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Animation Cinema

Vision: Department of Animation Cinema SRFTI

Indian Animation evolved in the early experiments of Dada Saheb, however, it was through the intervention of the ‘cartoon’ in the fifties that it took the first steps. Though the lessons were the best from their stables, today in retrospect, they seem inadequate for the beginnings in a country like ours. Our struggling animation industry is the direct result of this. Compared to the Indian Film industry where giant collaborative strides were made by artists, writers, poets and musicians, Animation Industry is yet to make any real business. Because when animation had become the avant garde elsewhere, we had shut out our true ways of telling.

When nations strode out to find their own mark in world animation, we had clung to the ‘cartoon’. To pedestal our Animation Cinema along Contemporary Indian Literature, Cinema and the Arts, we must re invent our learning. With methods that hold animation as an extension of the Arts, of expression, of painting, of sculpture, of literature, of pure cinema.

To sell our wares in our own shores first and then in others, we must regain our true ways of telling. We must learn to construct moving images with the sanctity, relevance and politics of Art itself.



Argha Sengupta

Associate Professor & HOD (IC)

The Co-founder and Creative Director of Magic Tree Studios, is a graduate in animation and film making from India’s renowned design institute, the National Institute of Design. He has been with the film and media industry for 14 years.

He started his career as a 2D classical Cel animator for a multimedia company. During his 14 years he had worked on various International TV programs and Bollywood films of repute. He had headed several international projects, DVD features, TV series and Game cinematics for reputed clients like Nickelodeon UK, BBC 1UK, Visionscape Interactive USA, Disney and Tigarhare Studios USA.

He had also supervised Visual Effects for Indian popular channels like Star, Zee, Sahara, Set Max, NEO sports and production house like UTV, and Prime Channel, he had also supervised the Art and Visual Effects for more than 30 feature films including Ketan Mehta’s ” The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey” and the CG cum Live feature film called ‘Toonpur Ka Superhero”

Suvobrata Roy Chowdhury
Assistant Professor

Studied Graphic Art at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. After a brief stint in television with Television 18 India Ltd he went on to do his Masters in Graphic Art from M.S. University of Baroda, where he taught for a year after graduating. He joined Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in 1999. He further studied Animation Film Production at DeAnza College, California, USA, while working at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. He has written, produced and directed two independent short animation films.