|Born||6 March 1949 (age 65)
Ernakulam, Kerala, India
|Occupation||Cinematographer, documentary producer, film director|
Madhu Ambat is an Indian cinematographer. With a wide variety of films under his belt he is one of the most experienced cinematographers in the Indian cinema industry. Noted for his lighting techniques, he has shot a number of award-winning films. He is quite well known for his amazing work in films such as Amaram, Anjali, Makaramanju etc. He currently resides in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography thrice.
Madhu Ambat was born on March 6, 1949 to Ambat Sulochana and Prof K. Bhagyanath and he is the grand son of Ambat Sivarama Menon. He is a graduate and holds a diploma from the Film Institute of India, Poona, from where he passed out in 1970, securing a gold medal.
Madhu's father, K Bhagyanath, resigned as a Professor of English to be a full-time magician. Bhagyanath was also an amateur photographer. Bhagyanath and his wife Sulochana believed that one should take the profession one liked best. And all these helped Madhu take cinematography as his profession. Madhu, who started his career with a documentary for famous director Ramu Kariat, has been cinematographer for over 120 films.His younger sister is the renowned actress and dancer Vidhubala.
After graduating from the Pune Film Institute, Madhu Ambat entered the film industry in 1973, photographing a documentary for Ramu Kariat. In a career spread over 35 years, he has been the cinematographer for a number of notable films winning many awards.
Ambat also heads a non-profit making research organization "Fantasia Centre for Research and Development of Cinema". This newly started organization strives to develop an atmosphere for research in cinema and to spread a film culture.
- 1984: Best Cinematography - Adi Sankaracharya (Sanskrit)
- 2006: Best Cinematography - Sringaram (Tamil)
- 2010: Best Cinematography - Adaminte Makan Abu (Malayalam)
- Video interview with Madhu Ambat, on webindia123.com, http://video.webindia123.com/new/interviews/cinematographers/madhuambat/part1/index.htm
- "1:1.6 An Ode to Lost Love"
- "Madhu Ambat turns director"
- "1:16 AN ODE TO LOST LOVE (Madhu Ambat/ 2003/ 100 mins/ Hindi/ Social)"
- "A dream come true "
- "Southern cinema sweeps National Awards". The Hindu. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011