26 November, 2020

Back To Tagore

The poet inspires Chilean director Miguel Littin’s latest venture

Back To Tagore
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THE lively, immensely fruitful cultural interaction between India and Latin America— that began with Rabindranath Tagore’s sojourn to Peru and Argentina over six decades ago and then manifested itself in the works of Victoria Ocampo and Pablo Neruda— is all set to receive a f resh fillip. Celebrated Chilean filmmaker-poet Miguel Littin, who was in Thiruvananthapuram for a retrospective  during the recent 28th International Film Festival of India, will shoot his next feature, tentatively titled The Song of the River. , in India with a multinational cast and crew.

Once again, Tagore will be the subject and the inspiration. "The film," reveals the bearded, twinkle-eyed, gregarious, 54-year-old filmmaker, "owes its genesis to Tagore’s poetry". But what is it that the uncompromising ‘guerrilla’ filmmaker, the real-life hero of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novella Clandestine in Chile share with Tagore, a pacifist poet so far removed in time and cultural space? "As a human being, I feel very close...

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