To the readers,
An inspiration from new era of Indian film
I did this acrylic painting on canvas in 1991 when I was involved with my friends to review films, theatre, music, literature, poetry and of course the political discussion/debates on national or international context to observe the relationship between form and content or the language pattern that provided a logical expression by the cultural practices of late 50s to 80s. So many strong personalities in theatre, film, literature had a great affinity to the social realism, they were keen interested to focus the most critical condition of pre and post independence era of the society, the crisis of the time, where a socio-economic and political turmoiling situation also influenced the emergence of cultural hegemony to cling the arena of different kinds of practices.
Ritwik Ghatak was one of them who directed so many remarkable films that are accepted, appreciated and pointed by his followers; and the experts’ comments which have placed his works within the discourse in context to past or recent trends of film movement till today. By that time the film club movement had been reached to the highest range of pick-point. Ritwik Ghatak’s first film is “Nagorik” (The Citizen) and the last is “Jukti Takko Gappo” (The Reason, Argument, Story). In later period he made “Titas Ekti Nadeer Naam” (A River Called Titas) after the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. This was his wonderful making that was financed by a producer of Bangladesh in co-operation with Ritwik’s fans in 1973. He wrote his script based on the content of an anonymous Bengali writer Adwoita Mallobarmon’s novel “Titas Ekti Nadeer Naam” (A River Called Titas) which was written on the life and works of marginal people of “Maalo” community (fishermen), the writer himself was the member of Maalo community also so that he narrated beautifully the lives of Maalo. Once upon a time my school teacher, Suvendu Biswas of Bengali language told me much about Adwoita Mallobarmon and his novel in my school life. Ritwik died in 1976 and in 1978 this film was
screening in his retrospective show at Kolkata organized by the Govt. of West Bengal. I viewed Titas in this retrospective and I was begone enormously by his film, the sequence after sequence, frames and shots of the production moved me to look through the lens of my mind and becoming a fanatic I started to explore the cinematic language that inspired me to pick up a single frame from huge multiple frames (the mad man’s reaction after getting back his lost wife) which was focussed to be painted on canvas by me as pre-conditioned aesthetical relationship to the visual language; I used the figurative composition set in “ a vortex of images that settle down upon close scrutiny into recognizable shapes ”, patches of colors or minimal deformity that could identify the figurations. No matter what was being tried to be drawn but an emotional effort was the vital driving force to manipulate entire composition and I got much more appreciation from my friend circle, some of them were interested to collect this painting.
This exhibit was shown in the first solo exhibition in 1991 at AFA, Kolkata. In review art critic Kishore Chatterjee wrote:
” His basic technique is to apply short dabs of colours, broken lines that move side by side to create a vortex of images that settle down upon close scrutiny into recognizable shapes. At times Sinha comes into the realm of abstraction without really snapping links with formalism.” –The Statesman, Saturday, 29 June 1991
Ritwik Kumar Ghatak – Marxist thinker and film maker Ritwik Kumar Ghatak (b.1925) was the most important film director and he played a significant role in the movement of new Indian cinema of late 50s. His first production Nagorik (The Citizen) was directed by him in the year 1952 and the last two productions he directed Jukti Takko Gappo (The Reason, Argument, Story) in 1974 and Titas Ekti Nadeer Naam (A River Called Titas) in 1973 after the new born country Bangladesh in 1971. The Mother-Cult and the Collective Consciousness based script and direction signify the role of content and film-treatment. His most successful films are Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Capped Star) (1960), Komol Gandhar (E-Flat) (1961), Subarnorekha (Golden Lining), Jukti Takko Gappo (The Reason, Argument, Story), Ajantrik (1958), Titas Ekti Nadeer Naam (A River Called Titas) (1973) etc. He died in 1976 at the age of 50.
For more info please go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritwik_Ghatak
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