“Indian audience always accepted cinema as an extension of folk art, even though it was a product of science. When India started making films, the same formula which was the basis of folk dramas, was transported to cinema and it became a formula for successful films. Cinema without songs and dance is not accepted by common cine-goers in India even today.”
Delivering the 10th Jeewan Ram Mungi Devi Goenka Memorial Lecture, 2016, on the topic ‘Why Indian cinema is formula ridden,’ at Pragjyoti Cultural Complex today, prominent film critic Sudhir Nandgaonkar said that unlike the folk art forms ingrained in the Indian society from the very beginning, cinema was imported from the West.
“Indians gradually adopted this art form much later. The first Indian talkie Alam Ara and Ayodhya Ka Raja have 15 songs each. Indian audience as well as Indian filmmakers still swear by this time-tested formula, which they are reluctant to give up,” he added.
The Jeewan Ram Mungi Devi Goenka Memorial Lifetime Achievement Awards for excellence in culture and literature for 2016 were also given away today to veteran stage and cinema actor Abdul Mazid, noted music director Ramen Choudhury, acclaimed actress Runu Devi Thakur and cine journalist Arun Lochan Das in the function organized today.
The Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of literature introduced from this year in the memory of Late Professor Dipankar Banerjee was given to litterateur Nirupama Borgohain, who, however, could not make it to the award function due to some prior engagements.
Earlier, delivering the welcome speech, Shankar Lall Goenka, managing trustee of the JRMD Public Charitable Trust, stated that the awards and the memorial lecture initiated by the Trust has been gaining popularity with each passing year. He reiterated the Trust’s objective to encourage good work in the field of culture, literature and cinema.
Speaking on the occasion as the guest of honour, eminent producer director Kiran V Shantaram lauded the efforts of the Trust in honouring the creative work in Assam. “Assam has no dearth of creativity and the people of Assam, including the filmmakers, are making their presence felt with critical acclaims and national awards as well,” he said.
Speaking as the chief guest of the occasion, Sahitya Sabha president Dr Dhruba Jyoti Borah also said that the determination of an individual is paramount in the pursuit of creativity. He also highlighted the need of proper patronage for excellence in creative fields.
National Award-winning Bodo feature film ‘Dao Huduni Methai’ (Songs of the Horned Owl) directed by Manju Bora was screened on the occasion.
Eleven eminent personalities including translator Bipul Deuri, cinematographer Vivek Benerjee, film director-producer Pradip Kurbah, Khasi film producer Pomu Das, singer actor Merlvin Jude Mukhim, filmmaker Manju Borah, film personality Bhaskar Hazarika, yoga expert Sanju Dutta, Madan Singhal and Sneha Singhal director and scriptwriter of the film Panchavi Kanya respectively, were felicitated on the occasion. Floral tributes were paid to filmmaker Altaf Mazid on the occasion.