Ratnottama Sengupta, senior journalist and translator, writes for newspapers and
journals, participates in talks, debates and discussions on the electronic media;
teaches film appreciation at FTII, writes books on cinema and art, programs film
festivals and curates art exhibitions. Daughter of Nabendu Ghosh, litterateur-
screenwriter-director, she has authored Krishna's Cosmos on pioneer printmaker
Krishna Reddy, edited Chuninda Kahaniyaan; Kadam Kadam, Me and I, and That
Bird Called Happiness. She has contributed to Encyclopedia Britannica on Hindi
Cinema; served CBFC, NFDC Script Committee, several National and international
Film juries, and herself won NFA for her writings. She turned director with And They
Made Classics, on the writer-director bonding between Nabendu Ghosh and Bimal
Trained in both Mumbai and Paris, Atul Dodiya became known in the Nineties for hyperrealist paintings depicting middle-class Indian life and for his watercolours and oil series on Mahatma Gandhi. The paintings by Atul Dodiya are populated by diverse traditions in painting, the written words, images from the media and of saints, legends, national history, political events, traumata and autobiographical narratives. His allegorical paintings on canvas or metal roller shutters and watercolours may be aggressive or poetic. Atul Dodiya has had more than 30 solo shows in India and abroad, which includes a mid career retrospective at Japan Foundation Asia Centre, Tokyo in 2001, a solo show in Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid in 2002, Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, US in 2013, a major survey show of his work held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2013, Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, 2014-15.
Anil Relia is an Indian art collector, known for his portrait collection. He has over 3000 portraits and his personal collection includes many miniature paintings, early photographs along with works of artists like Raja Ravi Varma, M. F. Husain, Hemen Majumdar, Bhupen Khakhar, Jyoti Bhatt, Haku Shah, K. G. Subramanyan, S.H. Raza, Thota Vaikuntam,Manu Parekh and many more.Anil Relia began his career with being a graphic designer in an advertising firm in Ahmedabad. While working, as a pastime, he made Diwali cards for his family. The money earned, helped him quit his job and set up his own screen-printing studio. In 1994, M. F. Husain was looking for a serigrapher for his works - someone who could do justice to his art and this search led him to Ahmedabad. During those times, not many people in India were undertaking work of such a large scale and impeccable quality. Anil Relia and M.F. Husain became so close friends that eventually Husain kept coming and frequenting the city. He was found visiting a tea stall, which also has one of his works as well as an art gallery, was also instituted with his name.
Payal Kapadia is a Mumbai based filmmaker and artist. Her work deals with that which is not easily visible, hidden somewhere in the folds of memory and dreams. It is between minor, ephemeral feminine gestures where she tries to find the truth that makes up her practice. Her much acclaimed short film Afternoon Clouds was India’s sole official entry in Cannes film Festival, 2017. This year, her experimental short And what was the Summer Saying had its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival (2018). Kapadia’s experimental short The Last Mango Before Monsoon was premiered at Oberhausen International Film Festival (2015), where she was awarded FIPRESCI award and Special Jury Prize. The film got her acclaims around the world including awards like Best Film and Best Editing at Mumbai International Film Festival (2016), Toto Award for Young Indian Artist, and Special Mention at Filmadrid.