Oscar Winner Sound Mixer Resul Pookutty at first edition of Sound Talk 2015; A Stagecraft Foundation Initiative


Sound Talk by Stagecraft Foundation

Academy Award winning sound mixer, Resul Pookutty was present at the first edition of Sound Talk 2015 organized by Stagecraft Foundation. Eminent celebrities like National Award winning director Srijit Mukherji, singer Usha Uthup, Bickram Ghosh, Tanmoy Bose, Alokananda Roy, Bishwadeep Chatterjee, Rudraprasad Sengupta, Raja Narayan Deb, Jimmy Tangree and many others were a part of this innovative effort.

Resul Pookutty, who was much inspired by singer Usha Uttup was extremely happy to have got the chance to come to this workshop on the various aspects of sound. “I heard Usha di first at Trincas and I was amazed. That was my first visit to the city. Usha di is a part and parcel of my growing up years. During my second visit, due to my complexion and curly hair, I was passed off as Prabhudeva’s younger brother. I have quite fond memories of the city” said Resul Pookutty.

“I had the privilege of working with theatre practitioners and I understood that they imbibed the audiences directly with their performances. Sound played an important role” added Resul Pookutty. He also added that silence is not the most powerful sound, as then the whole film would have been silent cinema.


Resul Pookutty revealed during the course of his speech that he came into films by mistake and wanted to be a physicist. “I wanted to do work on super conductivity and win a Noble Prize for India. Jagdish Chandra Bose inspired me. When Satyajit Ray won an Oscar I was disheartened. I thought it was a Lifetime Achievement Award, and I still had the chance” added the master sound mixer with a smile. He got into film school in the second chance as he failed in the first chance (which actually taught him a lot of things).

“Ghatak taught me many things. I was much inspired by his film Meghe Dhaka Tara.” said Resul Pookutty. “Never use equalizers, never use sound library- rather listen to the sound is one of the key learning methods that every sound mixer must remember”. The expert sound mixer also has plans of doing a film in Kolkata with live sound in future.

Speaking about his experiences with sound and music, Srijit Mukherji said “Since I am from a film background, I will like to answer this question ‘How film sound is our sound’ in my way. When you watch a film much changes with the introduction of sound. For example, in films like Highway or Madras Café, the music helps much in understanding the texture and feel of the film. Great detailing is done in such films. In Kolkata, where even location recee is done in haste, a sound recee is like a dream”. The ace director whose upcoming Bengali film is Nirbaak is a tribute to silence. The director also acknowledged that he had learnt a lot about sound by going through the book written by Resul Pookutty.

Jimmy Tangree, Station Head 91.9 FM spoke at length about the kind of sound or music that is liked by the listeners at a particular point of a day. “At our radio station, we have Radio Computing Software which according to the time of the day plays the songs to suit the mood of the listener. The radio jockey does not play the song as many people think it to be. I think that sound is all about making people happy, dream and also think”.
The panelists spoke at length about their experiences with sound and music and enlightened the audience. They also answered the questions raised by the audiences.
Priyanka Dutta

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