Vasant Dev (cinematographer)

Vasant Dev (cinematographer)

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Vasant Dev (cinematographer) Biography

Vasant Dev is a highly acclaimed cinematographer associated with south Indian movies. His real name is Vasanth Dev Devasundaram. He has good interest in painting as well. In his opinion, the work of a cinematographer is transforming ideas in the mind and words on paper into images on film and hence related to the art of painting and drawing. His contributions as a cinematographer include more than 40 Feature Films, 20 Ad Films, and a few social and corporate films. In 1983 he received Kerala State Award for Best Cinematography for Bharat Gopi starrer Ormakkai. Marupakkam in 1992 is another noted work.


He was born on 17th February 1952. After graduation in science from Delhi University, he took his Diploma in Cinematography from the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Actually he had no intensions to become a cinematographer and his real dream was to become a film editor. Unfortunately he failed to qualify for the course at FTII and hence Cinematography was his second choice. He got admitted into three year course of cinematography. He is also a great reader of books and had a good collection of books as well. Right from his childhood days he was passionately interested in painting and that helped him to get admission in FTII in cinematography.


He is deeply influenced by the works of world class cinematographers like - Giuseppe Rotunno and James Wong Howe. In 1997 he was honoured with a gold medal a citation for outstanding contributions to the field of Cinematography in South India on the occasion of Silver Jubilee Celebrations of South Indian Cinematographer’s Association. The honour was presented by Shivaji Ganesan.

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Updated: July 08, 2014

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