Shilpa Ranade

Shilpa Ranade teaches Animation at IDC School Of Design, IIT Bombay, a discipline she has helped establish in 2006.

An alumnus of...

Indian Animation: What Could it Be?

How do you make the inanimate convincing? And how do you find a way or ways to tell your own stories with images and language of your own? These are the questions that drive Shilpa Ranade’s work as an illustrator, animator and image-maker. And she goes seeking for answers in the shadow puppetry of India, in the traditional Czech puppets in Prague, in our paintings and literary forms, in the stories we tell our children, and in the formal aspects of animation.

We are delighted to invite Shilpa Ranade – animator, book illustrator, image maker and perpetual student – to Mumbai Local to share with us her experiments with image-making that refuses formulas and seeks its own voice. The core focus of her talk will be on her work with Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya – inspired by Satyajit Ray’s Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne - first as an illustrated book and then as an animation feature which has received accolades ever since its release. Just for fun, for those who have not already seen the film, take a look at the trailer here.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for a delightful evening with image-making and animation, and all the varied, incredible craft and thinking that goes into this work. A must for Satyajit Ray fans, who can additionally enjoy seeing his work living on in multiple forms.

Curated by Ramu Ramanathan
RSVP for the session opens on Monday 7th October, 2019.

Shilpa Ranade teaches Animation at IDC School Of Design, IIT Bombay, a discipline she has helped establish in 2006.

An alumnus of IDC, she later completed her MPhil in Animation from the Royal College of Art, London. Shilpa Ranade has directed short animation films for Channel 4, UK; her films have traveled all over the world winning accolades in some of the most prestigious film festivals.

She is a founding member of Damroo, a project involved in creating content for children where she has produced books and films while working closely with children to produce the content. She has also illustrated numerous books for children for leading publishers in the country including Scholastic, Eklavya, Pratham  and Karadi Tales.

Her curatorial work includes two large volumes; 'Plant Life' - an anthology of children’s writing and drawing on how they perceive higher and lower plants as students of a Waldorf Steiner School, and 'Child Farmers' a book based on the lives of children of Vidarbha who have lost their farmer fathers to suicides.

She has made an Animated feature film for the Children's Film Society of India, 'Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya,' based on the original text 'Goopi Gayne Bagha Bayne' by Upendrakishore Raychowdury.

Her film has won several Indian and International awards and nominations and has premiered at TIFF Toronto, Busan Korea, MAMI India, and has been showcased at DIFF Dubai, Colombo International Film Festival, Trinidad Film Festival, Lucas International Children’s Film Festival, Frankfurt, PISAF Korea among several other film festivals.

Her current work includes Animation films based on the lives of Buddha, Milarepa and Padmasambhava in a project on the resonances of Ajanta, an animation and graphic novel project on Lal Ded, poet mystic of Kashmir, and illustration for children’s books.

Venues Dates Time
12-99 yrs
Museum Charges apply. Entry fee Rs. 10/-.