Old trees in Ritwik Ghatak Movie (Cloud-Capped Star; 1960)

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Pankaj Oudhia

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Jan 14, 2011, 8:31:33 AM1/14/11
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Dear Group Members,

  I received an interesting query. Please go through it and share your comments.

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Pankaj Oudhia

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Dear Mr. Oudhia,
I was watching an older Ritwik Ghatak movie (Cloud-Capped Star; 1960), and a
couple of scenes included views of a road flanked by large trees (see attached
screenshot). As you likely know, Ghatak was a Bengali director, and this move
was filmed in West Bengal. I wrote to Dorrie Rosen at the New York Botanical
Garden to see if she could identify the tree from this distant view (and w/o
closeup images of the leaves, etc.). As can be read from the thread of
comments, she was guessing Banyan, but also suggested it could be a Devil tree
(Alstonia scholaris) or Ficus religiosa syn. Urostigma religiosum (sacred Bodhi
tree). Because we don't have close-ups of the foliage, she suggested contacting
an Indian expert. So ... any idea what this tree is? This is mostly out of
curiosity, rather than any scientific need.

Thanks much,
Jim Borowiec

Cloud_Capped_Star trees.jpg

shrikant ingalhalikar

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Jan 14, 2011, 9:38:31 AM1/14/11
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The canopy size shape and branching pattern suggest Rain Tree, Samanea
saman though it is just a guess. Regards, Shrikant
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Pankaj Kumar

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Jan 14, 2011, 9:52:55 AM1/14/11
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Does look like Samanea saman. If I had to make one more guess, I would
have said, Delonix regia!
Pankaj

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Neil Soares

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Jan 14, 2011, 12:12:40 PM1/14/11
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Hi Dr. Oudhia,
  Obviously an avenue of Rain trees. A few of these still exist in Santa Cruz, Bombay.
                    Regards,
                      Neil Soares.

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Pankaj Kumar

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Jan 14, 2011, 12:22:50 PM1/14/11
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Thanks a lot for correcting me Neil sir,
I assume most of Ritwik's movies were shot in Calcutta...
Regards
Pankaj


Pankaj Oudhia

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Jan 14, 2011, 12:43:53 PM1/14/11
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It looks like Albizia sp. may be Albizia saman as replies are indicating. I am remembering the words of Traditional Healers when they identify trees in far hills with the help of canopy shape. They say Albizia as Sirsa i.e. Sir-Sa -Head like.

Jim is searching options of Ficus sp. I have sent thousands of images of Ficus for confirmation.

Lets wait for the comments of other members. Garg ji can tell whether these trees still exist in Kolkata or not, in same fashion.

regards

Pankaj Oudhia

Vijayasankar

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Jan 14, 2011, 5:15:45 PM1/14/11
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It looks like Samanea saman (= Albizia saman) to me too.

 
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National Center for Natural Products Research
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J.M. Garg

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Jan 15, 2011, 1:00:20 AM1/15/11
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Certainly Samanea saman (Rain tree)- also called Vilaiti Sirsi in Kolkata- as I have stayed in Kolkata for a long time.. 
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promila chaturvedi

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Jan 15, 2011, 8:36:37 AM1/15/11
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To me also it looks like Rain Tree it has no resemblance with any of the Ficus family tree.
Promila

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