School students in the state of West Bengal will now get a chance to get a taste of Satyajit Ray's charismatic appeal and a glimpse of this legendary filmmaker. A rendezvous with the genius by our very own eminent writer Sanjib Chattopadhyay has been included in the Eleventh standard curriculum of West Bengal Board of Higher Secondary Education. This inclusion has drawn the attention of other boards in the country.
CBSE, ICSE and other state boards have also shown interest in incorporating the Ray Interview in their curriculum. Board members from Delhi have contacted the Ministry of School Education in West Bengal. School Education Expert Committee Chairman Avik Majumdar said, "Not only All India Boards, board members of other states have shown interest about the content selected by us. NCERT have also praised highly in this regard." New books included in the curriculum have been delivered to the other boards.
Interestingly, iconic cricketer Sourav Ganguly's interview by a Kolkata journalist has also been included in the West Bengal curriculum. Both the interviews are part of the textbook titled Bangla Sahityo Sanskritir Itihash. The expert committee members are hopeful that this chapter will teach students how to conduct interviews of famous personalities, and the need for thorough research before the final confrontation, apart from providing an insight about these famous personalities. Teachers in Bengal are glad to find these introductions in the new syllabus.
Both Satyajit Ray and Sourav Ganguly are international icons. Their words can motivate many students and help them shape their future. It is hoped that these interviews will make students from other states more familiar with the immense talent West Bengal boasts of.
As another legendary director Akira Kurosawa had said, "Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon." To read the interview of such a legend will give the students a chance to further experience the magic of his cinema.