Posts Tagged ‘Dhrupad’

Experimental, obscure, tangential, inaccessible and over indulgent. These are just some of the adjectives commonly used to define the cinema of Mani Kaul. If you ever tried watching (or watched) any of Kaul’s film, you will understand what these adjectives mean. And if you haven’t, then you must give it a try. Because if artists don’t indulge, experiment and  go off tangent, then who will? The result might be inaccessible for the majority but when has the majority ever voted for anything that’s cult.

And the bigger problem is to find the resources to figure out what Kaul tried to say through his cinema. Thanks to our lack of interest in any kind of artistic documentation, we have access to best of cinema from across the world, but we don’t know where to look for the desi ones. So, in this post we are putting all the links related to Mani Kaul. If you have any, do comment or let us know.

Kaul’s essay – Beneath the surface: Cinematography and Time

The Films of Mani Kaul by Just Another Film Buff. Quite elaborate post that covers Uski Roti, Duvidha, Satah Se Uthata Aadmi, Dhrupad, Siddheshwari, Nazar, Naukar Ki Kameez and Een Aaps Regenjas (A Monkey’s Raincoat).

Filmmaker Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s tribute –  The Magic Of Mani Kaul.

Kaul’s documentary Dhrupad in seven parts.

His short film The Cloud Door.

MUBI’s page on Mani Kaul and his films.

Mani Kaul’s interview in Tehelka and another interview.

Short film Arrival – Part 1 and Part 2.

Profile of Mani Kaul and his movies on Upperstall.

Excerpts from Satah Se Uthta Aadmi which was screened in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section – click here, here and here.

Understanding Mani Kaul and his films by Devdutt Trivedi on

Shubhra Gupta’s column His Visuals Talked.

Girish Shahane on Kaul and his cinema on his blog  Shoot First, Mumble Later

Ode To A Guru by Bina Paul, Artistic Director of the IFFK.

An Interview with Mani Kaul by Tushar.

To Mani With Love by Neville Tulli.