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The Heritage Walk was inaugurated at 40th International Book Fair in the august presence of Mir, veteran Bengali author Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, S...

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Mir and Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay participate in Heritage Walk at 40th International Book Fair

The Heritage Walk was inaugurated at 40th International Book Fair in the august presence of Mir, veteran Bengali author Shirshendu Mukho...

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Comic Book for Children the Awesome Four: Extraordinarily Ordinary Launched by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay

Veteran Bengali writer Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay along with Suvro Chanda (Joint Managing Director of PC Chandra Jewellers) was present at th...

Mir and Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay participate in Heritage Walk at 40th International Book Fair

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The Heritage Walk was inaugurated at 40th International Book Fair in the august presence of Mir, veteran Bengali author Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Sudhangshu Dey (Director, Publishers and Booksellers Guild) and others at Milan Mela. Students from St. James’ School also participated in this heritage Walk along with the dignitaries.

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A glorious walk was scheduled around a specific path with eighteen installations. The installations depicted significant and important events that took place in the thirty nine years of the Book Fair.

Some of the installations include Coffee House (1975 place where the Guild was formed), First Kolkata Book fair inaugurated by A. L Dais (1976), Expiry of Ashok Kr Sarkar at the stage of Book fair (1983), Visit of Koutchoumow, International recognition of the Book Fair (1983), Assam, first Focal theme of Book fair (1991), France first international theme of Book Fair (1997), Fire in the Book Fair (1997), Change of Calcutta Book Fair to Kolkata Book Fair (2002), Gunter Grass visited Book Fair (2005), Last Book Fair in Maidan (2006), International Book fair in Saltlake Stadium (2007), Book Fair at Milan Mela (2009), writer Dominique Lappiere in Book Fair (2009) and others.

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The aim of this Heritage Walk was to rebuild the connection of the young generation and the Book Fair and several activities with children from various schools were planned to drive engagement.

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Comic Book for Children the Awesome Four: Extraordinarily Ordinary Launched by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay

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Veteran Bengali writer Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay along with Suvro Chanda (Joint Managing Director of PC Chandra Jewellers) was present at the launch of the book “The Awesome Four: Extraordinarily Ordinary” at the Kolkata Book Fair 2016. The release took place at the PC Chandra stall (Number 101).

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Following the great response received last year, the English version of Durlav Heerer Kahini by Bijoy Kumar Chandra along with the Bengali version will be available this year too. Purna Chandra’s Ratna Bigyan will also be available this year which speaks about precious colored stones.

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The Awesome Four: Extraordinarily ordinary is a comic book for children. The book consists of four characters as is evident from the name itself. Geeky Gracy is a lazy but intelligent chicken, Amazing Angelina is a fish who can sense danger lurking around the corner, Curios Ceph is an octopus with detective qualities and Big Buff is a fat butterfly who saves the day with his innovative ideas. How they overcome adversity and triumph is what the comic book all about.

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Speaking at the launch, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay said “This is indeed a good initiative by this jewelry company. To bring out a comic book for the children is a good job”.

Apart from this the jewelry manufacturing company has also displayed some fine designs at the stall. The designs are the actual characters of the comic series in real 22carat gold.

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Books on Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Rituparno Ghosh Launched by Sharmila Tagore at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary meet 2016

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Two books “The world of Hrishikesh Mukherjee: The filmmaker everyone loves” and “Rituparno Ghosh: Cinema, gender and Art” was recently released by ace actress Sharmila Tagore at the Tata Steel Kolkata literary meet event.

Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore had worked with both the directors and spoke at length about her association and work experience with them in two sessions titled “The Babumoshai in Bombay” and “Ritu Utshob”.

Speaking about her association with Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the actress said “It was indeed a pleasure working with him in quite a few films. The way he made his films appealed to a broader section of the audience and surely everyone loved him”.

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On being questioned about the sensational bikini shoot which she did for the cover of a magazine, the veteran actress said “I did not do it for publicity. I am 71 now. What is the use of wearing a bikini now? I wore it at the right time. Moreover I had Tiger’s support and he even mentioned that I must have looked nice. That was very helpful. Sexy images do not last long. Hence for longevity in this industry I opted for roles which I did in films like Aradhana”.

In the next session, the actress who had worked with Rituparno Ghosh in his film Shubho Mahurat regretted that she had lost someone she could speak with and also enhance her knowledge. “Ritu was younger to me but he had so much knowledge. He was well read and that showed. He often enacted out scenes during the shooting and we often got angry with him. But the reason we became angry was because he did the scene better than the actors. He was a powerhouse of talent for sure” said the actress.

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The actress had kept screenplays handwritten by Rituparno Ghosh as her prized possession. “He could write so fast and that kept me amazed always. He was a great talent. Coming out with this book was a great idea. We can expect more literature and discussion about his life. We are impatient and we want to keep his memory alive. This book is a good addition” added the actress.

The two sessions on these two iconic film makers surely made the audience understand the work and ideals of these two personalities better.

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Rituparna Sengupta Starrer Aguner Pakhi Shooting in Progress

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Drawing inspiration from real life incidents has always been on the list for many Bengali film makers. Director Arup Kumar Dey’s Aguner pakhi which is about the condition of the people living on the streets is also based on real life incidents. The shooting of the film was taking place at a studio in Kolkata.

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The director had previously directed Sapath. Speaking in between the shots, the director said, “We keep reading in newspapers and watch various reports on television about various accidents on the pavements. The sad and the most tragic part is that the pedestrians do not bother to take the victims to the hospital for treatment. My film is essentially revolving around this incident”.

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The film Aguner Pakhi is about a professor (Debshankar), who gets involved in a fire accident case. He decides to take a burnt victim to the hospital where she succumbs to her injuries and dies. Rituparna plays the role of a TV journalist, reports the entire incident. The story takes a nasty turn when the professor is forced to sign a statement on the case. I can’t reveal more than this at the moment.”

Rituparna Sengupta, Debshankar Haldar, Kharaj Mukherjee, Indrajeet, Sayani Dutta, Shantilal Mukherjee will be seen in this film. The film is reportedly a thriller which also has an underlying social message.

The music of this film has been composed by Kalyan Sen Barat and the film is currently being shot in different parts of Kolkata.

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24th Kalakar Awards 2016 awards Raja Murad with the Lifetime Achievement Award

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Veteran Bollywood Actor Raja Murad was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the recently held 24th Kalakar Awards 2016 event held at Science City auditorium.

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Kalakar Awards is recognized as one of the leading award ceremonies of Eastern India. The brand Kalakar is all about a vision and the relentless pursuit towards its success. Kalakar Awards is the most eagerly awaited annual event in the cultural calendar of Eastern India, attended by a host of dignitaries, stars and celebrities from film and television industry alike.

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The occasion was also graced by the presence of renowned Celebrities and Dignitaries like Purna Chandra Das-Baul, Bratya Basu, Madhur Bhandarkar, Arindam Sil, Anuradha Paudwal, Payel Sarkar, Kyra Dutt, Karan Mehra (Naitik of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai), Radhika Madan (Ishani of Meri Ashiqui Tum Se Hi).

The gala award ceremony also witnessed the musical recital by Anuradha Paudwal, Bappi Lahiri and Arman Malik.

The 24th Kalakar Awards therefore kept up to its name and honored dignitaries from both Tollywood and Bollywood alike.

 

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