Ritwik Ghatak: Stories

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Author: Ritwik Ghatak
Translated by Rani Ray

9789386906434 | PB | pp. 224 | 2018 | Niyogi Books

Ritwik Ghatak: Stories is a collection of stories written by the famous Indian film-maker,Ritwik Ghatak which centres around compassion for human frailties and humanism.

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Ritwik Ghatak, the famous filmmaker, is known all over India and abroad for some of the greatest films made in India, which set the scene for future film making. But his short stories works of miniaturist art in their own right are less known. The stories collected in this volume speak well for themselves as much as they remind his audience of another facet of his versatility which was eclipsed by the more obvious virtuosity of his filmography. The stories reflect his protest against ‘the wickedness, villainy and oppression’ he saw around him, his romantic nostalgia for a lost El Dorado, his intense feeling for man’s natural environment the land, the sea and the sky. While the stories mirror the ethos of the tumultuous decade of India in the 40s, they go beyond that to reveal a vision of life that encompasses a compassion for human frailties and a deep commitment to humanism.

Deftly crafted, easily rivalling the best in the genre, these stories are not only a living part of his development as a creative artist–as a writer and as a filmmaker–they are also essential for an understanding of the totality of being that went into the making of his films.

The volume claims our attention as an important addition to the Ghatak archive, as a substantial source material for any ongoing research on his films.Ritwik Ghatak, the famous filmmaker, is known all over India and abroad for some of the greatest films made in India, which set the scene for future film making. But his short stories works of miniaturist art in their own right are less known. The stories collected in this volume speak well for themselves as much as they remind his audience of another facet of his versatility which was eclipsed by the more obvious virtuosity of his filmography. The stories reflect his protest against ‘the wickedness, villainy and oppression’ he saw around him, his romantic nostalgia for a lost El Dorado, his intense feeling for man’s natural environment the land, the sea and the sky. While the stories mirror the ethos of the tumultuous decade of India in the 40s, they go beyond that to reveal a vision of life that encompasses a compassion for human frailties and a deep commitment to humanism.

Author:

Ritwik Ghatak
Translator: Rani Ray

ISBN:

9789386906434

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

224

Year of Publication:

2018

Publisher:

Niyogi Books

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Contributors

The author was a noted Indian film director, screenwriter, and playwright. Along with prominent contemporary Bengali filmmakers Satyajit Ray, Tapan Sinha and Mrinal Sen, his cinema is primarily remembered for its meticulous depiction of social reality, partition and feminism.

He won the National Film Award’s Rajat Kamal Award for Best Story in 1974 for his Jukti Takko Aar Gappo and Best Director’s Award from Bangladesh Cine Journalist’s Association for Titash Ekti Nadir Naam. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri for Arts in 1970.

The translator has taught English at the University of Delhi, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, and Institute of English Studies at Lodz (Poland). She has translated many short stories and novels from Bengali to English. She is currently an editor with Tulika Books, Delhi.

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