Amit Dutta: Three Shorts on Indian Painting

Film - Short | September 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute for South Asia Studies

Continuing the exploration begun in "Nainsukh," these three shorts see Amit Dutta experimenting with radically different approaches to the master and his descendants’ work. "Gita Govinda" stays closest to the paintings themselves, employing audio cues and a virtuosic collage style to bring the dynamic compositions by "Nainsukh’s" artistic heirs to life. "Field-Trip" follows scholar B. N. Goswamy as he tracks down contemporary vestiges of Nainsukh’s lineage. "Scenes from a Sketchbook" takes multiple stabs at dramatizing the paintings, playfully evoking the quixotic nature of Dutta’s enterprise as well as "Nainsukh’s" own habit of leaving traces of his process in the completed work.

The screening will be introduced by Robert Del Bontà, the guest curator of the BAMPFA exhibition "Divine Visions, Earthly Pleasures: Five Hundred Years of Indian Painting."