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PART 1: TRIBUTE

The first part of ANUBHAV’s 2014 production is a tribute to the legendary figures of the Indian Film Industry and Bengali Literature- Celluloid Queen Suchitra Sen, film-maker Rituparno Ghosh and poet-novelist Sunil Gangopadhay, Humayun Ahmed, an author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and film-maker from Bangladesh, who we have lost in the recent past. Their unparalleled contribution to Bengali cinema and to Bengali Literature has left an indelible impression in the heart and minds of numerous readers and film lovers. Each one of them has captivated their audience through their amazing creativity in films and Bengali literature. Today’s evening is an attempt by ANUBHAV to recreate a few of their magical creations through the offering of music, songs and poems.

Renowned actress, Suchitra Sen captivated thousands of hearts with her beauty, elegance and wonderful portrayal of myriad characters in her 26 year of career with a total of 59 films. The "Mahanayika" (greatest heroine) worked with Bengal's biggest matinee idol Uttam Kumar to lead in the golden era of Bengali cinema. Her remarkable performances in a number of Hindi movies like Devdas, Mamta, Musafir, Bombai Ka Babu and Aandhi have been widely acclaimed. She remained an enigma with over three decades of self-imposed reclusion that prompted constant parallels with Hollywood icon Greta Garbo

A distinguished film maker, Rituparno Ghosh was one of the most acclaimed film directors of Indian cinema. He was an adept in his sensitive portrayal of women depicting their most intricate emotions, feelings and sufferings. In his cinematic career spanning for almost two decades, he not only won many national awards but also won accolades at international film festivals. Some famous films that he directed which received a lot of applause from audience and film critics are Raincoat, Noukadubi, Unishe April, Abohomann, Chokher Bali, Antarmahal, Khela and The Last Lear, his first English Language film, and they are just to name a few. He played a pivotal role in reviving the Bengali Film Industry with his out of the box projection in films.

Considered to be ‘the cultural legend of Bangladesh’ Humayun Ahmed wrote over 250 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh. He was a very famous and popular author, dramatist and filmmaker ever to grace the cultural world of Bangladesh. One of his most famous works is Nondito Noroke (In Blissful Hell), which has received a lot of acclaim both from the literary critics as well as from his fans. He has received a lot of accolades for his brilliant work both in films and in literature which include the Bangla Academy award and National Film awards of Bangladesh. His writing style characterized as having a touch of magic realism has touched the hearts of innumerable readers. His death is indeed a severe loss to the literary culture of Bangladesh.

Noted Bengali poet-novelist, Sunil Gangopadhay, was one of the most effervescent writers of modern Bengali literature. He was equally adept in both prose and poetry. A prolific writer, who has written in different genres like travelogues, children’s fiction, short stories, features and essays but always said that poetry, was his “first love”. He authored more than 200 books in his literary career which spanned for more than 60 years. He won the Bankim Puraskar and the Ananda Puraskar twice and he also received the Sahitya Academy award in 1985 apart from other awards and accolades. Some of his famous works include novels like Purba Paschim, Sei Shomoi, Prothom Alo, the Kakababu series fictions and poems like Chaya Darshon, Anno Jiboner Shad, Shopno Somvob, Kothay Alo are just to name a few. He had enriched Bengali literature through his unique style and his demise has no doubt created a void in Bengali literature.

Manna Dey was one of the great playback singers in Bollywood in the 50's, 60's and 70's. He sang for many of the male actors in a variety of films such as "Boot Polish" (1954), "Love in Tokyo" (1966), "Padosan" (1968), and a host of others. In his career spanning more than 5 decades, it is said that he recorded more than 4000 songs between 1953 and 2013. The Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007. Manna Dey sang in all the major regional Indian languages, though primarily in Hindi and Bengali. His peak period in Hindi playback singing is from 1953 to 1976.

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