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After having made the first film on the Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi, in 2009, Bijoy and Premjit Ramachandran return to spend time with him to unravel more of the myth, metaphor and magic that make Doshi so magnetic. The film takes the audience on a journey beginning in Sarkhej Roza and ending in Ompuri Temple, designed by Doshi in 1998 as an homage to The Mother. Featuring an all new score and previously unreleased footage of Doshi post the Prtizker accolade, the film brings you up, close and personal with the man, his work and his thoughts on the here and hereafter.
The film will not only introduce people to a truly great modern architect, but also to an evolved, cultured human being and help redirect our attention to the truly important questions of our time.
In a career spanning almost 60 years, Balkrishna V. Doshi’s work has in many ways mirrored the evolution of contemporary Indian architecture. Doshi’s first job under the French architect Le Corbusier, who designed Chandigarh, had a profound impact on him but he has often sought to interpret Corbusier’s modernism through local conditions of site, climate and available technology.
Premjit Ramachandran (aka Dara Okat) is a musician, filmmaker and graphic designer living in Tiruvannamalai, India. He has been doing graphics, artwork and branding projects for over 15 years now and has worked in the past with companies like OgilvyOne (in Mumbai and Dubai), Landor Associates (in Dubai) and Turquoise Branding (in London). After being disillusioned with the corporate world of commercial graphic design, he decided to explore filmmaking and made his first film in the deserts of Dubai in 2006- “Look Here, Kunigunda”, that was officially selected at Rome International Film Festival 2006.
After returning from London in 2007 he decided to delve deeper into the cinematic process. In collaboration with his brother Bijoy Ramachandran, they began working on a feature-length video-portrait of Balkrishna Doshi. In 2009, he was commissioned to create 9 short films about Kerala. His work has been critically acclaimed on many artistic and professional forums. Ten years since the Doshi project, Bijoy and Premjit meet Doshi again and chance to document some more magic, myth and metaphor from the 92-year old Pritzker-laureate, philosopher-poet architect.
Bijoy Ramachandran is an architect and urban designer based in Bangalore. He is currently a partner at Hundredhands. Bijoy has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from BMS College, Bangalore University, a Masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, in Architecture & Urbanism. In 2012 he was a part of the Glenn Murcutt Master Class in Sydney, Australia. He has been a panellist twice at the annual All-India Undergraduate Thesis Review, the Kurula Varkey Design Forum, at CEPT University, and is currently the Design Chair at BMS College of Architecture, Bangalore.
Apart from architecture, he has also made three films – ‘Architecture & the City: A Bangalore Perspective’, ‘Doshi’ & ‘Doshi: The Second Chapter’, films on the Pritzker award-winning Indian architect B.V. Doshi, both directed by his brother, Premjit Ramachandran.
Suresh Jayaram is an artist, art historian, arts administrator and curator from Bangalore. He is the Founder, Director of Visual Art Collective 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery an international artist’s residency and alternative art space in Bangalore, India. He is currently involved in art practice, urban mapping, archiving, curation and arts education. His keen interest in environmental and urban developmental issues influences his work. He taught Art History at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, the College of Fine Arts in Bangalore and later went on to become the Dean in 2005 until 2007.
He obtained his BFA in painting from the College of Fine Arts,Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, and MFA from M.S.University, Baroda in Art Criticism. Some of his significant work has included being the curator for Colombo Art Biennale 2012, curating the exhibition and compiled monograph for the ‘Krumbiegel Project’, a public history/art project that included research, documentation and exhibition that looked at the life of Gustav Herman Krumbiegel, a German horticulturist and urban planner of significance in South India. In 2010 he was the curator for ‘Sethusamudram Project’, a 3 year collaborative art project initiated by Theertha International Artists Collective, Colombo, Sri Lanka and 1.Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery, that seeks to collectively develop and envision programmes to engage with and address the highly complex and variegated history and emotions surrounding the relations between India and Sri Lanka.
He was an Art Think South Asia fellow in arts administration, Sculpturen Park, Berlin and later coordinated the South Asian residency for KHOJ as a founder of 1Shanthiroad Studio.He was given ANA-Artist Network Asia grant to curate a multidimensional show called REWA, to acknowledge and celebrate the culture of Tibetans in exile in India. In 2004 he received the British Council Charles Wallace India Trust award to work as an artist at the Gasworks Studios, London. He was part of the working committee of Khoj International Artists Association to organize international artists Residency in Mysore and Bangalore.