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�Classical world cinema standard facing challenge�

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 21 � Writer and critic Apurba Sarma on Friday said that the classic trend set by a section of film makers since the Birth of a Nation in 1916 is facing challenge from Hollywood films made with a commercial intention only.

Speaking on the topic �World Cinema and its Changing Scenario� on the occasion of the golden jubilee year of Asom Academy, Sarma dwelt on the birth and evolution of world cinema and its impact on countries like India and Japan.

The programme which was held at Tirthanath Sarma hall at Chandmari was presided over by president of Asom Academy Ahalya Gogoi. This was third in the golden jubilee lecture series of the Academy.

Asserting that historical perspective of world cinema would give a better idea of the standard of world cinema, Sarma said that this medium could endear itself to the audience since its silent era. �Even in the silent era of cinema, people could see that this medium was closer to life and also an art,� said Sarma.

Observing that technical development and addition of sound transformed cinema into a powerful medium, Sarma mentioned that countries like Italy and France with their commitment to reality and originality emerged as trail blazers in the domain of film making and influenced other countries as well.

�Films by reflecting the poverty, hunger, struggle and human relationship earned even the critics favour,� added Sarma pointing out that these realistic films concentrated more on the thematic presentation rather than technical marvels.

Sarma said that the realism of world cinema influenced a section of Indian film makers and one important name in the field of realistic film making was Satyajit Ray.

�But now this legacy is facing threat from Hollywood and globalization and even critics have pointed out that the classical standard set by world cinema is facing decay,� said Sarma.

The programme which began with lighting of the ceremonial lamp felt the brunt of today�s smart shower that started around 4.30 pm as not many citizens could turn up as expected by the organizers.

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�Classical world cinema standard facing challenge�

GUWAHATI, Oct 21 � Writer and critic Apurba Sarma on Friday said that the classic trend set by a section of film makers since the Birth of a Nation in 1916 is facing challenge from Hollywood films made with a commercial intention only.

Speaking on the topic �World Cinema and its Changing Scenario� on the occasion of the golden jubilee year of Asom Academy, Sarma dwelt on the birth and evolution of world cinema and its impact on countries like India and Japan.

The programme which was held at Tirthanath Sarma hall at Chandmari was presided over by president of Asom Academy Ahalya Gogoi. This was third in the golden jubilee lecture series of the Academy.

Asserting that historical perspective of world cinema would give a better idea of the standard of world cinema, Sarma said that this medium could endear itself to the audience since its silent era. �Even in the silent era of cinema, people could see that this medium was closer to life and also an art,� said Sarma.

Observing that technical development and addition of sound transformed cinema into a powerful medium, Sarma mentioned that countries like Italy and France with their commitment to reality and originality emerged as trail blazers in the domain of film making and influenced other countries as well.

�Films by reflecting the poverty, hunger, struggle and human relationship earned even the critics favour,� added Sarma pointing out that these realistic films concentrated more on the thematic presentation rather than technical marvels.

Sarma said that the realism of world cinema influenced a section of Indian film makers and one important name in the field of realistic film making was Satyajit Ray.

�But now this legacy is facing threat from Hollywood and globalization and even critics have pointed out that the classical standard set by world cinema is facing decay,� said Sarma.

The programme which began with lighting of the ceremonial lamp felt the brunt of today�s smart shower that started around 4.30 pm as not many citizens could turn up as expected by the organizers.