Friday, December 27, 2002

Satyajit Ray's Cinema
I have watched only a handful of the works of Master Director Satyajit Ray - But Pather Panchali ( Song of the Little Road ) is still pending.
Pather Panchali, Ray's first foray into the film making world, was completed in 1955, and proceeded to win the top prize at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. It's a quiet, simple tale, centering on the life of a small family living in a rural village in Bengal . . .
Here are two reviews - Here and here
And in direct contrast Ritwik Ghatak
About a 100 miles east of Calcutta lies Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Dhaka was the center of cultural activity of East Bengal and, along with Calcutta, saw the birth of major cultural movements in the first half of twentieth century. However, the independence of India in August 1947 saw the partition of Bengal. The trauma of this partition remains etched in the minds of the people whose lives were forever changed by it. Nowhere is this perhaps better portrayed than the films of the Bengali director Ritwik Ghatak. The first of his films to be released was Ajantrik in 1957. Following closely on the heels of Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali, which created history in the Indian cinema, Ajantrik was strikingly different in its approach. Portrayed with a humour uncharacteristic of Ritwik, Ajantrik's story revolves around a taxi-driver's unusual reletionship with his battered Chevrolet.
Notable among Ghatak's students are Kumar Shahani, Mani Kaul, Sayeed Mirza and Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

Some of the greatest directors of cinema who made the difference.

Alfred Hitchcock : Steven Spielberg : Martin Scorsese : James Cameron : Francis Ford Coppola : George Lucas : Satyajit Ray : Shyam Benegal : Ritwik Ghatak
Though Mrinal Sen and many others are missed out.


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