Sankalp Meshram

Sankalp Meshram was born in Nagpur in 1966. He was brought up in Gwalior, Calcutta and Goa. He graduated from Sydenham College, Mumbai and went...

The Syntax of Beauty

They say film-making happens on the editors table. The final meaning making happens in the edit. The ultimate aesthetic of the film finds expression here as well.

Apart from technical knowledge for editing a film, what does an editor need to know? What knowledge, if any, does he need to have on the subject of the film, and how does that impact his editing?

We are delighted to invite Sankalp Meshram - the compassionate cutter - who wears the dual hats of editor and director, to Mumbai Local. Editing and making a film, according to Sankalp, is about "about casting a wider and wider net of possibilities. Eventually the form of the dish you prepare, should hopefully be completely different from what you started out with. Then it's surprising and new and fresh."

We will journey with Sankalp through his journey from being an editor to also being a director, always committed to "making meaning and beauty". He will share with us his learnings and unlearnings, his challenges and discoveries, with a focus on his award-winning films on Girija Devi and Alarmel Valli. If we are lucky, he will also give us an insight into the new film on Amir Khusrao that he is working on.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. For those of you who absolutely cannot make it to the venue, we will be live on Facebook for you. Join us on our page at 5:00 pm on Sunday, 12th August.

This session is curated by Paromita Vohra.

@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Sankalp Meshram was born in Nagpur in 1966. He was brought up in Gwalior, Calcutta and Goa. He graduated from Sydenham College, Mumbai and went on to do Law Post Graduation from the Government Law College, Mumbai. He then did the Postgraduate diploma course in Film Editing from the Film and Television Institute, Pune in 1994. He has been practicing as a Writer, Producer, Director and Editor of films in Mumbai for the last 24 years. Completing more than 150 film projects.

He has received Five National Awards apart from many other Citations and Awards from other forums. He has been involved in all kinds of films in both Fiction and Non Fiction. He has Co-Created Art Installations by N Pushpamala, Archana Hande, Shankuntala Kulkarni and many other Renowned Artists. The Art Installation called Paris Autumn Co - Created with N Pushpamala is on the permanent display at the prestigious Centre-Pompidou Gallery in Paris. He has Edited the Feature Films 'Katha Don Ganpatraonchi', 'Raat Gayi Baat Gayi, Mirch, Pappu Can't Dance Saala, Utt Patang, Jaanisar, T for Taj Mahal, Man Beyond the bridge and Baga Beach. He has directed many Popular Television shows like 'Surabhi', 'Kaliedoscope', 'Good Food Guide, 'Dil Deke Dekho', 'Happy Go Lucky', MTV Film Fraud Awards and MTV Filmi Fundas. In 2001, He received the National Award for Best Editing for the documentary film 'Lokapriya' - Directed by Arun Khopkar. In 2005, He wrote and directed a Feature Film titled 'Chhutkan Ki Mahabharat' for which he received the National Award as Director in the Best Children's Film category. The film has been shown in more than 100 film festivals all over the world.

In 2006 he received the IDPA award for best editor for the film Riding Solo to the top of the world. The film has subsequently won more than 35 international awards In 2012, He received two National Awards as Producer and Director for the Documentary film 'Lasya Kavya - The world of Alarmel Valli' in the category for Best film on Art and Culture. The film has also been shown in more than 35 international festivals. In 2013, he wrote and directed a film on Charles Correa's Architecture titled Into the Unknown. The film was shown at the opening ceremony of Charles Correa's Exhibition at London titled India's greatest Architect. The film has subseqently been shown in more than thirty film festivals.

In 2018 He received The National Award for the Documentary film 'Girija - a Lifetime in music' as Director in the category for Best film on Art and Culture. The film has won three international awards to date. Sankalp Meshram is also deeply interested in Music. He learnt the Tabla for ten years from the Madho Music College at Gwalior. He can also play the Djembe, Harmonium, Keyboards, Flute, Spanish Guitar and the Mouth Organ. He also sometimes sings Semi Indian Classical Vocal Music. He can speak seven Indian Languages - Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Konkani, Gujarati, Bundelkhandi and English. He is deeply interested in Philosophy, Linguistics, Science, Poetry and Mysticism.

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