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Documentary on Gitanjali

A documentary titled ‘Timeless Gitanjali’ directed by Dr Chanchal Khan an eminent Tagore exponent and researcher is set to be released on 16 May, 2014 at the National Museum at 6:30 pm. The documentary is sponsored by the India- Bangladesh Foundation, Bangladesh Secretariat.

Mr A H Mahmood Ali Hon’ble Foreign Minister of Bangladesh will be the Chief Guest at the function. The High Commissioner of India Mr. Pankaj Saran will be the Special Gust on the occasion.

Produced by Shurolok Bangladesh, a music appreciation group and co-directed by Hasina Ahmed Shoma, a prominent short film and documentary maker the documentary is in English language and is of 50 minutes duration.

The film traces the history of Gitanjali from its original publication in 1910, leading to its translation and transformation into its English version, the events that shaped its Nobel award, and its relevance in today’s world.

A number of eminent Tagore researchers, artistes and academics have been interviewed in this documentary, highlighting Gitanjali’s relevance as a timeless creation, and how this work became a part of the Western Literature.

Professor Dr Anisuzzaman Emeritus, Dr Hayat Mahmud, Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan, Dr Karunamaya Goswami, Chitralekha Choudhury and Mr Ranjan Bandopaddya are among those interviewed.  Shooting for this documentary was done in London, Kolkata, Shantiniketan and Bangladesh over the last one year. Each of these places carries significant historical perspectives surrounding Gitanjali. The documentary also features songs, and recitation from Gitanjali.

“The uniting factor of Gitanjali remains Shantiniketan in West Bengal and Shiladaha in East Bengal (Bangladesh). Shantiniketan saw the initiation and creation of a significant amount of work contained in Gitanjali, while Shilaidaha saw the beginning of translation of his own works in English that found place in the Gitanjali.

This historical facets demand being documented in a visual medium for future learners, and people of all ages”, says the conceptualizer, planner and director Dr Chanchal Khan, who along with Hasina Ahmed Shoma directed another documentary titled Bangladeshey Rabindranath on the occasion of the Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary celebration.

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