Kumar Shahani

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Kumar Shahani is a noted Indian Film director, born in Larkana, Sindh (now in Pakistan), on 7 December 1940. After the Partition of India his family shifted to the city of Bombay (now Mumbai). He received a BA (hons) from the University of Bombay in Political Science and History and studied Screenplay Writing and Advanced Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, where he was a student of Ritwik Ghatak. He also studied under the renowned Marxist historian D. D. Kosambi. He was awarded a French Government Scholarship for further studies in France,[1] where he studied at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC) and assisted Robert Bresson on Une Femme Douce. He returned to India to make his first feature film Maya Darpan in 1972 and had to wait twelve years before he received funding to make his next full length feature film, Tarang.[2]

From 1976-1978 he held a Homi Bhabha Fellowship to study the epic tradition of the Mahābhārata, Buddhist iconography, Indian classical music and the Bhakti movement.[3]



Year Film Notes
1965 The Glass Pane Graduate Diploma film
1967 Manmad Passenger short film
1969 A Certain Childhood short film
1970 Rails for the World short film
1971 Object short film
1972 Maya Darpan Winner Filmfare Award - Best Film (Critics)
1973 Fire in the Belly short film
1976 Our Universe short film
1984 Tarang
1987 Vaar Vaar Vaari short film
1989 Khayal Gatha Winner Filmfare Award - Best Film (Critics)
Winner FIPRESCI Prize - Rotterdam International Film Festival
1989 A Ship Aground short film
1990 Kasba Winner Filmfare Award - Best Film (Critics)
1991 Bhavantarana documentary film
1997 Char Adhyaya Bengali film
2000 The Bamboo Flute
2004 As the Crow Flies




  1. ^ Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council. "Mr. Kumar Shahani", Retrieved on 2 March 2009.
  2. ^ Upperstall.com Profile. "Kumar Shahani Upperstall Profile", Retrieved on 2 March 2009.
  3. ^ House of World Culture. "Kumar Shahani", "Culturebase The International Artist Database" Retrieved on 2 March 2009.
  4. ^ G.K, "Musings of a Marxist," "The Hindu", Retrieved on 2 March 2009.
  5. ^ "The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art", Retrieved on 2 March 2009.

External links[edit]

Kumar Shahani at the Internet Movie Database