Nation and Partition: Tagore Reinvented by Ritwik Ghatak

  • Manas Ghosh


Rabindranath Tagore’s nationalist thoughts in the 1930s and early 1940s inspired many progressive writers and artists in India. Ritwik Ghatak was one of them. This chapter considers how Tagore was invoked by Ghatak in moments of ruptures in the narrative of his films. In Ghatak’s Partition films we observe that Tagore is often invoked in the crucial junctures of the narrative and in the poignant moments of subjectivity of the characters. There are many such examples in Ghatak’s Subanarekha (1962) and Komal Gandhar (1961).


Brecht Colonialism Refugee Cinematic realism IPTA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Film StudiesJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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