Conversations with Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, Chaitali Dasgupta and Saswati Guhathakurta

Kolkata, 24th June ’16 : Two extraordinary icons of Kolkata, who have been instrumental in paving the way for women on Indian Television, Chaitali Dasgupta and Saswati Guhathakurta geared up for an epic encounter when they sat down for the second edition of CONVERSATIONS with Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee at THE PALMS RESTAURANT.

Both Chaitali Dasgupta and Saswati Guhathakurta have accomplished many new hallmarks in media and have set exemplary standards of communication on Indian Television. Doordarshan was their chosen path and millions of people across the globe waited for a glimpse of both of them saying ‘Namaskar’ in their own signature style.

The interaction with Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, steering Conversations brought out the everlasting chemistry between them, the bonding and literature, the fights over programming and some time-travel when life in media rested in knowledge and sensitivity.

Speaking about the event, Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee said, “I thought of them at The Palms Restaurant because I wanted a generation to know about how both of them sustained their occupation and yet kept their art alive. Television anchoring has gone through a sea-change but the transition was created by these two ladies who almost ran a matriarchy in media.”

Speaking at the event the guest duo spoke about how life was different for them when they worked as television presenters. Refuting the fact that they are stars, Chaitali Dasgupta went on to add, “We would travel in mini busses and autos to and fro from office, life was that simple. The fact that we belonged to an era where we were the first and we were present at everyone’s home each day through television made us a part of the lives of all those people who would watch television.”

Speaking about the popularity Saswati Guhathakurta went on to add, “There was this one time when we had travelled to the hills, I was walking down the road with my children when I saw this elderly couple coming towards me with outstretched hands, trying to figure out who they were, I later realised as they came up to me to speak that they felt a level of familiarity with me since they saw me on television each day. Interestingly, the gentleman, who was quite older to me, went on to add that he had been seeing me ever since he was a kid on television.” The actress and television presenter went on to add that it was an absolute delight being a part of Conversations and added that it was a journey in nostalgia.

Both guests spoke about how presenting on television or any other podium has drastically changed over the years, the legendary duo went on to admit that the new generation of television anchors are much more smart and technically sound adding that a little bit of research will take them even further.

The evening also saw the two divas of Indian television speak about their trials and tribulations in life. From incidents where Chaitali Dasgupta’s father disappeared to Saswati Guhathakurta’s separation from marriage to starting off with unique initiatives to build their career and finances, as well as their association with Doordarshan and the transition from black and white television to colour, the evening was a riveting session of myriad moods and melodies.

The Palms Restaurant served delectable snacks such as Naram Dil Kebab, Murgh Ajwain Kebab, Chicken tikka kebab and other delicacies along with a host of beverages for the guests to enjoy.

The second edition of Conversations was well attended by the eminent of Kolkata, including Designer Sharbari Datta, Singer Shreya Guhathakurta, Film director Raja Dasgupta, Dr Mousumi Ghosh, Founder Director Future Media School, designer Indroneel Mukherjee, well known Radio Jockey Roy, Nandita Raja of Kanishka’s and Fashion expert Jeena Mitra Banik gracing the event among others.