Ashish Avikunthak

FutureGreat 2014, selected by Niru Ratnam

By Niru Ratnam

Ashish Avikunthak, Rati Chakravyuh, 2013, production photo. Photo: Dibendu Dutta. Courtesy the artist Ashish Avikunthak, Katho Upanishad (film still), 2011, digital frame grab. Ashish Avikunthak, Vakratunda Swaha (film still), 2010, 16mm negative to digital frame transfer

While moving from the gallery to the cinema might be very of-the-moment (McQueen, Taylor-Wood and, prior to them, Schnabel), it is unusual to see a practitioner go the other way. However, this is the trajectory of Indian filmmaker Ashish Avikunthak, a regular on the film-festival circuit for over a decade. Avikunthak’s film Katho Upanishad (2011) was shown as a three-channel projection in Mumbai’s Chatterjee & Lal in 2012. His new work Rati Chakravyuh (2013) will be shown there this spring.…

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