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Faculty & Academic Support Staffs
 

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 (Associate Professor)

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

Professional experience: 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.

Teaching experience: Served as a faculty at Roop Kala Kendro – an institute of social communication under the West Bengal Govt. served as faculty at FTII Pune, and C-Dit, Thiruvananthapuram

 

Neeraj Sahay (Assistant Professor)

Academic Qualification:Post Graduate Diploma in MPP from FTII, Pune

Academic Experience: Various workshop on Digital Cinematography for practitioners and students. Lectures on aspects of the Digital image for seminars

Professional experience: Various features, TVCs, and non-fiction including:

‘10ml-Love’ , Dir: Sharat Katarya, 35mm Anamorphic (Feature); ‘Urmi’, Dir: Ruchi Pugalia, 35mm(Short Feature);’Afternoon’, Dir: Sudipto Acharaya, Canon 5D (Feature); Tata Sky, Saaz Masalas, Ecole Mondiale etc (TVCs), ‘Golibar’ , ‘Shared Footage Group’(Non-Fiction).Currently working on a docu-feature with eminent director Kumar Shahani(35mm).

Standardizing Digital Projection to DCI standards. Restoration work on ‘Char Adhyay’, “Kasba’, ‘Tarang’ and currently on ‘Maya Darpan’ all directed by Kumar Sahani, being done under the aegis of NFDC.

 

Chandan Goswami (Assistant Professor)

An alumni of FTII Pune Chandan Goswami has got 17 years of work experience that includes many Hindi [Hera-Hoda aka Blind Camel,Trisha, Morning Walk, Monica, Das Capital etc.] and Bengali [Bari tar Bangla, Bonku Babu etc.] feature films to his credit as DOP along with several Documentary [Sahitya Academi directed by eminent film maker and lyricist Gulzar], television series [IC 814 Hijack for NGC, Mano Ya Na mano for Star One] etc.

 

Hitesh Liya (Assistant Professor)

Academic Qualification: 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 (Cameraman)

Academic qualification: Trained as a cameraman at FTI, Orissa

Industry experience: Cinematographer for several social communication programs and television commercials

Teaching experience: 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)

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

Professional experience: 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.)