Autor: Kalpana Subramanian.
This paper revisits the concept of Cinema of Prayōga, a theoretical framework for the study of experimental film and video proposed by Indian film critic Amrit Gangar in 2005. It re-evaluates the potential and scope of this framework as an alternative approach to notions of avant-garde cinema. Prayōga means practice or experiment in Sanskrit. This paper argues that a deeper focus on the roots of the term in yoga philosophy and praxis, can further expand the potential of Cinema of Prayōga as an embodied approach to experimental film. Further, it illustrates how this framework can support comparative research on experimental cinema, through a re-reading of American avant-garde film aesthetics of light illustrated by the work of Stan Brakhage and Marie Menken. The paper concludes with highlighting how Cinema of Prayōga offers an embodied and alternative epistemological approach to the study of experimental film.