New Delhi, May 23: As part of its ongoing initiative to showcase critically acclaimed movies to the connoisseurs of the national capital as well as to pay a special tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in the month of his birth anniversary, the Government of West Bengal organized a day-long retrospective of films based on writings by the Nobel Laureate author-philosopher at Mukatadhara Auditorium here today.
‘Tagore Talkies’ was inaugurated in the gracious presence of Shri Atanu Purkayastha, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal, Shri R.D. Meena, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal and Shri Rajesh Kumar, Officer on Special Duty, Government of West Bengal.
The opening film of the festival was a dramatized documentary on Rabindranth Tagore, directed by movie maestro Satyajit Ray in 1961 to celebrate the poet’s birth centenary. The other movies on offer were ‘Ghare Baire’ (The Home and The World), Ray’s skillful adaptation of a Tagore novel dealing with complexities of “swadeshi” movement and women’s empowerment and ‘Char Adhyay’, directed by Kumar Shahani, based on the Tagore novella of the same name which offered a different perspective on the issues of nationalism and idealism.
It will be worthy of mentioning here that the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, New Delhi, also organized a two-day retrospective — Best of Indian Cinema – Bengal Film Festival — in collaboration with Doordarshan at Banga Bhavan here in September last year to offer the film lovers of the city an opportunity to savour a bouquet of movies by renowned Bengali directors.
“We regularly organize cultural and film–related programmes from time to time. In fact, this is the second film festival organized by us in recent times. The main objective is to pay homage to Rabindranath Tagore in a different manner. We are glad that the event has been received so well by the film connoisseurs of Delhi. It gives us immense satisfaction that our effort has succeeded,” Shri Prasenjit Das, Deputy Resident Commissioner and Deputy Director of Information, Government of West Bengal, told reporters at the venue.
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