Stay tuned to our new posts and updates! Click to join us on WhatsApp L&C-Whatsapp & Telegram telegram Channel
ISSN 2231 - 699X | A Publication on Cinema & Allied Art Forms
 
 
Support LnC-Silhouette. Great reading for everyone, supported by readers. SUPPORT
L&C-Silhouette Subscribe
The L&C-Silhouette Basket
L&C-Silhouette Basket
A hand-picked basket of cherries from the world of most talked about books and popular posts on creative literature, reviews and interviews, movies and music, critiques and retrospectives ...
to enjoy, ponder, wonder & relish!

FFSI Initiates Campaign to Save the Ancestral Houses of Ray, Ghatak and Sen

February 3, 2020 | By

Buoyed by the human chains formed in Rajsahi, Dhaka and Toronto to demand restoration of the decaying ancestral houses of the legendary filmmakers Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen, the FFSI has decided to initiate an international campaign.

Ritwik Ghatak's ancestral house ate Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Ritwik Ghatak’s ancestral house at Rajshahi, Bangladesh

The river Padma has been almost equivalent to a character in legendary Indian filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak’s films. The river had been part of his childhood and growing up years at the ancestral house at Rajshahi, about 245 KM North West from Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Ghatak spent his childhood and student days there, studying in Rajshahi College. Eventually, the family had to leave East Pakistan (the erstwhile name of Bangladesh) from this house in 1948.

This property was leased out in 1987-88 by the military government to a private Homeopathic college who have been, till date, demolishing most parts of the old structure to accommodate new requirements.

Human Chain in Toronto on 28 Dec 2019

Human Chain in Toronto formed by the Toronto Film Forum on 28 December 2019

Large sections of the film and cultural community of Rajshahi and Dhaka came on street in the last week of December 2019 to protest against the latest move to demolish another room in Ghatak’s house to make way for a bicycle garage. Human chains were formed in Rajshahi, Dhaka and Toronto to register the protest where many filmmakers, film scholars, college and university teachers, students, activists took part. Eminent film personalities of Bangladesh like Tanvir Mokammel, Morshedul Islam, Nasiruddin Yusuf Bacchu, Shameem Akhtar and many others protested on the street and signed the petition to Government not only to save Ghatak’s ancestral house but also to save other two ancestral houses of Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen.

Human Chain at Rajshahi 24 Dec 2019

Human Chain at Rajshahi 24 December 2019

Satyajit Ray’s ancestral house is at Mashua, Katiyadi, Kishoreganj which is about 115 KM North-East from Dhaka. This property is now in a dilapidated condition. Film activists of Dhaka have appealed to the government through the district administration for immediate renovation and preservation of this house. No action has yet been taken in this regard.

Satyajit Ray's ancestral House

Satyajit Ray’s ancestral House at Mashua, Katiadi, Kishoreganj, Bangladesh

Mrinal Sen’s ancestral house is at Jhiltuli, Faridpur which is about 130 KM West of Dhaka. The house is now under the disposal of a private owner. Most of the property has been demolished to build up new constructions. The original building still stands and it can probably be renovated and preserved if handled with care. Film activists of Dhaka are demanding for the same but there is no positive steps taken yet by the Bangladesh Government.

Mrinal Sen's ancestral house

Mrinal Sen’s ancestral house at Jhiltuli, Faridpur, Bangladesh

Taking note of this, the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI), the apex body of the huge film societies network of the country (founded by Satyajit Ray in 1959) has decided to initiate an international campaign for restoration of these ancestral houses of the legendary filmmakers that have an intrinsic value in the history of cinema. In the Central Executive Committee Meeting held on 30 January 2020 in Kolkata, a decision was formally taken to take up the issue to the international level so that the Bangladesh Government gives due importance to preserve all the three properties for historical purpose. The issue will also be brought to the notice of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and UNESCO for doing the needful at their concerned levels.

Premendra Mazumder, Vice President of the FFSI and Asia Pacific Secretary of the International Federation of Film Societies (IFFS) will spearhead the campaign to take up the issue at the international forum of IFFS.

Human Chain in Dhaka 28 Dec 2019

Human Chain in Dhaka 28 December 2019

More to read

Ray’s Ravi Shankar – A Blueprint for Posterity

Mrinal Sen: The Man Who Fought Through Cinema

‘Illuminating Ray’ A Critique on Gaston Roberge’s Satyajit Ray: Essays (1970-2005)

Ritwik Ghatak: A Crusader Of The Rootless

Performativity and Politics: Ray and Ghatak

Hope you enjoyed reading…

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting our creative, informative and analytical posts than ever before. And yes, we are firmly set on the path we chose when we started… our twin magazines Learning and Creativity and Silhouette Magazine (LnC-Silhouette) will be accessible to all, across the world.

We are editorially independent, not funded, supported or influenced by investors or agencies. We try to keep our content easily readable in an undisturbed interface, not swamped by advertisements and pop-ups. Our mission is to provide a platform you can call your own creative outlet and everyone from renowned authors and critics to budding bloggers, artists, teen writers and kids love to build their own space here and share with the world.

When readers like you contribute, big or small, it goes directly into funding our initiative. Your support helps us to keep striving towards making our content better. And yes, we need to build on this year after year. Support LnC-Silhouette with a little amount – and it only takes a minute. Thank you

Support LnC-Silhouette

Creative Writing

Whether you are new or veteran, you are important. Please contribute with your articles on cinema, we are looking forward for an association. Send your writings to amitava@silhouette-magazine.com

Silhouette Magazine is a platform for gathering myriad views on film (and allied art forms) and to continue with the flux of discourse. The Silhouette publications are our attempt to achieve this goal.
All Posts of Silhouette Magazine Bureau

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Silhouette Magazine publishes articles, reviews, critiques and interviews and other cinema-related works, artworks, photographs and other publishable material contributed by writers and critics as a friendly gesture. The opinions shared by the writers and critics are their personal opinion and does not reflect the opinion of Silhouette Magazine. Images on Silhouette Magazine are posted for the sole purpose of academic interest and to illuminate the text. The images and screen shots are the copyright of their original owners. Silhouette Magazine strives to provide attribution wherever possible. Images used in the posts have been procured from the contributors themselves, public forums, social networking sites, publicity releases, YouTube, Pixabay and Creative Commons. Please inform us if any of the images used here are copyrighted, we will pull those images down.

Silhouette on Facebook