Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, in association with the Department of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Government of Tripura is screening the documentary “Timeless Gitanjali” directed by Dr. Chanchal Khan, eminent Tagore singer and researcher of Bangladesh, in Agartala on December 04, 2014. The screening will be followed by rendition of songs by Dr. Chanchal Khan. Mr. Manik Sarkar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tripura will inaugurate the event.
The documentary was also screened in Kolkata on November 22, 2014 at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture.
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. 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. These historical facts demand being documented in a visual medium for future learners, and people of all ages”, says the conceptualizer, planner and director Dr Chanchal Khan.
This documentary was funded by the India Bangladesh Foundation.