Saving India’s Endangered Film Heritage – a Cultural Necessity
India has a paradoxical relationship with film. Even though we are the largest film-producing nation in the world, we have an abysmal record for preserving our cinematic heritage. We continue to view film purely through the lens of commerce and entertainment denying the moving image its status as one of the most influential art forms of the modern world. The presentation will touch upon film as an art form, the magic of shooting, exhibiting and preserving celluloid, the tragic loss of India’s film heritage and the challenges of preservation in the digital era.
Shivendra Singh Dungarpur is an award-winning Indian filmmaker, producer, film archivist and restorer. He established Dungarpur Films in 2000 and has directed and produced almost 600 commercials, corporate films, short films, television serial and documentaries under this banner. Over the years, he has won innumerable awards for his work in advertising. Dungarpur is passionately committed to film preservation and restoration. He has collaborated on two world-class restoration projects with Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation: Uday Shankar’s classic film “Kalpana” (1948) and eminent Sri Lankan filmmaker Dr. Lester James Peries’ film “Nidhanaya” (1970) that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and Venice Film Festival 2013 respectively. He was a donor for the restoration of Hitchcock’s silent film “The Lodger” that was done by the British Film Institute.
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