Short films are meant to be short and tidy expressions but can also be powerful enough to change one’s life forever. Just like this mind blowing short film Inner Eye by Satyajit Ray.

After seeing this short film, there will remain no reason for you to not chase your dreams. All those excuses would look superficial.

The Inner Eye was made in 1972. It runs for about 21 minutes and tells an unbelievable tale of an artist.

This artist has been appreciated all over the world for his murals, watercolours and oil paintings. A rightful holder of the prestigious Padmabhushan, he has been one of the greatest artists of India and an inspiration to the world.

But what makes his achievements more inspirational?

Benode Behari Mukherjee was blind!

Benode Behari Mukherjee was born visually challenged and because of this no schools would take him in. But Rabi Thakur’s Shantiniketan was one with a difference. They not only took him in, they also nurtured his artistic flair. Eventually, Benode Behari Mukherjee became a successful faculty in the same University and took art to a new level of awesomeness.

With his almost blind vision, he was not to be stopped. He did what he loved – art. Later on he went on to be the curator at the Nepal Government Museum, Kathmandu and would also be asked to teach in Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan.

After some time, he lost his vision completely.

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Although the light in both his physical eyes were completely gone, his spirit was still alight. And it was bright enough for him to create some of his greatest artworks. How he played with colours and forms when he could not see any of those? You have to see the short film to find the answers to your questions.

The name of the documentary Inner Eye is absolutely appropriate and this is another tour-de-force of the master, Satyajit Ray. The Inner Eye won the Best Information Film (Documentary) at 20th National Film Awards in 1972.

We offer our salutation to people like Benode Behari Mukherjee whose spirit inspires millions of us.
See the short film on his life here.

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