‘Amit Dutta’s Cinematic Museum’
Since 2011, the filmmaker Amit Dutta has been making beguiling movies centered on Indian painting and visual art: the nineteenth-century master Nainsukh’s intricate depictions of Rajput court life in Jammu; contemporary landscape paintings and abstractions by such artists as Paramjit Singh and Ram Kumar; eighth-century devotional sculpture. Re-stagings of classic miniature paintings share space in his work with studies of living artists and views of the landscape of the Kangra Valley, where many of his movies take place. A week-long survey of Dutta’s work at the Pacific Film Archive at Berkeley — including a preview screening of his new film The Unknown Craftsman — gives US viewers a rare chance to track the development of his distinctive sensibility.
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