To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, has come up with a special 6 DVD collection titled ‘Tagore Stories on Film’.
The five films in the set are:
- Khudito Pashan (Hungry Stone) | Tapan Sinha | 1960 | Bengali | 106 min | B&W
- Teen Kanya (Three Daughters) | Satyajit Ray | 1961 | Bengali | 161 min | B&W
- Kabuliwala | Hemen Gupta | 1961 | Hindi | 140 min | B&W
- Ghare Baire (Home And The World) | Satyajit Ray | 1984 | Bengali | 138 min | Colour
- Char Adhyay (Four Chapters) | Kumar Sahani | 1997 | Hindi | 110 min | Colour
- Bonus Features:
- Natir Puja | Rabindranath Tagore | 1932 | Silent with English commentary | 20 min | B&W
- Rabindranath Tagore | Satyajit Ray | 1961 | English | 52 min | B&W
The set priced moderately at 399/- can be bought from any premium music/video store like Landmark, Planet M, Rhythm House.
This effort by the National Film Development Corporation (Facebook page), first of its kind, is extremely laudable because little is known to us about Tagore’s influence on cinema. In fact, Tagore is not only one of the most cinematically adapted writers of all times, he has influenced and touched cinema in more ways than one. It is not just his novels and stories which saw cinematic interpretation, his songs and even poems have inspired complete films while Rabindra Sangit has become an integral part of scores of films. It is time the greatest literary figure of all times got his due credit for his profound influence on film, which often goes unnoticed.