On Sunday 21st June, the South Asian Solidarity Group in association with the Bong Film Club are hosting a zoom webinar discussion on Satyajit Ray’s movie ‘Ghare Baire’.
The movie is adapted from the novel of the same title authored by Rabindranath Tagore in 1916 ('The Home and the World'). Both the book and the movie explore the contradictions in the rise of the Swadeshi movement in response to the 1905 colonial partition of Bengal and its communalisation. And this perhaps, is the most poignant time to recall history especially as debates around racism and colonialism gather momentum.
But this fundraising drive is also organised in the aftermath of the devastation Bengal has suffered since cyclone Amphan struck the East Indian state in mid-May. The Bengali diaspora across the world have stepped up their efforts in re-building Bengal at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in farmers and daily wage earners losing their livelihoods.
They have relied primarily on local relief drives of such nature and all proceeds from this discussion will go directly to aid the vulnerable. The discussion will draw on the expertise of Professor Tanika Sarkar and Dr. Karen Gabriel. For more details about the webinar, you can contact the South Asian Solidarity Group on their website.