Kanu Banerjee

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Kanu Banerjee (Kanu Bandyopadhyay)[1] (June 20, 1905 – January 27, 1983) was an actor of Bengali Cinema and theatre. A theatre actor and director,[2] he is best known for his portrayal of Harihar Ray, father of Apu, in Satyajit Ray's classic Pather Panchali (1955) and Aparajito (1956), part of the Apu Trilogy.[3] He was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. He first appeared as an amateur artiste with Sisir Kumar Bhaduri in Biraj Bou (1934) as Netai at Naba Natyyamandir.[4] In 1955, he also appeared as saint Ramakrishna in Prafulla Chakraborty’s biographical film Bhagaban Sri Sri Ramakrishna.[2]

Legacy[edit]

In 2012, his memoirs titled, Hariharer Panchali, based on his long interview published in Sharadiya (Durga puja) magazine Baro Maas in 1979 and other interviews was published by Sutradhar and released by Sandip Ray, son of Satyajit Ray, at Nandan theater in Kolkata.[2][5] Previously, on June 20, 2012, on the occasion of his 108th birth anniversary, his statue was unveiled on Banamali Chatterjee Street in Tala neighbourhood of North Kolkata, where he used to stay.[2][6]

Filmography[edit]

  • Durgesh Nandini (1927)
  • Rajgee (1937)
  • Desher Mati (1938)
  • Chanakya (1939)
  • Shap Mukti (1940)
  • Nandini (1941)
  • Mayer Pran (1941)
  • Epar Opar (1941)
  • Pashan Devata (1942)
  • Garmil (1942)
  • Sahadharmini (1943)
  • Jogajog (1943)
  • Sahar Thekey Durey (1943)
  • Pratikar (1944)
  • Bideshini (1944)
  • Nandita (1944)
  • Mane Na Mane (1945)
  • Kato Door (1945)
  • Bhabhi Kaal (1945)
  • Mandir (1946)
  • Swapna-o-Sadhana (1947)
  • Sadharan Meye (1948)
  • Purabi (1948)
  • Jayjatra (1948)
  • Kuasha (1949)
  • Abhijatya (1949)
  • Digbhranta (1950)
  • Mandanda (1950)
  • Pandit Mashai (1951)
  • Palli Samaj (1952)
  • Bindur Chheley (1952)
  • Natun Yahudi (1953)
  • Sadanander Mela (1954)
  • Mantra Shakti (1954)
  • Dukhir Imaan (1954)
  • Champadangar Bou (1954)
  • Upahar (1955)
  • Aparadhi (1955)
  • Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna (1955)[2][7]
  • Pather Panchali (1955) — Harihar Ray
  • Saheb Bibi Golam (1956)[8]
  • Nabajanma (1956)
  • Daner Maryada (1956)
  • Bhola Master (1956)
  • Aparajito (1956) — Harihar Ray
  • Kathin Maya (1961)
  • Banajyotsana (1969)
  • Alo Amar Alo (1971)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Also credited as Kanu Banerji and Kanu Bandyopadhyay
  2. ^ a b c d e Soumitra Das and Dalia Mukherje (2012, Aug. 5). "The matter-of-fact actor of many parts" Kolkata, India: The Telegraph. OCLC 27171794
  3. ^ Kany Banerji New York Times.
  4. ^ Sushil Kumar Mukherjee (1982). The story of the Calcutta theatres, 1753-1980. K.P. Bagchi. p. 698. 
  5. ^ "Kolkata Notebook:Honouring Harihar". The Statesman. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Statue of 'Harihar' of Pather Panchali June 11, 2012.
  7. ^ Viewable on YouTube: "The film - Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna - revised file" (on YouTube); English subtitles give credits for Kanu Banerji (Sri Ramakrishna, 0:08), Bibhuti Chakravarty (photography, 0:11), Baidyanath Chaterji (producer, 0:30), Pulin Ghosh (stage setting, 0:44), New Theatre Studio (production location, 0:53), Officials of Dakshineshwar Kali Temple (thanks, 1:05), Chabi Bishwas (Mathur, 1:23), Shobha Sen (Sri Ma Saradadevi, 1:23), Kalyani Films (production, 1:38), Prafulla Chakravarty (script writer and director, 1:43) (accessed 14 Jan 2013); See also Bhagaban Sree Sree Ramkrishna listing at Gomolo.
  8. ^ In English this film is titled "King, Queen, Knave (1956)" and there is also a West German film entitned King, Queen, Knave (1972)

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