Thursday 31 December 2020

51st IFFI : Raj Pritam More "Khisa"finds entry in Indian Panorama 2020.

India's Marathi short film''Khisa''(Pocket) is now making its way to India after acclaimed so many international awards. ''Khisa''short film Official Selected in Indian Panorama for  51st International film festival of India, Goa 2021. 

The short film is Directed by Raj Pritam More. Produced by PP Cine Production Mumbai and Laaltippa Films. The film has been shot at  Akola ( Vidarbha).

Khisa is the story of a young boy who lives in a remote village in Maharashtra. He decides to get a large pocket stitched for his school shirt, in which he keeps all his precious belongings - petals, coins, marble balls; A pocket, he is proud of. It sets him apart from others his age, whose pockets are not only smaller in comparison but also ordinary and similar to each other in appearance.The little boy does not understand the politics of symbolism that adults engage in, and his pocket soon becomes a point of contention amongst elders in the village .

Khisa is the directorial debut short film of the director Raj Pritam More   which has got so many international awards, nominations and official selection. He quoted  Khisa is the story of the loss of innocence and coming-of-age of a young boy, is ironically symbolic of the times we live in. Khisa is a heart touching tale of a boy which will definitely give the audience a different perspective.He further said that Marathi movies are reaching new heights every day. Marathi content is making its marks not only in the country but all over the world.This 15 minute film will make a place in everyone's heart.

Raj Pritam More

From early this, short film ''Khisa'' won 2 Awards at the Istanbul Film Awards 2020.Best Film and Best Screenplay, 2 award international awards and in India very prestigious Screenplay Awards at 10th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival,New Delhi .India -20 .

Khisa also qualifies to compete for the prestigious Golden star Awards at the annual live screening gala of IFA, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in March 2021.

Also got a nomination for Best international Short Film and Best Director at Dublin International short and music festival 2020.Khisa also shown at world's premier online screening at (DISFMF) Dublin International short and music festival 20.

Khisa  got  2 prestigious awards at  Mumbai International cult Film Festival. BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR (MICFF GOLD) and BEST ACTOR IN SUPPORTING ROLE (SPECIAL JURY MENTION) . And it's also Official selection at Montreal Independent Film Festival Canada 2020 and  26th (KIFF) Kolkata International Film Festival 20. Official Selection at Dioroma International film festival  2020. Official Selection at (Jiff) Jaipur international film festival 2020.

Official Selection at Singapore international film festival 2020.  

It's also Official Selection at Dioroma Indie Shorts Awards Buenos Aires, Argentina 2020.

''Khisa''  is also selected at  Dharamshala International Film Festival  and set to world premiere at the prestigious Dharamshala International Film Festival.

Written by Kailash Waghmare ,Short film editor Santosh Maithani, Director of Photography Simarjit Singh Suman, Music by Parijat Chakraborty, Sound recordist by Kushal Sarda. Kailash Waghmare,Meenakshi Rathod,Shruti Madhydeep ,Dr Sheshpal Ganvir and Vedant Shrisagar (child actor) are in the lead roles.

Tuesday 29 December 2020

In their different ways, each of the nine artists in “The Winter Show” - 2020

At a moment when the world is under terrible threat from human activity and when the enormity of the challenge can leave one feeling mournful and overwhelmed, this exhibition offers a sense of solace, an occasion to remember how great our capacity to collaborate with nature actually is. In their different ways, each of the nine artists in“The Winter Show” — Ashok Namdeo Hinge, Pramod Apet, Rupesh Pawar, Santoshkumar Patil, Pravin Utge, Gunjan Shrivastava, Amit Bankar, Kranti Bankar, Prasanna Musale reach out to the natural environment for subject matter, for materials, for guidance. 
In the textured works of Ashok Hinge, for instance, the sheets of layered and folded. Prasanna Musale’s unique color and naturally occurring variation determines the palette and interplay of forms. The textures also play an important role in the work of Rupesh Pawar, but with distinctly different techniques andeffects. Preferring frottage to folding, Pawar lays his sheets and by rubbing inkstick and acrylic paint onto the traditional handmade paper he is able to create vigorous striated marks that he organizes into dense patterns that flood his works.

Amit Bankar’s mountainous forms on paper outnumber the naturally occurring but the overall structures, which can expand in profligate fashion like brambles, testify to the artist’s feeling for nature. Although the paintings by Kranti Bankar don’t feature any natural stone their effect rely on execution of charcoal on canvas, her subject matter clearly involves our relationship to the natural world. But a paean to nature isn’t the only thing on offer in “The Winter Show.” There is so much to be learned by looking at how the works of artist couples overlap and diverge.

The connection to organic growth and the interdependence of humans and animals in Santoshkumar’s work, as well as the sensitive attention to surfaces throughout, has a cumulative effect of slowing down your thoughts, heightening your senses, gently sweeping away the anxiety that increasingly permeates our thoughts. Perhaps this soothing effect has something to do with the handmade tactility of the work and the absence of all things electronic. All you need to make something worthy of attention, these artists remind us, is a rescued fragment of the natural world and a pair of hands.

Gunjan Shrivastava employs an abstract language that draws on natural phenomenon, but their differences are just as evident as she composes in planes and pursues translucency, and favors linear motifs and dramatic value shifts. Pervading her work is a conflation of the abstract and the everyday: her folded planar shards evoke the geometry of crystal formations, while her titles frequently allude to quotidian events and basic human relationships.

Pravin Utge explains that the essence of his work is to celebrate and sublimate the ordinary and noble life of Indian women. There are also some nice echoes between the two couples and the women he paints. Pramod Apet paints old cherished world and childhood memories which are now in the process of vanishing little by little. Also noticeable is the way in which Utge and Apet sometimes use very wide formats to envelope their viewers in a sublime expanse.

Over the last year there have been numerous exhibitions at Nippon but we still have some catching up to do when it comes to this group of artists. Among its other virtues, “The Winter Show” is a welcome opportunity to discover the work of 9 Indian artists whose work deserves to be better known. As you make your way through this exhibition, which offers a wonderfully generous selection of work, it’s also great to see more of the gradually emerging oeuvres of Artist which makes the botanical dimension of the show fascinating.


Moumita Sarkar 

 Artist/ Curator / Writer



Live : 15 to 31 December - 2020

Online Group show

Ashok Hinge I Pramod Apet I Santoshkumar R. Patil

Gunjan Shrivastava I Amit Bankar I Pravin Utge

Prasanna Musale I Rupesh Pawar I Kranti Bankar

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