The Bharat Ratna and Oscar Award-winning Indian filmmaker is highly respected and revered in international cinema
Born on May 2, 1921, in Calcutta, Satyajit Ray was one of India’s precious gifts to world cinema. The prolific filmmaker, who received an honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement almost on his deathbed in 1992, inspired many acclaimed international directors like Martin Scorsese, Danny Boyle, Mira Nair and Shyam Benegal to name a few. Japanese cinema great Akira Kurosawa praised Ray’s work.
Search engine Google honoured Ray today on his 92nd birth anniversary with its popular doodle, dedicated to the auteur’s award-winning Bengali film Pather Panchali – the first film of the Apu trilogy. Based on Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s novel, the film was voted in British Film Institute’s magazine Sight & Sound’s Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time list twice. Ray was also voted on the mag’s Top 10 Directors list on No 7 alongside greats like Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Renoir and Jean-Luc Godard.
Ray was also a fiction writer and creator of characters like Feluda. He also made documentaries and short films. The Indian government honoured Ray with the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 1984, several National Film Awards, and finally the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour, in 1992. The director won trophies at international film festivals including Berlin and Cannes, and also received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1967. With his passion for his work of art, he ensured Indian cinematic greats were not only recognised but revered in the highest echelons of world cinema.