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सत्यजित रे फिल्म और टेलीविजन संस्थान
Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute
An Academic Institute under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Govt.of India

Post Graduate Progaramme in Cinema

Department of Cinematography

About the department

The department was incubated and setup under the guidance of Shri Subrata Mitra, the great Indian maestro who pioneered new trends in cinematographic practices. His indelible memory continues to be a guiding light for the department. The department aspires to prove worthy of the benchmarks set by him, both in academics and in the exciting practice of cinematography in today’s creative flux.

The department strives towards developing cinematography as an area of technical expertise through theoretical and experimental approaches, in consonance with the aims and objectives of the institute. To that end, the department views the practice of cinematography as an integral field of collaboration in the process of filmmaking and propagates the vision that students exhibit their skills in a production of professional scale through the final dissertation project.

Course Objective

A thorough engagement in “What you see is what you get” method of cinematography using Rec. 709 baked in image mode on digital platform is what students practice in the beginning of specialization. This ensures a clear conceptual and practical knowledge about the fundamental of digital cinematography. Studio and Location Lighting, Digital Theory, Cinematography Optics, Color Management from Pre-visualization through Post Production and introductory engagement with the allied areas of aesthetics are elucidated. Taught input culminates in lighting simulation exercise on set and location. In this phase students do multiple workshops on studio and location with master cinematographers.

The students evolve into the use of RAW image grabbing mode and Advance Color Management Practice in the following modules. This is a great opportunity (due to the availability of various choices of colour spaces and a variety of digital systems) for developing a thorough grasp of digital cinematography theory, testing and understanding.

Students are given diverse and intense exposure to both realistic and stylized cinematographic practice targeted at both theatrical and other media release platforms.

Course Duration

3 Years Divided into 6 Semesters.

Total No of S​eats

12 (Twelve)

Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline.
Candidates successful in the Joint Entrance Test (JET) will be called for Orientation and Interview.
Final merit list will be prepared on the basis of written examination(JET), orientation and interview.

Faculty & Academic Support Staff

samiran datta

Samiran Datta

—Professor & Head of the Department

An alumni of FTII Pune Samiran Datta has got 18 years of work experience that includes ten feature films to his credit as DOP along with several Documentary, ADfilms etc. Films shot by him have been showcased in leading international film festivals including Venice, Rotterdam, Moscow and Chicago. Four films shot by Samiran has bagged national awards as best film in India and Bangladesh. His nonfiction work has been showcased in BBC, NGC, CNN and YLE Thema. ‘Meherjaan’ a fiction feature on Bangladesh war of independence has won him best cinematography award in Hobocan International film festival, USA. The same film has also bagged accolade award for excellence[USA] for best cinematography.Beyond Cinema and Cinematography Samiran has a keen interest in new media art.

Oindrilla Hazra Pratapan

Oindrilla Hazra Pratapan

—Associate Professor

MA in English literature from Calcutta University; Post Graduate Diploma in MPP from FTII, Pune

Directed and shot documentary and educational films that have been critically acclaimed. Worked as cinematographer for Ad films, and experimental shorts.

UGC CEC award for a 4 episode educational film called Koodiyattom –surviving change; recognized as a screen entrepreneur, by the British Council; Her latest documentary film Draupadi’s Descendants has screened at international festivals. Has closely been associated with the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, which organizes both the IFFK and IDSFF festivals.

Hitesh Liya

Hitesh Liya

—Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineer from IIT Bombay & Post Graduate Diploma in Cinematography from SRFTI, Kolkata.

Industry experience: Hitesh is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Bombay and a graduate in Cinematography from SRFTI. He has a keen interest in theorizing Cinema as a Visual Art by simplifying scientific techniques and blending them with the knowledge of visual aesthetics. While studying Cinematography at SRFTI, Hitesh was selected as a student participant for the coveted, ‘ 5th VGIK International Summer School ‘ (2013) on Documentary film making at the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK), the oldest film institute in the world. His short documentary, ‘My Russian Diary’ at the summer school as a director-cinematographer won ‘Best Film’ award of the summer school. He teaches Cinema through fundamentals of celluloid and innovative digital media. He has been working in the Mumbai film industry and has shot Ad films and short films. He has conducted a short term course on ‘Short Film Making’ at various institutes in Mumbai and has been a guest faculty at different film institutes. He has been a part of the Camera team for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, ‘Bajirao Mastani’. Apart from shooting films as a Cinematographer, Hitesh also writes and directs short films and does Street Photography with his Celluloid still camera.

His short films has been selected for international festivals in Turkey, Italy, Uruguay and Spain and have won awards.


Biraja Prasanna Kar


Trained as a cameraman at FTI, Orissa

Cinematographer for several social communication programs and television commercials

Has run the Motion Picture Photography Department at the Institute of Social Communication, Roop Kala Kendro and taught there for seven years.


Keshab Chandra Manna

—Cameraman (Still Photography)

Expertise and specialization: Expertise in analog darkroom technology as well as digital technology.

Has worked as a freelance photographer in news media. Has started his career from a very young age. Has been invited as a consultant to design photographic departments in institutes like LKV Prasad Academy, Chennai, Pailan Film & Television Institute, Kolkata, Raft, Hyderabad. Guest Faculty of Roopkala Kendro, Kolkata. Syllabus committee member of Central staff training & research institute (Govt, Of India, and Min Of labour & Employment, Technical Consultant to Kolkata Port trust.)


Film studio 70’x50’ dimension
Television studio 40’x40’ dimension
Practice studio 60’x45’dimension

Camera store is equipped with:

Sony F-55, 4K Cameras & RAW recorder,
ARRI Alexa Camera with RAW recorder.
Sony EX3 Cameras
Canon 5D Mark II, and Mark III cameras.

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Department is in the process of setting up a digital lab with Da Vinchi Resolve
Color correction system and DCP mastering station.

The Institute is equipped with DCI compliant 4K projection system.