One of the world’s greatest directors – Satyajit Ray was born on May 2, 1921. A writer, poet, illustrator, director and music composer Ray had a global fan following.
Ray was the son of poet and author Sukumar Ray and grandson of legendary writer Upendrakishore Roychowdhury. He graduated from the Presidency College of Kolkata and enrolled himself into the Visva-Bharati University founded by Rabindranath Tagore and trained under such masters as Nandalal Bose and Benod Behari Mukherjee.
Being India’s first and only Oscar-winning director, Ray started his career as a graphic artist before heading to London to realise his passion for filmmaking.
For movie buffs across the world, it is a delight to watch his timeless classics such as -Apu Triology, Jalsaghar, Sonar Kella, Charulata, and Shatranj Ke Khiladi.
His path-breaking films with strong subject, poetic storytelling and innovative filmmaking style has been a benchmark for filmmakers and it is called as Ray’s school of films.
Satyajit Ray is the only Indian filmmaker to have received the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992. But Ray, who was gravely ill at that time, could not collect the Oscar in person and sent in a recorded message instead. He passed away on April 23, 1992.
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