Sangeeta Datta in Conversation on Rituparno Ghosh | Tue 20 March, 7pm
Film director Sangeeta Datta is a co-author of Rituparno Ghosh: Cinema, Gender and Art, along with Kaustav Bakshi and Rohit K. Dasgupta. The book is a collection of essays on the renowned Indian-born filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, who was also a celebrated actor, writer and lyricist of Bengali cinema and an admirer of the work of Satyajit Ray. This volume is the first scholarly study undertaken on Ghosh and seeks to explore his work within the dynamics of a rapidly evolving film industry in Bengal and more broadly the cinematic landscape of India. His films glorified womanhood and closely and sensitively portrayed women’s lives, feelings and sufferings.
The talk will be followed by a panel discussion with Sangeeta Datta and co-editor Rohit Dasgupta chaired by Dr. Mukulika Banerjee ( LSE).
Dr. Sangeeta Datta is a well-known writer/director, independent filmmaker and cultural commentator. Trained and published in Tagore music, her critically acclaimed work includes the award winning feature film Life Goes On (starring Sharmila Tagore and Om Puri) and stage productions The Dying Song and Gitanjali 100.
Rituparno Ghosh (1963 – 2013) was a daring and sophisticated Bengali filmmaker, considered one of India’s finest and most provocative directors and screenwriters. He was sharply observant about social mores and human relationships, and was known for his realistic depictions of interpersonal relationship and urban-educated middle class angst. His films did not shy away from complicated and sensitive subjects like homosexuality and gender identity, resulting in him being an inspirational figure for India’s LGBT community. Ghosh also had a great gift for using music, including folk songs, songs by Rabindranath Tagore and western classical music.
Venue: The British Library
Ticket Price: £10.00 / £7.00