Chadha, Ashish

Ashish Chadha

Associate Professor

Associate Professor/ Faculty & Staff/ Film/Media

Ashish Chadha is a filmmaker and a cultural anthropologist. Most recently named Future Greats 2014 by Art Review, Ashish Avikunthak has been making films for the past 20 years. His films have been shown worldwide in film festivals, galleries and museums. Notable screenings were at the Tate Modern, London, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, Taipei Biennial 2012, Shanghai Biennial 2014, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, along with London, Locarno, Rotterdam, and Berlin film festivals among other locations. He has had retrospective of his works at Rice University (2014), Signs Festival, Trivandrum (2013), Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris (2012), Yale University (2008), and National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai (2008) and Les Inattendus, Lyon (2006). In 2011 he was short listed for the Skoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art. His scholarly works have been published in the Journal of Social Archaeology, Journal of Material Culture, Contributions to Indian Sociology and The Indian Economic and Social History Review among other publications. He has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University and before coming to URI, he had taught at Yale University.

Art Review’s Future Great 2014 Citation

Interview 2014

Interview 2012


2016 – Aapothkalin Triklika, DCP, Color and B&W, 79 minutes

Aapothkalin Trikalika | The Kali of Emergency – Trailer from Avikunthak on Vimeo.

2015 – Kalkimanthan Katha, DCP, Color and B&W, 76 minutes

Kalkimanthankatha | The Churning of Kalki – Trailer from Avikunthak on Vimeo.

2013 – Rati Chakravyuh, DCP, Color, 105 minutes

Rati Chakravyuh, Trailer 1 from Avikunthak on Vimeo.

2011– Katho Upanishad, 35mm, Color, 80 minutes

Katho Upanishad – Trailer from Avikunthak on Vimeo.

2010Vakratunda Swaha, 35mm, Color and B/W, 22 minutes

2007Nirakar Chhaya (Shadows Formless), 35mm, Color and B&W, 82 minutes

2005- End Note (Antraal), 16mm, Color and B&W, 18 minutes

2002 – Performing Death, DV, Color, 16 minutes

2001 – Rummaging for Pasts: Excavating Sicily, Digging Bombay, DV, Color, 27 minutes

2001 – Brihnnlala Ki Khelkali (Dancing Othello), 16mm, Color and B&W, 17 minutes

1999 – Kalighat Athikatha (Kalighat Fetish), 16mm, Color and B&W, 22 minutes

1998 – Et Cetera, 16mm, Color, 32 minutes