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Film symposium highlights work of Bengali artists

The Center for Global Culture and Communication in the School of Communication hosts a symposium on the work of Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray April 5-6 on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. All events are free and open to the public.

Tagore, an Indian poet from the region of eastern South India known as Bengal, was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. He wrote novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on topics both personal and political.

Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) was a renowned Indian Bengali filmmaker who created 37 feature films, documentaries, and shorts. Among them were several adaptations of Tagore works.

The schedule includes remarks from the Honorable Mrs. Mukta Dutta Tomar, Consul General of India; panels by researchers from the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and others; and a talk by film director Shyam Benegal on the Bengal Renaissance.” (Full schedule below.)

Also in the schedule [pdf] are free screenings of two Tagore/Ray films:

Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
The Home and the World (Ghare Baire)
(Satyajit Ray, 1984, India, 35mm, 140 min.)
At her husband’s request, Bimala comes out of seclusion to experience the world, but her innocence leaves her vulnerable to manipulation. Adapted from Rabindranath Tagore’s novel, Satyajit Ray’s film takes place against a backdrop of political turmoil in Bengal at the turn of the 20th┬ácentury.

Friday, April 6, 7 p.m.
The Lonely Wife (Charulata)
(Satyajit Ray, 1964, India, 35mm, 117 min.)
Charu, the young wife of a wealthy newspaper editor, feels stifled by her idle existence and yearns for intellectual freedom. The arrival of her husband’s idealistic cousin provides a creative outlet, but also creates marital strife.
The event is co-sponsored by Air India, the Sinha Kikeri Foundation, and Northwestern’s Block Cinema.