In recognition of his contribution to the world of alternate cinema, veteran filmmaker Mrinal Sen will be honoured with an honorary doctorate by the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur.
"Each year we choose eminent personalities from arts, culture, sports, etc for our honorary DLitt. This year we have decided to give it to filmmaker Mrinal Sen and classical vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty," IIEST registrar Dr Biman Bandyopadhyay said.
The institute's second convocation ceremony would be held at its Howrah campus, adjoining Kolkata, on Friday. Sen, who turns 94 in May this year, is however unlikely to be personally present at the convocation due to age related issues.
Regarded as a pioneer of the alternative cinema movement in India, he has won four National Film Awards as the best director for works like "Khandhar" (1984) and "Bhuvan Shome" (1969).
In 2005, he was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema.