Ankai - Tankai is an audiovisual exploration of the historical site in the Satmala Range hills of western India. Located near Manmad, a railway town in Maharashtra, the twin hills feature Hindu and Jain caves dating back a thousand years. Through a series of sounds, the project seeks to evoke the past that once thrived there, blending it with the present collective experience. The fragmented and jarring effect of the sounds reflects the disturbance of our current society.

  • Mansingh Chandravanshi
  • Mansingh Chandravanshi
  • FTII Pune
  • Vaishnavi Krishnan
  • Rahul Ramchandra
  • Anurag Jadhao
    Sound Designer
  • Nishant Ramteke
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 21, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Film & Television Institute of India
Director Biography - Mansingh Chandravanshi

Maan Chandravanshi is an independent film-maker and print maker from the central part of India which is known as 'Malwa' in Madhya Pradesh. He has completed his Masters in Fine Art in Graphics(Print Making). He is currently a Direction and Screenplay Writing student of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII, Pune) of 2017 batch. During his education in Fine Art he participated in many national level art events and contest. He has also won Awards in printmaking in POPNI Pondicherry-2009, 23rd Art Contest Contest SCZCC - Nagpur 2010, National Art contest-Ujjain 2010. He’s worked as an Art Educator in Ministry of HRD in different states of India like Kerala, Himachal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He has directed many short films and music videos.

As an Actor-
Shadow of thoughts (Actor) - Official selected in Cannes 2013.
Prisoners of Moon (Actor) - Official nominated in Asian film festival 2014.
As a Director-
Munni ka Indradhanush (Short fiction-2013)
Bechaara-Banjaara (Comedy short fiction-2017)
Anakalniya (Short fiction film 2018)
Avaagaman(Short fiction film 2022)
Agyaat Shatru (Shirt fiction film 2023)

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Director Statement

In this film, Ankai – Tankai will not be the usual inanimate objects but characters unto themselves having conversation about their shared- distant past and intimate present. Here, this conversation of a shared history will however be disrupted here and there by the constant flow of present ephemeral life happening around this hill- a constant short-lived invasion that the hills have become accustomed to. Buried layers of history will be disclosed by the conversation taking place between the hills, while scenes depicting people’s interaction with this ecology and space will be the particular present disrupting this conversation.