To pay homage to the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray on the occasion of his birth centenary, a seminar titled ‘Satyajit Ray: National as Global’ was held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday.
Organisers of the 19th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) arranged the seminar.
While speaking at the seminar, Sharmila Tagore said, “Satyajit Ray is one of the legendary filmmakers in the world of cinema. He could make cinemas in foreign language if he wanted. But he made cinemas in Bengali language and took the Bengali language to the international arena through his creations. He is the big inspiration for the young filmmaker.”
Cultural activist and Bangladesh Liberation War Museum Trustee Mofidul Hoque presented keynote paper at the seminar.
Indian actor Dhritiman Chatterjee, Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed, film critic Moinuddin Khaled and veteran actor, and cultural personality Asaduzzaman Noor also spoke at the seminar.
Dhritiman Chatterjee said, “Ray is not only for a nation. He is an example for the world of cinema.” Dhritiman also shared the memories with Ray in the shooting set of ‘Pratidwandi’.
Asaduzzaman Noor said, “In my teen age, I came to Dhaka from Nilphamari only for to watch ‘Pather Panchali’. It is an extraordinary piece of work. I can remember the day when Ray visited Dhaka. Millions of people came to see him at Paltan Maidan.”
Satyajit Ray, the most acclaimed film director of Bengal is also the most misunderstood film creator.
He appeared in the film world with ‘Pather Panchali,’ a movie that confused many people in many ways. Nationally he was considered too urban and westernised to make films on rural Bengal, in the West the film appeared to be much rooted in rural India where the director tried to sell the exotic to an audience unaware of the setting.
Ray’s aesthetics and film perspectives took time to be understood, but he was never a rebel, although he surpassed himself all along with his career. He made it difficult to characterize him in one particular way, as he was a national artist with global traits or vice versa, a global artist with national roots.