Satyajit Ray’s Birth Centenary

We are going to celebrate Satyajit Ray’s birth centenary with various programs this year . I will discuss here about his writing “JAKHON CHOTO CHILAM” (When I was a little boy). It is the memoir of the great film director, distinguished writer and artist Satyajit Ray.

Its the memoir of his childhood days . Like Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Jibansmriti‘and ‘ Chelebela ,’ Jakhon Choto chilam is Satyajit’s reminiscences of his childhood days which he had experienced in and around of his family and also in the city of Calcutta.

Sub heading : Birth Centenary Of Satyajit Ray

It’s very important to remember the time of Sàtyajit when he reached at his birth centenary. Perhaps he forgot some important events of his early life and its time.

Sometimes he has referred to very simple incidents, and he confessed that his old day’s memories never come to me distinctly. He forgot some important events, but some unimportant incidents he has remembered very distinctly.

¶¶ In his MemoirSatyajit described both the important and silly events simultaneously and the relationship with the people he came to contact .

Garpar‘ is the second chapter of this Memoir ”Jakhon Chotochilam”. In his early age which he had experienced in contemporary Kolkata (then Calcutta), he artistically penned it here in his placid language.

His narrative is attractive and enriched with the history of Calcutta. Mostly are the vivid picture of the city of early twentieth century . We recall the Calcutta City through his memoirs on the Birth Centenary Of Satyajit Ray.

 

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In Brief, “JAKHON CHOTO CHILAM” (When I was a little boy) is the memoir of the great film director. He was also a distinguished writer and artist Satyajit Ray.

It’s the memoir of his childhood days. Like Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Jibansmriti‘ and ‘ Chelebela,’ Jakhon Choto chilam is Satyajit’s reminiscences of his childhood days. what he had experienced in and around his family and also in city Calcutta, Satyajit expressed here.

SATYAJIT FORGOT IMPORTANT EVENTS , BUT REMEMBERED SMALL :

Perhaps Satyajit Ray forgot some important events of his early life and its time. Sometimes he has referred to very simple incidents, and he confessed that his old day’s memories never come to him distinctly.

Satyajit forgot some important events, but some unimportant incidents he has remembered very distinctly.

Satyajit wrote in his memoirs ” when I was small.

” When I was only five years old we left our old Gadpar house and came to Bhawanipur. I can’t recollect the day we left the house, but I could recollect still now the dream which our cook’s son , Haren experienced . It was very silly and simple dream, but still, now I can recollect.”

FORGOT IMPORTANT EVENTS BUT REMEMBERED SMALL:

¶¶ In his MemoirSatyajit described both the important and silly events simultaneously and the relationship with the people he came to contact .

He portraited in this Memoir about many famous individuals of his times and at the same time described the stories of numerous common peoplwithout making any discrepancies.

Garpar‘ is the second chapter of this Memoir” Jakhon Choto chilam”. In his early age which Satyajit Ray had experienced in contemporary Kolkata (then Calcutta), he artistically penned it here in his placid language. His narrative is attractive and enriched with the history of Calcutta. Mostly are the vivid picture of the city of early twentieth century . It’s about the ‘ to Let ‘ signboard hanging infront of the house . In his latter life he hardly had seen it .

OLD AND NEW SCENARIO OF KOLKATA : ( The Centenary of Satyajit Ray) :

This scenario has changed now. It’s not found in Kolkata. He described about double decker bus without roof which ran on the way in his time in Calcutta. He used to enjoy this bus journey frequently in the upper deck.

As there’s no roof so the travelling with a gentle breeze was his enjoyment. Now Kolkata city is highly dense and the streets are overcrowded, but during his time it was lonely and empty. There were no din and bustle at that time, no horrible road jam-like now.

THE VEHICLES OF KOLKATA THEN : ( Centenary Of Satyajit Ray)

Various types of cars and vehicles used to run on the roads. These cars were of various countries of the World as it was the capital of British government of India.

The foreigners used these cars. The design and the sound of the horns were different. Satyajit could have been identified the name of the cars by listening its horn – sounds.

Mostly it were Ford , Shev , Humber , Voxhol , Doz , Wilsly, Buik , Siyotran and so on. There are some hoodless cars . Baby Austin was very small.

In his later life he did not see these cars in Calcutta. Some big and gorgeous cars were found on the roads like Lancia , Lasal whose face was like a big snake.

All these are very precious cars. Highly dignified wealthy people used it. Satyajit here remembers a car which looks like the cover or upper part of the body of a tortoise.

SATYAJIT RAY’S BIRTH CENTENARY: HORSE CARTS IN KOLKATA

He had seen the carts which were tagged by the horse. But these old carts were not found in Calcutta.

They had no motor vehicle, they used to travel by this cart. They didn’t feel comfortable travelling on it because of the hardness but felt pleasure riding on it.

¶¶ Memoirs Of Satyajit : In Birth Centenary :

have told previously that Satyajit described in this Memoir both significant and less significant incidents of his time. This year is Satyajit Ray’s birth centenary. We have lost our great man of Bengal. In his birth Centenary we will recall the days he spent in Kolkata from his memoirs “Jakhon Choto Chilam”.

JETS ARE NOT FOUND IN THE SKY IN HIS TIME :

He narrates about the flights or jets flying over their house and the city with horrible sounds. But it wasn’t found in his childhood days. One or two seated planes occasionally were found in the sky of Calcutta.

It’s that time when Damdam, Behala flying club has been started. Bengalee rich people are trying to fly on the sky and practicing regalarly with utmost zeal. Sometimes various big companies distributed aadvertising pamphlet from this light weighted two seater plane .

It was very interesting to look at these flying leaflets. Sometimes some of it reached our rooftop. We used to collect it to see the advertisement. Once they found the leaflets of Bata Company – a renowned shoe company of India.

¶¶ Changing Habits In Consumer

Satyajit observed very keenly and seriously not only the change of the Societies, but even noticed many changes in the day to day used materials .

In this Memoir he narrates all that things. In his childhood days they used white coloured nylon tooth brushes. Its name was colonies . But at his old age it was not in the market or didn’t use it.

At the birth centenary of Satyajit Ray, it’s very important to see his life and times through his vibrant words.

THE PEN THEY USED :

Pens which we use today, people did not use it in between 1930 to 1950 . They used black- coloured Swan pen and Waterman Fountain Pen.

It was very hardy, and not very light and thin like the pens we use now. These fountain pens were made by a material which is called Gutta Percha . If it’s brunt , it produces an odd scent. He favoured this old pens .

WHY THIS MEMOIRS ARE IMPORTANT :

So the Memoir of Satyajit Ray is highly precious for its socioeconomic status and the historical values. We can understand the people of that time , their lifestyle, culture, habits and so on in this Memoir Jakhon Choto chilam.

Conclusion :

I will discuss more about this book and the contemporary Kolkata’s lifestyle, food and beverage, disease and Medicine etc in the next post. So Please let me inform your interest in this regard.

Hope my readers will read this article and give comments.

Your comments and sharing is highly appreciated. Thank you so much.

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