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Lincoln Centre remembers Ritwik Ghatak on his 94th birthday

Seven of his films will be screened during this event: Subarnarekha (1965), The Runaway / Bari Theke Paliye (1959), A River Called Titas / Titash Ekti Nadir Naam (1972), Reason, Debate and a Tale / Jukti Takko Ar Gappo (1977), The Pathetic Fallacy / Ajantrik (1958), E-Flat / Komal Gandhar (1961), and The Cloud-Capped Star / Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960). Each film will be screened twice

Update : 03 Nov 2019, 08:13 PM

Film at Lincoln Centre has organized a weeklong event Poetry and Partition: The Films of Ritwik Ghatak, a retrospective of the visionary Bangali director’s career from November 1-6. 

Even though his creations are now considered as an extremely refined vision of cinema by the likes of Martin Scorsese, director, writer, and actor Ritwik Ghatak had a career of constant struggle. As his contemporary Satyajit Ray once put it, his unconventional films were “largely ignored” by the public.

Seven of his films will be screened during this event: Subarnarekha (1965), The Runaway / Bari Theke Paliye (1959), A River Called Titas / Titash Ekti Nadir Naam (1972), Reason, Debate and a Tale / Jukti Takko Ar Gappo (1977), The Pathetic Fallacy / Ajantrik (1958), E-Flat / Komal Gandhar (1961), and The Cloud-Capped Star / Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960). Each film will be screened twice.  

Scholars Udaya Kumar, Richard Peña, Moinak Biswas, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak will introduce the films. 

A symposium on Ghatak’s work was held at Columbia University yesterday. Speakers at this symposium includes the Kenyan activist and intellectual Ngugi wa Thiong’o, the Swedish investigative journalist and cultural theorist Stefan Jonsson, famous feminist critic, scholar and literary theorist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and film theorists such as Nora Alter and Dudley Andrew.

This iconic Bangali film-maker was born in Dhaka on November 4, 1925. He only completed eight fiction feature films during his lifetime, but each reflects the social realities of a nation trying to revise its identity in the aftermath of British colonial rule and the partition of India and Pakistan.

Film at Lincoln Centre is a branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Centre, which shines a light on the importance of the moving image. Founded in 1969, to celebrate American and international films, the centre is best known for organizing the prestigious New York Film Festival and publishing Film Comment, the premier magazine about films and film culture in the US.

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