Chidananda Das Gupta, film critic, author, director and one of the pioneers of the cinema movement in India passed away in Kolkata on 22 May 2011 at the age of 89.
In memory of this scholar, filmmaker and renowned critic, NETPAC organized a tribute at the India International Centre in New Delhi on 23 June. Aruna Vasudev, President NETPAC, Dr Asish Nandy (leading political psychologist, social theorist and contemporary cultural and political critic), Prof Saugata Roy (Minister of State for Urban Development), renowned artist Mr Jatin Das, all of who were closely known to Chituda (as he was affectionately called), and Aparna Sen, well-known filmmaker and Chituda’s daughter, spoke on the occasion. There were readings from the author’s books and a vote of thanks was presented by his daughter, Ratna Lahiri. This was followed by the screening of Das Gupta’s film Amodini with an introduction by Monojit Lahiri. Amodini (1994) was the first film to bring national awards to a husband and wife team: Chidananda Das Gupta won the award fro the Best Bengali Film while his wife Supriya Das Gupta won the award for Best Costume.
In 2005, Chidananda Das Gupta was conferred the first Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Cinema at the Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian Cinema in New Delhi.
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