CinemaScope, an apprenticeship programme of Media Studies and Journalism department of ULAB, organised a Pathchakra (a reading circle) on April 5. Starting at 11:00am, the programme, which took place at Campus B, continued till 3:30pm. Pathchakra is an event organised by CinemaScope on a regular basis. This time, participants discussed “Bishoy Cholochitro” — a book written by noted film director Satyajit Roy. During the programme, the participants read chapter 11 & 12 of the book as a group. Later, they took part in discussions based on their understanding of the texts.
The eleventh chapter named “Apur Sansar Prashongo” is a chapter devoted to a Bangla movie named “Apur Sansar” (The World of Apu) (1959) directed by Satyajit Roy. The movie is a part of “Apu Trilogy”. Two other movies are Pather Panchali (1955) and Aparajito (1956). The participants discussed the continuity of lifestyle, background music, cinematography and expression.
The first session concluded with recitation of a poem by Pritthiraj Chowdhury named “Iti Apu” — a fictitious narrative of Apu. In the second session, students read the twelfth chapter, “Charulata Prashongo” — a chapter devoted to another movie named “Charulata” directed by Roy. “Charulata” is an adaptation of Nashtanir (The Broken Nest) — a Bangla novella by Rabindranath Tagore.
The participants widely discussed visual treatment and fundamental foundation of the movie. In the end, participants tried to understand Roy’s point of view — the main agenda of the reading circle.