MAHE: Girsh Kasaravalli to inaugurate Satyajit Ray Film Festival

 MAHE: Girsh Kasaravalli to inaugurate Satyajit Ray Film Festival
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Mangaluru, March 16, 2022: The three-day Satyajit Ray Film Festival will be inaugurated by renowned filmmaker Girsh Kasaravalli on March 17 at 4 pm.

The film festival, which commemorates the birth-centenary of master filmmaker Satyajit Ray (1921-2021), is being organized by Gandhian Centre for Philosophical Arts and Sciences, MAHE, Manipal.

The festival will be held from March 17 to 19.

The inauguration and all the screenings will be in the auditorium of the planetarium complex, MAHE. MAHE Pro-Chancellor Dr H S Ballal, will preside over the inaugural session. Vice-Chancellor, Lt Gen Dr M D Venkatesh, will be the chief guest. The keynote address will be delivered by Girish Kasaravalli on Satyajit Ray. This will be followed by screening of the film Pather Panchali at 6 pm. 

The second day (March 18, 2022) begins with a screening of the documentary film on Rabindranath Tagore made by Ray. This will be followed by an interaction with Girish Kasaravalli on his films, other films, and filmmakers at 11 am. The films to be screened on that day are Kanchenjungha (2 pm), Mahanagar (4.30 pm), Ghare-Baire (7 pm).

The third day begins with Kasaravalli’s special talk on ”Glimpses of World Cinema” at 9.15 am to be followed by the valedictory. 

This will be presided by Dr Vinod Bhat, Executive Vice- President, MAHE, Manipal. The guest of honour will be Dr Prithviraj M, Director, MCNS, Manipal. The last film to be screened that day is Agantuk (11.15 am).


Gandhian Centre for Philosophical Arts and Sciences is a department which engages with interdisciplinary teaching and research to develop alternative knowledge systems to deal with contemporary crises. The Centre engages with the intersectionality of aesthetics, philosophy, ecology, journalism, Gandhian, and peace studies.  

The department offers:

a) A post-graduate degree – MA in Ecosophical Aesthetics – first of its kind anywhere, is a two-year programme to fulfill the need for ”art writers”. It is essentially ”art journalism from ecosophical perspective”. Ecosophy combines ecology and philosophy. The programme includes a philosophical appreciation of all art forms – music, dance, literature, theatre, cinema, painting, etc with a focus on writing and ecosophy is the connecting thread. Anyone with graduation or equivalent degree can take up this programme.

b) MA in Art and Peace Studies– an innovative post graduate programme which attempts to connect art and peace studies from a philosophical perspective. It includes areas such as society, polity, development studies, gender studies, Gandhian studies, journalism, media and international peace, and different forms of art such as music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and cinema.

c) BA in Aesthetics and Peace Studies covers a wide ranging areas of liberal arts/ humanities and social sciences with a broad framework of Aesthetics and Peace Studies catering to a variety of interests and honing certain specific skills. With this background, the students should be able to work in media and art organisations.

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