Times of India: The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has organised a festival of short films by eminent director Buddhadeb Dasgupta from January 4 to 6, as part of the centenary celebrations of Indian cinema.
The films are based on 13 timeless poems by Rabindranath Tagore and are often called ‘poetry on celluloid’.
Dasgupta, a celebrated poet and prolific filmmaker, has a long association with the FTII. He is well-known for his sensitive films ‘Dooratwa’ (1978), ‘Phera’ (1988), ‘Bagh Bahadur’ (1989), ‘Tahader Katha’ (1992), ‘Charachar’ (1994) and ‘Lal Darja’ (1997). He has won several national and international awards for these celluloid creations. As a poet, his popular literary works include ‘Govil Araley’, ‘Sreshta Kabita’, ‘Himjog’, ‘Chhaata Kahini’, among others.
The films explore the poems through images, sounds and music, delving into the depths of the human mind and mysteries of human relationships. Using minimal dialogues, the films take the ethos and experience to the spectators, crossing all barriers of language.
The films will be screened at 6 pm on January 4, 5 and 6 in the FTII main theatre, followed by an interaction with the filmmaker. Entry is open to all.