Tagore film fest from Sept 23

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre under the High Commission of India in Bangladesh is organising a four-day film festival titled Tagore Stories on Film from September 23 in Dhaka as part of the ongoing joint celebrations between India and Bangladesh on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.

The Tagore film retrospective will showcase Bangla and Hindi films by renowned filmmakers of India with plots based on popular stories of Tagore.

The films are scheduled for screening in afternoon and evening sessions (3:30pm and 6:30pm) at the main auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum at Shahbagh in the city. The films are Khudito Pashan by Tapan Sinha which will be screened on September 23, Tin Kanya by Satyajit Ray and Kabuliwala by Hemen Gupta on September 24, documentaries Natir Puja and Rabindranath Tagore and film Ghare Baire, all three by Satyajit Ray, on September 25 and Char Adhyay by Kumar Shahani will be screened on September 26. The films are in DVD format which have been jointly prepared by the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India in association with the country’s National Film Development Corporation.

Khudito Pashan is a 1960 national award-winning Bangla film based on a Tagore epic under the same title.Satyajit Ray’s Tin Kanya, released in 1961, is based on three of Tagore’s separate plots. Another of Ray’s classic Ghare Bhaire, which was released in 1984, was nominated in the Golden Palm section of the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Kabuliwala, produced in Hindi, is based on the heartbreaking relationship between a child and an expatriate peddler from Kabul. Char Adhyay is the other film also produced in Hindi. However, both the films have been criticised by citizens and critics of West Bengal supposedly for being a blowing element to Bangali culture and to global fame of Tagore as a Bangali. The two documentaries to be shown at the festival are biographical compilations of Rabindranath Tagore. Natir Puja is a silent production which is a compilation of footages of the original film under the same name which was directed earlier by Tagore. Shot over four days on the occasion of the poet’s 70th birth anniversary during 1932, the film also featured Tagore in person as the central character. The other documentary titled Rabindranath Tagore was made by Satyajit Ray in 1961 in celebration of the poet’s birth centenary. Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre heartily welcomes film lovers of Dhaka to enjoy the festival. Complimentary passes are to be collected from branches of the cultural centre at Dhanmondi and Gulshan 1.

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