The 11th Convocation of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute was held on Monday, May 2, 2022 at the Main Theatre of the Institute.
PG Diplomas were conferred to the 14th batch of Film wing & 2nd batch of EDM wing.
A total of 79 students were awarded the diploma which includes 54 from the Film wing, 4 from the Animation Cinema and 21 from EDM.
Shri Apurva Chandra, Secretary Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Shri Chandra said although Covid has been hard on us, it has opened immense opportunities to OTT platforms in terms content generation. Speaking as the Chief Guest, he said, Indian content is now available around the world just as global content can now be viewed sitting at home. He added that thanks to OTT that audiences in North India can now see South Indian and Bengali films. This has created a new bond.
Resul Pookutty, renowned sound technician and winner of the Academy Award for the Best Sound Mixing delivered the Convocation address and Shri Varun Chanda, renowned actor, famous for his iconic role in the film SEEMABADDHA directed by Satyajit Ray delivered the valedictory speech.
Every year on 2nd May—Satyajit Ray’s birthday— the Institute celebrates the occasion with a Convocation as a befitting tribute to the Great Master by introducing a new crop of young filmmakers to the world.
Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute held it’s convocation on Sunday, May 2, 2021.
Diploma were awarded to 13th batch of film wing, 1st batch of animation and Electronic & Digital Media students in virtual convocation ceremony.
Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute organized the virtual convocation ceremony on Sunday, May 2, 2021. The day also marks the beginning of the yearlong birth centenary celebration of the film maestro Satyajit Ray. “This day is very significant to us as Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute presents the nation with the bunch of new filmmakers”, sayed Professor Amaresh Chakrabarti, Director In-Charge of the Institute.
The graduates of thirteenth batch of the Film Wing, the first batch of the Electronic and Digital Media wing and the first batch of the Animation Cinema got their Post Graduate Diploma Certificate after pursuing different specializations and successfully completed their first films.
The simplicity and directness in Ray’s filmmaking style is also perceived in the early ventures of these young filmmakers. Commissioned and produced by the Institute, a total number of twenty-one dissertation films and their student crew receives honors, comprising six films from Animation Cinema, five films from Electronic and Digital Media Wing and ten films from the film wing. Amongst this wide spectrum of narratives, Like a Midnight Dream (Oru Paathira Swapnam Pole), a dissertation film by Sharan Venugopal, was awarded Best Film on Family Values in the 67th National Film Awards by Directorate of Film Festivals, Government of India.
The Chief Guest of the ceremony, Ms. Aparna Sen, an eminent actor, filmmaker and Padma Shri awardee, congratulated the graduates for completion of their formal education in various disciplines of cinema and allied audiovisual medium.
In the valedictory speech, She also shared her memories with Ray, “it is doubly auspicious as the day marks the beginning of the centenary celebrations of the master auteur.” Satyajit Ray had been my mentor and it was a privilege to work in his films, she continued. “After reading my first script that I wrote, Ray pushed me to write to Sashi Kapoor and approach him as a producer”. Ms. Sen made her cinematic debut as an actor in Ray’s Three Daughters (Teen Kanya, 1961).
Distinguished Professors and Industry Experts who conducted workshops and inter-disciplinary sessions, congratulated 83 graduating students. Prasenjit Ganguly (Animation Filmmaker), Hitendra Ghosh (Sound Mixing Engineer), Kedarnath Awati (Ex-Professor, FTII), Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni (Filmmaker), Jawhar Sircar (Ex-CEO, Prasar Bharati) and Anil Mehta (Cinematographer) applauded for their first venture and wished luck for their future adventures and journeys.
Named after the legendary film maestro Satyajit Ray, the Institute has emerged as a center of excellence which offers post-graduate program in Cinematic and television studies. Satyajit Ray, a genuine artist, made Indian cinema worth of serious attention for the first time in its history. With cinema as a language that tales the tale of life in the most neo-realistic manner, the graduates of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute are encouraged to form their own worldview and portray the same on to the screen.