Rajshahi University demo calls for Ritwik’s house preservation

RU Correspondent | Published: 00:42, Jan 02,2020


Rajshahi University teachers and students and the cultural activists of the city on Wednesday called for actions to preserve the house of renowned filmmaker and writer Ritwik Kumar Ghatak.

They put forward their demand at a human chain organised by Rajshahi University Film Society and film magazine Magic Lanthan in front of the university’s central library on the campus in the afternoon.

The participants also demanded that a film centre should be set up at the ancestral home of Ghatak at Miapara in Rajshahi.

Ritwik Ghatak was born in Miapara on November 4 in 1925. He was brought up and raised in the town. He was also a student of Rajshahi Collegiate School and Rajshahi College. Later, following the partition of India, he and his family moved to Kolkata. The house was later declared ‘enemy property’ in 1980s and later on Rajashahi Homeopathic College and Hospital was set up on the land.

The recent demand for preserving the house as a heritage site came forward after the Homeopathic college authorities demolished a portion of the house to build a bicycle garage.  

Theatre activist and RU professor Malay Kumar Bhowmick told the gathering that Ritwik Ghatak is well-known across the world for his works and experts still do researches on him.

The authorities should preserve the house and convert it in a film institute so that Ritwik would properly be honoured.

Magic Lanthan editor and RU mass communication and journalism department assistant professor Kazi Mamun Haidar, Ritwik Ghatak Film Society president FMA Jahid, RU Film Society president and associate professor Sazzad Hossain Bakul, RU theatre department chairman Ataur Rahman Raju, folklore department assistant professor Amirul Islam Kanak, Rajshahi Film Society president Ahsan Kabir Liton, and Varendra Film Society president Sultanul Islam Tipu, among others, spoke at the human chain.

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