Natir Puja’s 2nd pre-screening held reminding message of tolerance

DHAKA : The second pre-screening of ‘Natir Puja’ (The Court Dancer), the only film directed by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, was held in the city recently conveying its strong universal message of love, hope, tolerance and religious harmony, reports UNB.

The pre-screening of the documentary film was held at the Baridhara residence of Dhaka Courier and UNB Editor-in-Chief Enayetullah Khan on Wednesday night that entranced both the foreign and local audience.

Prof Karl Bardosh directed the new version of Natir Puja while Enayetullah Khan was its Executive Producer.

South Korean Ambassador in Dhaka Ahn Seong-doo, German Ambassador in Dhaka Dr Thomas Prinz,Ambassador of Spain in Dhaka Alvaro de Salas Gimenez de Azcarate, President and CEO of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute Farooq Sobhan, UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo, UNB Director Nahar Khan, Founder, MD and Editor of Bangladesh Brand Forum Shariful Islam, artists and film lovers were present.

Enayetullah Khan described how and why Karl Bardosh decided to recreate the film and mentioned that Karl Bardosh went to Kolkata and visited exactly the places where Tagore had shot the film. “After a long research, he recreated the film.” He said the film, in today’s circumstances, carries a very strong message as many elements, including extremism, are disturbing peace.

Enayetullah Khan said they are going to publish a book on Natir Puja highlighting the elements of peace in the time of religious intolerance.
The audience highly appreciated the efforts made by the persons behind the documentary film saying the message of the film is still very much relevant.

They also appreciated the very high sound quality, music and songs that made them captivated their senses. The song ‘Amar Sokol Dukher Prodip’ that is part of the original score for the film proved a particular favourite.

The story of Natir Puja, a landmark drama in social history, is rooted in an ancient Buddhist legend, the premise being that art, especially dance, as it relates to the script, overrides notions such as nationality and has the power to be universal. It is a great equalizer.

The film, through the beautiful story, conveys the timeless message that in times when prejudices run amok, ‘tolerance is our species’ most important trait.

The original prints of the film Tagore made were destroyed in a studio fire only a year after its launching. After much perseverance and efforts, Prof Bardosh was able to bring alive the film to provide a fascinating insight into Tagore’s making of the film.

With Enayetullah Khan as the film’s Executive Producer, it was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.