An Indian filmmaker – Satyajit Ray rare photos. Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker, regarded as one of the great auteurs of world cinema. Satyajit Ray was born to Sukumar and Suprabha Ray on May 2, 1921, in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature. He was a tall guy holding 6 feet 4 inches.( 1.96m). He studied at the university in Calcutta and later joined Shantiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore’s university to study art. His grandfather, Upendrakishore Ray (Roychowdhury) was a distinguished writer, painter, a violin player and a composer. He was also a pioneer in half-tone block making and founded one of the finest presses in the country – U. Ray & Sons. He died six years before Satyajit Ray was born.
His father, Sukumar Ray (1887-1923), the eldest son of Upendra Kishore, studied printing technology in England and joined the family business. He too was an eminent poet, writer and illustrator of nonsense literature in the tradition of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear.About three years after his father’s death, the printing business changed hands and Satyajit and his mother had to leave their spacious house. They moved to Satyajit’s maternal uncle’s house. His mother taught needlework to supplement the household income. Here he would also meet cousin Bijoya, his future wife. He graduated in 1939. At the age of eighteen, he decided to give up further studies. Even though he had no formal training, he was planning to become a commercial artist. He had a natural flair for drawing. His mother however felt that he was too young to take up a job. She suggested that he should join as a student of painting at Shantiniketan. After initial resistance, he agreed.
Satyajit Ray, standing 6′-4″ tall, was a towering figure in the world of cinema. He studied at the university in Calcutta and later joined Shantiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore’s university to study art. He began his career as a commercial artist (1943-56). He founded Calcutta’s first film society in 1947 and made his first film, Pather Panchali (1955) while working at an advertising agency. Pather Panchali was an immediate success and won Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival. Pather Panchali with his Aparajito (1956, The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (1959, The World of Apu) are known as ‘Apu Trilogy’. His later films include Jalsaghar (1958, The Music Room), Kanchenjunga (1962), Charulata (1964, The Lonely Wife), Ashanti Sanket (1973, Distant Thunder), The Chess Players (1977), The Home and The World (1984), Ganashatru (1989, Public Enemy), and Agantuk (1990, The Stranger).
Ray also edited Sandesh, a children’s magazine and wrote numerous fiction and nonfiction works. In 1992 he received an honorary Academy Award. In 1961-1992, Writer of non-fiction, stories and novels In 1961, Ray revived Sandesh, a children’s magazine founded by his grandfather, to which he continued to contribute illustrations, verses and stories throughout his life.
Ray wrote numerous short stories, articles, and novels in Bengali. He made a significant contribution to children’s literature in Bengali. Most of his fiction was written for teen age children. Famous Books were Gorosthaney Sabdhan, Our Films, Their Films, e stories and novels were particularly popular with them.
His stories are unpretentious and entertaining. The subjects included: adventure, detective stories, fantasy, science fiction and even horror and more…
He got the awards: Bharat Ratna, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Golden Bear, More
About forty years of filmmaking, with a film a year, was interrupted by his fragile health in the mid-1980s. Ray’s Ghare-Baire (Home and the World, 1984) based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore, was a return to his first screen adaptation. While shooting, he suffered two heart attacks and his son, Sandip Ray, completed the project from his detailed instructions.
In 1989-1992, Ill health kept Satyajit Ray away from active filmmaking for about four years. In 1989, he resumed making films with Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People as the basis for his Ganashatru (Enemy of the People, 1989). This was followed with Shakha Prashakha (Branches of the Tree, 1990) and Agantuk (The Stranger, 1991).
This series of three films were to be his last. Many film critics and film historians found these films a marked departure from his earlier work. In 1992, He accepted a Lifetime Achievement Oscar from his sickbed in Calcutta through a special live satellite-television event and Bharat Ratna (the Jewel of India), the ultimate honour from India.
Satyajit Ray died on April 23, 1992.
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