India is celebrating the centenary of a man who is regarded as the greatest filmmaker of his era with many notable works to his name which includes ‘Pather Panchali’, ‘Charulata’, ‘Sonar Kella’, and many more to mark his legacy.
Taking about Satyajit Ray, he was born to Sukumar Ray and Suprabha Ray in Calcutta (now Kolkata). Sukumar died when Satyajit was barely three, and the family survived on Suprabha Ray’s meager income. Ray studied at Ballygunge Government High School in Calcutta, and completed his BA in economics at Presidency College, Calcutta (then affiliated with the University of Calcutta), though his interest was always in the fine arts.
Ray debuted his directorial journey with ‘Pather Panchali‘ (1955), won eleven international prizes, including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. This film, along with Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959), form The Apu Trilogy.
He was considered the maestro of Indian cinema due to his excellence in creating magic in his films using minimal resources.
He is one of the most respected filmmakers of all time with honors including thirty-two Indian National Film Awards, a Golden Lion, a Golden Bear, two Silver Bears, many additional awards at international film festivals and ceremonies, and an Academy Honorary Award 1992. The Government of India honored him with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award, in 1992.
Satyajit Ray, also known as Manik da in the film Industry was a notable writer too. His stories ‘Feluda’ and ‘Professor’ became household names in Bengal.
On his 100th birthday, many prominent personalities paid their homage to the genius filmmaker who brought the international spotlight to Indian cinema through his extraordinary filmmaking skills and a splendid mind way ahead of his time.
Actor Shabana Azmi shared a throwback picture from years gone by on the occasion of Satyajit Ray’s birth centenary with her husband, a young Javed Akhtar, and wrote, “Remembering Satyajit Ray .. Manik da for many of us.”
Renowned actor Sharmila Tagore also remembered him and called him magnificent. Earlier during the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter and paid him a tribute as she wrote, ‘Tribute to Satyajit Ray, legendary filmmaker, writer, composer, lyricist, illustrator, on his birth centenary. He is not only the pride of Bengal but also India and the whole world. He is an inspiration to people around the globe.’
We also want to pay tribute to the greatest by quoting his own words, “Dominus Omnium Magister. It means God is the master of all things.” and he was a god of Indian Cinema indeed whose art called “cinema” is immortal.