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  • A scene from Satyajit Ray’s The Home and the World, one of the director’s most opulent films

Playing off the current Art Institute exhibit The Last Harvest: Paintings by Rabindranath Tagore, Northwestern University will host a two-day symposium on the art of Tagore and the great Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 PM with opening remarks by Mukta Dutta Tomar, Chicago’s Consul General of India, and continues through Friday evening. For cinephiles, the main attractions are of course Block Cinema’s 35-millimeter presentations of Ray’s 1985 The Home and the World (which screens Thursday at 7:30 PM) and his 1964 Charulata (which screens Friday at the same time); but no less impressive is the participation of Shyam Benegal—one of the most respected Bengali filmmakers to emerge in the 1970s—who will deliver a lecture about the “Bengal Renaissance” on Friday at 1:00 PM.