Madhusree Dutta

Madhusree Dutta is a filmmaker, curator and author. Her films have been screened widely, both nationally and internationally, in film festivals and art events, and taught as texts in academic and media & film institutions. She has received Filmfare award, three national awards, two IDPA awards, RAPA award and several citizens’ awards for her contribution in the field of cinema and cultural pedagogy. Madhusree has relinquished her national film awards in protest against State-sponsored cultural terrorism in 2015. Several retrospectives of her films have been held in various parts of the world – including MIFF (Mumbai International Film Festival Documentary, Short and Animation Films), 2018. She has been jury to several film festivals, including the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) in 2009 and Berlinale International Film Festival Short Jury in 2015.

Madhusree’s interest in documentary goes beyond making films and into various renditions of documentary enquiries and practices involving multiple disciplines. She was the producer-curator of Project Cinema City: Research Art and Documentary Practices, an inter-disciplinary project to explore the interfaces between the cinema producing city and its cinema, 2008-2014. She is the author of dates.sites: Bombay / Mumbai, a graphic timeline of the public cultures in the 20th century city, 2012. She has co-edited three anthologies of essays: Project Cinema City, 2014; Sites and Practices: an exercise in cultural pedagogy, 2006; The Nation, The State and Indian Identity, 1996.

She is the founder and was the executive director of Majlis, a centre for Multi-disciplinary art initiatives in Mumbai, 1998-2016. Madhusree has designed a number of pedagogical courses on multiculturalism both for social movements and academic institutions. She has also curated and coordinated many international art and cultural festivals, including several editions of World Social Forum.

Since 2018 she has joined as Artistic Director of Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne, Germany.