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Talk by film director Amit Biswas and performance by artist Paramita Banerjee
13 August @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dr Amit Ranjan Biswas, the screen writer and director of the multi award-winning feature film Bridge, will be opening up and sharing his process of film making at the Tagore Centre. The event will include a bonus feature as we host Paramita Banerjee with a performance of Rabindrasangeet.
Amit Ranjan Biswas
Born and brought up in Kolkata, Amit was exposed at a very young age to the arts, literature and cinema. He was hugely influenced by the films of Satyajit Ray. His passion for creative arts flourished with his years of training and performing the Indian classical dance form of Kathak and musicals. He also published two books of poetry, dance dramas and plays. Two of his recent plays achieved huge acclaim and success in India.
Amit came to the UK in 1997 to further his medical career, however he continuously wrote, directed and performed in musicals, dance dramas and stage shows. He also started exploring world cinema, as a new creative canvas and a way to express himself fully. He trained himself in the Raindance Independent Film School and started making short films, awareness films and documentaries. He received a grant from King’s Find and Millennium Commission’s Leadership award from the Mayor of London for a film raising awareness on autism. His first short film One Short Sleep Past was shown at the Kolkata International Film Festival.
Amit lives in London and works as a consultant child and adolescent neuropsychiatrist and ex honorary senior lecturer. He leads a specialist multidisciplinary mental health team.
His vision is to make films that transcend cultural barriers, usher in personal and social transformation and further the full realisation of human potential.
Paramita was born and raised in Kolkata and after acquiring a Masters degree in English Literature, she moved to London in 1997. Her natural leadership abilities were recognised early as she held various student managerial positions in school through to university.
She cherished her love for the arts, especially music, theatre and cinema from a very early age. She was an ardent admirer of the Oscar winning Indian Film Director Satyajit Ray.
Paramita is a gifted and established artist. She is a vocalist of Rabindrasangeet and performs worldwide. She has several publications to her name. In London she worked as a Senior Financial Consultant in a leading UK financial institution for several years and left her job in 2008 to pursue her career in music and in Film
Paramita’s creative collaboration with Amit started with musicals, dance theatres and in short films since 1998. As their common passion and interest grew in ‘World Cinema’, she received training in Producing Films from Raindance Independent Film School in London. Thereafter, Paramita produced most of Amit’s short films and Documentaries since 2007/8.
Bridge is both Amit (director) and Paramita’s (producer) debut feature film, made on a shoe string budget with a highly dedicated and passionate international cast and crew. The film has been shown worldwide at various international film festivals and has won multiple awards.
Full details: bridgethefilm.com