Mamata stresses need to digitise Bengali film archives

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Kolkata, July 24 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday stressed the need to digitise film-related content for preservation of the legacy of Bengali cinema.

“From Tapan Sinha to Ritwik Ghatak, others… content should be digitised to protect archives,” Banerjee said here at a programme to announce the Mahanayak Samman Awards, referring to the establishment of an archive, library and museum in a cinema centenary campus in the city.

Actress Shakuntala Barua was conferred the Mahanayika Samman, Banerjee said.

Banerjee also said a film city is coming up in eight to nine months.

Lauding the artistes of Bengal, she said: “As long you live, no one can touch culture, no one can touch harmony.”

The awards were instituted in 2012 in the memory of Bengali matinee idol Uttam Kumar who is revered in this part of India as ‘Mahanayak’ (great hero).

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