National Institute of Film and Fine Arts (NIFFA), was founded in 1990, by Late Dhiresh Ghosh, former Head of the Department of Direction, FTII, Pune At that time with him there were several eminent personalities from our film industry, like Late Jnanesh Mukherjee, Late Asit Sen, Late Satya Banerjee, Late Jochchhan Dostida, Late Tarun Kumar etc. NIFFA is a registered non-profit-making society devoted to career development programmes in the film industry and allied fields. Currently, the reigns of NIFFA are in the able hands of a few resourceful and respected personalities from the film and allied industries. They include Bijon Sensarma (President), Samiran Dutta (Principal), Raja Sen (Vice Principal) and at last but not the least, Sudipta Dey (General Secretary).
NIFFA is an affiliated society of Federation of Film societies of India and a member of National Film Archives of India, Pune and hence enjoys all the facilities for the screening of world classics from time to time. These films in fact are used as text films and are analysed in detail by veteran teachers. At present the Society runs Work shop/courses in a wide range of subjects like acting, direction, Cinematography, non-linear Film editing, Music Direction etc. The Training programmes at NIFFA reserved for its member only and all senior & experienced member of the Society take part to conduct workshop, seminars and various classes for the junior member of the Film society. Some times those workshops or classes are conducted by veteran film-makers and artists as well as by former members of academic staff and Diploma holders of FTII, Pune. Special classes, workshops and seminars are occasionally conducted by eminent celebrities from the Film and Video world. Before getting this chances each and everybody should be the member of the society first, after that they will get those facilities.
TO EVERY REVOLUTION, THERE'S A NEW BEGINNING.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FILM AND FINE ARTS (NIFFA ) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1990 BY THE FORMER HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DIRECTION OF FTII( PUNE FILM INSTITUTE ) Mr. DHIRESH GHOSH WHO WAS START HIS LIFE AS A FILM DIRECTOR OF EMINENT PRODUCER SHAW BROTHERS OF MALAYSIA . IN 1991 THERE WERE MANY OTHER EMINENT FILM PERSONALITIES INVOLVE WITH HIM TO MOVE IT FORWARD . THERE WERE LATE JNANESH MUKHERJEE, FILM DIRECTOR LATE ASIT SEN, LATE TARUN KUMAR, LATE SATYA BENERJEE, LATE JOCHHON DOSTIDER, LATE PRASAD MITRA( ART DIRECTOR), LATE SATYEN CHATTERJEE
( SOUND RECORDIST), LATE AJAY DAS( MUSIC DIRECTOR ) WITH HIM. THEY ARE TILL NOW THE PROUD OF BENGAL AND WE TOO PROUD FOR THEM.
Dhiresh Ghosh in FTII as the head of the department of Direction.
Late Dhiresh Ghosh
Founder principal of NIFFA )
Dhiresh Ghosh in his work with malyasian actors.
The Malayasian Film poster of Director Dhiresh Ghosh
Dhiresh Ghosh in NIFFA in 1991
Dhiresh Ghosh applied to the National Film Archive , Govt. of India for affiliation of the society for the member of NFAI. NIFFA got it in 1991 and after two months in 10th november 1991 we lost him for ever.
Late Jnanesh Mukherjee
(First elected Principal of the Institute )
1950: He took membership at IPTA
1960: He formed a group theatre—“Mass Theatre”
1952: He acted in his first Bengali Film “Paser Bari” directed by Sudhir Mukherjee
1960: He joined Biswarupa Ranga Mancha, for the first time, as an actor in “Down Train”
He had acted in and directed 26 Mass Theatre Production—“Maxim Gorki’r Maa”, “Krush Bidhya Cuba”, “Harener Nat Jamai”, “Nildarpan”, etc.
He had acted in and directed 21 Professional Stage Production—“Mallika”, “Na”, “Bilkis Begum”, “Aghatan”, etc.
He had acted in 128 Bengali films (in various small and big characters) under stalwart directors of India—Rithik Ghatak’s “Meghe Dhaka Tara”, “Jukti Tokko Goppo”; Mrinal Sen’s “Baise Sraban”, “Akash Kusum”, “Mrigaya” (Hindi); Satyjit Ray’s “Abhijan”; Rajen Tarafdar’s “Ganga”, and many more.
He had directed 3 films—“Achena Athiti” with Sukhen Das; “Banasri Basu” and “Sikarokti” were self-directed.
He had acted in and directed famous plays at IPTA productions like “Rahu Mukta”, “Bishe Jun”, “Naukadubi”, and more.
He had directed 14 Jatra Palas at Chitpur—“Masterda Surjo Sen”, “Chaitanya Mahaprabhu”, etc.
in 1996, he served as the Vice President of West Bengal Natya Academy
Between 2002 and June 21, 2006 (time of this death), he served as the President of West Bengal Natya Academy
in 1991 he joined with NIFFA and after the death of Mr.D.Ghosh he took the Principal's chair as first elected Principal of the Institute by the Governing body.Till June 21, 2006, he was the principal of NIFFA.
in 1992 he took initiative to affiliated the society under the Federation of Film Societies of India.
He was the faculty of Drama section of Rabindra Bharati University, Jorasakho, Kolkata
In 1993 he was awarded "Dinabandhu Award" by West Bengal Sangeet Academy
In 1992 he took initiative to affiliated the society under the Federation of Film Societies of India and since 1992 NIFFA is an affiliated society of Federation of Film Societies of India.
Late Asit Sen
(First elected Vice Principal of the Institute )
Asit Sen (24 September 1922 – 25 August 2001) was an Indian film director, cinematographer and screenwriter, who worked both in Bengali and Hindi cinema. He was born in Dhaka now in modern day Bangladesh when it was part of East Bengal in British India. He directed 17 feature films in Hindi and Bengali, most known for films, Deep Jweley Jai (1959) and Uttar Falguni (1963) in Bengali, Mamta (1966), Khamoshi (1969), Anokhi Raat (1968) and Safar(1970) in Hindi.
Asit Sen with Actor Sunil Dutt and Rajesh Khanna( Extreme Left )
Asit sen directed to Suchitra Sen
Few Films poster of Director Asit Sen
Sen started his career, assisting auteur Bimal Roy at New Theatres in Kolkata, however Kolkata based film industry was now on the decline, thus Roy shifted base to Bombay (now Mumbai) along with his team in 1950, which included Sen, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Nabendu Ghosh, Kamal Bose and later Salil Chaudhury, and by 1952 he has restarted the second phase of his career with Maa (1952) for Bombay Talkies. Though he had made Assamese film, Biplabi (1948), after his shift, he made his Hindi film debut with Parivaar (1956), produced by Bimal Roy and starring Kishore Kumar, and Usha Kiran, however he continued working in Bengali cinema. He assisted Roy in Parineeta (1953) and Biraj Bahu (1954). Next he made Bengali film,Chalachal in 1956 starring Arundhati Devi, which was a success, many years later he remade the film in Hindi as Safar, which was also a hit. In 1959, he made Deep Jwele Jaai (1959) starring Suchitra Sen set in a psychiatric hospital, which again he remade in Hindi, as Khamoshi in 1969, with Rajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rehman. In Mamta (1966) remake of his 1963 Bengali film Uttar Falguni, a story about class conflict, he excelled as a storyteller. The film had lead actress Suchitra Sen in a double role, and featured memorable songs, Rahen Na Rahen Hum sung by Lata Mangeshkar and her hit duet, Chuppa Lo Yun Dil Mein Pyar Mera with Hemant Kumar. He joined National Institute of Film And Fine Arts in 1993 as the Vice principal of the organisation and till his death he was served for film education for the society.
Sen worked with some of the most prominent actors in Bollywood during his career. As a director in Sharafat (1970) he directed Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Ashok Kumar, in Annadata (1972) he directed Jaya Bachchan, in Maa Aur Mamta(1970), Ashok Kumar, in Mamta (1966) he directed Suchitra Sen, Ashok Kumar and Dharmendra, and in Bairaag he directed Helen, Madan Puri and Kader Khan. In Anari (1975) he directed actors such as Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore,Moushumi Chatterjee and Kabir Bedi.
Sen was nominated twice for Filmfare Best Director Award, and won once. He was nominated for his direction of Mamta in 1967, and won the award in 1971 for Safar, which starred Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore and Feroz Khan. He died at a Kolkata hospital on 25 August 2001 at the age of 79. He was survived by his only son Partha Sen.
In 1996 Asit Sen introduced video editing courses and worked for the development of the society, encouraged us to accept modern technologies of film making.
Late Samiran Dutta
( Former Principal, NIFFA. Former professor of FTII, pune. Chief Asst. of Let Writwik Ghatak. Several time National Awarded Director.)
Mr. Samiran Dutta was started his Film carrier as the chief Asst.Director of Rwitwik Ghatak After that He joined in FTII as a teacher of the direction Dpt. After FTII he joined Film Development Corporation of
India as regional chief of the eastern region. In his life , he had made several dacumentary & Feature Films. He Had takend Three times National award for his work. After film develop corporation of India he was joined with Mr. Dhiresh Ghosh to establish National Institute of Film & Fine Arts. As an founder member of the said society he was devoted his life for his students and organisation. He was the second Elected principal of the Institute after Late of Jnanesh Mukherjee. We lost him for ever on 12th December, 2014.
FEW MOMENTS OF OUR CLASSES WHICH ARE NOW HISTORY
Jnanesh Mukherjee in shooting practical class.
Dhiresh Ghosh in Film esthetic class.
Asit Sen in shooting practical class.
Tarun kumar in Film acting class .
Satya Banerjee in stage workshop class.
Jochhon Dostidar in workshop lecture.
( Eminent National Awarded Film Director )
( Film Director & Actor )
Eminent Stage & Film Actor