Sruti Harihara Subramanian is a National award winning film maker and a theatre actor with a deep love for animals and the environment.
Her recently completed debut feature documentary 'A Far Afternoon ' on eminent painter Krishen Khanna has been screened across various film festivals and cities including London, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Stockholm and in the USA. It also bagged the best art/cultural film at the 63rd National Film Awards and also the best music for non- feature film. It has been nominated for the best documentary in the New York Indian International Film Festival 2016 and at The Indian Film Festival at Stuttgart.
Her recently directed music video Sewa Geet which was shot across India has been greatly received. The song was based on Rabindranath Tagore's poem 'Matrimondir Punya Angana' with Hindi interpretation by Javed Akhtar and performed by Kailash Kher.
In 2002 she has won the title of Ms.Chennai, runner up along with the titles of Ms.Talent and Ms. Cyber princess. Ever since then she has modelled for over 100 brands. She has debuted as an actor with veteran director K.Balachandran's serial Sahana.
Sruti has worked as assistant to actor/director Revathy in the tele film ‘Verrukku Neer’. She later assisted director Vikram K Kumar on the bilingual feature film Yaavarum Nalam (Tamil) and 13B (Hindi). She assisted director Vishnu Vardhan on a Telugu film 'Panjaa'. She was the assistant director for British pop icon MIA's music video 'Bird flu' and in Yuvan Shankar Raja's music video 'I'll be there for you'.
Her company Happy Wanderer Films has several corporate films, docus and ad films to its credit. International and national clients include Piramal Enterprises, Cuomo Foundation , Vasan eye care, Brittania, Amec Foster Wheeler , Craft Council of India, Villgro etc.
Sruti is also the founder trustee of The Cinema Resource Centre (TCRC) which is a not-for-profit public archive of Indian cinema designed to enable research on the audio-visual cultural artifacts produced by Indian films, especially those made in the regional languages of South India.
Sruti is currently writing for feature films.
In her spare time Sruti pursues her love for acting by performing with the Chennai based theatre group Theater Nisha.
This documentary reveals how the actions led by the Cuomo Foundation in Southern India have changed the destinies of young female pupils. The Foundation is present in India since 1999 and has actioned in the field of education, social welfare and socio-economic development.
A Far Afternoon A Painted Saga By Krishen Khanna
Krishnen Khanna is one of India’s most prolific and influential artists. Born in Faislabad (Pakistan) in 1925, and raised in Lahore, the artist and his family moved to Shimla in India during the partition in 1947, a fact that deeply impacted his view on the world. Atypical of artists in the 1940s and 50s, Mr. Khanna was a full-time banker and a part-time artist; his job brought him to Mumbai and into the fold of India’s Progressive Artists Group, giving him the impetus to relinquish banking and give into the all-encompassing life of an artist.
In a career spanning over fifty years, Krishen Khanna(90) has established himself as one of the most prolific and influential painters in the Indian art landscape. The film delves into those influences that eventually rendered themselves on canvas
Art freezes a series of moments in time. To hear Krishnen Khanna describe the influences behind A Far Afternoon, it is obvious that the piece has been influenced by memories collected over time, discrete images lodged in the artist’s mind and more nascent, less visible
thoughts and ideas that dictate the choice of figures and colours. A film in five parts, A Far Afternoon, delves into those influences that eventually rendered themselves on canvas.
A Far Afternoon is a filmmaker’s attempt to memorialize the artistic process involved in the creation of the eponymous art work.
1. 63rd National Film Awards - Best Art/Cultural film
2. 63rd National Film Awards - Best music (non feature film category)
3. 14th Chennai International Film Festival - Official selection - January 2017
4. 13.Indian Film Festival, Stuttgart - Nominated for Best Documentary - July 2016
5. New York Indian Film Festival - Nominated for Best Documentary - May 2016
6. 3rd Cinema Indien, Stockholm - Official selection - April 2016
7. 5th Delhi International Film Festival - Official selection - December 2016
8. All Lights India International Film Festival - Official Selection - November 2015
Harmony With A R Rahman
A R Rahman travels in search of Rare musical traditions in India.
Across the length and breadth of India, change is blowing through in small, yet significant ways. In this vastly interconnected ecosystem of urban and rural, individual and nation, each layer influences and shapes the other over time. Young girls in rural Rajasthan, business tycoons in bustling Mumbai, researchers on the field in Andhra Pradesh, are all playing out their roles towards transforming the economic and social fabric of this country. In this film, we catch a glimpse into the lives of these discrete yet connected communities, each vibrant, purposeful and joyful. This film is dedicated to our Nation. Inspired by Tagore's famous song 'Matrimandire Punya Angana koro mahajollo aaj hey’ (Brighten the courtyard of the Temple of your motherland).