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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) aims to Preserve and Restore entire Satyajit Ray’s Filmography

The Academy aims at preserving all the 37 films of Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray with Ravi Sankar recording for Pather Panchali, Wikimedia

November 23, 2016: Satyajit Ray is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. He was born into a Bengali family prominent in the field of art and literature.

He has received numerous awards at the national and international film festivals. He received an Honorary Academy Award in 1992 at the 64th Academy Awards. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, nation’s highest civilian award in 1992.

A Workshop was conducted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) at the Kala Academy in IFFI 2016 on 23rd November on the restoration of ‘Satyajit Ray Preservation Project’. The workshop explained in detail the challenges faced in restoring the films. The workshop was moderated by the Indian Filmmaker, film archivist and restorer and producer, Shivendra Dungarpur.

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The Ray Preservation Project began after he was awarded the honorary Academy Award in 1992

According to PTI, the workshop was presented by the Short Film Preservationist at AMPAS, Miss Tess Idlewine. She is an inventory film archivist at the AMPAS. She has specialized in film archiving, film handling and identification and preservation and conservation.

In the workshop, she elaborated the praiseworthy efforts of the academy, undertaken to restore and preserve Satyajit Ray’s films. She has worked on restoring 21 classics of Satyajit Ray including Apu Trilogy. She said that it is heartbreaking to see the deplorable conditions of these iconic films.

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Tessa told PTI, “We have had a few years break from working on it. The last one we finished was in 2012, but we have not forgotten about Ray. It is our goal to finish them. We will never forget him.”

The Academy aims at preserving all the 37 films of Satyajit Ray.

In July 1993, a fire broke out at the Hendersons Film Laboratories situated in South London. The fire damaged many of the Ray’s films that were on their way to be preserved in Los Angeles.

The Academy worked jointly with and L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy and the Criterion Collection to restore the Ray’s Apu trilogy, Pather Panchali” (1955), “Aparajito” (1956) and “Apur Sansar” (1959).

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It took them about 20 years since the fire broke out and burned all the negatives. Some of the films were badly damaged. The footage still smells of fire.

Preservation is a long process. It takes thousands of hours of labor and a lot of money.

At the International Film Festival of India, Tessa spoke about the saved films, “It was so heartbreaking. It still smells of fire. There is barely any footage left in the cans. Despite knowing that we have saved them, it is truly heartbreaking. To see them in such a terrible shape is sad.”

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

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