Gulzar speaks at a seminar in Kolkata
minent personalities from the field of literature, film, theatre and media were all in attendance at the seminar on Popularising Indian Literature, organized by Natun Alo, held at the National Library Auditorium and the biggest attraction was film personality and poet Gulzar who was visiting Kolkata after a long time for this seminar.
Be it film, music, theatre Indian literature played an important role to enrich each section, to entertain mass. Many a times good stories helped film makers to conceive classics, meaningful poetries transformed into popular songs. What’s the scene regarding our regional language based literature? Interestingly, many of the films considered as classics were based on stories penned in regional language.
Films based on Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’r Anandamath, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Devdas were successfully made in Hindi even in other regional languages. Poetry with good lyrical values were transformed into legendary songs as Ranar by Sukanta Bhattacharya, Palkir Gaan by Satyendra Nath Dutta.
Gulzar, who has made films based on regional stories be it Khusboo, Ijazat among others, many were based on stories from Bengal. And speaking on this occasion, the veteran said “I am happy to attain the seminar in Kolkata. Feels nice to be back here, and it is a very nice initiative taken by Nutan Alo.”
Popularising Indian Literature Through Other Media the subject was discussed by the speakers as Gulzar, Nabaneeta Devsen, Prabal Kumar Basu (Poet), Sanjay Mukhopadhay ( Film), Parnav Mukherjee (Theatre) which will be followed by a poetry collage by Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, an ace elocutionist ,a dance drama Gai Samyer Gaan by Alokananda Roy.
An event to remember it was indeed!
Pictures by: Dipanjan Ghosh