A Cinematic Saraswati Puja

Congratulations, Abhijit Chowdhury, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Drexel University in the Screenwriting & Playwriting Program. His screening and Q&A at Saraswati Puja last Saturday in Delaware was just incredible.

“Abhijit is a highly acclaimed Bengali filmmaker, known for his exceptional work in films and web series. Some of his notable productions include “Manbhanjan,” “Aste Ladies,” “Turu Love,” “Johny Bonny,” and many more. His unique storytelling and captivating narratives have garnered him a loyal fan base and critical acclaim. We are honored to have Abhijit Chowdhury grace our event and share his insights with our community. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn from his experiences and gain valuable knowledge about the world of filmmaking.”

Bengali Association of Delaware Valley – BADV

The Work Begins

Soumya Sankar Bose and Shyamal Dihidar

Yesterday the work began in earnest with my  interview of actor-director Shyamal Dihidar who’s been doing Jatra theatre since age 10. I met him through his nephew (also pictured) Soumya Sankar Bose, a Kolkata-based art photographer.  His uncle was kind enough to take a train 150km into the city for the interview which I held upstairs at a corner table of the cafe at the Oxford Bookstore.

Shyamal Dihidar and Yours Truly

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 video camera and tripod that I brought with me paid off. And many thanks to Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design for lending me a Zoom sound recorder for 3 months.   Also many thanks to Oxford staff for taking it upon themselves to turn off the store music while I was recording.

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