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Born in Jammu, India, in 1977, he studied cinema at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. He has been considered one of the most interesting experimental directors since his debut: his early films, focused on the story-telling tradition merged with personal mythology, explored the potential of the cinematic image, of painting and the use of sound. His short films have won many international awards including the FIPRESCI Prize at the Oberhausen Film Festival, the Golden Mikaldi in Bilbao, the Golden Conch at the Mumbai Film Festival. Dutta’s short films have been screened in many museums and art centres including the Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou. He continued to explore the relationship between painting, ethno-anthropology and the cultural heritage in his documentary Ramkhind, in which he observed the everyday life of the Warli tribal community which produced some of the finest contemporary Indian painters. Upon graduating from the university, he spent many months interviewing painters from another tribal community, the Gonds, who had migrated to the city following the success and untimely death of the pioneering young Gond artist Jangarh Singh Shyam: the result is the book Report One, which explores the historical and artistic reasons for Jangarh’s predicament as a modern artist coming from a primitive society, and the film Jangarh Film-One.  All of Dutta’s feature-length films have been screened at the Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section: Aadmi ki aurat aur anya kahaniya (The Man’s Woman and Other Stories, 2009) won the Special Mention of the Jury in 2009, the following year he presented his most complex and ambitious film Nainsukh, based on the biography of the eighteenth-century master painter by that name; in 2011, he presented Sonchidi  (The Golden Bird). Dutta teaches at the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, and at the FTII in Pune. His interests are currently concentrated on the historical, artistic and cultural aspects of the Kangra Valley and the surrounding area, to which he has dedicated most of his recent works such as The Seventh Walk, an experimental film built around the landscape oil paintings of a veteran modern Indian painter. He is currently working on a film based on a set of eighteenth-century miniature paintings, also set in the landscape of the Kangra Valley.
2009 – Aadmi ki aurat aur anya kahaniya (The Man’s Woman and Other Stories) – Orizzonti (screenplay, director)
2010 – Nainsukh – Orizzonti (screenplay, director)
2011 – Sonchidi – Orizzonti (screenplay, director)

2009 – Aadmi ki aurat aur anya kahaniya (The Man’s Woman and Other Stories) – Special Jury Mention in the Orizzonti section


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