Madhu Ambat is an Indian cinematographer. He was born to Ambat Sulochana and Prof K. Bhagyanath and he is the grand son of Ambat Sivarama Menon. He is a graduate and holds a diploma from the Film Institute of India, Poona, from where he graduated in 1970, securing a gold medal. After graduating from the Pune Film Institute, Madhu Ambat entered the film industry in 1973, photographing a documentary for Ramu Kariat. In a career spread over 35 years, he has been the cinematographer for 120 films. His younger sister is the renowned actress and dancer Vidhubala. Ambat also heads a non-profit making research organization "Fantasia Centre for Research and Development of Cinema". This newly started organization strives to develop an atmosphere for research in cinema and to spread a film culture. In 2003, he completed 1:1.6 An Ode to Lost Love, his debut film as a director.