Apu, Felu Mittir, Udayan Pandit, Mayurbahan, Devdas – Soumitra Chattopadhyay the actor was constant with all the changing characters on screen. Soumitra lived his life dealing with a vast range of his works being an actor, elocutionist, painter, author, editor, theatre personality and so on.
Bengal’s iconic figure passed away on November 15 last year. Now, a wall calendar titled ‘Apur Panchali’ in his memory has been released. The cover has been illustrated by Sid Ghosh. Many eminent personalities like Sougata Chattopadhyay ( Son of Soumitra Chattopadhyay), Rupak Saha (Director Shyam Sundar Company Jewellers), Surojit Kala, Debojyoti Mishra, Devajit Bandyopadhyay, Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, Gautam Dey ( Regional Director, ICCR, Kolkata) were present at the event.
The calendar is a collection worthy for Soumitra Chattopadhyay admirers going through the alleys of various works of him. From Ray’s Soumitra to Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha, Ajay Kar, Asit Sen, the next generation directors like Sandeep Ray, Atanu Ghosh, Anik Dutt, Shiboprosad-Nandita duo’s work, and all the work had fascinated Soumitra in the best way possible.
The calendar has movie posters, images of booklets. Soumitra used to draw brilliant paintings. There are various pictures starting from his self-portrait on a page of the calendar. He even wrote several books, edited magazine like “Ekkhon”. There are also several images of his literary works. He was a great elocutionist. Gramophone disc label of his recitation of Tagore poems besides record covers of his films also got featured in one of the pages.
All in all, this calendar has portrayed Soumitra in different styles making it a collector’s delight. “I am really happy to be here. My father’s contribution is unfathomable. He would live on through his timeless works. This calendar is also showcasing his multifaceted genius. I am sure his admirers would appreciate it,” said Sougata, son of Soumitra Chattopadhyay.