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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

An Evening to Take Bow to Brave Hearts



It all started on this 11th August when an emerging lady entrepreneur and media enthusiast of the city, Ms. Angela Raha, decided to take a bow to the brave hearts of different fields though presenting Aparajito Samman 2019 in Monotel, Kolkata. “Bhoy korona joy koro” (Be fearless to win) being the tag line of the event it was so obvious that this event podium is going to know about some fearless minds who managed to surpass the fear and dilemma and make a mark in their very own style. 
The impact and influence of their achievements influenced thousands of young minds that could have gotten aloof if they lacked the motivation from their brave heart heroes and sheroes. And here lies the need and success of Aparajito Samman 2019 in this contemporary time because it has become so normal nowadays to call it a quit whenever somebody faces the slightest sort of failure and lack of confidence. 
So, Aparajito Samman 2019 is not only about to felicitate the brave hearts but also about conveying the message to the society and especially to the younger generations to never call it a quit.
The star-studded award evening started with Ganesh Vandana performed by two youngest talents from the dance diva Indrani Ganguly’s dance school. Later on, various fashion and style divas set the podium on fire by their glamour and glitter. The whos who of Tollywood film Industry like Actress Priyanka Sarkar, Moubani Sorcar, Sayantani Guhathakurta, Arijit Dutta, famous Musician of CACTUS fame Siddhartha Ray, Jhumki Sen, Bengali silver screen heartthrobs like Moumita Pandit, Indrajit Mazumder, Sayanta Modak, Raj Bhattacharyya, Hritojeet Chattopadhyay, Dipanjjan Basak, Rajdeep Sarkar, Rezwan Rabbani Sheikh, Celebrity photographer Tathagata Ghosh, well-known director Satrajit Sen, Ranadeep Sarkar, Ayanjit Sen, Mainak Karmakar, Prof. Sujoy Biswas, Eeron Roy Barman, Indrani Ganguly, Suparna Mukherjee, Tanmay Basak and Aniruddha Das came on stage to celebrate their Aparajito fame one after another. 
Rather than being only an award evening, Aparajito Samman touched a thousand hearts by engaging a cultural performance from the specially-abled peoples of our society. This reminds us that they are the humans from whom we can take the learning that giving up should never be a choice as we are here to live and win. 
It was a surreal moment for both them and the celebrities being awarded when they got the chance to present the award to their favorite artists. The Rakshabandhan ceremony was also another heartfelt moment when those gifted people got the chance, to tie rakhi they made by their own, on the wrist of their favorite artists. The event ended with a yummy cake cutting season contributed from the sweet time partner of the event, Mio Amore. 
The last but not the least is achieving an award as “Emerging Social Media Team 2019” by our YouTube channel Team GIA which was also social media partner of the Aparajito Samman 2019 event.



Saturday, 11 May 2019

Unfolding the Life of a mystery woman...

By Jagriti Roy (Blogger)


If you consider yourself to be a film buff then it is needless to mention that a good cinema from any era will fascinate you. Actually, I need to say that not only the movie itself but also the artists who are portraying the story will also hook you to watch more of their work. Bengali films have always marked their golden presence in Indian as well as International cinema. So, the artists of Bengali cinema have also made their mark irrespective of the time and age of the viewers. The charm, charisma and the enigma in their persona have made them more desirable.
Independent Filmmaker & Creative Entrepreneur Abhishek Ganguli forayed into sharing such untold stories about Silver Screen personalities through his initiative “Cinema for a Cause”.
Cinema for a Cause” is the experimental film making wing of  Abhishek’s regular creative management outfit “Learning System”. The tagline “Simple Cinema……. Touching Lives” is  enough to convey the actual aim of the initiative.
 A few years back, Abhishek  created  a film on legendary actress Ms. Lolita Chatterjee, who not only ruled the silver screen of both Tollywood  and Bollywood film industry but also swayed many hearts in that contemporary time.
Today, we will do a tête-à-tête with  Abhishek to know the stories behind the making of his landmark movie “Diva Lolita” which is based on the journey, work, life and experience of actress Lolita Chatterjee, who left her heavenly abode on 9th May 2018.
Watch “Diva Lolita” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha9YFtYehvY

Interview Highlights:
Ø What is the first thing that urged you to make “Diva Lolita”?
Every day I used to go for a morning walk that I am my regular regime to  the Rabindra Sarovar lakes, which is in south Kolkata. Every morning when I used to pass Desapriyo Park from Lansdowne, I used to see that on the second-floor balcony of a house, a stunning looking old woman used to stand alone gazing towards the sky. Every day she used to stand on that veranda and look outside around that time….
 ……. I  used to wonder who she is but I never got an answer. One day, I was talking to the local people and they all said that she is a very famous actress Lolita Chaterjee who lives there. I could remember that I had seen one or two of her films during my childhood days.  It was through my father-in-law Mr. Animesh Sen’s close friend Mr. Gautam Mukherjee that I could reach Lolita as Gautam was a very close friend of hers. 
With his reference I and my other friend Actor Gautam Shankar we went to Lolita’s house and had a talk with her regarding creating a documentary on her. I asked her whether any films have been made on her or not and she said no.
Firstly, she was much intrigued about why I was interested to do a film on her as she was quite dejected about the way Tollygunge film Industry had cast her aside not utilizing her full potential. I told her about my passion to work on artists who have kind of blurred from the memory of the audience to bring them back into the gaze of the present generation…Lolita was a Diva in her own right and represented the golden era of the Bengali Film Industry. As a Filmmaker, I thought it was my creative responsibility to share her story and that’s how it all happened.


Ø While interviewing actress Lolita Chatterjee, which aspect did you find in her that remained unexplored to the audience?
Lolita has always remained as a mystery woman. Even while shooting there was one melancholic side of her persona  that her eyes revealed  but she never divulged it,
A woman who was extremely beautiful, erudite and enlightened though mostly unsung and misunderstood by the society during those times.  She was much ahead of those times…maybe today’s generation could have identified more with her modernity... The entire film was shot in a day and as it was a zero budget project. It was an interview styled shooting and amidst the interview,  slices and images of her life came in……..  that’s how we had conceptualized the flow. 

The film ends with an eighty-year-old Lolita, gazing endlessly towards one of her own young portraits hanging on the wall. Maybe she was reminiscing her glorious past …. May be she was trying to find out what more life had in store for her or she was trying to get an answer as to why the society and the film industry failed to use the fantastic potential she had as an actress and a singer. So, we have left the film in a questioning note and we wanted the audience to interpret with their own perception.
Diva Lolita was the heartthrob of millions….we wanted to have this heartbeat felt by each one who watched the Documentary...

What/who was your inspiration to make this kind of film?
I always thought of bringing out people who are in darkness……who once were shining stars... And that is how “Diva Lolita” came about….Exploring the Dazzling Sensation Lolita was and she vanishes into the oblivion.
Ø How do you think your work is going to reach out to the new age filmmakers?
Very unfortunately, nowadays new age filmmakers either create something that goes above our heads being extremely layered &  intellectual or they make films which are run of the mill and start to end commercial just to have the box office ringing. My style is more dealing with real people and I hardly take actors.
 In case Diva Lolita…… Lolita Chatterjee is Lolita., I wouldn’t take someone else to impersonate Lolita and play as Lolita on screen.
Most of my films are like docu-features where they tell stories with small fictional flavor yet still they retain the inherent characters of a documentary as all the facts are real. The stylisation of “Diva Lolita” was also the same... Apart from that, the “Cinema for a Cause” tagline mentions  “Simple Cinema……. Touching Lives”. If I can touch the lives of the audience and make them relate to the subject, I would consider the entire work of “Diva Lolita”  successful. 
Ø If you ever got a chance to work with her what kind of role you would offer her?
If I ever had to cast Lolita in a fictional film, as she was extremely versatile so she could fit into many powerful  roles.  The only  physical disadvantage I would say was her stunning  looks and powerful screen persona which would not fit into typical Bengali Roles.
 She was 5’9” and extremely glamorous so de-glamorized roles could be difficult for her to be portrayed visually. So, if I had to cast her I would make her the central character of the film. Someone who was extremely stunning and strong, modern and much ahead of her times.  
Ø Do you think “Diva Lolita” is going to inspire Gen Y film audience to know more about the golden age artists?
The renaissance or the golden age of Bengali films were during the ’60s, 70’s and early the ’80s. In that time a lot of good directors and scripts were the selling points of the Bengali film industry. That originality is hardly seen today,
 My next documentary “Timeless Tunes” is on Sudhin Dasgupta, a versatile composer, lyricist of the Golden Era of Bengali Films.
“Little Flower”. another of my film portrays the life of the Queen of Park Street, the Cabaret Dancer Ms. Shefali,.
 All these creations  are my tributes to the golden era of Bengali films because at that time Bengali film was really worth watching and talking about... All my initiatives under  “Cinema for a Cause” aspire to  showcase the golden era of  Bengali films and the originality & creative brilliance they showcased.

Ø Do you think knowing about the lives of  veteran artists are equally important while watching their works?
Knowing more about the artists whose lives are shrouded by mystery becomes interesting Film Subjects... For me, Lolita and Shefali, both the ladies were misunderstood …misrepresented….and sort of ostracized from the society ….they have been survivors of neglect….I thought their stories must be told.
The sex appeal, the attractive persona, ahead of times attitude are the reasons behind that.
Can we expect more such monumental films from “Cinema for a Cause” in the future?
“Timeless Tunes” on the life of versatile Musical genius Sudhin Dasgupta is coming up very soon….just keep following our Virtual Creative Space for Updates.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Book Review: YES, I MET MARUTI by Daxesh Trivedi

Welcome to bookworm's den! So, the title "Book of The Month" goes to "Yes, I Met Maruti" written by Daxesh Trivedi. I am so glad to share with you guys that it was an amazing journey to read out the book. It took a week to complete the whole story. I just want to say a big thanks to Author Daxesh Trivedi for sharing this vivid story with us.




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Yes, I Met Maruti is the tale of a common university goer Jay. How does career and love life gets entangled with each other is the main focal point of the whole story. The story took me to a vibrant land of colors and charm called Gujrat where the story is mainly based in. The easy and neat flow of language makes the book reading journey comfortable. Sometimes, love, career, and passion demand the same quantity of attention from us and our choice of ways among them decides our priority. Apart from a vibrant life story, Yes, I Met Maruti takes the reader to a Saurashtrian voyage which is another sweet part of the book. A cute picture of a small "Gada of Maruti" upon the "a" of "Maruti" seems the sweetest part of the book cover. I loved it.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Authors Interview: Dr. Manisha Yadava

1. How will you describe your writing journey till now?
Ans: My journey has been rather smooth and good I’ve learned a lot and try to incorporate new things in my writing. I’ve been appreciated a lot for my writing and appreciation always feels good. 


2. Do you think regional language literature is facing any kind of threat from English literature nowadays?
Ans:  Yes! Regional language literature is facing threat from English because the younger generation just not want to read anything other than English, hence the regional literature is dying out. 

3. How will you describe the connection of poetry with our daily life?
Ans: Things I write about related to things that happen in my day-to-day life I just refine them and pen them down
4. How do you think that a writer's own life influences his/her thoughts which they pen down?
Ans: writer’ own life may or may not influence his/thoughts, as a writer one tries to look into a lot of perspectives and emotions , he/she even writes according to 3rd person point of view. 


5. How and when you discovered your passion for writing?
Ans: like I’ve said earlier , I didn’t choose writing rather writing has chosen me. I started playing with the world when I was in 9th class. 

6. What is the most difficult part of writing and publishing a book according to you?
Ans: Sometime , we do get stuck and are not able to move forward with our writing , it’s not always easy to pen your thoughts. 
Where as publishing I’d concerned it’s not difficult you just have to find a good publisher for yourself. 
7. From your initial days to today's scenario, how it feels when you look back to your journey?
Ans: I think I’ve grown a lot , I look at all my failures and struggles with utmost pride , everything has taught me something and I’m thankful for everything. 

8. What are the common trap that should be avoided by the new commers into the literature world? What will be your advice to them?
Ans: the game is not about earning money , your goal should be to touch the hearts of the masses , one should write for the people not for the money. 

9. How was your experience during your initial days? Who inspired you the most in this journey?
Ans : In 2014 my kids urged me to create my Facebook page(Mere khayal). The success of my page and my kids inspired me to compile my thoughts in the form of a book. In 2017 I approached Notion press and from there my journey began.

10. How was your feeling when you held your first published book for the first time?


Ans: It’s felt the same as holding my first born did. I was filled with joy , it was a special feeling , I can’t forget the day I held my 1st published book for the 1st time.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Book Review by LITEROMA PUBLISHING SERVICES:: "Flights of Fantasy" by Dr. Sujata Chatterjee




** Thanks to the author for sharing a review copy of the book.**

"Flights of Fantasy" by Dr. Sujata Chatterjee is a collection of thirteen short stories written in simple English language. Some of them really stand apart even compared to other contemporary popular books by marquee writers. I loved these two stories 'Granny's day out' and 'The holiday project' especially because of their story concept and differential thoughts expressed by the author. 

The cover design of the book is very different from the usual ones we keep finding these days that may be because of another striking aspect of the book and that is none other than the publisher - The London Miscellany. This book looks more like a sophisticated international magazine than a typical storybook and that's the beauty. 

For a reader, the differential aspects of this book earn it an additional star in the rating. I enjoyed reading the book very much.

Overall Literoma rates it as 5*/5* and recommends for relaxing reading.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Puppet

My soft skin get wounded and stressed,
but I fail to protest every time.
My lips are stitched in such a way that shows a smile
and not allowed to get puckered. 

My adorable soft colorful hands get scratched
but I fail to protest every time. 
Just because it's your show in which I work
you keep pulling the strings that are attached. 


My eyes, those cheerful eyes get drenched.
Not in tears of pain but due to strain,
but I fail to close them in that time too.
It reminds me those dreadful outcomes that I faced.

My soft colorful clothes are getting torn.
My cheerful smile and shine are fading away.
But I have to keep my mouth shut anyway,
as not my pain but my smiles are adorned. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

সমর্পণ

পাহাড় চূড়ায় ঘর বেঁধেছি তোমায় একলা পাবো বলে,
চলতে গিয়ে থমকে দাঁড়াই তোমার সঙ্গে যাবো বলে। 
চারিপাশের বন্ধ দুয়ার খুলে যদি দাঁড়াই আবার চাইবো 
তুমি পাশে থাকো তোমার সঙ্গ চাই বলে।  
হাজার আলোর মহল ছেড়ে তারায় মোড়া আকাশটিরে 
করতে চাই আবার আপন, সে শুধু তোমার প্রিয় বলে।  




পাহাড় চূড়ায় ঘর বেঁধেছি তোমায় একলা পাবো বলে,
চলতে গিয়ে থমকে দাঁড়াই তোমার সঙ্গে যাবো বলে। 
এমনি করেই চাই যদি রোজ তোমায় করে নিতে আপন 
পাবো  ফিরে সেই  তোমাকে, আঁধার কালো হলে ?
মনের মাঝে প্রশ্ন যত  ভুলে থাকি অবিরত 
চেনা তোমায় বানায় যে পর সে ভয়ে ভীত বলে।  
 

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

An Angry Girl's Dillemma

She gets angry on you when she lacks,
the way she sees others get loved by them. 
She thinks as her very own beloved person,
you should know the hacks. 

She gets angry on you when she lacks,
the way she sees others get pampered on their victory.
She thinks as her very own beloved man,
you should also know the hacks.

She gets angry on you when she lacks,
the extent of support others are getting during their crisis. 
She thinks as her very own redeemer.
you should also know her troubles and facts. 


She gets angry on you when she lacks,
the way they made them laugh during their days of tears.
She thinks as her very own beloved soul,
you should know, how to stay firm and keep the promises intact.  

She gets angry on you when she get fooled,
to see everyone expect her is getting the things as per the promises.
She thinks as her very own supportive one, you befooled her.
Thus, the theory of true and pure love gets overruled. 

Monday, 18 June 2018

Silence Has Chosen Her

She hasn't chosen silence, silence has chosen her.
She wanted to be vivacious and naive, 
she wanted to be surrounded with love.
But, it is not always true for all to be supported by their star. 

She hasn't chosen silence, silence chosen her.
Whenever she tried to hug tightly her love,
she felt the indifference from their side.
Failure of her repeated attempts has turned her hopes blur. 



She hasn't chosen silence, silence has chosen her.
Whenever she tried to minimise the distance,
she attacked with insult and vehement ignorance. 
Gradually, she started to believe there is really nobody to care.

She hasn't chosen silence, silence has chosen her.
Whenever, she believed that she will get someone
beside her to support though she witnessed something else.
Thus, the route of her destiny becomes much clearer. 

She hasn't chosen silence, silence has chosen her.
Whenever, she tried to put her jovial self 
in front of others, they reminded her she is a mismatch.
Thus, silence and mystery happily and quite obviously engulfed her nature.  

Monday, 21 May 2018

That Falling Leaf

A dry and browned leaf is just about to kiss the ground.
A gentle touch of love and care was the only thing,
this leaf was deprived of but it never relied on a much known fact
that those things are rare to be found.

Today, when it got friendly disconnected from the tree.
It lost its all hopes, joy and growing spree.
Somewhere it may have believed that 
there will always be some thing which will set its soul free.


But it never wanted such barren life,
rather it never left any stone unturned to thrive.
It looked at every gentle touch, caring hand.
As if, it may be that desired gem, capable of bringing back its lost vibe. 


May be, the disposer had laughed at that time,
not by knowing the unforeseen future but, 
to see the extent of insanity of that life.
Nobody is going to show love to a dying leaf;
until it start living itself by loving itself,
this is something which helps to add up the charm.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Before You Say It All

You are just like sunbeam,
who likes to destroy the untidy and unwanted thing.
The one who likes to clear all barriers by himself
rather than complaining about your sadness and making gruesome scream.

You are much happy with what you are.
Never expect anybody to be your crutch
during the time you cry helplessly in that stagnant hour.

But someday you come across with them.
They tried their best to make you more
vivacious and vibrant in accordance with their claim.


In those days they guessed about the presence
of a stinking hollow in your past.
They make you believe that only opening up those yellow pages
before them is the only door to gain your social acceptance. 

Your rusted iron soul now started breathing.
Such vibrant acceptance and support are something 
which you are looking for years.
Now you have started to open those pages, the mystery around you and everything.

Few days later you find them to be the most unknown soul.
After knowing everything about you they are more 
likely to retain a safe distance with such an abnormal life.
So, you repent for trusting them before you say it all. 


Sunday, 25 March 2018

Urge For the Ultimate Destination

Everyday in her life was the same. 
There was no one around her to blame.
Actually it was her fate that turns out to be rude.
Otherwise, no one has the gut to tolerate such attitude. 

Everyday in her life was the proof.
There are something in his tenure which was a goof. 
It was a shuttering truth for her that
her life's journey was facing a terrible wrath.

Everyday of her life was a pain.
There is no chance to have some gain.
No one ever cared about the cause of her grudge
though there was many people out there to judge.


Everyday of her life was an exam.
Though there was no chance for any other to see any harm.
She was quite tired of all this drama and toil.
It was beyond her thoughts how can the society be so cruel.

Everyday of her life was an irony.
That makes laugh at her lifelong agony.
No one ever came forward to stand by.
Everybody out there was eager to make her cry.

Everyday of her life was a harsh interview.
Everyday she faced same questions, there were nothing new.
For the ruthless society she was just like a devil's incarnation.
She herself and the society too were much eager 
for her faster journey to the ultimate destination. 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

He Could Have Love Her More

He could love her more.
She just knows the extent of yelling 
can left a baby in a bitter trauma.
A baby girl who never knew about love afore.

He could love her more.
She just knows how her presence and value 
was measured by the bucks she earns.
The girl who never heard of love afore.


He could love her more.
She just felt the heart-wrenching discriminations,
she faced with one of her most notorious brother.
She never felt the equality in love before.

He could love her more.
She heard it from her friends of her age
that not everyone from a clan shows the similar rage.
She was perplexed to find the measurable truth that was known to her before.

Now, she doesn't even rely on love or adore.
 In the deep in her mind love is something which she loves to abhor.
But, a corner of her pained heart still says,
he could have love me more.