Chidananda Dasgupta

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Chidananda Das Gupta (1921 – 22 May 2011), (family name sometimes spelled 'Dashgupta' and 'Dasgupta'His latest publication by Penguin, in 2006, spells family name as Das Gupta, vide Publications section) (), was a Bengali Indian filmmaker, a leading film critic, a film historian and one of the founders of Calcutta Film Society with Satyajit Ray in 1947. He lived and worked in Calcutta and Santiniketan.

Early life

Son of Shantilata and Manmathanath Dasgupta, a Brahmo missionary and social worker, he was born at Shillong, Assam, India in 1921. In 1944 he married, Supriya Das, a daughter of Brahmananda Dashgupta, brother of poet Jibanananda Das. His daughter Aparna Sen is a well known actress and filmmaker. Actress Konkona Sen Sharma is his granddaughter.

Das Gupta had a flick with politics during the anti-British Quit India movement days of 1940s. This forced him on to jobs – teaching at St. Columba’s College, Hazaribagh, personal assistant to Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis at the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, teaching at City College, Calcutta, journalism, and then a plush job in advertising with Imperial Tobacco.

The film society movement

In 1947, Das Gupta, along with Satyajit Ray and Hari Sadhan Dasgupta, founded the Calcutta Film Society. The opportunity to see the best of world cinema had a decisive impact on Ray as well as others like Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak.

In 1959, the Federation of Film Societies of India was set up...
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