Kalighat Fetish, 1999

    January 01, 1999 · Short Films

    The film attempts to negotiate with the duality that is associated with the ceremonial veneration of the Mother Goddess Kali- the presiding deity of Calcutta. It delves into the subliminal layers of consciousness, underlying the ritual of Kali worship. The film ruminates on the nuanced trans-sexuality that is prevalent in the ceremonial performance of male devotees cross-dressing as Kali, in an act of obsessive devotion


    Directed, produced & written by: Ashish Avikunthak
    Cinematography: Srisha Ray
    Editing: Neeraj Voralia
    Sound: Atanu Sinha
    Performer: Kaushik Gangopadhya 

    Selected Screenings

    *Best Documentary, Tampere Film Festival, 2001

    2014        Plan9, Gallery Fotografic, Prague

    2014        Rice University Chao Film Festival, Houston

    2014        Black Sun, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi

    2011        Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

    2011        Generation in Transition. New Art from India, Zacheta National Gallery for Art, Warsaw

    2010        Artprojx, London

    2007        Sommerszene, Salzburg

    2007        Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham

    2007        Cornerhouse, Manchester

    2006        The Hat Factory, Luton

    2006        The Peepul Centre, Leicester

    2006        Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

    2006        Arnolfini, Bristol

    2006        Watermans, Brentford

    2006        Bite The Mango! Festival, Bradford

    2006        MAC Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

    2006        Tate Modern, London

    2006        Centre George Pompidou, Paris

    2006        Espace Croise, Roubaix

    2005        South Asian Film Festival, Seattle

    2005        Scratch Projects, Paris

    2004        Experimenta, Bombay & New Delhi

    2003        Queer Filmistan, San Francisco

    2002        New York Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

    2001        Los Angles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

    2001        Tampere Film Festival

    2000        Chingari Video Fest, Madison

    2000        London Film Festival

    Technical Specifications

    Color: Color

    Format: 35mm

    Runtime: 22 minutes

    Year: 1999