Since his death at age fifty in 1976, Ritwik Ghatak has come to be regarded as one of the greatest figures in postwar Indian cinema for his brilliant and abrasive films, which certainly rank among the most revolutionary achievements in contemporary Indian art. Involved from an early age in politics and in theater, Ghatak was a member of the Indian Communist Party and regarded Brecht and Eisenstein as his artistic heroes.
The Cloud-Capped Star
Considered Ghatak's masterpiece, this powerful and innovative melodrama revolves around a refugee family from East Bengal, victims of the Partition, who forge a precarious existence on the outskirts of Calcutta. (Ritwik Ghatak, India, 1960, 143 minutes, Bengali with English subtitles)
Event begins at 2:00PM
Presented by: Freer and Sackler Galleries - Smithsonian Institution
Featured Artist(s): Ritwik Ghatak