25 long years! But it seems only the other day! Kolkata International Film Festival has traversed a quarter of a century. Jaded with watching—and sometimes not watching—commercial and run-of-the-mill bioscope throughout the year, desperate film enthusiasts get an opportunity to immerse themselves in a plethora of socially-conscious, aesthetically gratifying films of various styles, moods and genres at the annual carnival of world cinema.
And finally, after about 15 years of that report, came this film – GUMNAMI. Its not just about Subhash Chandra Bose – The Legend / The God of Indian Freedom Struggle. It is about us. The Indians, whose freedom he fought for. It is about us, what have we done to Netaji. What have we done to his sacrifice – his own people, his family, his fellow comrades?
The music of the film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne was really an appreciable one and all the stalwarts of Indian music, such as, Raichand Boral, Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee, Pankaj Kumar Mallik, Rajyeshwar Mitra, Hemanta Mukherjee, Nachiketa Ghosh, Debabrata Biswas and the likes admitted the music of the film was a genuinely unique creation by Ray. Fifty years have passed since the release of the film and still the film as well as the music of the film continues to enthrall the audience all across the world.
His greatness as an artist is in no way diminished by the fact that he was a rivet in an unbroken chain of aesthetic and intellectual effort that stretches back to the mid-nineteenth century – a chain in which I too am, I hope, a small link, Ray was for me, not just a great artist; he was something even rarer: an artist who had crafted his life so that it could serve as an example to others.
One of the Buddhist monasteries mentioned in the autobiography of Xuanxang was the one at Moghalmari in the Paschim Medinipur district in West Bengal. This village in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal is a site of historical and archaeological significance that reflects the colorful history of the Bengal region.