Born 23rd february 1971, Arghya Basu graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and studied at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), with specialization in editing. He has taught films in various academic organizations for several years and designed courses for Mass Communication and Film Studies. He has worked as Head of the Department of Mass Communication and Videography at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Arghya was with the Faculty of Editing, Film & Television Institute of India, Pune from 2009-2013. He has Conducted workshops with several academic institutions including SRFTI, NID, FTII etc.
Working in Asian Aesthetics, Buddhism / Comparative Religion and socio-linguistics; writing, practicing, integrating text and life.
Produced short documentary features, educational programmes for TV, worked on social awareness campaigns, scripted for a number of TV and Film documentaries. Research and documentation work for various audiovisual projects. Produced several short fiction and non fiction videos. Worked as freelance Editor on postproduction for documentaries, both in Celluloid and Video screened at National and International Film Festivals. Edited a host of fiction and non-fiction programmes for Regional and National Television Networks.
OF EXILES & KINGDOMS, 2016
Short Reality Film celebrating 20 years of the Tibetan Opera-in-Exile
SECRET LIFE OF MEMORIES, 2014
FILM INSTALLATION OF TIBETAN OPERA-IN-EXILE
CO-CONCEIVED WITH FELLOW ARTIST/ FILMMAKER RAJULA SHAH
CREATED IN WORKSHOP WITH KALIMPONG TIBETAN OPERA ASSOCIATION & Film students
@ LALIT KALA ACADEMY NEW DELHI 2014
The theme explored over the past decade & half has been the study of Tibetan Buddhist Sacred dance, music and painting and the crisscrossing changing traditions in Sikkim, through which an Ethno-fiction Trilogy called Imaginary Homelands emerged:
LISTENER’S TALE Video Essay featuring the History and Anecdotes surrounding the Tibetan – Lepcha Blood Pact in the erstwhile Tibetan Kingdom of Sikkim ( the 25th State of Indian Democracy since 1975), called Pang Lhabsol tracing its observance dating back from 12th Century BC.
DEATH LIFE ETC. Experimental Feature located in the Sikkimese Village Lachen on the occasion of the Tibetan New Year Lossar, is the second part of the Imaginary Homelands Trilogy exploring the ethnography and influences of the Tibetan Buddhist faith and practices among the people of contemporary Sikkim.
MT.WITNESS Experimental Feature based on the life and works of Lepcha Musician, historian and playwright Sonam Tsering Lepcha. The film explores Sonam’s inspirations, singular vision and struggle to situate Lepcha culture, language and music on the ethnographic map of Eastern Himalayas.
The project had two consecutive grants from the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore under the ARTS RESEARCH & DOCUMENTATION PROGRAMME.
DERNIER CRI / Technicolor Shift At The Random Image Factory PhotoCollage, Text
Grants & Awards
Pierre & Yolande Perrault Grant Young Filmmaker Award. Cinema du Reel ’08, Center Georges Pompidou, France.