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Bengal organises ‘Tagore talkies’

A day-long retrospective of films - “Tagore Talkies” - based on writings by the Nobel Laureate author and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore was organised by the West Bengal government at Mukatadhara Auditorium in the national capital on Saturday.

“Tagore Talkies” was inaugurated in presence of Atanu Purkayastha, Additional Chief Secretary, West Bengal government, RD Meena, Principal Resident Commissioner and Rajesh Kumar, Officer on Special Duty.

The opening film of the festival was a dramatised documentary on Rabindranath Tagore, directed by movie maestro Satyajit Ray in 1961 to celebrate the poet’s birth centenary. The other movies 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 Tagore, which offered a different perspective on the issues of nationalism and idealism.

“We regularly organise cultural and film related programmes from time to time. In fact, this is the second film festival organised 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,” Prasenjit Das, Deputy Resident Commissioner, West Bengal said.

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