The first European retrospective of the Malayali artist-filmmaker Govindan Aravindan will be held in London from 3 to 24 February.
The programme named Mythical Poetry: The Cinema of Govindan Aravindan which will be held by at the Close-Up Film Centre and Rattis Books will offer a rare opportunity to discover six of his most important works.
According to concept note of the programme said that Aravindan movies are known for their “distinctive look, sparse naturalism, silences and long shots with darker shades of grey in black & white films”.
The organisers said that they decided to present Aravindan as he largely remains a little-known figure outside India compared to his peers like Mani Kaul and Kumar Shahani.
Aravindan, who is dubbed as the most versatile movie maker Malayalam film industry had ever, started his career as a caricaturist for the Mathrubhoomi journal. He shot into fame for his cartoon series Small Man and Big World, chronicling the adventures of Guruji and Ramu.
He later produced a feature for the Kala Kaumudi journal A Bird’s Eye View.
Apart from being a filmmaker, he was a cartoonist, satirist, painter, music composer and thespian theatre director.
He was a popular name among the artist-filmmakers of his time and had a deep friendship with all legendary literary figures of Malayalam literature.
Like Oscar Fischinger, he belonged to a select group of artists in the history of Cinema whose practice could boast of such vivid dimensionality. Aravindan’s cinema is marked by a religiosity that is free of the moral force that resides at the heart of Robert Bresson’s films or of the ethical-spiritual values that inform the cinema of Manoel de Oliveira. Instead Aravindan’s religiosity is concerned with the mythical, anthropological and environmental derived from the fabled structure of Hindu and Buddhist philosophical traditionsConcept note of the event
The programme will screen six famous films of Aravindan preserved and provided by the National Film Archive of India.
The event programmed by Arindam Sen will also screen the documentary A Dream Takes Wings: G Aravindan (2000) by cinematographer and filmmaker Shaji N Karun.
Shaji,shot several of Aravindan’s films, including Chidambaram (1985), starring Bharath Gopi and Smita Patil.