February 11, 1944
Anara, British India
Film maker, screenplay writer and author
Buddhadeb Dasgupta ( Bengali: বুদ্ধদেব দাশগুপ্ত Buddhodeb Dashgupto) (born 1944) is a poet and prominent contemporary Indian filmmaker, most known for films like , Bagh Bahadur , Tahader Katha and Charachar . Five of his films have won the Uttara National Film Award for Best Feature Film, (1989), Bagh Bahadur (1993), Charachar (1997), Lal Darja (2002) and Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (2008), while Kaalpurush (1978) and Dooratwa (1993) have won the Tahader Katha National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali. As a director, he has won National Film Award for Best Direction twice, for (2000) and Uttara (2005). Over the years he has published several works of poetry including Swapner Din Govir Araley, Coffin Kimba Suitcase, Himjog, Chhaata Kahini, Roboter Gaan, Sreshtha Kabita, and Bhomboler Ascharya Kahini O Ananya Kabita. [1 ]
Early life and education [ edit ]
Buddhadeb Dasgupta was born in 1944 in
Anara near Puruliya in Southern West Bengal, and was third of nine siblings. His father Tarkanta Dasgupta was a doctor with the [2 ] Indian Railway, thus he spent early part of childhood traveling. It was only at the age of twelve that he was sent to Calcutta to study at Dinabandhu School, Howrah. Post-independence his father was transferred first to [3 ] Kharagpur in West Midnapore district and to Manendragarh (now in Chhattisgarh). [4 ]
He studied economics at the prestigious
Scottish Church College and at the University of Calcutta. [5 ] [6 ]
Buddhadeb started his career as an economics teacher, at the
Shyamsundar College of the University of Burdwan followed by City College, Calcutta. In 1976, when disenchanted by the gap he perceived between the economic theory he taught and the socio-political reality, he took to film making. Meanwhile his membership with the [1 ] Calcutta Film Society, where he first started going in his senior high school along with his uncle, exposed him to the works of directors like Charlie Chaplin, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. This, in turn, inspired him take film making as a mode of expression. He started his film career with a 10-minute documentary in 1968, [7 ] The Continent of Love; eventually he made his first full-length feature film, (Distance) in 1978. Dooratwa [8 ]
His lyricism has been extended to cinema as well. During the early stages of his film career, Dasgupta made
films inspired by Satyajit Ray's realistic films and later moved on to other forms. Some of his most acclaimed films are Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha, Charachar and Uttara. [9 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Feature films [ edit ]
Documentary and TV work [ edit ]
The Continent of Love (1968)
(1973) Dholer Raja Khirode Natta
Fishermen of Sundarban (1974)
Rhythm of Steel (1981)
Indian Science Marches Ahead (1984)
Vigyan O Tar Avishkar (1980)
Story of Glass (1985)
India on the Move (1985)
(1987) Contemporary Indian Sculpture
History of Indian Jute (1990)
Buddhadeb Dasgupta was honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the Spain International Film Festival in
Madrid on 27 May 2008. [1 ] Golden Athena Award at the Athens International Film Festival in 2007
National Film Award
His elder daughter, Rajeshwari Dasgupta (Ghose), who is a trained classical pianist, has been the assistant director and critic of her father's national award-winning movies and documentaries.
Quotations [ edit ]
All of us have a cherished dream for which we live. We begin the journey of life to fulfil this dream. But while some of us succeed, some don’t. My films revolve around this quest for the realisation of dreams.
[1 ] ”
Further reading [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d Merchant of Dreams: Buddhadeb Dasgupta gets lifetime achievement award at the Spain International Film Festival The Tribune, May 31, 2008.
^ Buddhadeb Dasgupta Profile at Calcuttaweb.com.
^ Hood, p. 2
^ Hood, p. 3
^ Some Alumni of Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008, p. 588.
^ Aami, Tumi, O Scottish (translated from Bengali:"Me, You, and Scottish") in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008, p. 430-1.
^ Hood, p. 14
^ Syed, M.H. (2005). . Anmol Publications. p. 210. Encyclopaedia of Modern Journalism and Mass Media ISBN 81-261-2420-2.
^ Buddhadeb Dasgupta Upperstall.com.
^ Filmography The New York Times.
^ "46th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals.
^ "Berlinale: 1988 Programme". berlinale.de . Retrieved 2011-03-06.
^ "Berlinale: 1994 Programme". berlinale.de . Retrieved 2011-06-11.
^ a b Awards New York Times.
^ Awards IMDB.
External links [ edit ]