BIO: PRAMOD MATHUR
Chairman-cum-Mnaging Trustee, Foundation for Responsible Media
Producer – Director – cinematographer, SPOTFILMS
PRAMOD MATHUR, has devoted over 30 years to communication through television. Extensive travel to the remotest parts of the country has imbued his work with sensitivity to crucial national issues. And helped evolve a style of documentary presentation which is candid, true, non-intrusive and close to grass-root reality.
After undergoing a post-graduate course in journalism, Pramod Mathur's career began with hard-core exposure under Visnews (now Reuters). He traveled for six long weeks in the midst of the Bangladesh war and its aftermath. It was an experience that shaped his attitude towards capturing humanity on film and video.
The early years were devoted to news and features on a wide spectrum of issues --- politics, development, science and culture. During this period, he also participated in establishing the Dateline School of Journalism in New Delhi, which was the stepping-stone for many well-known journalists of today.
It has been a long journey in the world of documentaries -- from the time he made a 70-mt 35 mm film on the status of the tribes of Gujarat in western India (“The Tenth Man” - 1984)...moving on to other films like on the tranhumance cycle of Himalayan shepherds (“End Of The Trail” – 1988), the Reservation policy based on caste “The White Lie” -1990), the environmentally-conscious Bishnoi community (”The Bishnois” - 1991), climate change and India (“Break Point” - 1992), the Family Planning Programme of India (“Checkmate” -1993), the lover-god Krishna (“The Divine Lover” 1995), the Indian medical science (“Ayurveda” - 1995), the Himalayan Chipko movement to save trees (“On The Fence” - 1997), a story of the Ganga river (“Gift Of The Goddess” – 2001), the remote world of the Idu Mishmi tribe in North-east India (“The Idu of Dibang” - 2002) and recently an intimate view of people living with HIV in northeast India (“Are You With Me?” - 2007).
Over the years, Pramod Mathur has been associated in various capacities of Field Producer, Director and Director of Cinematography with premier international organizations. Like ZDF, Tellux, Transtel in Germany, UNEP in Switzerland, Columbia Pictures Television Division, the TV Division of the National Geographic Society, USA among others.
Detailed Filmography of Pramod Mathur is available on web-site www.spotfilms.net
AT A GLANCE:
- Accredited Correspondent-cum-Cameraman, Government of India since 1971
General Secretary, Working News Cameramen’s Association (running 2007)
Member, Central Press Accreditation Committee, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (running 2006-7)
- Member, Media Programme Advisory Committee, India International Center
- Former Outside Consultant, Planning Commission, Media Group, SITE, 1974-5
- Former Examiner, National Institute of Design, India, 1982-85
- Former Jury Member for Short Films , National Film Festival, India
- Member, Indian Documentary Producer’s Association