Works on celluloid based on Tagore's literature to be restored

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that some important archival materials on Rabindranath Tagore that are on celluloid have been restored and packaged, for national and international dissemination, after sub-titling in English.

Addressing a function to inaugurate the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of the eminent laureate, Singh said a wide range of projects are being undertaken as part of the commemorations to make Tagore’s works more accessible to a wider audience and to preserve his work for posterity.

He also released a digital collection of Tagore’s paintings entitled the ‘Rabindra Chitravali’.

Meanwhile, a three-day Film Festival of films based on the works of Tagore was held in the capital over the weekend.

The festival was organised by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts which functions under the Union Culture Ministry, in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals, the Films Division, and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry at Vigyan Bhawan.

Eight films showcased the creative dialogue that Tagore’s works created with Indian filmmakers who perceived his works from their own viewpoint.

The films screened were master cine craftsman Satyajit Ray’s films Rabindranath Tagore (1961), Charulata (1964), Ghaire Baire (1984) and Teen Kanya (1961); Tagore’s Paintings (1970) and Tagore’s Ode to Nature (1986) directed by Ranabir Ray; and Kabuliwala (1956) and Kbudito Pashan (1960) directed by Tapan Sinha.

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