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Quintessentially, a film critic /essayist /festival advisor. Additionally, editor of the Journal of Indian Cinema and co-author of the book, ‘Indian Film Culture: Indian Cinema’; founder of the ‘DIY Film Academy’; and founder of the ‘Cinema Society of India’. He began his journalistic odyssey writing for ‘The Hindu’ and the ‘Times Group’. His film-reviewing stint spans almost a decade, and includes such publications as ‘Rediff’, ‘The Film Street Journal’, ‘Dear Cinema’, ‘Upper Stall’, and the ‘Deccan Chronicle’ /‘The Asian Age’.

dalton-guitarIn addition to being a writer, he is a prolific cameraman too with over ten years of experience as a documenter of reality. He has briefly captured in moving images a variety of performers ranging from Pt. Jasraj and Trilok Gurtu to Remember Shakti, José Feliciano, The Blues Brothers, MLTR, America, Shaggy, Enrique Iglesias, Jethro Tull, Walter Trout, Uriah Heap, and Dire Straits.

dalton-cameraHe is presently setting up an indie film studio that creates meaningful cinema, ‘House of Illusions’ and is on the verge of editing-publishing the print version of his film magazine ‘Cinematic Illusions’.

He is the chief advisory board member of the Kautik International Film Festival, and the artistic director of the Chalachitram National Film Festival as well as the Chicago International Indie Film Festival. He has served on the music jury of Mahatma Gandhi University and on the film jury (west zone panel) of the 67th National Film Awards of India.