Satyajit Ray’s 91st birth anniversary today

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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  1. narad_muni 12 years ago

    He is my all-time favorite director.
    Right now, I am revisting all his films. Plan to post a writeup once done.

    I am not sure if you guys know that he was a great writer series…. his books were best-sellers for many years.
    He used to write one detective series called ‘Feluda’ and once science fiction series called ‘Professor Sanku’.

    Also, he was a talented music director and composed music for almost all his movies except the initial few ones like Pather Panchali…

    I hope someone is able to carry forward his legacy

  2. Milind 12 years ago

    Awaiting! 😀

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    cr7 12 years ago

    @shilac- agree about the writer satyajit . i liked both feluda and professor shanku series. and some of his short stories are gem . 1 instantly comes to my mind :patalbabu film star” .best short story i’ve ever read. even his father sukumar roy’s poems are childhood favourite.

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