Two-day festival will pack in paper presentations, dialogue writing, video essays and a discussion
Come May, Jadavpur University will be hosting Manik Darshan to commemorate the birth centenary of filmmaker Satyajit Ray on May 2.
The two-day festival (May1-2) will feature competitions and speaker sessions on Ray, who was also an author, editor, illustrator, composer and polymath.
Manik Darshan is being organised by the Jadavpur University Literary Society (JULS) in collaboration with Jadavpur University Music Club (JUMC). A montage of Ray’s songs mixed by JUMC will be played at the inauguration.
The highlights of Manila Darshan are Paper Presentation, a Dialogue Writing Competition and a Video Essay Competition by students.
Students wrote papers on the topic ‘Women in Satyajit Ray’s Art: Feminist Portrayals and Celebrations’. The winning entries will be declared on May 1.
In the Dialogue Writing contest ‘Tete-a-tete’, participants wrote dialogues between characters from Ray’s films. The results will be announced on May 2.
The Video Essay competition ‘Inner Eye’ has ‘Politics in Satyajit Ray’s Oeuvre’ as the topic. Participants are to submit 10-minute video essays. Entries are open till today. Students can mail their submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The results will be announced on May 2.
The festival will conclude on May 2 with a discussion on Ray, his ideas and innovations. Guests for the discussion include artist and professor Pinaki De, who has received acclaim for his designs on Ray’s archival manuscripts; Amitananda Das, Ray’s nephew who was associated with the Sandesh magazine which Ray had revived; physicist and startup advisor Dipjyoti Deb; and musician Subhadrakalyan.
The selected articles would be published in the Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/literaryclubju/) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/juliterarysociety?igshid=1rxy47m6tayh5) pages of the university.
What the organisers are saying:
“We hope to pay tribute to Ray and help his works create an everlasting impact on the current as well as upcoming generations,” said Nayanika Datta, co-founder of JULS and a first-year postgraduate student of Sociology.
“On the birth centenary of one of the most eminent Bengali creators, we are glad to host this event from JULS. We have a lot to learn from Satyajit Ray’s politics, ideals and philosophy in order to combat fascism, especially in tough times like these,” said Ananya Ray, a third-year student of English.
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