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SRFTI to Showcase Restored Films like 'New Delhi Times', 'Oka Uri Katha', 'Chhuti', 'Bhavni Bhavai' through International Archiving, Curation & Restoration Event ARCUREA 2024

Pramod Pati Cinema Art & Technological Museum to Start Journey in SRFTI with Repository Artefacts for Research Work by Film Students & Researchers

Posted On: 13 MAR 2024 6:34PM by PIB Kolkata

Kolkata, March 13, 2024

ARCUREA, a portmanteau word created by blending the words 'archiving', 'curation' and 'restoration', is going to transpire over seven consecutive days, from March 16 to 22, 2024 on Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI) campus. It is a multi-event initiative comprising an international colloquium on archiving and restoration in the global context, a cinema curation workshop for students having a foundational understanding about various aspects of curation with an emphasis on Indian cinema, a festival of restored films, e- conversations with renowned filmmakers like Vidu Vinod Chopra and Asgar Fahradi, specially curated live performances, an exhibition of film memorabilia, inauguration of museum meant for preserving repository artefacts for research work by students and research scholars, a public lecture to commemorate P K Nair,  the founder & Director of National Film Archive of India (NFAI) by Shri Sudhir Kakar, the renowned psychoanalyst, novelist and author and last but not the least,  the presence of the internationally acclaimed Japanese film Director  Ms Naomi Kawase's during the closing ceremony and her keynote address.

The Secretary, Union Information & Broadcasting Shri Sanjay Jaju is supposed to be present in the inaugural function of the festival. This was stated by the Director of SRFTI, Shri Himangshu Sekhar Khatua today in a press conference at Press Club, Kolkata.

The festival is supposed to screen timeless cinematic masterpieces from India, meticulously restored by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC)-NFAI as a part of the National Film heritage Mission (NFHM). The film selection aims to showcase the regional and linguistic diversity while paying tribute to the esteemed masters and classics of Indian cinema. The festival will hence showcase the restored films like 'Oka Uri Katha' (Telugu) by Mrinal Sen, 'Admi Aur Aurat' (Hindi) by Tapan Sinha, 'Chhuti' (Bengali), by Arundhati Devi, 'Tero Nadir Parey' (Bengali) by Barin Saha, 'Bhavni Bhavai (Gujarati)  by Ketan Mehta, 'New Delhi Times' (Hindi) by Ramesh Sharma, 'Maya Darpan' (Hindi) by Kumar Shahani and so on. Total 21 restored films will be screened in this part of the festival scheduled from March 16 to 22, 2024.

Another interesting aspect of the week-long festival is the inauguration of the Pramod Pati Cinema Art and Technology Museum within the SRFTI campus, aiming to provide a comprehensive historical understanding of the art and technology of filmmaking. More than a repository of artefacts, the museum is a valuable resource for research and encouragement towards students, researchers and visitors to understand cinema as an evolving art form.

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