Detailed aspects of Satyajit Ray’s masterpieces unfolded at the launch of the book,A Textual Study of the Apu Trilogy,at FTII
“Considered to be one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers of Indian cinema,Satyajit Ray’s cinematic legacy has given us a lot of material to analyse the importance of Indian cinema on the world stage, says filmmaker Arun Khopkar. He was the chief guest at the publication of the book A Textual Study of the Apu Trilogy by the late Professor Satish Bahadur and Shymala Vanarase. Launched at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Tuesday,the book presents an in-depth discussion on three of Ray’s films: Aparajita,Apur Sansar and Pather Panchali.
The launch also saw a panel discussion chaired by P K Nair,ex-director of the National Films Archives of India. One of the speakers,historian Anil Zankar,said,There is structural poetics involved in Ray’s cinema. In the book,Professor Bahadur has discussed the three films right from the aesthetics of every scene,camera angles,and the point of view of the director for shooting the film in a particular manner.
Professor Bahadur had been involved with Ray’s work since the ’60s and he also conducted film appreciation courses. About his work,co-author Shymala Vanarase,said,It is difficult to explain the work done by Bahadur because for him cinema was a media of promoting and advocating audio-visual literacy. In fact,even when we began writing the book,the idea was to bring out a feel of authenticity about the movies. He always propagated the ideology,’There is nothing accidental in cinema’.
The best description of Professor Bahadur’s work is offered by Zankar: He had the ability to bring Ray’s cinematic brilliance to the classrooms. Even during his film appreciation courses,he would make the students think rather than blindly believe. The book,published by Vani Publications Delhi,will be available for Rs 500.