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Apart from his encouragement and suggestions which have been of vital use, I am particularly grateful for his painstaking translation of parts of Eisenstein's Non-Indifferent Nature from the Russian and French specifically for the purposes of this study.
I am also grateful to Ceeta Kapur for her extended comments, and Kumar Shahani for his help which was curtailed by the fact that he himself features so prominently in the book. I would like to in fact use this opportunity to acknowledge a deep personal debt to Kumar for his encouragement and patience.
With Chatak's films still so difficult to see, I am grateful to the National Film Archive Ritwik ghatak trilogy India for having extended to me their facilities of seeing films and taking stills, and to Prakash Yadav of Kiran Arts for his fine and expeditious work.
I would like to thank Shanta Gokhale for her painstaking editing of my manuscript, Amrit Cangarof Screen Unit for atl his help, and Haimanti Ritwik ghatak trilogy who made available her own analysis of Meghe Dhaka Tara to me.
I must particularly acknowledge the tremendous help given to me by my father in every possible way. If we consider for instance the historical circumstances under which the artist worked, we must face the question of how their relevance might extend to a changed present.
Would the criticism isolate the artist? Where, eventually, would we place ourselves within such a historical canvas defined around the subject of our criticism? Established conventions of art-criticism often demand an objectivity, a mandatory distance from one's subject.
I n such a form of criticism there is often a sense of passing judgement. But if there is one thing we shall not do here, it would be to'judge' RitwikChatak.
I fan artist as enormously relevant to the present as Ghatak demands an objectivity, it is a radical objectivity, a statement of bias rather than a false neutrality.
The relationship of the individual to the historical process, never insignificant, here becomes of overwhelming importance because of Chatak's own historical consciousness.
The process of individuation through history, important in his films, here becomes as important for us as we move beyond false glorification and relate the individual to history.
Nowhere better than in Chatak's work do we realise that if in India, thirty years after ourindependence, serious art is still considered the property of the upper classes, the issues go deeper than the one.
If the only response that the cancerous growth of our mass-arts evokes is the romantic dream of a 'better" art, it is obviously not enough to merely disagree or to challenge this dream.
We need to identify and to confront the people who have sought to make even this dream into a commodity, the ideology that would systematically obscure, the issues at stake and concFetise an image only in its saleability. A Return to the Epic In bourgeois society one constantly faces a divide — between a people's material level of existence and the dreams and aspirations that preoccupy them.
One comes to a strange fragmentation of the human sensibility as their daily existence turns increasingly unreal and the only sensuous reality they feel is that of the dream-world which is provided by the mass-arts. The complete absence of an identity to people outside of the one conferred upon them by the dominant social tradition leaves them without an alternative but the few offered by the bourgeoisie, the few limited options that provide the system with a facade of democracy.
It is a part of our fragmentation that the struggle of the artist for significant expression is often not seen as part of the larger struggle for a cultural unity. We repeatedly see how, despite an overall acceptance of a correct ideology, many of those who enter the struggle view the role of the artist as that of a mere propagandist Such a position, taken by those who mean well but who have yet to digest the lessons of socialist-realism, at times goes dangerously close to the position of the dominant class itself.
Central to the present study on Ritwik Chatak is the concept of myth. At various points in the book differing shades of the concept have been used, with the idea that, hopefully over its length a definition of the term would emerge. One could begin with a simple idea of the myth — as an encrustment of a particular configuration of ideas never challenged, a particular set of images that have come to achieve total acceptability within a culture-specific society.
How is myth to be confronted? It can only be broken if it is displaced, shown to be false in a context different from the one it brings with itself. Such a displacement, and the consequent openingout of the myth, we may term signification.
The process of signification begins with, to use Brecht's-phrase, the 'showing up of the dominant viewpoint as the viewpoint of the dominators'.Ritwik Ghatak's iconic movie follows the life of a young female Bangladeshi immigrant as she tries to single-handedly solve all her family problems, sustain a job and a lover.
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Cinematic Representation of Partition in Ritwik Ghatak’s Partition Trilogy. Uploaded by. Sanjana Majhi. Politics and Melodrama: The Partition Cinema of Ritwik Ghatak. The Golden Line and E-Flat – are together sometimes referred to as Ghatak’s “partition trilogy.” Special thanks to Regina Schlagnitweit, Austrian Filmmuseum.
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Meghe Dhaka Tara (Bengali: মেঘে ঢাকা তারা Mēghē Ḍhākā Tārā, meaning The Cloud-Capped Star) is a film written and directed by Ritwik Ghatak, based on a social novel by Shaktipada Rajguru with the same kaja-net.comn by: Ritwik Ghatak (screenplay), Shaktipada Rajguru(the original novel).