Kolkata, Mar 3 (Calcutta Tube /IBNS): A children’s film festival centered around Bengali Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was organized by the Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) and Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) at Nandan in Kolkata recently.
To celebrate Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, CFSI organized ‘Chelebela’, a celebration of Tagore’s stories on children through films, workshops, story reading and penal discussion.
Actor Nandita Das, Chairperson CFSI, said, “We have restored and digitized two films on children so we thought why not to bring them in Kolkata and show it to the children as children of Kolkata has read Rabindranath Tagore and are more familiar to it.”
Das also expressed her desire to work with a children film in future.
More than 600 children came to see the films and participated.
Among which 100 children came from an organization ‘Cankids’, an NGO working towards enabling children faced with cancer.
In the day long festival, Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s ‘Woh’, which is inspired by a Tagore book, was premiered at the festival.
Mrinal Sen’s ‘Ichchapuran’ and Zul Vellani’s ‘Dak Ghar’ was also shown at the festival.
Sushovan Banerjee, CEO of CFSI, was also present at the occasion and said, “We are restoring and digitizing rest of the old movies also because old films are deteriorating.”
Nandita Das also said that they want to do more state level festivals.
(Reporting By Priyam Mallick; Photos by Somnath Roy Chowdhury)