The Union Minister of Culture, Chandresh Kumari Katoch launched 13 short films based on the poems of Rabindranath Tagore in New Delhi on 9 May 2013. All the films have been produced with the financial support of Ministry of Culture.
Buddhadeb Dasgupta, the noted Director directed these 13 short films through the National Film Development Corporation. The project of Production of 13 short films or documentaries is a part of commemoration celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
The Screening Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Shyam Benegal in order to examine film production and related proposals for the commemoration.
All the 13 short films are of 25-30 minutes time duration. These are based on the Tagore’s poems namely, Bansi (The Flute), Krishnakali (The Dark Maiden), Mukti (The Freedom), Phanki (Deception), Pukur Dhare (From the pool side), Ek Gaye (A Village), Camellia (Camellia), Banshiwallah (The Flutist), Shesh Chithi (The Last Letter), Hothat Dekha (The Unexpected Meeting), Patralekha (The letter ought to be written), Basha Bari (The mansion) and Istition (The Station).
The films depict the Tagore’s humanism as well as creativity in him. The films reflect a wide range of his intellectual thinking from Romance to Philosophy and tradition to the contemporary ills.
Rabindranath Tagore is known across the world for his literary and artistic genius, creativity, humanism and internationalism.