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Innovations in Moving Images: 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival proves Filmmaking is an Independent Art Form

Among all the categories, one of the newest and the most creative category is the ‘International Competition for Innovations in Moving Images’

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Kolkata, November 17, 2016: The celebration of cinema, art and culture is the primary agenda of the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival and the grand fest keeps attracting more and more movie-buffs and scholars every day.

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The 22nd installment of the pompous cine-fest showcases movies from across the globe and there are multiple categories present in the festival this year that makes it quite interesting.

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The long queue for collecting the entry passes.

Among all the categories, one of the newest and the most creative category is the ‘International Competition for Innovations in Moving Images’. It includes some of the most amazing films around the world, created by some excellent artists. The jury members in this particular category include- Dan Wolman as the Chairperson, M. Lechi, and Saibal Chatterjee.

The movies to be screened in the festival under this creative category include-

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  • Glory- directed by Kristina Grozeva, and Petar Valchanov
  • Zoology- directed by Ivan Tverdovsky
  • A Decent Woman- directed by Lukas Valenta Rinner
  • My Father’s Wings- directed by Kivanc Sezer
  • Alifa – directed by Deep Choudhury
  • Amerikan Square- directed by Yannis Sakaridis
  • White Knights- directed by Razi Muhammed
  • Tree of Tongues in Tripura – directed by Joshy Joseph
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A still from the film ‘Tree of Tongues in Tripura.’ Youtube

All the movies depict the perspective of the category wonderfully and each of them is an exquisite work of art. Amidst the long queue that gets longer by the minute for collecting the entry passes, the crowd remains enthusiast and cheerful.

Along with the movie-screenings there is a chat session which is conducted every day in the evening. The topic of discussion of the chat-session on 16th November was- ‘Impact of Bengali Cinema on Indian Cinema’. The evening saw a heated discussion on the concerned topic and celebrities present at the event were- Sujoy Ghosh, Sujit Sarkar, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Arindam Shil and so on.

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With all its ‘glitz and glam’ the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival keeps entertaining the audience and keeps the city of joy filled with fun and frolic.

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC