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Satyajit Ray films set for Polish curriculum

Around ten classics of the master filmmaker will be screened in Poland for an academic purpose.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2006 12:33 IST
Surender Bhutani (Indo-Asian News Service)
Surender Bhutani (Indo-Asian News Service)

Ten films of India's master filmmaker Satyajit Ray, including his magnum opus Apu trilogy, will be screened in Poland for students as a tribute to his genius.

They will be screened at the Summer Academy of Films in Zamosz, some 400 km from the Polish capital.

The organisers have collected from around the world 262 old movies, including 10 films of the late Satyajit Ray. The purpose is to show and teach the students different styles of filmmaking.

"It is really a great honour for India that they have selected 10 classics of Satyajit Ray, starting from PatherPanchali, ApurSansar, Aparajito to Charulata and others.

"The organisers have given preference to Ray's films as compared to other masters such as Federico Fellini and no other director's works have been selected in such a big number," said Anil Wadhwa, the Indian ambassador to Poland.

Piotr Kotowski, chief of the academy, said their selection of Ray's films is "a tribute to Satyajit's genius".

"He is one of the all time great directors and our students will understand parallel Indian cinema in a better perspective," Kotowski told IANS.

Meanwhile, Bollywood movies are having a regular run in Poland for the last 18 months with great success.

Aamir Khan's Mangal Pandey - The Rising is getting good response from the audience in Warsaw.

First Published: Aug 08, 2006 11:53 IST