When addiction fuels the mind: An insight into sociological effects on a creative mind and it’s interrelationship with addiction
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CitationGanguly, M. (2016). When addiction fuels the mind: An insight into sociological effects on a creative mind and it’s interrelationship with addiction. Maltepe Üniversitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi. s. 151-160.
The Partition of Bengal in 1947 was a period of history which was a cause of trauma for many who faced dislocation and misplacement as they were forced to relocate from east to west Bengal. One very prominent figure and a victim of this epoch was the great Indian Script writer and Film maker Ritwik Ghatak. Extremely radical and realistic, his movies were the predecessor of many famous film movements like the Italian neo realism and French New wave and was abound in sociological conflicts and stark realism which continued to bring out the feelings of agony and dismemberment as he witnessed the Bengal famine of 1943 and the overflow of refuges across Bengal as a result of Partition. An ill-fated genius, not understood and appreciated in his life, he was unable to communicate his feelings through his works which were received unsuccessfully by his audiences not matured enough to the genre of neo realism His inner sufferings and turmoil which he felt alone, reached an ultimatum when he was admitted to a mental asylum on grounds of being a wasted drunkard in 1969. Even though under severe medication and electric shock he continued to drink clandestinely as it provided fuel for the workings of his mind. In a way his addiction fuelled his emotions which translated into his creative work and his failure as an artist fuelled his addiction- the feeder chain syndrome. Many artists are known to have had a dependency on addiction, like the painter Van Gogh who was heavily addicted to Absinthe and Digitalis. For my paper I will be examining his works, his biographies, and would also use Kamaleshwar Mukherjee’s film ‘’ Meghe Dhaka Tara (Cloud Capped Star, 2013)’’ as a form of text which captures this span of time in Ritwik Ghatak’s life when he was ravaged by addiction. The title of the movie plays on one of Mr.Ghatak’s most successful movies by the same name, this 2013 release serves a tribute to this ‘cloud-capped’ film maker and an attempt at an interpretation of what was going through his mind and tries to understand his ‘addiction’ which had become like a stick to a cripple. I will analyse how addiction acted as a numbing balm to the constant fire of trauma that was raging in Mr.Ghatak’s mind, how socio-cultural issues such as partition and lack of appreciation act as reasons for a person’s addiction.
SourceMaltepe Üniversitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi
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