The Starmark Calendar 2020—’The Global Footprints of Professor Shanku’
Kolkata, December 29, 2019: Kolkata’s leading bookstore chain Starmark, in association with the Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives, hosted the launch of its 2020 calendar— ‘The Global Footprints of Professor Shanku’ at its South City Mall outlet here today. The launch of the Starmark Calendar 2020, based on Satyajit Ray’s illustrations and curated by Sandip Ray, was followed by an ‘adda’ session featuring Sandip Ray, Dhritiman Chaterji and Subhasish Mukherjee, moderated by the noted film historian Shiladitya Sen. It was an interesting ‘adda session’ enriched with anecdotal inputs and audience interaction.
The calendar has been published by Starmark and designed by Pinaki De.
A cutout of Professor Shanku will be on display at Starmark, South City Mall outlet throughout January 2020, for everyone to pose and take selfies with the legendary fictional character created by Satyajit Ray.
About Professor Shanku and this calendar, briefly…
Scientist-inventor Trilokeshwar Shanku, popularly known as Professor Shanku, is a genius, regarded second only to Thomas Alva Edison. He lives a humble life in Giridih – a small town in Jharkhand – with his servant Prahlad, and his pet cat Newton. Shanku is a true polyglot – he is fluent in 69 languages including the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Every day, he goes for a morning walk on the banks of the river Ushri and keeps a diary with his Waterman fountain pen. His love for exploring the unknown takes him to remote parts of the globe and beyond. He is sometimes accompanied by his neighbour Abinash Chandra Majumder – a person of totally unscientific temper – and his scientist friends from all around the world.
This calendar, with brief details and Satyajit Ray’s own illustrations, covers Professor Shanku’s adventures not only in his hometown Giridih, but also in the many distant places where his love for exploring the unknown takes him… the Amazon rainforests, Congo, Egypt, Tibet, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Bolivia, Chile, the Sahara and Taklamakan deserts, the underwater world near Gopalpur on the Bay of Bengal, and even some mysterious, imaginary islands which were often the subjects of his dreams.
The calendar is priced at Rs 295/-