Sankhajit Biswas is one of the most prolific and most sought after editor in nonfiction filmmaking in India. His works have been screened in IDFA (competition), DokLeipzig, Toronto International Film Festival, Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, Ismailia Documentary Film Festival, Film South Asia and have won prestigious awards including FIPRESCI Certificate of Merit, Special Mention in ‘One World’ Human Rights Film Festival, Prague, Best Documentary in Kara Film Festival, Jury Award in Ismailia Documentary Festival and International Jury Award in Mumbai International Documentary & Short Film Festival. He has also taught editing in prestigious institutes such as Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute and Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University. He turned director with Dui Dhuranir Golpo aka In-between Days in 2012.
Talking about his own take on the craft as well as the philosophy of editing, Sankhajit Biswas comes across quite organized, methodical and of pacific temperament. He follows a certain discipline while going through the entire rush and also having a detailed interaction with the director. This helps him to form a comprehensive idea about the subject before starting with the actual process. And as for the process itself, Biswas believes that those are a set of fundamentals, which should be internalized, like muscle memory or instinct. What should come into play instead, are one’s experience, orientation, political understandings, and philosophy of life and so on.
He also counters a popular myth that editor and director are always at loggerheads and there is something called the ‘greater interest of the film’, which a technician should serve. For Sankhajit Biswas, the director gets to have the final word regarding aesthetic and creative decisions in the film. And that is not because of his hierarchical position but simply because of his extensive engagement with the subject. Of course an editor should have an opinion and there can be a healthy debate or discussion but unlike the popular idea, it shouldn’t go further than that. But what he simply cannot stand is the crop of so-called directors who are there just to enjoy the designation and glamor with even an iota of involvement and sincerity.
Shraddanjali Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra & Sanjukta Panigrahi | Odissi Dance | 5:30pm | ICCR | Odissi Dancers Forum of Kolkata... more
Cultural Programme | Dance Show | 6:00pm | Shishir Mancha | Barrackpore Mudra... more
Bahurupee | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Tapan Theatre | 31 Theatre Avenue... more
Cabla Carna | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Girish Mancha | Abiskar... more
Karubasona | Ekti Anyo Dharar Utsab | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Academy of Fine Arts | Pancham Vaidic... more
Exhibition | Fabrik – On The Circulation of Data, Goods And People | 11:00am | Gallery MMB,Max Mueller Bhavan,Mumbai | Goethe-Institut... more
Svikriti | An Exhibition of the Award Winners of the Annual Exh 2017 | 3:00pm | Birla Academy | Birla Academy... more
Raatbireter Raktapishach | Grand Theatre festival ‘6 Avi Noi’ | Bengali Play | 2:30pm | Academy of Fine Arts | Ashokenagar Nattyamukh... more
Dakghar | Celebrating 25th Years | Bengali Play | 6:00pm | Ramgopal Mancha | Shilpi Sangha... more
Bishchaya | Grand Theatre festival ‘6 Avi Noi’ | Bengali Play | 6:00pm | Tripti Mitra Sabhagriha | Asansol Charyapada... more
Ebang Kurukshtra | Celebrating 25th Years | Bengali Play | 7:00pm | Ramgopal Mancha | Howrah Natyajon... more
Piyano | Celebrating 25th Years | Bengali Play | 8:00pm | Ramgopal Mancha | Theatre Formation Paribartak... more
Mrityu Ishwar Jounota | Grand Theatre festival ‘6 Avi Noi’ | Bengali Play | 3:00pm | Tapan Theatre | Ashokenagar Nattyamukh... more
Mithyuk | Celebrating 25th Years | Bengali Play | 5:00pm | Ramgopal Mancha | Bauria PRT... more
Braindrain | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Girish Mancha | Barasat Anushilani... more
Teconic | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Academy of Fine Arts | Ballygunge Swapnasuchana... more
Brishtir Pore | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Madhusudan Mancha | Writabak... more
Gappota Jodi Sotty Hato | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Madhusudan Mancha | New Theatres Group... more
Abayab | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Madhusudan Mancha | Behala Batayan... more