Documentaries

The Musical Plays Of Rabindranath Tagore

The Musical Plays of Rabindranath Tagore is a documentary film which explores the seven musical plays written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore during his lifetime and tries to find out whether they are still relevant in today’s time.
This documentary film features interviews, enactments, photos, visuals as well as appropriate and relevant sound tracks interwoven with the narration in the film. The film also explores Tagore’s philosophies and the thought processes behind his musical plays. Overall, it is a documentation as well as a qualitative analysis of his creations with the focus clearly on his musical plays or dance dramas. The musical plays, popularly known in Bengali as Nritya Natyas and Geeti Natyas, shown in this film are –
VALMIKI PRATIBHA – 1881 | KAAL MRIGAYA – 1882 | MAYAR KHELA – 1888 | SHAAPMOCHAN – 1931 | CHITRANGADA – 1936 | CHANDALIKA – 1938 | SHYAMA – 1939
Directed by: Rajib Gupta
The film is in English and is narrated by the director Rajib Gupta
Produced by: FILMS DIVISION, Government of India
Duration: 52 minutes | Year of Release: 2018

Mahishasuramardini – A Passage Through Time

Mahishasuramardini – A Passage Through Time is a documentary film which traces the creation and evolution of the legendary radio programme Mahishasuramardini, broadcast annually on the auspicious day of Mahalaya, preceding the autumnal Durga Puja. This oratorio written by Banikuma, set to tune by Pankaj Kumar Mullick and narrated by Birendra Krishna Bhadra has been broadcast annually since 1931. In 1977, the programme was taken off air which led to a public uproar and was eventually broadcast that year on the day of Maha Shashthi. So it may be said that this programme has had an uninterrupted run since 1931. Several eminent singers and musicians were part of this legendary programme.

The film is in English and is narrated by the director Rajib Gupta
Produced by: FILMS DIVISION, Government of India
Duration: 52 minutes
Directed by: Rajib Gupta
Year of Release: 2010

In Tune With Pankaj Mullick

This is an audiovisual presentation depicting the life and work of legendary singer-composer-actor Pankaj Mullick (1905 to 1978). It traces his journey from his childhood to his becoming a music maestro. His career, spanning 50 years, comprising his years in Indian Radio and Indian Films too has been highlighted in this film

The film is in English and is narrated by the director Rajib Gupta
Produced by: Pankaj Mullick Music and Art Foundation
Duration: 30:48 minutes
Directed by: Rajib Gupta
Year of Release: 2006

Pankaj Mullick – The Reel Story

This is an audiovisual presentation depicting the life and work of legendary singer-composer-actor Pankaj Mullick (1905 to 1978). It focuses primarily on his career in Indian Films from 1929 to 1972 which generated a body of work that is still venerated today. Pankaj Mullick was the first music director to be felicitated with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award – the highest award presented by the Government of India to film personalities for their contribution to Indian films.

The film is in English and is narrated by the director Rajib Gupta
Produced by: Pankaj Mullick Music and Art Foundation
Duration: 30:48 minutes
Directed by: Rajib Gupta
Year of Release: 2010