Collection Highlight: Kumar Shahani

06 Oct 2017 – 11 Oct 2017 | GOMA | Cinema A

Kumar Shahani  (b. 1940, Larkana, Sind (now Pakistan) is one of the most significant filmmakers working in India today. He has developed an epic idiom that engages with contemporary issues and cultural memories embedded in classical Indian art forms, texts and objects. His visual explorations of Indian music and dance, the classical Indian epic and contemporary literature mark his practice as unique in the history of Indian cinema. Shahani also engages with European cinematic traditions and his oeuvre is considered alongside renowned directors — Pier Paolo Pasolini, Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergei Paradyanov, Jacques Rivette and others — whose work is similarly entwined with the visual arts.

Between 2003 and 2006, the Australian Cinémathèque undertook a major restoration project to preserve four of Shahani's films and bring them into the Queensland Art Gallery collection – The Khayal Saga 1988, Kasba 1990, Immanence 1991 and The Bamboo Flute 2000. This program offers an opportunity to see these collection highlights on 35mm and discover Shahani's unique visual and narrative style.