A film screening and seminar on the cinema of legendary auteur Adoor Gopalakrishnan was organised by the film club of the department of English, Assam University, recently. The programme organised in a bid to celebrate the cinematic achievements of Gopalakrishnan, saw the participation of award winning documentary filmmaker Parthajit Baruah as the chief resource person.
Baruah’s recent book on Adoor Gopalakrishnan titled Face-to-Face: The Cine of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, published by Harper Collins was launched on the occasion in the presence of D.K. Pandya, vice-chancellor-in-charge, A. Rasak, dean, SKC School of English and Foreign Language Studies, and Dipendu Das, head, department of English.
Rasak who hails from Gopalakrishnan’s home state, said : “A programme celebrating Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s films being held in Barak valley with an Assamese resource person so far away from Kerala, itself bears witness to the lasting influence of the filmmaker in Indian as well as world cinema.”
Baruah shared his expertise on the filmmaker’s art with the students. Known for his award winning documentaries like Laxmi Orang: Rising from the Grave and The Dhemaji Tragedy, Baruah spoke on Gopalakrishnan’s use of metaphors and symbols in his cinema. During his speech, he urged the young students to visit and revisit the icons of Indian cinema like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Shyam Benegal and Adoor Gopalakrishnan, rather than wasting time with Bollywood superstars. “It is only through the cinematic achievements of these great directors that Indian cinema has found its place of repute in the world,” he added.