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Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
ASC, ISC (born 8 February 1964) is an Indian cinematographer, film director, producer and actor known for his works in Malayalam cinema, Tamil cinema, Telugu cinema, Hindi cinema.[2] Santosh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and has to date completed 45 feature films and 41 documentaries.[3] He is a founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) and is the most awarded Director of Photography (DOP) in India. Santosh became the first Cinematographer
Cinematographer
in the Asia-Pacific region to be honored with American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) membership. As a cinematographer, he has won five National Film Awards – including four for Best Feature Film Cinematography. As of 2014, he has received eleven National Film Awards, and twenty one international awards for his works. In 2014, He was awarded the Padma Shri
Padma Shri
for his contributions to Indian cinema.

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 Late 1999s and present 2.2 Production 2.3 Documentary

3 Filmography

3.1 As actor

4 Awards

4.1 International

5 References 6 External links

Early life and education[edit] Santosh was born into a family of artists. His grandmother used to teach him painting and music in the palace and as a kid he accompanied her to the palace. These visits gave him an opportunity to become familiar with the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, a nineteenth-century Indian painter whose renowned works were themes from Hindu mythology, and everyday life of his times. He graduated from Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram. His grandmother often narrated the mythological stories of the themes of these paintings, where in the postures, colours guided the imagination. This turned out to be his very first visual education ( later he made some of these into celluloid and also acted as "Raja Ravi Varma" in a feature! ). His father used to make documentaries and during holidays he would excitedly, volunteer to help. These trips were very interesting. He loved sketching with charcoal, and was fascinated by details that you observe when you want to sketch. During these travels to remote areas in South India, He was fortunate to listen folklore's and stories of people of the land. He is the younger brother of filmmaker Sangeeth Sivan and elder brother of Sanjeev Sivan. The trio are the sons of the well known cinematographer and director Sivan. Career[edit] Santosh, a founder member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers and the most awarded Director of Photography in India, graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India
India
and went on to completing 45 features and 41 documentaries.[4] He was awarded the National Award for best Cinematographer
Cinematographer
for the films Perumthachan (Malayalam/1991), Kalapani (Malayalam / 1996), Mohiniyattam
Mohiniyattam
(Malayalam / 1991), Iruvar
Iruvar
(Tamil/1998) and Dil Se.. (Hindi/1999). Santosh was honoured by the Japanese Society of Cinematographers and has been on the Jury for the Busan Film Festival. He is a "mentor" to students for Mira Nair's "Maisha Film Lab: in Uganda and is a director to the Sivan Foundation of photography. He was also a governing council member at the Pune Film Institute. As a director, Santosh won his first National Award in 1988 for the film Story of Tiblu (1988). His film Halo was honoured at the 43rd National Film Awards as the Best Children's Film and Best Sound. [5] Late 1999s and present[edit] Santosh received worldwide accolades for The Terrorist (presented by John Malkovich), which won the Best Director, Best Actress Awards and the Golden Pyramid Award for The Best Film at the 23rd Cairo International Film Festival. It was awarded the National Award (1999) for The Best Tamil Film and was an Official Selection at the Sundance, Seattle and Toronto Film Festivals of that year. The film was also listed in Roger Ebert's 100 Best Films (1999). the film was Quoted as being "a film scripted by the camera" Following the success of The Terrorist, Santosh's film MALLI won the National Award for Best Environmental Film in India
India
(2000), the National Award in India
India
for Best Child Artist (2000) and was honoured at the 18th International Festival of Film for Children in Poznan, Poland where it won the Poznan Goat for Best Director, Best Child Actress & Best Music and the Best Film-Audience Award at the Indian Film Festival Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in Los Angeles. Santosh's subsequent films include ASOKA, which screened at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals (2001) and Navarasa, which won the National Award for Best Tamil Film (2004) and the Monaco Award for Best Film & Best Supporting Actor awarded at the Lyons Film Festival. The latter also participated in the Pusan and Rotterdam Film Festivals. His debut Malayalam Language film as director, Anandabhadram
Anandabhadram
(2005), went on to win several State Awards, including Best Director & Best Cinematographer. Santosh has worked as the Cinematographer
Cinematographer
in Gurinder Chadha's Bride & Prejudice (2004) and Paul Mayeda Berges' The Mistress of Spices
The Mistress of Spices
(2005). Santosh directed Before the Rains
Before the Rains
which is premiered as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival (2007). In addition, his short film PRARAMBHA, which was created for the Bill and Melinda Gates AIDS Foundation, also premiered at the Mavericks section of the Festival. It won the National Awards 2007 for Best Producer and Best Director in the Educational and Motivational Film category. His latest Malayalam film, Urumi (2011) was screened at the Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India
India
to be held in Goa 2012, to Busan and NHK film festivals. He was also the cinematographer for the Tamil movie Thuppakki, starring Vijay & directed by AR Murugadoss. In an interview, he said that some films he chose, not mostly because of the story but due to the very fact that he was comfortable with the director, a bigger pay cut and friendship things. That's how he was roped for Spyder movie starring Mahesh Babu & directed by A.R.Murugados.[6] Production[edit] In 2008, Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
Films was formed, as a Pvt ltd concern, with Producer Mubina Rattonsey and Milind Verekar. The company has not only handled film ventures successfully but has to its credit numerous commercials, documentaries and music videos as well. Feature film credits include Terrorist, Malli, Navarasa, Anandabhadram, A Hollywood film "Before the Rains" for Echo Lake Productions, Prarambha, a short film for The Bill and Melinda Gates AIDS Foundation, Tahaan-A Boy with the Grenade, Urumi-Vasco Da Gama and more recently done Ceylon.Tahaan, won a High Commendation in Children's Feature Film section at the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards and UNICEF Award at 11th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People in 2008 held at Greece. It also won "The German Star of India
India
award" at "Bollywood and Beyond" festival at Stuttgart Germany in 2009. Documentary[edit] Santosh's documentary Farmers Portrait is near completion. He makes films on health and environment issues, like the Polio campaign with Amitabh Bachchan. His 2007 release, Prarambha won the National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film at the 55th National Film Awards. The film dealt with the stigma attached to an HIV + person. It dealt with a little boy who had been ostracised from school only because he is diagnosed with HIV. This film highlighted the plight of the boy and highlighted the ignorance of the society towards this virus. It dealt with the myths surrounding HIV and aimed at educating the masses through an entertaining story weaved around the little boy. This was produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Aids foundation and was shot entirely in Mysore.[7] Filmography[edit]

Key

Denotes films that have not yet been released

Year Film Director Producer Cinematographer Writer Notes

1986 Nidhiyude Katha

Yes

Malayalam film

Oru Maymasa Pulariyil

Yes

Malayalam film

1988 Story of Tiblu Yes

National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film

1989 New Year

Yes

Malayalam film

Raakh

Yes

Hindi film

1990 Midhya

Yes

Malayalam film

Indrajaalam

Yes

Malayalam film

Dr. Pasupathy

Yes

Malayalam film

No.20 Madras Mail

Yes

Malayalam film Second Unit Cameraman

Perumthachan

Yes

Malayalam film National Film Award for Best Cinematography

1991 Thalapathi

Yes

Tamil film

1992 Roja[8]

Yes

Tamil film Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer

Aham

Yes

Malayalam film Kerala
Kerala
State Film Award for Best Cinematography

Yodha

Yes

Malayalam film

1993 Gandharvam

Yes

Malayalam film

1994 Pavithram

Yes

Malayalam film

1995 Nirnayam

Yes

Malayalam film

1995 Barsaat

Yes

Hindi film Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography

1995 Indira

Yes

Tamil film Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer

1996 Kalapani

Yes

Malayalam film National Film Award for Best Cinematography Kerala
Kerala
State Film Award for Best Cinematography

1996 Halo Yes

Yes Yes Hindi film National Film Award for Best Children's Film

1997 Iruvar

Yes

Tamil film National Film Award for Best Cinematography Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer
Cinematographer
– South

1997 Darmiyan

Yes

Hindi film

1998 Dil Se..

Yes

Hindi film National Film Award for Best Cinematography Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography

1998 The Terrorist Yes

Yes Tamil film National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil

1998 Malli Yes

Yes

Tamil film National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation

1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Yes

Hindi film Additional shots

1999 Vanaprastham

Yes

Malayalam film Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer
Cinematographer
– South

2000 Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani

Yes

Hindi film

Pukar

Yes

Hindi film

Fiza

Yes

Hindi film

2001 Asoka Yes

Yes Yes Hindi Film Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography

2003 Tehzeeb

Yes

Hindi film

2004 Bride and Prejudice

Yes

Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities

Yes

Hindi film Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography

2005 Anandabhadram Yes

Yes

Malayalam film Kerala
Kerala
State Film Award for Best Cinematography

Navarasa Yes

Yes Yes Tamil film National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil

The Mistress of Spices

Yes

2007 Prarambha Yes

Kannada short film National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film

2007 Before the Rains Yes Yes Yes

Bilingual film in English and Malayalam

2008 Tahaan Yes

Yes Hindi Film Best feature film award, CIFEJ Award (Centre International du Film pour l' Enfant et la Jeunesse) UNICEF Award at 11th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Greece

2010 Raavan

Yes

Hindi film

Raavanan

Yes

Tamil film

2011 Urumi Yes Yes Yes

Malayalam film Best Director at the Imagineindia International Film Festival, Madrid

Indian Rupee

Yes

Malayalam film National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam

2012 Thuppakki

Yes

Tamil film

2013 Rangrezz

Yes

Hindi film

Ceylon Yes Yes Yes Yes

2014 Inam Yes Yes Yes Yes Tamil film

Anjaan

Yes

Tamil film

Sapthamashree Thaskaraha

Yes

Malayalam film

2015 Double Barrel

Yes

Malayalam film

2016 Darvinte Parinamam

Yes

Malayalam film

Anuraga Karikkin Vellam

Yes

Malayalam film

2017 The Great Father

Yes

Malayalam film

Spyder[9]

Yes

Telugu and Tamil Bilingual film. Debut in Telugu cinema.

2018 Chekka Chivantha Vaanam[10][11]

Yes

Tamil and Telugu Bilingual film. A Mani Ratnam
Mani Ratnam
film.

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes

2011 Makaramanju Raja Ravi Varma Malayalam

2012 Thuppakki

Tamil Special
Special
appearance in the song "Google Google"

Awards[edit]

From Award Notes

Civilian honours Padma Shri [12]

National Film Awards

Year Film Language Category Notes

1988 Story of Tiblu English National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film Short film director

1990 Perumthachan Malayalam National Film Award for Best Cinematography

1991 Mohiniyattam Malayalam National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography Short film

1995 Kalapani Malayalam National Film Award for Best Cinematography

1996 Halo Hindi National Film Award for Best Children's Film Director

1998 The Terrorist Tamil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil Director

1998 Malli Tamil National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation Director

1997 Iruvar Tamil National Film Award for Best Cinematography

1998 Dil Se.. Hindi National Film Award for Best Cinematography

2004 Navarasa Tamil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil Director

2008 Prarambha Kannada National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film Short film

2011 Indian Rupee Malayalam National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam Co-producer

Kerala
Kerala
State Film Awards

1992 – Aham – Best Cinematography (Colour) 1996 – Kalapani – Best Cinematography 2005 – Anandabhadram
Anandabhadram
– Best Cinematography 1994 – Pavithram-best cinematography

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

1992 – Roja
Roja
– Best Cinematography 1996 – Indira – Best Cinematography 2010 – Raavanan
Raavanan
– Best Cinematography

Filmfare Awards

1995 - Barsaat - Best Cinematography 1998 – Dil Se..
Dil Se..
– Best Cinematography 2000 – Halo – Critics Award for Best Movie 2001 – Asoka – Best Cinematography

Filmfare Awards South

1997 – Iruvar
Iruvar
– Best Cinematographer
Cinematographer
– South 1999 - Vanaprastham - Best Cinematographer
Cinematographer
– South

IIFA Awards

2002 – Asoka – IFFA Best Cinematographer
Cinematographer
Award

Star Screen Awards

2005 – Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities – Best Cinematography

Zee Cine Awards

2005 – Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities – Best Cinematography

International[edit] Won:

1998 - The Terrorist– Best Director at Cairo International Film Festival 1998 - The Terrorist– Golden Pyramid at Cairo International Film Festival 1999 - Malli – Adult's Jury Award for Feature Film and Video (2nd Place) at Chicago International Film Festival 1999 - The Terrorist - Grand Jury Prize at Cinemanila International Film Festival 1999 - The Terrorist - Lino Brocka Award for Best Film at Cinemanila International Film Festival 2000 - Malli– Poznan Goat for Best Director at 18th Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival 2000 - The Terrorist – Panorama Jury Prize for Honorable Mention at Sarajevo Film Festival 2000 - Malli Emerging Masters Showcase Award at Seattle International Film Festival Awards 2004 - Malli – Audience Award for Best Feature Film at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2005= Navarasa=Monaco International Film Festival (Monaco)

Won - Best Supporting Actor - Bobby Darling Won - Angel Independent Spirit Award - Navarasa - Santosh Sivan

2008 - Before the Rains
Before the Rains
- Grand Award for Best Theatrical Feature at WorldFest Houston International Film Festival 2008 = Before the Rains= Crystal Kodak award for best cinematography. 2009, Tahaan= Tahaan
Tahaan
won a High Commendation in Children's Feature Film section at the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.[10]

Tahaan
Tahaan
Won Best feature film award, CIFEJ Award (Centre International du Film pour l' Enfant et la Jeunesse)and UNICEF Award at 11th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People in 2008 held at Greece[11] Than won "The German Star of India
India
award" at "Bollywood and Beyond" festival at Stuttgart Germany in 2009[12] Urumi= Nominated:

2001 - The Terrorist– Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film 2001 - The Terrorist - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Foreign Language Film

References[edit]

^ [1][dead link] ^ Gulzar, Govind; Saiba Nihalani (2003). "Biography: Sivan, Santosh". Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Encyclopædia Britannica (India). p. 633. ISBN 81-7991-066-0.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.  ^ "Simbu's next Kettavan just got bigger, ace lensman Santosh Sivan joins the team". 2017-08-03. Retrieved 2018-02-26.  ^ "'Lies We Tell' filmed by Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
set to release on February 2 next year". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-02-26.  ^ " Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
filming his next international film in Britain". The Indian Express. 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2018-02-26.  ^ "After fifth Hollywood film, Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
takes a break". The Indian Express. 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2018-02-26.  ^ Menon, Vishal (2017-08-19). "Greener than the greenest grass: Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
and 'Roja'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-02-26.  ^ " Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
excited about next film". 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2018-02-26.  ^ Desk, The Hindu Net (2018-02-09). "'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam': Mani Ratnam's next film has a rich ensemble cast". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-02-26.  ^ Ians (2017-07-10). "Mani Ratnam, Santhosh Sivan team up for sixth time". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-02-26.  ^ "Padma awardees 2014". The Times of India. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Santosh Sivan.

Official website [4] Santosh Sivan's blog on PassionForCinema.com Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
on IMDb Director with a Focus Shana Maria Verghis of The Daily Pioneer (India) Interviews Santosh Sivan

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National Film Award for Best Cinematography

1967–1980

Black-and-white

Ramachandra (1967) Nariman Irani (1968) K. K. Mahajan
K. K. Mahajan
(1969) K. K. Mahajan
K. K. Mahajan
(1970) Nando Bhattacharya (1971) Mankada Ravi Varma (1972) Apurba Kishore Bir
Apurba Kishore Bir
(1973) K. K. Mahajan
K. K. Mahajan
(1974) B. S. Lokanath (1975) P. S. Nivas (1976) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
(1977) Shaji N. Karun
Shaji N. Karun
(1978) Kamal Nayak (1979) Sivan (1980)

Color

M. N. Malhotra (1967) K. S. Prasad (1968) Marcus Bartley
Marcus Bartley
(1969) Radhu Karmakar (1970) Ramachandra (1971) K. K. Mahajan
K. K. Mahajan
(1972) Soumendu Roy (1973) Soumendu Roy (1974) Ishan Arya (1975) S. Ramachandra
S. Ramachandra
(1976) Soumendu Roy (1977) Govind Nihalani
Govind Nihalani
(1978) Rajan Kinagi (1979) Ashok Kumar (1980)

1981–2000

Black-and-white

Shripati R. Bhat (1981) No Award (1982) B. Bindhani and Raj Shekharand (1983) Discontinued after 1983

Color

Ashok Mehta (1981) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
(1982) Madhu Ambat (1983) Jehangir Choudhary (1984) Subrata Mitra (1985) Venu (1986) P. C. Sreeram
P. C. Sreeram
(1987) Apurba Kishore Bir
Apurba Kishore Bir
(1988) Virendra Saini (1989) Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
(1990) Apurba Kishore Bir
Apurba Kishore Bir
(1991) Venu (1992) Venu (1993) K. V. Anand (1994) Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
(1995) Mrinal Kanti Das (1996) Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
(1997) Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
(1998) Anil Mehta (1999) Ashok Mehta (2000)

2001–present

Ramachandra Halkare (2001) Abhik Mukhopadhyay (2002) Abhik Mukhopadhyay (2003) Mahesh Aney (2004) Madhu Ambat (2005) Goutam Ghose
Goutam Ghose
(2006) Shanker Raman (2007) Abhik Mukhopadhyay (2008) Anjuli Shukla (2009) Madhu Ambat (2010) Satya Rai Nagpaul (2011) Sudheer Palsane (2012) Rajeev Ravi (2013) Sudeep Chatterjee (2014) Sudeep Chatterjee (2015) Tirru (2016)

v t e

Kerala
Kerala
State Film Award for Best Cinematography

1969–1980

Black-and-white

Ashok Kumar (1969) Mankada Ravi Varma (1970) Melli Irani (1971) Mankada Ravi Varma (1972) Ashok Kumar (1973) Mankada Ravi Varma (1974) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
(1975) Vipindas
Vipindas
(1976) Ashok Kumar (1977) Madhu Ambat (1978) Hemachandran (1979) Sivan/Mahesh (1980)

Color

E. N. Balakrishnan (1972) — (1973) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
(1974) Masthan (1975) Ramachandra Babu
Ramachandra Babu
(1976) Shaji N. Karun
Shaji N. Karun
(1977) Ramachandra Babu
Ramachandra Babu
(1978) Shaji N. Karun
Shaji N. Karun
(1979) Ramachandra Babu
Ramachandra Babu
(1980)

1981–2000

Black-and-white

Vipin Mohan (1981) — (1982) — (1983) Mankada Ravi Varma (1984) Discontinued after 1984

Color

Vasanth Kumar (1982) Mankada Ravi Varma (1983) Jayanan Vincent (1984) Venu (1985) Shaji N. Karun
Shaji N. Karun
(1986) Madhu Ambat (1987) Sunny Joseph
Sunny Joseph
(1988) Ramachandra Babu
Ramachandra Babu
(1989) Madhu Ambat (1990) S. Kumar (1991) Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
/ Venu (1992) P. Sukumar (1993) Hari Nair (1994) Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
(1995) M. J. Radhakrishnan (1996) Hari Nair (1997) Azhagappan (1998) M. J. Radhakrishnan (1999) Sunny Joseph
Sunny Joseph
(2000)

2001–present

K. G. Jayan (2001) Mankada Ravi Varma / Sunny Joseph
Sunny Joseph
(2002) Venu (2003) S. Kumar (2004) Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
(2005) Manoj Pillai
Manoj Pillai
(2006) M. J. Radhakrishnan (2007) M. J. Radhakrishnan (2008) K. G. Jayan (2009) M. J. Radhakrishnan (2010) Shahanad Jalal (2011) M. J. Radhakrishnan (2012) Madhu Neelakandan (2013) Sujith Vaassudev (2014) Amal Neerad
Amal Neerad
(2015) Jomon T. John (2016) M. J. Radhakrishnan (2017)

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Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer

1968–1980

P. N. Sundaram (1968) Marcus Bartley
Marcus Bartley
(1969) Amirtham (1970) — (1971) — (1972) — (1973) — (1974) — (1975) — (1976) Babu (1977–78) A. Somasundaram, Nallusamy / Gnanasekar, Tiwary (1978–79) B. S. Lokanath (1979–80) Ashok Kumar (1980–81)

1981–2000

B. Kannan
B. Kannan
(1981–82) Soumendu Roy (1982–83) — (1984) — (1985) — (1986) — (1987) Ajayan Vincent (1988) Ashok Kumar (1989) Abdul Rahman (1990) Raghunatha Reddy (1991) Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
(1992) M. C. Shekar (1993) Jeeva (1994) Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
(1995) Arthur A. Wilson (1996) Thangar Bachan
Thangar Bachan
(1997) Annadurai (1998) Ilavarasu (1999) Ananda Kuttan (2000)

2001–present

R. Rathnavelu
R. Rathnavelu
(2001) Arjun Jena (2002) N. K. Ekambaram (2003) B. Kannan
B. Kannan
(2004) R. D. Rajasekhar (2005) Ravi Varman
Ravi Varman
(2006) Nirav Shah
Nirav Shah
(2007) Arthur A. Wilson (2008) Manoj Paramahamsa (2009) Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan
V. Manikandan (2010) Balasubramaniem (2011) M. Sukumar (2012) Siddharth (2013) Nirav Shah
Nirav Shah
(2014)

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