to intervene in the historical narratives in film studies and to bring the medium back in focus.

This programme acknowledges the work of the many artists and researchers who have consistently contributed to the discourse – the work of Experimenta India, Amrit Gangar, Films Division of India, the many independent film clubs across India and all the proponents of Cinema of Prayoga who have informed and guided us in presenting ‘India on Film’.

Through the year, we will be conducting workshops, facilitating screenings and conversations with filmmakers, holding film exhibitions and much more keeping alive the curatorial thread.

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