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Mamata Banerjee Stresses On Digitising Bengali Film Archive

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is stressing on the digitisation of film-related content for the preservation of the legacy of Bengali cinema.

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Updated:July 25, 2017, 12:49 PM IST
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Mamata Banerjee Stresses On Digitising Bengali Film Archive
Mamata Banerjee likely to meet Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 7.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday stressed on the digitisation of film-related content for the preservation of the legacy of Bengali cinema.

"From Tapan Sinha to Rithik Ghatak others... (content) should be digitised to protect archives," she said here at a programme to announce the Mahanayak Samman Awards, referring to the establishment of an archive, library and museum in a cinema centenary campus in the city.

Banerjee said a film city is coming up in eight to nine months.

"We have formed a committee for television industry as well as the film industry. Veteran actress Sabitri Chatterjee has been made the chairperson of the International Kolkata Film Festival Committee. A new studio will be set up for the shooting of telefilms.

"We have to attract filmmakers from outside to come to Bengal to make films. Bengal will also have to win Bollywood and Hollywood.

"We will register 80,000 additional folk artists under Lok Prasar Prakalpa, taking the total number of beneficiaries to 1.8 lakh," she said.A

Lauding the artists of Bengal, she said: "As long you live, no one can touch culture, no one can touch harmony."

The awards were instituted in 2012 in the memory of Bengali matinee idol Uttam Kumar who is revered in this part of India as 'Mahanayak' (Great Hero).

The Lifetime Achievement award was conferred on actress Shakuntala Barua.

The other recipients in various categories include Prosenjit Chatterjee, Nusrat Jahan, Arindam Sil, Bickram Ghosh, Soumik Halder and Padmanabha Dasgupta.


Suparnokanti Karati for Bisarjan and Shiboprasad Mukhopadhyay for Praktan were also among the awardees for Best Film and Best Producer categories. It is about India's first Olympic medal win as a free nation in the year 1948 at the 14th Olympic Games at London. It will release on Independence Day in 2018.
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