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(2 DVD set)


Genre - Documentary film

Languages – English and Hindi 
Subtitles – English 
Duration – Volume 1 - 93 min, Volume 2 - 53 min
Colour – Colour and B/W
Sound – Stereo
Format – HD video

Production team

Camera and Direction – Avijit Mukul Kishore
Producer – Sanjay Tulsyan, Art Chennai
Curatorial concept and interviews – ChaitanyaSambrani 
Sound recording – Suresh Rajamani

Editing – Rikhav Desai


About the film


TO LET THE WORLD IN is a two-volume film project that reflects the work of three generations of visual artists in India.


TO LET THE WORLD IN, VOLUME 1chronicles the spirit and legacy of a movement that marked the return to narrativity and figuration in Indian art. The exhibition titled “Place for People”, which was held in Delhi and Bombay in 1981, brought together a group of artists and a critic who sought to explore locality, class and politics in their practice. The film traces the artists’ concerns reflected in their work, tracing it down to the present day. Among the inheritors of the legacy of this movement were younger artists who continued this dialogue and also became the interlocutors for the work started by the earlier generation.

The artists featured in this volume are Arpita Singh, Gulammohammed Sheikh, VivanSundaram, Nilima Sheikh, Nalini Malani, SudhirPatwardhan, RanbirKaleka, Pushpamala N., Anita Dube and Atul Dodiya along with art critic and curator Geeta Kapur. Their conversations see frequent visitations by the endearing spirit of BhupenKhakhar, their friend and co-artist.


TO LET THE WORLD IN, VOLUME 2 looks at a period of monumental change in the context of art-practice in India, following economic liberalisation and the simultaneous resurgence of religious fundamentalism in politics. Beginning in the early 1990s, this was also a period of crisis in art education, one that required artists to frequently reinvent themselves to adjust to a globalised, market-dependent environment of art-production. The film reflects on this period of anxiety and the artists’ struggle to have an individual voice.

The artists featured in this volume are Anju Dodiya, ArchanaHande, BenithaPerciyal, SharmilaSamant, ParvathiNayar, RiyasKomu, TusharJoag, Shilpa Gupta, Josh P.S., GargiRaina, Sumakshi Singh, T.V. Santhosh, Nataraj Sharma, Anandajit Ray, Gigi Scaria, ReenaSainiKallat and JitishKallat.


World Premiere

Sheffield Docfest 2013 (Winner of the audience award)



Tempo Film Festival, Stockholm, 2013

Asia Art Archive And Asia Society, Hong Kong 2013
Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong 2013
Centre Of South Asian Studies, University Of Cambridge 2013
Utopia@Asialink And The Ian Potter Museum Of Art, Melbourne Festival 2012

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