The award recipients this year include faculty member of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute Shyamal Karmakar, film-maker Akram Khan, film activist Zahidur Rahim Anjan, and thespian Kazi Sayed Hossain Dulal
Four film-makers and activists from Bangladesh and India will receive the Ritwik Ghatak Honorary Awards this year during the 8th Ritwik Ghatak Film Festival, which will open on the maestro’s birthday. The accolades will be distributed at the opening ceremony on November 4 in Rajshahi.
The award recipients this year include faculty member of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute Shyamal Karmakar, film-maker Akram Khan, film activist Zahidur Rahim Anjan, and thespian Kazi Sayed Hossain Dulal.
Anjan told Dhaka Tribune Showtime that he was the direct student of some of Ritwik’s disciples, like Mani Kaul and Kumar Shahani.
“I am humbled by this award,” he said. “There are so many candidates who I believe deserves this more than I do . I hope I can do justice to the name this honour is associated with.”
Eminent writer Professor Hasan Azizul Haque, Assistant High Commissioner of India Shri Sanjeev Kumar Bhati, human rights activist Aroma Dutta (also Ritwik’s Ghatak’s niece), Professor Ruhul Amin Pramanik, and local cultural personality Toshikul Islam Raja will be present as special guests. The chief guest at the event will be AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, the Mayor of Rajshahi.
The festival will screen Ritwik’s classics, along with contemporary art films. The organizers have shared that the list of films and screening schedule has not yet been confirmed.
There will also be a conference of film activists, which will take place at Lalon Moncho by the river. The attendants of the conference will include members of film societies in and around Rajshahi.
Awardees Shaymal Karmakar and Akram Khan will conduct a film-making workshop as well, which is another attraction of this festival.
Known for his meticulous depiction of social reality, iconic film-maker Ritwik Ghatak’s masterpieces include Titas Ekti Nodir Nam - A River Called Titas (1973), Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960), Ajantrik (1958), Nagarik (1952), and so on.
The festival will conclude on November 7.