This exquisite film contemplates the life and work of 18th-century Indian painter Nainsukh through recreations of his extraordinary, naturalistic miniatures, portraying the beauty of the landscape and the extravagance of court life.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2011
“Amit Dutta, one of the most intriguing experimental filmmakers of the Subcontinent, depicts in a very delicate manner the spirit of the art of a great miniature painter Nainsukh. Inspired by the amazing work of the 18th-century Indian painter… the story evolves around the master’s passions and devotions. After leaving his father’s workshop Nainsukh becomes an official court artist of the Rajput princes of Jasrota. Recreated images of the artist's miniatures depicting the daily life at the splendid palace perfectly merge with the gorgeous landscapes of the locations in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh where the artist also lived. The meditative spirit of the film is deeply rooted in Indian tradition and philosophy. The actors are locals, while Nainsukh is played by Manish Soni, himself a renowned miniature painter.” — International Film Festival Rotterdam