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Ray's Narrative Vision and Synaesthetic Appreciation of Tagore in <i>Ghare Baire</i>

Jayita Sengupta

in Filming Fiction

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075936
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081851 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075936.003.0005
Ray's Narrative Vision and Synaesthetic Appreciation of Tagore in Ghare Baire

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Satyajit Ray's Ghare Baire (1984) is a political film that encompasses within it the seeds of 1947 partition and Ray's understanding of Rabindranath Tagore's futuristic vision of horror to perfection. Yet the film has been subject to much criticism, both at home and abroad, for allegedly deviating from the literary text. This chapter offers a close reading of the visual and sonic motifs used in Ghare Baire, with special reference to the colour schemes employed by Ray to amplify the ambience of the narrative. It examines Ray's use of significations and motifs for projecting his narrative vision and analyses his aesthetic sensibility. It discusses structure, dramatic tension, irony, and synaesthesia in Ghare Baire. It also comments on Ray's use of the ‘mirror’ as a recurring motif throughout the film to suggest self-reflection and understanding of the individuals concerned as the ‘Subject’ and the others as the ‘Other’.

Keywords: Rabindranath Tagore; Satyajit Ray; Ghare Baire; narrative vision; significations; motifs; dramatic tension; irony; synaesthesia; self-reflection

Chapter.  7118 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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