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Friday, June 22, 2012

Rabindranath Tagore, a movie by Satyajit Ray

Together come here two great names of the Bengali universe, Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray. A documentary made in 1961, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tagore.

It was a tribute of admiration, and Ray was careful to strictly keep within the limits of the portrait as known and revered throughout India, to avoid any possibly controversial aspect, any iconoclast question. The whole space of the movie was reserved to Tagore, and Ray tried to hide completely any mark of his own presence. However, in the scenes of Tagore as a boy, you feel the universe from Pather Panchali, the way the boy Tagore is looking at the world call in mind the fascinated eyes of Apu. It is there that you feel the encounter of the two titans. And Ray once said that ten or twelve minutes of it (of the documentary) were among the most moving and powerful things he had produced (http://www.satyajitray.org/films/tagore.htm).

Rabindranath Tagore, a documentary by Satyajit Ray (1961)
(video by sshoibal)

(Satyajit Ray)

(Rabindranath Tagore)

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