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Author Vahali, Diamond Oberoi, 1964-
Title Ritwik Ghatak and the cinema of praxis : culture, aesthetics and vision / Diamond Oberoi Vahali.
Imprint Singapore : Springer, 2020.

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Author Vahali, Diamond Oberoi, 1964-
Subject Ghatak, Ritwikkumar, 1925-1976.
Motion picture producers and directors -- India.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction -- The Man and his Times -- A Search for a Personal Vision of Cinema -- Indian Peoples Theatre Association and the Cinema of Social Transformation -- The Episodic Structure in Ghataks Cinema -- The Magnum Opus of the Bengal Partition: Motifs and Antinomies -- Recasting the Contemporary in the Crucible of the myth: Interventions and Interpretations -- Cinematography, Lighting, Sound and Music: A Contrapuntal Melody -- Film and Praxis: A Political Odyssey -- Marxism, Culture and Praxis -- The Angst of an Artist -- Survival and Resilience.
Summary In a significant departure from other works on Ritwik Ghatak, this book establishes him as an auteur and a maestro on par with some of the great film directors, like Sergei Eisenstein, Satyajit Ray, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Kenji Mizoguchi and Luis Bunuel. Based on in-depth research that follows Ghataks journey within the context of the Indian Peoples Theatre Association, it fills an important gap in the scholarship around Ghatak by offering crucial insights into Ghataks unique vision of cinema embedded as it is in the cultural psychic configurations of the people. It analyses Ghataks practice by minutely tracing formal similarities across the language of his cinematic oeuvre in the domain of cinematography, lighting, music, and sound. The book develops the way in which cinematic technique enters the domain of conceptual constructs and abstractions. It moves on to chronicle Ghataks political odyssey as reflected in his cinema. Moreover, it charts the manner in which Ghatak, through his cinematic idiom, offers a polemic of cinema that further adds to his notion of praxis - a thoughtful Marxist paradigm organically associated with the culture and context of India. By locating Ghatak within the discourse of nationalism, the book brings to the surface Ghataks critical insights related to the independence of the nation and the trauma of the partition of Bengal. Ghataks cinema served the crucial function of chronicling the mass tragedy of partition and its impact on the human psyche. This book appeals to scholars of film studies and filmmaking as well as to researchers and general readers interested in debates pertaining to culture, politics, art, psychoanalysis, partition and refugee studies, cinema, theatre, and ideology.
ISBN 9789811511974 (electronic bk.)
9811511977 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-981-15-1
OCLC # 1153061460
Additional Format Original 9811511969 9789811511967 (OCoLC)1121144190.

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