Workshop on Modern art form and Tribal world

Ranchi Film Club organises a Workshop

on Modern art form and Tribal world trib

by Mahadev Toppo

on 3rd May 2009 at 2.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Venue-International Library and Cultural Center, near Sujata Cinema, Club Road, Ranchi

The main theme of workshop is, how tribal world has been portrayed in various art forms, and how the meaning would be changed when the subject itself becomes the author of the art and the art form, as for instance the great documentary master piece ‘Nanook of the North’- what if Nanook would have done this film by himself…. ? Now Dalit and tribal literature are emerging very forcefully challenging the casteist and racist paradigm. Thanks to contradiction in capitalism in the age of globalization at least— digital technology is some how available to common people.

In this scenario, is there any possibility of emergence of a new language of cinema? Better cinema – Better world – Mahadev Toppo, Sri Toppo is a well known tribal thinker, poet and actor from Jharkhand. In this work shop he is going to read two feature film – ( Mrigaya- 1976 Director: Mrinal Sen and Aakrosh -1980 Director – Govind Nihalani) besides a documentary film- ‘In the Forest hangs a Bridge’ 1999, Directed by Sanjay kak . He is also going to talk on the photographs of Bishu Nandi and poetry of Niramal Putul (Santhali poetess)

contact :Film Appreciation wing of International library and cultural center, Ranchi tel 0651 2331524

Schedule 2.30 p.m. To 9 p.m

Exhibition of photograph taken by renowned photographer Sri Bishu Nandi On theme – Still Camera and Tribal Life


mrigaya9jMrigaya 1976

Director: Mrinal Sen

Music -Salil Chowdhury

Story- Bhagabati Charan Panigrahi

Screenplay- Mohit Chatterjee, Mrinal Sen

Cinematography- KK Mahajan

Cast: Mithun Chakraborty and Mamta Shanker, Sadhu Meher,

Language: Hindi Duration: 1hours 45 min

Awards: National awards plus a lot of international awards

To both Ghinua and the commissioner, a big ‘Shikar’ is a game; this is probably why Ghinua reacts like a terrible ‘hunter’ when the Mahajan tries to steal his wife. He slays him; an avenged man, he brings his ‘trophy’, to the only man who will understand him, the English ‘Bare Raja Babu’. But Ghinua’s trust is betrayed and he is handed over to the court by the Commissioner. Ghinua asks the Commissioner why Dora gets five hundred rupees as a ‘prize’ for killing Shalpu, a person liked by all the villagers and he gets death sentence for killing the Mahajan, who is ‘sabse khatarnak, khun-khar janwar’. Even the villagers fail to understand why Imperial Justice sentences Ghinua to be hanged to death.


In the Forest hangs a Bridge’ sanjay-kak-150x150

Dir Sanjay kak

India, 1999, 16 mm, 39 min ‘

In the Forest hangs a Bridge’ is a film about the building of a thousand foot suspension bridge by the people of an Adi village, an evocation of the tribal community that makes it possible, and a reflection on the strength and fragility of the idea of community. Located deep in the forest hills of the Siang valley of Arunachal Pradesh, at the north-eastern extremity of India, these elegant structures of cane and bamboo are the distinctive mark of the Adi tribe. Nearly six months of incessant rain in the Siang valley means that the cane and bamboo will eventually rot and fall away, and the bridge needs to be rebuilt every year. In less than three days, a bridge more than a thousand feet long is finished. A day later, we see several hundred men from the village cross to the other side for the annual ritual, as they have for several hundred years.

Discussion on film

Tea break

Mahua Maji will read poetry of Nirmala Putul (Santhali poetess ) from the book -Nagade ki Tarah Bajte Shabd,. She happens to be the emerging writer defining the tribal aesthetics in literature.

Discussion on the poetry

Aakrosh 1980,Hindi

akroshDirector – Govind Nihalani,

Written – Vijay Tendulkar(Screenplay) Satyadev Dubey(Dialogue)

Starring – Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil Om Puri and Amrish Puri Award – National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi 1980 & several Filmfare Awards’, Golden Peacock’ for the Best Film at the International Film Festival of India

Durattion – 144 min

Lahanya Bhiku (Om Puri) a tribal is arrested for killing his wife Nagi(smita patil)and he is tried in the court for it.Bhaskar Kulkarni(Naseeruddi n Shah) takes this first case as the govt appointed lawyer.bhaskar kulkarni with all dreams and aspirations to take his first case finds to his frustration that Lahanya does not want to co operate with him. Slowly bhaskar investigates the case which leads to stark ling revelations and the movies comes to a shattering climax.


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