Pramodh Pati


(b.1932-1975, lived and worked in Bombay, India)

After graduating from Utkal University in Odisha, Pramod Pati studied cinematography in Bengaluru and then worked with the Odisha government from 1952 to 1956. Pati was awarded a government fellowship to study puppet animation in Prague, Czechoslovakia where he trained under master animator Jiri Trnka. Upon return, Pati joined the government-run Films Division in Mumbai as the head of animation. Pati experimented with and challenged the formats of educational films, particularly those related to state-sponsored programmes as family planning and literacy. Leaning towards non-linear ways of filmmaking, he was influenced by both Indian and Western cinematic techniques and his shorts are celebrated for their visual wit and cinematographic originality.