Man's usurpation of nature : Digha a Case Study

Lord Warren Hasting's, the Governor General of India between 1773 and 1785 was fascinated by a sea cost beauty of Beerkul, which was the name of the present day Digha and wrote letters to his wife in England ins 1780 comparing this place with Brighton in England. Bidhanchandra Roy the Chief Minister of West Bengal between 1948 and 1962 developed this place as a tourist spot and the decay of nature started. The present day Digha is an attractive tourist spot but no one thinks about the gradual decline of the pristine nature that was the hallmark of this region, one day. With the death of the nature the doom of man will all hasten. Will the sea survive ? Will it be saved from the menace of man ? that is a million dollar question!

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  • Suchandra Sengupta
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Director Biography - Pradip Ranjan Sengupta

Dr Pradip Ranjan Sengupta started his student life in village school in West Bengal . Under the vigilance of his learned father he developed deep interest in literature even in his early boyhood. After his school he came to Calcutta and got admitted to the famous Scottish Church College with English as his major subject. He was awarded Hawkins Medal by his college for his all round brilliance in academic as well as extra-curricular activities. He got his M.A. degree in English from the University of Calcutta . In the mean time he was actively associated with numerous little magazines writing poems, short stories and essays.

Under the influence of his father he was keenly interested in drama and dramaturgy from his early boyhood and acted in number of plays. Having come to Calcutta he formed his own drama-group and under its banner he and his friends produced some plays written or edited by him. Cinema was his passion from early days and as a young man he communicated with the great film-maker Satyajit Ray. Sengupta made a film-script from a Short story by Satyajit Ray and intended to send it to a competition organized by N F D C but he failed to secure permission from Ray.

Sengupta’s interest in film persisted and he became a member of Dumdum Film Club, watching classics of Western films . He started his career as a lecturer in English at Behala college and after a prolonged and rigorous research for six years he obtained the degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from Jadavpur University. Calcutta. Subsequently he was deeply engrossed in the academic world writing books and research papers, attending seminars and conferences but love of films was always there at the back of his mind and he continued watching films and writing articles on films.

Dr Sengupta became a known figure in the academic world of West Bengal , being associated in various capacities with Calcutta University, Rabihdra Bharati University, Aliah University, West Bengal State University and Burdwan University , as teacher, Examiner, paper setter etc.

He made his first short film in 2015 ( Kolpogramer Golpokatha / Story of an imaginary village ) which was short listed by Kolkata Short Film Festival organized jointly by Chitrabani and Nandan ,the filmed was screened at Nandan. His second film was made in 2017 ( The Last Wish ) and THE CLOSED DOOR is his third and latest film.

Dr Sengupta is a poet, a short story writer, a novelist, and a dedicated teacher and he has a sensitive mind which helps him in his film-making.

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