Aparajito and Aristotle:

An interview with Gaston Roberge

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By Amirul Rajiv and Ahsan Habib

Film scholar Gaston Roberge talks about Indian film, Greek and Indian theatre and the power of the internet.

Gaston Roberge, Photo by Amirul Rajiv

You are a Jesuit, a member of a religious society. Why did you go to study films?

– There are two reasons mainly. First as a member of a religious society I do what I am told. So, why I was told to work in the films? During the 1960s we became of the chitrabani.jpg
Chitra Bani: A Book on Film Appreciation, 1974
importance of the mass media in the life of the people. We are committed to education of the people, helping the people to take a meaningful place in society. But it is felt that the educational system alone cannot provide the education required and if this was true in the mid 1960’s it is still more true today. Also the situation of the media is very fluent and the media today are used for influencing people’s opinion much more then in the past. So, I was asked to look at that on the one hand—they needed somebody. (সম্পূর্ণ…)

An Afternoon with Jon Fosse

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To Sabiha Huq, an Ibsen admirer and detractor,
who inspired me to write the piece at one go.

He is a living legend of Norwegian literature. He is an all-in-one — a poet, a novelist, a playwright and an essayist. Above all, he is a prolific writer — tirelessly fosse-with-ahmed-ahsanuzzam.jpg
Jon Fosse with the interviewer

contributing in all genres of literature. Norway’s Literature Abroad (NORLA) would describe him as the country’s “most popular dramatist both nationally and internationally”. Being labeled as the ‘most popular’ writer could be wearisome — as more often than not, popularity demands yielding to cheap taste.

Fortunately, however, it has never been so for Jon Fosse (b. 1959). Every inch an artist, Fosse, on the contrary, gives utmost importance to the ‘high’ level of the piece being created. In other words, for Fosse, it is the standard of the
Jon Fosse at work
piece that makes a writer popular, and not the other way around. He has always been conscious of the portrait of an artist as well as of the significance of the art itself. (সম্পূর্ণ…)

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