From Silchar to FTII, Arup Mazumder went a long way.

From Silchar to FTII, Arup Mazumder went a long way.

The fascinating freelance photographer and film director, Arup Mazumder, has a zeal for experimental photography from a very young age. A graduate in Visual Arts from Assam University Silchar, Arup has been a prodigy in narrating stories through his mind-blowing photography. Not just here, Arup Mazumder  studies Cinema Studies from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute Itanagar, SRFTI Arunachal Pradesh.

Arup Mazumder is in the film editing department of one of the finest institute FTII – Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. It is needs to be mentioned here that several renowned alumnus right from, Sanjay Leela Bhansali to Naseeruddin Shah, including Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Rajkumar Rao etc. have been a part of FTII. Being a student of FTII, the gravity of Arup Mazumdar’s talent can be derived no less.

Though Arup Mazumder was very keen with his work, he never thought of having photography as a career option in his life. Then one day, during his university days, he met Director Joshy Joseph who changed his vision about his passion. The meeting caused a huge twist in Arup’s life that led him to be a full-time photography-director in “Birth of a Poem”.

“Paint Fish Studios” is a creative production house that was established in 17th September, 2016.

https://www.facebook.com/paintfishstudios

Arup said, “After 4 years in Paint Fish Studios, I have achieved my dream as a visual artist, photographer and film-maker.”

PFS has seen a successful image since the last 4 years. PFS has been performing in the artistic field including professional portfolios, commercial designs, interior design, web design, digital marketing, event, documentary and feature film. “Wedding Say Cheese” is also recognized as one of the finest photography in Silchar(2016) where they serve wedding photography and cinematography supporting several specialities.

The award winning film “Nimtoh” had their media partner as Paint Fish Studios, where the film was selected for Film Bazaar recommendations and worked in progress lab. It got awarded with the prestigious Prasad Lab DI Awards and also got selected in the Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum 2019. The film will be aired in Netflix in 2021 (approximately), where Arup Mazumdar has worked as the Chief Photographer in the Production Manager.

Arup Mazumder in conversation with Dr Vishal Das ( Founder and Editor ), said “I believe we all have picked up a camera at a very young age, no matter how simple or basic the camera might have been. My first camera was given to me by my father. Fast forward to my college life, my camera adventures circled around taking photos of friends, family pictures of natural landscapes, animals in my home town. In my home town many feel that photography is not much of an art nor should it deserve as much attention. But I have the will to work with photography. Gradually I associated with my own studio ‘Paint Fish Studios’. I have identified myself as a freelancer & used to get my portfolio published in some magazines..like Art & Deal and many more. I extended my knowledge about photography from the internet Youtube tutorial, Workshop, Seminar, Artist talk, International Photographers lecture that helped me in extending my creativity regarding photography & filmmaking.”

Arup Mazumder further said, “I had not received any technical education in film making. Once I participated in a week workshop on filmmaking by the Film Division of India. Under their guidance we all team members made one short film me working as a director of photography in ” BIRTH OF A POEM ”  Which is nominated in MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MIFF 2016. Official Selection Telling Tale from Northeast, Special Package.”

A few days back, Arup Mazumder has made a short self-produced film “THEGUM”. TheGum – Short Film is Official Screening on SWACHH BHARAT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION 2nd OCT 2016, New Delhi. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Government of India. Which was Awarded to “Paint Fish Studios” The Certificate Of Excellence – Appreciation.

The unstoppable Mazumder has moved on with a lot of creativity in his career. Just not photography, he is a very keen painter too and has graduated from Assam University in fine arts (painting). His paintings have been exhibited in the art gallery of Bangladesh. He has been a part of the Bangladesh Exhibition and Art Camp Seminar.

He has created several films and documentaries which are :

. “Birth of a Poem” (short film) – worked as a Director of Photography,
    Films Division Of India Kolkata 2015

. “Silchar – The Legacy” Documentary film 2015

. “Silchar Connected” NF Railway Documentary Project Films Division Of India. 2016

. ”Ondhokar’er Deshe (short film) 2012

. “TheGum” (short film) 2016

. “Donyi Polo” 2017 (short film) working as Costume & Art Direction,
    Produced by Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Arunachal Pradesh.

Being a wunderkind in himself, Arup has won numerous awards and entitlement for himself namely :

Jim Corbett Memorial International Photography Award 2015
“Best Insect Photography” Nature Category
JCM International Print Circuit Organized by (JCM photography society)
New Delhi, India.

Birth of a Poem (short film) Films Division of India nominated in Mumbai International Film Festival Miff 2016 official selection
Telling the tale from Northeast, Special Package.

THEGUM (short film) is Official Screening on SWACHH BHARAT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION 2nd OCT 2016, New Delhi. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Government of India. Which was Awarded to “Paint Fish Studios” The Certificate Of Excellence – Appreciation.

Few photographs of his got published in the international art magazine “ART AND DEAL” 50th issue..!
Photo Essay: “TASTE OF INDIA”.

Mazumder’s photograph on “Remembering past days and moments.”….(in Sadarghat, Silchar, Assam) published in the June’ 2012 issue of Art Echo-Visual Art News Paper.

Got an Moment Award for his photo at Half Shutter Photography Group Kolkata ‘2012

Arup Mazumder got an opportunity to publish his shoots in various Newspapers as well as Magazines like Samayik Prasanga, Prantajoyti, Navabarta, Xpressions etc. Besides these, i took part in the online Photography Competition group like Wide-angle,Photography by passion,Viewfinder and many more & Achieved lots of Awards.

He won 1st position in Photography Online COMPETITION at Photographers’ Forum PHOTO OF THE WEEK..!

He won 2nd position in Photography COMPETITION at Assam University , Cultitude verb ’13 organised by Assam University 2013.

He won 2nd position in Photography COMPETITION at the Inter-University Communication Festival, Comm Fest ’12 , organised by the Mass Communication, Assam University 2012.

Won 3rd position in Short Film COMPETITION at the Inter-University Communication Festival,
Comm Fest ’12 , organised by the Mass Communication, Assam University 2012.

Arup achieved award on “GLOBAL CULTURAL COMPETITION”(Art on Prabhat Samgiita),organized by Renaissance Artists’ and Writers’ Association,Kolkata.On this competition i obtained 1st place in 2009.

He has achieved an award in a photography competition, organized by Assam University Silchar in 2011.

He was the judge as the Short Filmmaking Competition and Documentary Making Competition which is to be a part of Communication Festival
“Commfest” 2016.Department of Mass Communication, Assam University Silchar.

He has been a part of the WALL ART PROJECT- lCLEAN SILCHAR”

This humor has been published in the magazine of ART & DEAL.
Organized by Shilpangan and Nagarik Swartharaksha Sangram Parishad, Silchar in 2010.

During the completion of Cachar District’s 150th anniversary, a project was done by the District Administration where the different part of Cachar’s documentation was compiled to create a souvenir. The photographer in-charge for the souvenir was none other than Arup Mazumder. The souvenir was done at that time as a print-paper documentation, but now, an audio-visual version was also getting planned in the process as the souvenir contains the history of Cachar till date. Unfortunately, due to lack of fund and financial support, the progress is not getting a starting signal. Public fund is being awaited for the beginning of both audio-visual version of the souvenir and for “Silchar – the legacy” part 2. Support from the public regarding their own land will be more than a huge support towards both the projects.

With a talent like Arup Mazumder, Silchar has borne a gem in this land. It’s a matter of great pride and happiness to see our own man flourishing in his life. Till date, Arup Mazumder has several worked on culturing his skills and still is, and all we have inside us for him is good wishes and honest prayers.

http://www.arupmazumder.com is Arup Mazumder’s official website

-Parisha Dutta