Silhouette Editor Amitava Nag’s 4th Lecture in the Ray@100 Special Series explores compositional inspirations/ semblances/ correlations of Ray’s frames vis-a-vis that of established artists and the use of ‘Window’ as a device in Ray’s other films.
In his previous lecture Silhouette editor Amitava Nag discussed about the Desiring Women in Satyajit Ray’s Calcutta Trilogy and focussed primarily on the use of mirror and window in the depiction.
Recalling the Albertian metaphor for painting as an open window, in this lecture Amitava explores some compositional inspirations/semblances/correlations of Ray’s frames vis-a-vis that of established artists. He extends this lecture by expanding the use of ‘Window’ as a device in Ray’s other films, looking into few recurring characteristics and also the different usages leading to differing interpretations.
Even though the ‘Window’ in Ray’s cinema is probably difficult to interpret using the western theories of gaze and voyeurism, yet they do provoke certain interesting tropes – of being a mirror and also a boundary, a symbol of trough in communication and further, as an extension of the human eye.
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