It was the first weekend in Kolkata after Diwali break. I was just back from home, still homesick. I had to make that Saturday less sad. I headed out in the autumn dry heat of the city I have now come to live in.
It was a view to behold when I stepped out of the cab and looked at Rabindra Bharati Museum. Once upon a time, it was the birthplace and primary residence of the great Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Staring at the ancient Bengali architecture, awestruck. Mesmerised.
I went there not only to view the local history but also enjoy regional literature and cinema. I was invited as a blogger to cover the fourth edition of Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob (Bengali Literature Festival). Viewing the historic venue itself made my heart fill with gratitude towards the management of the festival for inviting me to this beautiful place for a beautiful event.
The event was a three-day affair, but I could make it only one day, sob story of an private sector job holder.
It had been a long time I had opened a Bengali book, my bad, I admit it. After the event I am making up for it
I came across some great authors, poets, filmmakers, musicians whom I had seen earlier on TV, newspapers, magazines, and sometimes book covers. You can imagine, how starstruck I was.
I was particularly attracted towards one discussion session, which I had reached in time for. The session topic was “Adaptation of Bengali Literature in Bengali Films. The dais was adorned by renowned journalist Alokprosad Chattopadhyay, actor-filmmaker Sudeshna Roy, and director Pompy Ghosh Mukherjee, and producer Atanu Roy Choudhury.
It was a healthy, insightful, discussion. I got a glimpse of what goes behind filmmaking, the Bengali film industry. This discussion also answered a long troubling that I had in my mind that why book adaptation films are not like the books, and I am glad these knowledgable dignitaries did answer the question and now I can be more receptive of book adaptations.
It was a day well spent among like-minded people, among heritage and culture.
I can’t thank enough to the management of ABSU for having me in the media team. Hope to be there next year too.