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P C Chandra Group Pays Tribute to Yesteryear’s Artists from the Bengali Film Industry


Video: PC Chandra Tribute 2016

P. C. Chandra Group in association with Eastern India Cinetel Welfare Trust, organized the PC Chandra Tribute to provide financial support to some yesteryear’s film personalities and technicians from the Bengali film industry.

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This is the fourth year of the PC Chandra Tribute program. Under this initiative, old and ailing personalities attached to the Bengali Film industry who have now fallen into bad times are being provided financial aid. The Group is providing Rs. 5,000 per month for 1 year to each of the artists / technicians /director and Rs. 10,000 per month, to Smt. Jayashree Sen ( a senior actor) for a period of 1 year.

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Veteran actors Shri Soumitra Chatterjee and Smt. Madhavi Mukherjee were the Guests of Honor for this momentous ceremony. The two veteran actors handed over the checks and the mementos to the actors.

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Some of the people who are being supported this year under the P C Chandra Tribute, 2016 are as follows. Smt. Jayashree Sen, (81 years) born on February 25, 1937 in Dacca, East Bengal, British India. She is an actress known for acting in quality films like ‘Sabar Uparey’ (1955) directed by Agrodoot, ‘Neelimay Neel’ (1991), ‘Kar Pape’ directed by Bikash Ray, ‘Umno O Jhumno’ directed by Sandip Chatterjee and ‘Chowringhee’ (1968) directed by Pinaki Mukherjee to name a few.

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Kalyan Chatterjee, (73 years) is a renowned actor who holds a Diploma degree in acting from FTII Pune, under Government of India. His filmography consists of films like ‘Aponjon’ directed by Tapan Sinha, ‘Pratidyanddi’ directed by Satyajit Ray, ‘Sagina Mahato’ directed by Tapan Sinha, ‘Dhanni Meye’ directed by Aurobinda Mukherjee as well as ‘Kahani’ directed by Sujoy Ghosh and many more.

The veteran actor Nemai Ghosh, (73 years) has been a part of films like Mrinal Sen’s ‘Ichapuran’, ‘Chokh’ directed by Utpalendu Chakraborty, ‘Agradani’ directed by Palash Badopadhyay, ‘Kolkata 71’ directed by Mrinal Sen and ‘Uttarayan’ directed by Sandip Ray etc.

Chapal Bhadury , 77 years is the living female impersonator in the city. His most important role is in the film called ‘Aar Ekti Premer Galpo’ directed by Kaushik Ganguly. He has done acting for Yatra (drama) such as Raja Debidas, Chand Bibi, Sultana Razia and Mahiyashi Kaikeyi to name a few.

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Tapeshwar Prasad, (Director, 87 years) is known for his work on The World of Apu (1959), The Music Room (1958) and Pather Panchali (1955). He has worked as assistant director in films like ‘Pather Panchali’ directed by Satyajit Ray, ‘Aparajito’ directed by Satyajit Ray etc. He has directed feature films like ‘Sesh Prahar’, ‘Pratibad’ and ‘Chath Maiya Ki Mahima’.

Sandip Chatterjee (Director, 87 years) has directed films like ‘Natun Surya’, ‘Rangin Basanta’, ‘Umno O Jhumno’ and ‘Ok Lantern’ etc.

Badal Basu, (Assistant Director, 73 years) has assisted in films like ‘Lalan Phakir’ directed by Sakti Chattopadhyay, ‘Maha Chat Puja’ by Suraj Tweari, ‘Koni’ by Saroj Dey, ‘Raktajaba’ directed by Shyamal Mukherjee and ‘Mulakath’ directed by Suraj Tewari etc.

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Shakti Pada Ray, (80 years) has been editor for films like ‘Dhup Chaya’ directed by Chitta Basu, ‘Saptapadi’ directed by Ajay Kar, ‘Hospital’ directed by Sushil Majumdar, ‘Nishipadya’ directed by Aurobinda Mukherjee and ‘Aalo’ directed by Tarun Majumder etc.

Kali Prasad Roy, (78 years) has been editor of films like ‘Sandhi’ directed by Amal Dutta, ‘Amrita Kumbher Sandhane’ directed by Dilip Ray,  ‘Banashri Basu’ directed by Gyanesh Mukherjee, ‘Jaar Je Priyo’ directed by Salil Dutta and ‘Paka Dekha’ directed by Aurobinda Mukherjee to name a few.

Tulshi Karmakar, (73 years) has worked as electrician for films like ‘Saheb’ directed by Bijoy Bose, ‘Bidhrohi’ directed by Anjan Chowdhury, ‘Choto Bou’ directed by Anjan Chowdhury, ‘Swet Pathorer Thala’ and ‘Lathi’ directed by Prabhat Ray.

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Radhu Biswal, (72 years) has done art settings for films like ‘Ajana Batash’ and ‘Sudhu Bhalo Beshe Gelam’ to name a few.

This initiative of P. C. Chandra was praised by both Soumitra Chatterjee and Madhavi Mukherjee and they promised to give their support in the coming years too for this event.

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Future Footprints Obhijatra Felicitates Famous Impersonators Janardhan Rani and Chapal Bhaduri


Video: Future Footprints Obhijatra

In the august presence of eminent personalities like Pramita Mallick, Chitra Sen, Debesh Chattopadhaya, Sohag Sen, Sidhu(Cactus), Kohinoor Sen Barat, Sudarshan Chakravorty, Bharati Ray and Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee, Jatra impersonators Janardhan Rani and Chapal Bhaduri was felicitated. This was part of the event titled Future Footprints Obhijatra. Conceptualized by Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, the event was presented by Future Media School.

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Janardhan Nandi, also popularly known as Janardhn Rani is the only surviving impersonator other than Chapal Rani. He started performing at the tender age of five in association with Charan Kabi Mukunda Das. The association was shortlived as he had to come to Kolkata when his family migrated. He joined Chitpur Jatrrra and his performances as Chandraboti and Lutfa won him wide acclaim. “My career’s best performance is in the role of Kali in the play Ramprasad” said the legendary artist.

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Chapal Bhaduri also famous as Chapal Rani hails from a family of actors and was closely related to Sisir Kumar Bhaduri. He first performed at seven years in the play Bindur Chele. Fans remember him for stellar performances in Chand Bibi, Sultana Razi, Yajaseni and others.

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Debojit Bandopadhyay threw light on the Bengali Jatra and Marathi Tamasha scenario and development over the years. “Many artists who had been playing the role of women in Jatras were actually young boys whose boys sounded like that of women. Even during the songs, they were given the high pitched songs so that the voice texture matched to that of the fairer sex” said Debojit Bandopadhyay.

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Speaking at the event, Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee said “Getting support for projects of this kind is a huge problem. Not many people will come forward to support such projects which according to many are devoid of the charisma of the actors and actresses of films. Hence Future Media School deserves appreciation for coming forward and supporting such a unique project”.

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The event ended by the screening of the film “Chena Kintu Ajana” which focused on the last generation of female impersonators of Jatra. The film showcases and gives the viewers a peek into the lives of these performers. The film has been directed by Dipankar Dutta. The concept and research is by Debojit Majumder and Moloy Kundu. The singers who took part in this film include Janardhan Nandi, Dr. Sarbananda Chaudhuri and Babulal Ganguly. Chapel Bhaduri and Janardhan Nandi have performed in the film.

Future Footprints Obhijtara is surely a noble way of reconstructing the heritage of Bengal which many of us are not even aware of!!

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