Friday, January 30, 2009

Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray (Bengali:Shottojit Rae ) (2 May 1921–23 April 1992) was an Indian Bengali filmmaker.

Ray is regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema. Born in the city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and letters, Ray studied at Presidency College and at the Visva-Bharati University. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing the Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves during a visit to London.
Ray directed thirty-seven films, including feature films,
documentaries and shorts.
He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, graphic designer and film critic. Ray's first film, Pather Panchali, won eleven international prizes, including Best Human Document at the Cannes film festival. Along with Aparajito and Apur Sansar, the film forms the Apu trilogy. Ray did the scripting, casting, scoring, cinematography, art direction, editing and designed his own credit titles and publicity material. Ray received many major awards, including 32 National Film Awards, a Golden Lion award, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1992.

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