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Ashish Avikunthak

“I try to weave temporal and spatial disjunctions to produce a form of existential predicament that is located in a loss, a bereavement of past, that is not only nostalgic but is also traumatic.”

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    KATHO UPANISHAD

    Ashish Avikunthak India, 2011

    Enlivened by verdant landscapes and mellifluous sounds of nature, Katho Upanishad gently scrutinizes notions of enlightenment, death, and nirvana. An imaginative adaptation of a 2500-year-old Sanskrit text, this mystical drama opens itself to interpretations beyond the realms of religion.

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    THE CHURNING OF KALKI

    Ashish Avikunthak India, 2015

    Set against the backdrop of “Maha Kumbh”–one of the largest religious gatherings in the world–this Bengali feature is an enigmatic experience. Inspired by “Waiting for Godot”, Ashish Avikunthak builds on Beckett’s existential text to reflect on the idea of God in the context of the modern world.

    VAKRATUNDA SWAHA

    Ashish Avikunthak India, 2010

    Beginning as a requiem to a friend, Vakratund Swaha is a deeply personal, contemplative take on the rituals that symbolise a new life after death. An inventive collage shot over 12 years, this poignant short is an evocative memento mori that seeks to question the meaning of existence.

    ET CETERA

    Ashish Avikunthak India, 1997

    Et Cetera is a tetralogy of four separate films made between 1995-1997. They seek to examine the various levels at which the reality of human existence functions.

    KALIGHAT FETISH

    Ashish Avikunthak India, 1999

    Through three distinct vignettes capturing the Kali worship rituals, Kalighat Fetish surveys the duality of urban Indian landscapes that are rapidly evolving yet stuck in time. Ashish Avikunthak’s inspired use of traditional, ritualistic music adds a captivating rhythm to this short.

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