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SATYAJIT RAY
Director, Writer, Composer
1921-1992


Satyajit Ray
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NAME: Satyajit Ray
OCCUPATION: Filmmaker
BIRTH DATE: May 2, 1921
DEATH DATE: April 23, 1992
PLACE OF BIRTH: Kolkata

Satyajit Ray was a renowned film director from West Bengal. Ray was born in Calcutta on 2nd May 1921. He started his career as a commercial artist before making films. He was a great writer, music composer and one of the best dialogue writers of the time.

His first feature film was "Pather Panchali" (The song of the Road). This film was his most notable one for its realistic portrayal; of everyday life and artistic composition of his camera work that earned him worldwide recognition. He received many prestigious International /National awards for creating this master piece. He made 28 full length feature films and a few documentaries. His most famous films 'Pather Panchali'(1955), 'Aparajito'(1956), 'Apur Sansar' (1959), 'Charulata' (1964), 'Nayak'(1966), 'Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne'(1968), 'Satranj Ke Khiladi' (1977-Hindi),' Sadgati' (1981Telefilm), 'Ghare Baire' (1984 Bengali) and 'Agantuk'(1991) occupy a special place in the hearts of cine lovers.

The French Government awarded him " The Legion of Honour"--the highest award in France. He also received many national and international awards like the Magasaysay award (1967) and Dada Saheb Phalke award (1984). He was awarded "Bharat Ratna" in 1992. But the happiest moment in his life came when he was informed in his death bed of winning a special Oscar Award for Life time achievement from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He passed away on 23rd April 1992 aged 70.


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