Quero agradecer a Enrique Nicanor, director do Festival de Cine de Ourense en Galicia, España, non só a inclusión dunha sección “Homenaxe a Rabindranath Tagore” no festival deste ano para sinalar o aniversario do 150 nacemento de, xunto coa Biblioteca Tagore de Ourense, fundada por José Paz, senón tamén por invitarnos a Kaberi e a mín a participar nela.
Debo dar las gracias a Enrique Nicanor, Director del Festival de Cine Internacional de Ourense, no sólo para la inclusión de un sección “Homenaje a Rabindranath Tagore” en el festival de este año para conmemorar el 150 aniversario del nacimiento de Tagore, en colaboración con la Biblioteca Tagore de Ourense fundada por José Paz, sino también para invitar a Kaberi y a mí a tomar parte en él. Es uno de los primeros tributos, bastante completo, del 150 aniversario del nacimiento de Tagore, que la UNESCO ha establecido para 2011.
I should begin by thanking Enrique Nicanor, Director of the Ourense International Film Festival in Galicia, Spain, for including a ‘Homage to Tagore’ section in this year’s festival to mark Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, in conjunction with the Tagore Library of Ourense founded by José Paz. It is one of the first, fairly comprehensive tributes to Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, which UNESCO is marking in 2011.
OK, so it has taken me a few months to find the time to edit the material shot by our friend Séamas McSwiney. Still, now you can see a special edition of the Shyama podcast about how the film was received at the Kolkata Film Festival in November 2009.
What if people all over the world were to mark Tagore’s birth anniversary (actually on 7 May 2011) in their homes and communities with tree-planting ceremonies and/or performances of his environmental plays Red oleanders (‘Raktakarabi’) and The waterfall (‘Muktadhara’)?
It’s been an intriguing week. First, I spent last Saturday at #ORGCon, where I had been invited to talk about our film Shyama in the opening panel discussion chaired by writer Cory Doctorow entitled ‘Thriving in the real digital economy’. Then on Monday evening, as I was still digesting what I had heard at #ORGCon, I noticed our friends Brian Newman and Sheri Candler tweeting enthusiastically about Gerd Leonhard’s talk The future of film and cinema.
Last Saturday, at London’s Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Samir Khan and Suddho mancha did something remarkable. They organised an event to pay tribute to some of those who have helped the UK’s Bengali community to sustain Tagore’s legacy. Those honoured were Arati Bhattacharya, Sushmita Bhattacharya, Pompa Dhar, Benu Rahman and my father, Jayanta Chatterjee.
Many have been looking forward to celebrating Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, which will be on May 7, 2011. So much so that some started celebrating over a year in advance.
UNESCO announced that it would be celebrating the anniversary, in the same way that it had celebrated Tagore’s birth centenary in 1961. That was marked by several notable events all over the world, including Satyajit Ray’s documentary Rabindranath Tagore and Teen Kanya, his trilogy of Tagore’s short stories The Postmaster, Monihara (the lost jewels) and Samapti (Conclusion).
Kaberi and I went to see this film last weekend. It’s quite a remarkable film in several ways and I’d recommend you to see it.
My name is Khan is an Indian film. To many in the West, this may bring to mind a 3-hour romantic film with a good-guy-falls-in-love-with-nice-girl-who-falls-for-bad-guy-but-is-rescued-by-good-guy-and-falls-in-love-and-they-live-happily-ever-after plot in which
If you have been wondering where Kaberi and I disappeared to, perhaps this leaflet about our Tagore dance film trilogy will give you an idea.
I have finally succumbed to the suggestion of various friends, particularly Lambros, that I start a blog. Through our Shyama podcast, Kaberi and I are trying to offer answers to the many questions about Shyama and Rabindranath Tagore which people watching our film version of Shyama have been prompted to ask us.
This blog is more about my personal interests, though the link with our Tagore dance film trilogy is inescapable since the trilogy brings together my interests in films, Tagore and digital thinking. I hope you’ll find them interesting too.