Soumitra Chatterjee: Retrospective Exhibition
January 15 – 31, 2021

Concept Note

Soumitra Chatterjee is an awe-inspiring figure in the world of cinema. An Indian film actor, director, playwright, writer, and poet, his name not only resonates with the people of Bengal but also with the entire world.

Soumitra Chatterjee was born in Mirzapur Street (now Surya Sen Street) near Sealdah railway station, in Calcutta on 19th January, 1935. The first ten years of his early life were spent in Krishnanagar in West Bengal. After completing his school and college education, he began his journey into the world of drama and cinema with the ever-luminous theatre-director Sishir Bhaduri. Even though he learned the craft of acting under his mentor, Shishir Bhaduri, he truly blossomed under the Oscar-winning Satyajit Ray and their collaboration went on to create history. He worked with Ray in fourteen films.

Bengal will forever remember Soumitra Chatterjee as their recluse Apu. ‘Apu’ went on to become ‘Amal’ and then our beloved ‘Feluda.’ And thus continued the unstoppable journey of the legend. The entire country is a witness to his ever-flowing talent, acting prowess, and unmatched creativity.

Soumitra was blessed with a Midas touch. He also dabbled with painting and sketching and his art went on to become phenomenal pieces.

Mr. Chatterjee was the recipient of multiple honours and awards. He won the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award and was conferred with France's highest award for artists, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.Influenced by the works of another great artist, Rabindranath Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee’s work is a testimony to how will, desire, and hard work can lead to unparalleled creations.

However, last year, when the world was reeling under the attack of the deadly coronavirus, Mr. Chatterjee fell ill. He bravely battled for his life but succumbed to his illness on the 15th of November, leaving behind a deep chasm in the hearts of his people and in the world of cinema. Bengal faced an inconsolable loss. An emptiness that would continue to haunt every living Bengali for the rest of their lives. But, the ones that love us, never really leave us. So, Chatterjee will forever be associated with celebration. Bengal will continue to follow in his footsteps and celebrate life with passion, vigour, art, and literature.

On the 19th of January, 2021, to commemorate the 86th birth anniversary of Soumitra Chatterjee, The (recently created) Soumitra Chatterjee Foundation along with Emami Art and Mukhomukhi have organized a retrospective exhibition. The exhibition is organized and curated by Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and will have a display of Mr. Chatterjee’s art and paintings. It will also present various aspects of his life and work. Apart from this, the evening will also be celebrated with drama, poetry reading, music, and documentaries. An attempt to keep the evergreen Soumitra Chatterjee alive in our memories.

Schedule

15th January, 2021 - Friday
5pm- ABHIJAAN directed by Satyajit Ray

16th January, 2021 - Saturday
5pm- HOMAPAKHI & KURBANI directed by Soumitra Chatterjee

17th January, 2021 - Sunday
5pm- DEKHA directed by Goutam Ghosh

19th January, 2021 - Tuesday
5pm- PROTIDIN TABO GATHA

20th January, 2021 - Wednesday
5pm- RAY'S APU directed by Ipshita Gon Gupta

21st January, 2021 - Thursday
5pm- AKASH KUSUM directed by Mrinal Sen

22nd January, 2021 - Friday
5pm- SONAR KELLA directed by Satyajit Ray

24th January, 2021 - Sunday
5pm- Live concert | Soumitra: Sure o Pathe by Bratati Bandopadhyay and Debalina Ghosh

27th January, 2021 - Wednesday
5pm- EKTI JIBAN directed by Raja Mitra

28th January, 2021 - Thursday
5pm- PEACE HAVEN directed by Suman Ghosh

29th January, 2021 - Friday
5pm- UTTARAN directed by Sandip Ray

30th January, 2021 – Saturday
5 pm- TYPIST written by Soumitra Chatterjee
A play reading by Debshankar Haldar and Poulami Chattopadhyay

31st January, 2021 - Sunday
5 pm- PAGES FROM DIARY documentary on paintings of Soumitra Chatterjee, presented by Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya

6pm- ART OF SOUMITRA - discussion by Chandra Bhattacharjee, Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya, Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya, Pranabranjan Roy, Sankarlal Bhattacharya


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