Kumar Shahani

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Film (general)
Asia, Southern and Central
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Kumar Shahani studied cinema at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, where he came under the influence of Ritwik Ghatak. He also studied with the major Marxist historian, D.D. Kosambi. Further film education took place in France, as an assistant to Robert Bresson on Une Femme Douce (1967). Shahani’s first film, Maya Darpan (1972), was supported by the National Film Development Corporation, but he had to wait twelve years before getting any further financial backing from the state institution. During 1976–78 he held a Homi Bhabha fellowship to study the epic tradition of the Mahabharata, Buddhist iconography, classical Indian music and the Bhakti movement. This research fed into his next film, Tarang (1984). His other films include Khayal Gatha (1988), Kasba (1990), Bhavantarana (1991) and Char Adhyaya (1997). Shahani has directed actress Alaknanda Samarth in two stage plays, La Voix Humaine and Kunti. The director’s writings on cinema have been collected in the film studies journal, Framework.
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New Perspectives from India

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