Full information about Mahadeb Shi

Date of Birth: 04 November 1962
Nationality: Indian
Mobile Number: +91-9810069008 (India)
+1-617-2304409 (USA)
Email Address: mahadebshi@gmail.com

EducationGraduate in Science (B.Sc.) from Kolkata university, 1982.
Post graduation in Cinema with specialization in Film and video editing, Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, 1982-85.
Teaching ExperienceExternal Faculty, Department of Editing, Satyajeet Ray Film Institute, Kolkata. 
External Faculty, Department of Editing, Roopkala Kendra, Kolkata Guest Faculty, Annapurna International school of film and media, Hyderabad.
AwardsNational award for Best Editing by UGC for a documentary titled ‘A Tale of the Margin. Several films he has edited have won National award and International award including feature films and documentaries.

MAHADEB SHI is the proprietor and Creative Director of CRANDASI PRODUCTIONS


Mahadeb Shi, a postgraduate in cinema from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune,with specialization in editing, 1985.Over two-and-a-half decades since then, he has been working as director, scriptwriter, and editor in both film and video media. He has directed several documentaries including ‘Meandering Melodies’, ‘Kather Baxo-The Wooden Box’, ‘Yamuna Katha- The story of River Yamuna’,‘Om Mani Padme Hum’and ‘A Journey Extraordinarymany of which were shown atdifferent international festivalsincluding‘Culture unplugged’an online prestigious documentary festival on human rights issues.  One of his early notablework “Eleven Miles”, a documentary, that he Co-produced, edited and designed sound – the first Indian film to winJoris Iven award at the ‘Cinema Du Rell’ at Paris in 1990 and was subsequently broadcast on Ch-4 U.K.

Brief  Filmography as Director:

Co-producer, editor and sound designerof‘Eleven Miles’,a diary of journeys the film meditates on the resonance of baul philosophy in a number of different settings and through a variety of voices and practices.Winner of the Joris Iven Award at the ‘Cinema Du Reel,’ Paris, 1990 and was broadcast on Channel-4 London and DD3/ Doordarshan, India.

Script, direction and editing: “Om Mani Padme Hum”, a documentary on the ‘Tawang’ monastery of Arunachal Pradesh; the film is about ageless wisdom.The film wasshown in the competition section of South Asian film festival and Mumbai International Film Festival of India. 1996.

Script, Direction & editing: ‘KatherBaxo’, a 16 mm personal film on Calcutta tramways that captures tram as a caring loving and venerable entity, a treasure house of memories, a place to enact and recall fantasies.

Script, direction and editing: ‘YamunaKatha’, (Katha in English means story) is a film about the relationship between Yamuna and city of Delhi. A core group of eight people from different professions undertake various travels to the riverbanks so as to strike a dialogue to explore a common future for Yamuna.

Script, direction and editing: ‘A Journey Extraordinarya film that celebrates the beauty of plural India.Participated in many international Film Festival, includingAuroville Film Festival, Chennai and Culture Unplugged, an online documentary festival, 2015.

Script, Direction and editing, “Three and half feet”,a documentary on the importance of environmental sanitationfor a healthy living. Commissionedby GIZ(German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation)India2009.

Script, directionand editing: ‘Call of the Climate’, accepting climate change is a reality the film examines in depth the connections between climate change and energy security.

Script, direction, camera and editing: “Rangabelia;The Dream Village”, 2001, a documentary on a model village that highlights various activities undertaken by the local women.

Script, direction, camera and editing:‘Meandering Melodies’,(2001),a documentary on the artisansof folk musical instrumentsliving in a small village in West Bengal.

Script, directionand editing: ‘Kirtan of Bengal’, a 16 mm documentary capturing the life and times of outstanding musicians (Kirtanias) –The film critically examines the role of this music tradition throughitsmessage of divine love and universal brotherhood.

Script, direction, camera and editing: “Tramjatra”,Roberto D’Andrea, a retired Melbourne conductor – driver, the protagonist while visiting Kolkata fell in love with the city, its people and tramways. The film celebrates 20 years of tramways friendship between Kolkata and Melbourne through a unique journey called ‘tramjatra’. The film was screened as one of the concluding ceremony films in Melbourne Indian film festival, 2017. Post Production Director and Editor: ‘The Little Girls We Were Andthe Women We Are’ is a documentary where five Indian women survivors of incest and child sexual abuse share their journey from abuse to recovery. The film won National Award as best educational film in 2018.

Select filmography (edited films)


‘Alayaron’ (the new beginning): feature film in Bodo language directed by Jwandao Bodosa, National Award / Rajat Kamal as Best Bodo film, 1988.

‘KaalAbhirati’ (addiction of time):feature film in Bengali directed by Amitabha Chakraborty, National Award/Rajat Kamal, Special Jury Award, 1989.

‘SunyaThekeShuru’ (Beginning from Zero):feature film in Bengali directed by Ashoke Viswanathan/ National Award / Swarna Kamal as Best director 1st film,1993.

‘Nadir NaamMadhumati(the river namedModhumati):feature film in Bengali directed by Tanvir Mokammel, National Awards in Bangladesh and ranked 2nd in the list of 10 Bagladeshi films by British Film Institute, 1995.

‘Miss Universe’: A Bengali comedy directed by Supratim Dasgupta got commercially released in Kolkata and in Sidney, Australia in 1997

‘KichuSanglap And KichuPralap’(Some Dialogue and Some Jabbering’s)directed by Ashoke Viswanathan, National award / Rajat KamalSpecial Jury Award, 1998.

‘AttmiyoSwajan’ (the Kiths and Kins):feature film in Bengali directed by Raja Sen National award/ Rajat Kamal, best film on Family Welfare, 1998 and got nominated for best editing and direction award organized by Star Anand, 1999.

‘Chitra Nadir Pare’ (Quiet flows the River Chitra):feature film in Bengali directed by Tanvir Mokammel, 4 National Awards in Bangladesh and ranked 3rd in the list of 10 Bangladeshi films by British Film Institute, 1999.

‘Lal Shalu’ (a tree without roots): a feature film in Bengali directed by Tanvir Mokammel, National Awards/Govt. of Bangladesh, 2001.

‘SwapnerSandhane’(In Search of Dreams):directed by Ashoke Viswanathan, selected for Indian panorama, 2001 and Commonwealth Film Festival, Manchester, U.K. 2001.

‘Gandharbi’:feature film in Bengali directed by Samar Dutta, winner of  Bengal Film Journalists Award(BFGA) in  2002.

‘Two Girls and the Golden Cocoon’:a feature film in English directed by JwandaoBodosa got released in India and USA, 2003.

‘Lalon Fakir’: a Bengali feature on the life of Bengali saint musician, Lalon Fakir directed by Tanvir Mokammel, received National Award in Bangladesh 2004.

‘Sonam’ (the fortunate one): directed by Ehsan Mujid, National award / Rajat Kamalpremiered at IFFI in Goa 2006 and shown in Tegemsee International festival in Germany.

‘Nirkarchaya’: Ashish Avikunthak was premiered in Locarno Film festival, Switzerlandand was subsequently released in USA, 2007.

Rabeya’(The sister):A deconstruction of Sophocles’s play “Antigone” on the backdrop of the Bangladesh liberation war of 1971. Supported by Hubert Bals Fund

Anuranan’ (a resonance): a double version feature film Bengali/Hindi, directed by Aniruddha Roy-Chowdhury, National award / Rajat Kamal as best Bengali film, 2009.

‘Sukhno Lanka’ (The dry Red Chilly): Bengali/Hindi double version feature film produced by Mumbai Mantra, 2010.Nominated for best editing and best actor award organized by the Star Jalsa, 2011.

‘Koyel’: a Hindi feature film directed by journalist Bonny Mukherjee was premiered in the International Random Film Festival Poland, 2012.

‘Jiban Dhuli’ (The drummer), a feature film in Bengali directed by Tanvir Mokammel, received National Award in Bangladesh 2014 and did well in the international circuit.

‘Sesh Sangbad’(The Last News), feature film in Bengali . A take-off on Nandigram, this film explores the politics of news reportage, through the eyes of an upright and honest investigative journalist.

‘Lord Of The Orphans’, cinematographer Ranjan palit’s debut fiction feature film…

in some ways its a unique biopic, maybe an autobiopic(like an autobiography)where the filmmaker focuses on the circumstances of his life that led to his having a nervous breakdown. The story is told by Ranjan to his daughter Tara..who takes a break from college in UK, to visit him.


‘Voices from Baliapal’: a documentary, which won the National award and also the Golden Conch award at the First International documentary festival Mumbai, 199O.

‘Eleven Miles’: Both co-producer & editor, a documentary on the Bauls of Bengal (folk singers), winner of the Joris Iven Award at the Cinema Du Reel Paris, 1990 and was broadcast on Channel-4London.

Om Mani Padme Hum”: Both director and editor, a documentary on the ‘Tawang Monastery’ of Arunachal Pradesh, was nominated for the best film in the South Asian film festival, KathmanduNepal, 1998.

‘Abak Jai Herey’(A Magic Mystic Marketplace): winner of UNESCO special award in the International Short Film Festival ‘We Live’ held in Munich 1996,and also‘Golden Conch Award’in theinternational documentary festival Mumbai 1996.

‘AchinPaakhi’(The Unknown Bird): a documentary on the life of Lalon Fakir, the 19th poet -musician-revolutionary from Bengal; winner of UNESCO, special award 1998.

‘Tales from the Margin’: a film on the struggle of Manipuri women against the Indian army. It won 5 international awards including jury award in Docudays Human Rights Film Festival Ukraine, Special jury mention in Festival Medias Nord Sud 2007, Geneva and Best Documentary, YNW Film Festival 2008, Srilanka. 

 Swapnabhumi’:(The Promised Land). This is a documentary about the Urdu-speaking community in Bangladesh, the film won many awards including Joint winner of 2nd best film award inSouth Asian Film Festival in Kathmandu, 2009.

‘In search of Gandhi’ : The film won many international awards including Joint winner of 2nd best film award inSouth Asian Film Festival in Kathmandu, 2009.

‘Shifting Prophecy’:story of SHARIFA, a revolutionary Muslim woman from Chennai who wants to change the status of Muslim women in the society. Winner of National award as best film on social issue, 2009.

The other song’: a film on the lost traditions of ‘court singers’ in India The film won best film at the ‘Pusan’ International film festival in South Korea’2009.

‘Tibet after 50 years’: a film on Tibet after 50 years since Dalai Lama left for India. Winner of ‘Silver Conch’2nd best film inMumbai International film festival, 2010.

‘1971’:a documentary on the freedom struggle (Muktijuddha) of Bangladesh. The film received National Award in Bangladesh and doing very well in the international festivals.

Current Projects:

‘When Einstein met Tagore: Tracing the Map of Hope’, A documentary that recounts this historic encounter of two extraordinary minds and celebrates their commitment to reason, truth and humanity. (Under Production)

Cholo ‘Dikshunyapur’ (Let’s go to Horizonless-ville),a feature film based on a short story written by late Shri Sunil Gangopadhaya, a recipient of Sahitya Academic award.

Special interest

Reinterpreting folk music and art so as to make it relevant for the modern times. He has worked with Kirtanias- traditional music performers in Bengal. Many of these artists are women who have to struggle against stereotype portrayal of them.

He has interests in conceptualizing art events in multi- cultural setup. Along with an Australian industrial designer, he has been working withPatua folk painters of West Bengal for some years and has hosted public art events with these artists both in Melbourne, Australia and Kolkata, India.

He is associated with Tramtractics’ an international social network that makes art projects in public space to transport people. Tramtactic art projects draw from the practical characteristics of tramways to create poetic encounters with public transport that resonate with the collective memory and imagination.

Permanent Address:
Mahadeb Shi
13 A, Burobibi Lane
West Bengal, India

Temporary Address:
Mahadeb Shi
471, Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA-02139