Gauhati Cine Club along with screening of films, has embarked in publishing books on cinema. The Club feels that only screening of films may not have desired effect on the audience if reading materials are not provided with the screenings. This has been a constant concern of Gauhati Cine Club, too.
The first venture of publishing books by the Club was a collection of articles about the great Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. As the book had to cater to the need of Assamese audience, all the articles were in Assamese. The inclusion of the article of premiere critic of Kurosawa, Donald Richie is really an asset. So is the article by Indian Maestro Satyajit Ray. The original Assamese article by Manik Bora too raises the standard of the collection to a certain level. In the year 2000 the Club organized a Retrospective of Kurosawa’s films and the book was published on this occasion. The translations are done by Sri Kanak Ch. Kalita, Sri Ranjit Gogoi and Sri Suresh Sharma. Alok Adhikari of N.L Publications published the book on behalf of Gauhati Cine Club. The book was priced at Rs. 25.00 only.
JYOTI PRASAD AS A FILM MAKER
Gauhati Cine Club is committed to publish books about Assamese filmmaker of the past and present as well. In this direction, its first and foremost duty was to publish a comprehensive treatise about the contributions of Jyotiprasad Agarwala, the pioneer of Assamese Cinema and noted litterateur.
Apurba Sharma, national award winning film critic (Swarna Kamal or Golden Lotus) and Sahitya academy Award winning short–story writer kindly consented to be the author of this book. The book not only covers the concepts and ideas of Jyotiprasad’s filmmaking, it also depicts the national and international cinematic scene of his time. The book attempts at positing Jyotiprasad as a national filmmaker.
Ranjib Barua of Adi Publications was the publisher of this book on Gauhati Cine Club’s behalf in 2005 and it was priced at Rs.50.00 only.
Living Shadows, as the first venture of Shri Aribam Syam Sharma, into full fledged authorship, documents a comprehensive description of his life and aesthetic experiences attained during twenty five years of Manipuri filmmaking. Partly autobiographical in nature and partly a critical analysis of the development of his personality as a filmmaker it probes into subjects like film, music culture and folk elements with insight, lucidity and a great profundity. His long survey of films, life society and culture of Manipur comes graphically alive in this socio-cultural document.
The author had conceived the idea of writing about his film making experiences, but did not materialize. But in the request of Gauhati Cine Club to write a book on his experiences with Manipuri Cinema, that wish ultimately culminated into “Living Shadows”. “The book”, the author himself writes, “could be tribute to Ingudam Mangi, who had the lead role in his film Imagi Ninghtem, and had died three days before the screening of the film.” The first edition was released in an august ceremony held at Guwahati on 24 Dec 2006, where the filmmaker himself was one of the dignitaries present on the dice. The book is priced at Rs.300 for library and Rs.200 for general readers.
PERSPECTIVES ON CINEMA OF ASSAM
This is another landmark of Gauhati Cine Club. Prior to this, there was no book in English about Cinema in Assam. Seventy five long years have passed since the release of the first Assamese film”Joymoti” (1935) by Jyotiprasad Agarwala. There should have been a lot of books in this genre.
As Assamese Cinema has been undergoing a period of crisis, its impact is seen in the direction of publishing book on History of Cinema of Assam.
Manoj Borpujari and Dr.Garima Kalita were given the responsibility to edit this book which is once again a collage of deliberations regarding Cinema in Assam. The objective behind this project is to enlighten the Indian readers as a whole. In three segments it is anthology of sixteen analytical essays. The book was released on 2008 and priced at Rs.200/300 only.
Noted Assamese film maker Dr.Bhabendra Nath Saikia, the visionary, started publishing a bulletin on Cinema under this nomenclature in the early part of the eight decade of the last century. The nomenclature “Chitra Chinta” was also the brain-work of Dr.Saikia at a time when the Club was in its infantile stage. Since the nineties this irregular bulletin had the shape of a journal. Yet that journal was not a regular publication.
Since Sri Kanak Ch. Kalita took over as the secretary in 2003, Chitra Chinta attained the standard of a regular journal and began to be published annually. All the stalwarts of Assamese literature and film critic began to contribute to Chitra Chinta and it took the shape of a full-fledged journal. It even went to win the prestigious Prag Cine Award. Now this journal is being recognized by all corners, even it featured in the editorials of the local daily newspapers. Sri Kalita successfully held the charge of the Editor for three consecutive years. Later on Sri Mrigen Das, Ranjit Das and Madhurima Barua were in the charge of the Editorship for 2006, 2007, 2008 respectively.