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02-05-2022
Press Release: CELEBRATION OF BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SHRI SATYAJIT RAY AT EASTERN RAILWAY HEAD QUARTERS

CELEBRATION OF BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SHRI SATYAJIT RAY AT EASTERN RAILWAY HEAD QUARTERS

Kolkata, May 02, 2022:

As a part of celebration of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav', Eastern Railway has observed today (02.05.2022) birth anniversary of legendary film maker Shri Satyajit Ray, at the Auditorium of Eastern Railway Headquarters. Dr. Jaideep Gupta, Additional General Manager, Principal Head of the Departments and other officers of Eastern Railway offered floral tribute to the portrait of Sri Satyajit Ray. At this auspicious occasion, the famous 'Train Scene' of the time less masterpiece 'Pather Panchali ' was played.

 Satyajit Ray was a genius film maker, screen writer, documentary film maker, author, essayist, lyricist, magazine editor, illustrator, calligrapher and music composer. Widely considered as o­ne of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Ray brought the Indian cinema to world recognition with Pather Panchali (1955; The ballad of the Road) and its two sequels, known as the Apu Trilogy. As a director, Ray was noted for his humanism, his versatility, and his detailed control over his films and their music.

  Satyajit Ray was born to famous poet Sukumar and Suprabha Ray in Calcutta (now Kolkata). He was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing Vittorio De Sica's Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves (1948) during a visit to London. Along with Chidananda Dasgupta and others, Ray founded the Calcutta Film Society in 1947.

  Ray's first film, Pather Panchali (1955), won eleven international prizes, including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. This film, along with Aparaiito (The unvanquished) (1956) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959), form The Apu Trilogy. His later films included - Parash Pathar (The Philosopher 's Stone, 1958), Jalsaghar (The Music Room, 1958), Devi (The Goddess, 1960), Teen Kanya (Jwo Daughters, 1961), Kanchenjungha, (1962), Charulala (The Lonely Wife, 1964), Pratidwandi (The Adversary 1970), Shantranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players, 1977), and Ghare-Baire (Home and the World, 1984).

  Satyajit Ray received several major awards in his illustrious career, including 36 Indian National Film Awards, a Golden Lion, a Golden Bear, 2 Silver Bears, many additional awards at international film festivals and ceremonies, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. The Government of India honoured him with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award, in 1992. Satyajit Ray was also conferred highest French Civilian award “The Legion of Honour” in the year 1987. Twenty-four days before his death, Ray was presented with an Honorary Academy Award by Audrey Hepburn via video-link; he was in gravely ill condition, but gave an acceptance speech, calling it the "best achievement of [his] movie-making career. He expired o­n 23rd April 1992. the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. This film, along with Aparaiito (The unvanquished) (1956) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959), form The Apu Trilogy. His later films included - Parash Pathar (The Philosopher 's Stone, 1958), Jalsaghar (The Music Room, 1958), Devi (The Goddess, 1960), Teen Kanya (Jwo Daughters, 1961), Kanchenjungha, (1962), Charulala (The Lonely Wife, 1964), Pratidwandi (The Adversary 1970), Shantranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players, 1977), and Ghare-Baire (Home and the World, 1984).

  Satyajit Ray received several major awards in his illustrious career, including 36 Indian National Film Awards, a Golden Lion, a Golden Bear, 2 Silver Bears, many additional awards at international film festivals and ceremonies, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. The Government of India honoured him with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award, in 1992. Satyajit Ray was also conferred highest French Civilian award “The Legion of Honour” in the year 1987. Twenty-four days before his death, Ray was presented with an Honorary Academy Award by Audrey Hepburn via video-link; he was in gravely ill condition, but gave an acceptance speech, calling it the "best achievement of [his] movie-making career. He expired o­n 23rd April 1992.








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