Bichitra Pathshala brings movies and media into the learning environment.

We dedicate our work to the memory of Fr. Eugene Lafont (1837 to 1908)

220px-eugc3a8ne_lafont_1837-1908Fr. Eugene Lafont arrived at Calcutta from Belgium on December 4, 1865. was a Prof. of Physics at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Soon after, he was appointed to teach science at St. Xavier’s College, an institution that was merely 5 years old at that time. He installed a laboratory in this college, perhaps the first of its kind in modern India. He taught Jagadish Chandra Bose and inspired him to conduct hands on- research in science.
Fr. Lafont gave popular science lectures to demonstrate new inventions like the magic lantern, telephone, X Ray, phonograph and the camera
Fr. Lafont always brought new technology into the classroom.  He was one of the first in India to acquire a movie camera and use it for scientific experiments.

The formation of Bichitra Pathshala was motivated by the first Tools in Schools workshop held at the Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Kolkata on August 19, 20 & 21, 2010. This workshop was a part of the Filmi Chashma activity and was supported by the Children’s Film Society of India.

  • We optimise the use of various movies to make academic subject teaching more holistic.
  • We develop lesson plans with popular films,documentaries, Youtube videos,news and televsion programmes.
  • We encourage teachers and students to be more critical ‘consumers’ of the media.
  • We are a platform for sharing teaching experiences and expertise in the learning environment.