Ranjan Das Gupta

is a Kolkata-based independent journalist. He has been doing freelance work for more than 3 decades and writes on arts & culture, cinema, politics, healthcare and education

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Jury and delegation, but not a single Indian film is in any of the competitive sections of Cannes

In its 75th year of independence, India is the Nation of Honor at the Mecca of film festivals Cannes. Led by Anurag Thakur, Minister of Information and Broadcasting a delegation of reputed personalities like A...

Remembering The Rebel Filmmaker

During the shooting of his thirteen-episode telefilm, Kitne Paas Kitne Door, Mrinal Sen said he discovered that the language of television was different from that of cinema. In fact, he stated that television had its limitations but...

No filmmaker should consider himself greater than a literary creator: Satyajit Ray

“Charulata is my most technically perfect film. Sadgati is my truly fundamental film.” Satyajit Ray. Ten of Satyajit Ray’s films will be screened at the Cannes classic section this May. It is really difficult to assess...

Ali Akbar Khan: A Musical Centenary

Ali Akbar Khan was recording the bhajan, Ghanshyam Ki Aakhen for Aandhiyan (1952) rendered by Laxmi Shankar. Writer, and director, Chetan Anand asked his Alubhai (the sarod maestro to add a traditional rhythm to the devotional song. The ustad...

With The Demise Of Wasimda, I Lost A Well-Wisher

“Kapoor Bol Rahen Hain” was Wasim Kapoor’s answer when I first called him in May 1995. I was researching the legendary painter, Amrita Sher-Gil then. Scripted by journalist Sathya Saran it was intended to be...

Why Restoring Bengali Classic Films Is A Must

Kolkata: “Bengali classic films need urgent restoration. They form a formidable part of Indian cinematic culture,“ Jaya Bachhan had stated at Kolkata International Film Festival in 2018 in the presence of Soumitra Chatterjee and Prasenjit...

Sidney Poitier: The Actor Who Was A Real Life Hero

Sidney Poitier was deeply hurt when legendary actor Robert Mitchum looked down on him as he was of black origin. The talented actor from the Bahamas was moved to tears. But he was not lonely....

Vivekananda Never Encouraged Fanaticism

Swami Vivekananda after the iconic Chicago Conference declared belief in astrology was proof of high-level superstition in Hinduism. He stood like the Rock of Gibraltar supporting his statement despite criticism. His guru Ramakrishna Paramhansdev supported...

Maintaining Mental Balance In The Post-Covid World 

Goutam Kundu, a simple stationery shop owner at Kestopur lost his younger brother Chandan earlier this year due to Covid-19. Till now he has not been able to shed off his tragedy and was planning...

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Washington, DC: Indian American Muslims protested in Houston city of Texas against the Karnataka High Court’s ban on students wearing hijabs in schools, said...

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Giridih: What Asha Devi, Gulbi Devi, Shohgi Devi, Kaushalya Devi, Suniyo and Basanti Devi have more in common than just their surnames. The six...

यह स्कूल था कभी आवारा पशुओं का ठिकाना

शिलटे (पालघर):  इस स्कूल की तस्वीर देखिए। क्या आप पूरे स्कूल परिसर की सुंदर तस्वीर देख यह कल्पना कर सकेंगे कि यह जगह कभी...

It is the duty of Jharkhand and Maharashtra government to stop NPR in their states- Yogendra Yadav

Kolkata: Swaraj India founder Yogendra Yadav’s latest visit to Kolkata was as hectic as anticipated, after all, he was supposed to meet the “Women...

Jagdeep aka Soorma Bhopali: An actor who stood out among giants passes away

The garrulous, greedy, timber merchant was present on screen for barely five minutes, yet the character gave an immortality that is destined to only...