Docu on Tagore’s legacy in pipeline

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 16:23, Jan 03,2017

Rabindranath 2017

A still from Rabindranath 2017.

A documentary film examining the enduring legacy of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore and contemporary practices will be released in February.

The film – ‘Rabindranath 2017’ – is now in post-production, said director Shyamal Chandra Nath.

The 35-minute film includes footage of places associated with Tagore in Bangladesh, India and Japan. Among them are Jorasanko and Shantiniketan in India, Tokyo in Japan, and Shilaidaha Kuthibadi (Kushtia), Patisar (Naogaon) and Kachharibari (Sirajganj) in Bangladesh.

As well as the footage, the film includes a number of interviews and an interspersing narrative.

Among the interviewees, who talked about Tagore’s influence in the subcontinent and contemporary practices, are professor emeritus Anisuzzaman, poet Nirendranath Chakravarty, researcher Pabitra Sarkar, professor emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury, language movement veteran Ahmed Rafiq, writer Hasan Azizul Haq, essayists Jatin Sarkar and Prabir Bikash Sarkar, and Tagore singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya.   

‘The film mainly examines Rabindranath Tagore’s influence in modern-day Bangladesh as well as outside the country,’ said Shyamal Chandra Nath.

‘It will also give the people a glimpse into the extraordinary life lived by the poet-musician,’ he added.

He explained the title of the documentary – Rabindranath 2017 – saying it speaks of the connection between today’s young generation and the poet, and how his thoughts and philosophies have influenced the former.

He also expressed his gratitude to Anisuzzaman, Serajul Islam Choudhury and Ahmed Rafiq for their inspiration to make the film, which has been produced by Full Frame Cinema.

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