Madhusree Dutta

Madhusree Dutta

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Madhusree Dutta is a filmmaker, author and curator from the industrial town of Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. She is mostly associated with off-beat and acclaimed movies and documentary films which are shown at film festivals. She is an alumnus of the prestigious NSD, New Delhi, where she studied dramatics. She received Lifetime Achievement Award for documentaries at 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, and many more honours. She is a recipient of two national film awards in 1996 and 2001.


Madhusree Dutta hails from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. After completing graduation in economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata she enrolled at NSD to study dramatics in the 1980s. She shifted her base to Mumbai in 1987 after which she embarked a journey of her own. Apart from making independent films and documentaries, she started her career as a curator in the early 1990s and earned success in this field as well. In fact she brought art practices, activism and pedagogy together in one platform and conducted art festivals. ‘Expression’ was one of her early curated exhibitions as a curator, and has completed three decades in this field.


Madhusree Dutta chose themes such as gender construction, urban development, public arts etc for her works. She collaborated with are filmmaker Philip Scheffner and many other artists for her art work. Playwright Malini Bhattacharya, visual artist Nilima Sheikh from Baroda and Archana Hande are a few more. She co-founded Majlis (1990), an institution that works on cultural activism and women's rights in Mumbai. She is also a founding member of Akademie Der Künste Der Welt, and as a woman activist is associated with many women organizations handling different roles.


Published: November 26, 2019

Updated: November 26, 2019

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