Suddhasattwa Basu, b – 1956 (Bio-brief and filmography)
Suddhasattwa Basu, a painter, illustrator and animation filmmaker, has been teaching Classical Cel Animation (since 1998) as a visiting lecturer to the Master Degree students in College of Art, New Delhi and at Roop Kala Kendro, Kolkata (RKK is an Indo Italian institute for animation and social communication films).
Mr. Basu studied Fine Art (5 years Diploma in Painting, Graphics and Mural) at Govt. College of Art and Craft, Kolkata. His academic foundation and natural talent for painting find its own way in visual depictions of printed text. Amongst the books he has designed and illustrated is Nature Watch - by Khushwant Singh, To Live in Magic – by Ruskin Bond, The Homecoming – by Vijaya Sulaiman. His painterly and thought provoking images, in contrast to the conventional humorous approach, for the Economic Times (Editorial Page, 1990, 5 days a week) and Business Today (News front, 1992 to 96, fortnightly) was trend setting examples in print media. His illustrations for India Today Plus were highly appreciated among its readers.
The Song of a Scarecrow, a book for children, authored and illustrated by Mr. Basu is published on February 2003 by KATHA, got the Chitrakatha award 2003 for best children book illustrations and received Honorable mention at BIB 2003, Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
February 4th, 2010, Mr. Basu was given life time achievement award by the Association of writers and Illustrators for children (AWIC) for his contributions to children's book illustration.
Suddhasattwa Basu has been making animation films since 1986. His maiden project was a 10-part animation teleserial Ghayab Aya for Doordarshan. Mr. Basu was the director and the chief animator of the project. Ghayab Aya happens to be India’s first indigenously made animation tale-serial, and was first telecast in July 1990 on Doordarshan’s national network. Mr. Basu also directed and animated a 12 minutes film titled Rakhee and Mausee (35 mm, Eastman colour, Cel animation) for JOICFP (Japanese Organization for International Co-operation in Family Planning) Tokyo. One Day in MD’s office (1996,35 mm, Eastman colour) is an experimental short animation film of 5 minutes duration produced by Mr. Basu has been appreciated in various film festivals. Apart from many ad films Mr. Basu also has experience in making of educational films. The Story of Potash (2004, 8 minutes, Beta) is one of such films. In Search of a Pet (7 minutes) a sequel to MD’s Office is on the anvil.
The film festivals Mr. Basu was participated are the Trivandram Video Festival 1995, the Mumbai International Film Festival for Short, Documentary and Animation Films (1992, 1996, 1998), the International Festival of Films for Children and young people, Hyderabad (1995, 1997), the World Video Festival, Brussels (1996), BUFF, Melmo, Sweden (1998), the International Animation Festival, Hiroshima (1998), the 11th SAS Conference, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane (1999), the Delhi International Film Festival for Short, Documentary and Animation Films (2000).
Suddhasattwa Basu lives in Delhi and works under the banner of his company Raikhik Films.