Tribute to the man who brought Indian cinema on the world map
Kolkata: The 98th birth anniversary of Satyajit Ray was celebrated in the city on Thursday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted "Maharaja Tomare Selam… Fondly remembering Satyajit Ray, legendary filmmaker, on his birth anniversary."
At Mother's Wax museum in New Town, the wax statue of Ray was garlanded on the occasion by the chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) Debashis Sen.
Orbits of Convergence: Ray's Tagore, a unique programme by the Tollygunge Club, brought together the works of Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray. The event, conceptualised, scripted and directed by Subha Pal, with inputs from Subhashish Majumder, is an audio-visual presentation of Tagore's works, which have been made into films by Satyajit Ray, along with the screening of a documentary on Tagore, made in 1961 on the birth centenary of Rabindranath.
Tagore was very close to the Ray family and had visited the Garpar house of the Rays when Sukumar, Ray's father, fell ill and died prematurely. Tagore loved Ray because he lost his father at an early age.
There will be play-readings too, followed by the recital of poetry and some songs which are reminiscent of both Tagore and Ray's works. "This event is a tribute to mark the birth anniversary of two luminaries from Bengal — Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray. Since both their birthdays fall in the month of May, we decided to host a programme which focuses on how Ray's films brought world-wide fame to Tagore's works.
It's not that Tagore wasn't so popular among the people before. But Ray's works captured beautifully the meaning inherent in Tagore's works, which were lost in translation," says Subha Pal, the director.
Clippings from five
films by Ray which included Teen Konya, Charulata, Ghare Baire, Postmaster and Monihara had been shown at the event.
Barun Chanda, who acted in Ray's Shimabaddha, spoke about Tagore's interest in movies, during the latter part of his life. Biplab Das Gupta presented the play-reading while director Ashoke Vishwanathan enacted the characters from Ghare Baire and Monihara. Rohini and Debashish Ray Chaudhuri sang songs along with Apala Basu.
The programme will also include songs from Ray's films, as he used some of Tagore's poems in his films to highlight a particular moment.
"Ray's love for music was much evident in movies like Gupi Gayen Bagha Bayen and Hirak Rajar Deshe and we will also include some songs from these movies," Subha said.
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