Tuesday , 22 January 2019

Recounting Guru and Geeta Dutt’s cinematic legacy


Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone better known in the Indian cinematic world as Guru Dutt, was a prolific director, producer and actor who gave the world some memorable movies like as Pyaasa, Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Kaagaz Ke Phool and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. So remarkable were his works that two of his movies – ‘Pyaasa’ and ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ – were included among the greatest films of all time, by Time magazine’s ‘All-Time 100 best movies’ and Dutt was featured in the Sight & Sound critics’ list of greatest film directors of all time. His wife Geeta Dutt was a prominent Indian singer who found prominence as a playback singer in Hindi cinema. Her chart-busting “Tadbeer se bigdi hui taqdeer bana le” in Guru Dutt’s directorial debut Baazi (1951) gave her the boost and was the turning point in her career.

To give the Goan audience a taste of the cinematic prowess and melodious genius of the highly artistic couple who had short but very creative lives, Kutumb, a social and cultural organisation in association with Art and Culture will host ‘Soul of Indian Cinema’ season 1 on the Indian film director and the singer. The event will be held on May 1 from 7.30 p.m. onwards at Kala Academy, Panaji. The event will recount the life of the two legendry personalities who have immensely contributed to the Indian cinema. “Guru Dutt was a fine film director, producer and actor and is often remembered for his films like Kaagaz Ke Phool amongst others,” said member of Kutumb, Asha Velingkar while speaking at a press conference held in Panaji on Friday.

Four singers, Ali Husain, Anwar Shaikh, Akshada Talaulikar and Bhakti Salunke will take you back to the time when these two personalities enthralled the audience. “The singers will sing the evergreen songs of these personalities,” said president of Kutumb, Nilesh Faterpekar. A similar event on the same theme will be held on May 19 at Ravindra Bhavan, Vasco from 7.30 p.m. onwards.

(The event is free and open to all)


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