After an unfortunate experience with the documentary Sikkim (1971), produced by the Chogyal of Sikkim (whose widow, Hope Cooke, may possess a copy) but banned by the Indian Government, Ray made this documentary on the noted Bengali painter and muralist Binode Behari Mukherjee. Extensive footage of the artist as a (blind) old man is intercut with shots of paintings and stock footage of Shantiniketan where he worked. The best moments in the film are the shooting of Mukherjee’s best-known work, the Medieval Hindi Saints mural on the walls of the Hindi Bhavan, Shantiniketan.
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This documentary was awarded as Best Information Film (Documentary) at 20th National Film Awards in 1972. Read More