Kolkata: Some recurrent metaphors used by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in his poetries ended up inspiring the works of legendry Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak, says a new book.

"From Tagore, the filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak got his sense of the landscape being not just a serene, indifferent, permanent background to human endeavour....But as a multi- vocal, orchestral entity actively involved in the desire for existence," writes critic Amit Chaudhuri in his book "On Tagore – Reading the Poet Today".

Ghatak, who was viewed by a section of the film establishment as an 'eccentric iconoclast' got critical acclaim only after he passed away at the age of 50 in 1976.

He left profound influence on modern Indian cinema and is still remembered for meticulous depiction of social reality through his parallel films.

Novelist Chaudhuri, who also teaches contemporary literature at the University of East Anglia, says that at different points of time in Ghatak's films, the landscape appears to move and listen.

"It is aware of the protagonist, just as the protagonist is partly conscious of it being conscious of him," he writes.

Published by Penguin, the book was released recently here at the Oxford Bookstore. It is a classic collection of masterly essays projecting a modern, path-breaking approach on Tagore's work and how he is perceived today.

(Agencies)