Ashish Chadha is a filmmaker and a cultural anthropologist. He has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University and taught at Yale University before joining the faculty at URI.
In addition to his film and anthropology background, Ashish is a lifelong student and scholar of Gandhian philosophy, and at URI is the most likely source of information on Mahatma Gandhi’s thinking on nonviolence.
His films have been shown worldwide in film festivals, galleries and museums. He has made three feature films – Shadows Formless(2007), Katho Upanaishad (2011) and Rati Chakravyuh (2013). Most recently his short film, Vakratunda Swaha (2010) was long listed for the Skoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art, 2011, and was featured at Taipei Biennial 2012.
His films have been shown at Tate Modern, London, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, along with London, Locarno, Rotterdam, and Berlin film festivals among other locations. He has had retrospectives of his works at Goethe Institute, Calcutta (2004), Les Inattendus, Lyon (2006), Yale University (2008) and the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai (2008), Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris (2012) and 7th Signs Film Festival, Trivandrum (2103). His scholarly works have been published in the Journal of Social Archaeology, Journal of Material Culture, Contributions to Indian Sociology and The Indian Economic and Social History Review among other locations.