To say that Pramod Pati was ahead of his times would be an understatement. Very little is known about this film maverick. Quoting TheSeventhArt.info (do check out the link for a very interesting review of The Explorer)
Pramod Pati, who died an untimely death at the age of 42, worked for the Films Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in India, which commissioned feature-length and short documentaries as well as short animation films for the purposes of cultural archiving and nationwide information dissemination. The documentaries generally consisted of profiles of artistes practicing traditional forms, educational films for adults, and simple moral tales and basic literacy courses for children.
But as they say, films are immortal. And Mr.Pati’s short films are beyond what you would expect from Indian cinema in the 1960s. Brave, sometimes psychedelic but always very interesting. Here are a few we found on the internet and we hope to discover more soon.
The film depicts the transitoriness of life using stop motion techniques shot in 1970s Bombay.
The Explorer (1968)
This film is trippy as fuck- better than most dubstep videos of our times. In this film, the youth explore, probe, question, analyse everything that they find around them. With no commentary, the film focuses the attention of the audience through symbols, faces, moods at breathtaking speed.
This features another genius painter and polymath- Abid Surti. As Abid recollects in an interview regarding his association with Pramod pati:
“Actually Pramod Pati wanted to make a film on Husain, but at that time Husain was so busy so I think he ditched Pati 3 or 4 times. At that time I had my exhibition on at Taj Art Gallery, and accidentally he dropped in and that was the first exhibition I had done on mirror collage. And seeing all the broken pieces of mirror he just got baffled, confused and after a few minutes he approached me and said ’Abid I want to make a film on you with your work.’”
A wonderful tongue-in-cheek look at India’s Family Planning years.
Wives and Wives (1962)
This animated short is a humorous take on a bachelor who visits a marriage bureau to select a bride a good housewife. “In the mighty task of building a new India every body in the country has his or her effective role to play. So has the housewife.”