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by Uday Shankar




Director: Uday Shankar

Screenplay: Uday Shankar, Amritlal Nagar

Cinematographer: K. Ramnot

Editing: N. K. Gopal

Music: Vishnudas Shirali

Cast.: Lakshmi Kanta, Usha Kiran, Amala Shankar, Uday Shankar, Dr. G.V. Subbarao, Brijo Behari

Production: Uday Shankar Production

Year: 1948

DCP, B & W, 155 min, 
OV Hindi, French subtitles


Cannes Classics 2012

Restored by: The Film Foundation/World Cinema Project at Cineteca di Bologna.

A dancer dreams to have his academy of dance and perform with his group amazing new choreographies showing all the forms of Indian classical dances and theatres, but also folk and tribal traditions in India. He imagines shows with inventive and enchanting narrative elements, also reflecting his country’s social issues.
Partly autobiographical, this unique film by great dancer and choreographer Uday Shankar is a jewel of creativity both on the level of choreographies and cinematic expression. The film which was finished just after the Independence is also a tribute to Indian culture.
“..A great work of hallucinatory, homemade expressionism and ecstatic beauty, Uday Shankar’s Kalpana (Imagination) is one of the enduring classics of Indian cinema…” Martin Scorsese (Chairman of World Cinema Foundation where the film was restored).

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