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Satyajit Ray creates a sublime and deeply affecting portrait of the struggle between tradition and progress in Aparajito, the second film of the monumental Apu Trilogy.
Satyajit Ray's ability to move the audience without melodrama or emotional manipulation is a precise art.
From the opening sequence illustrating the adornment of the Kali statue, Ray presents a figurative analogy for the inevitable fate of the naive and trusting Doya as she, too, is manipulated and transformed into the image of the reincarnated goddess.
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 Biography of Satyajit Ray - Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection, UCSC
Satyajit Ray was born on May 2, 1921 in Calcutta to Sukumar and Suprabha Ray.
Ray was born in 1921 to a distinguished family of artists, litterateurs, musicians, scientists and physicians.
Ray resigned from his job as a visualizer in the British advertisement firm soon after Pather Panchali was released.
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 Manas: Culture, Indian Cinema- Satyajit Ray
Ray has written that he became captivated by the cinema as a young college student, and he was self-taught, his film education consisting largely of repeated viewings of film classics by de Sica, Fellini, John Ford, Orson Welles, and other eminent directors.
Ray's films were characterized by a low budget, outdoor or locating shooting, authentic settings, detailed historical research, and a superb cast of actors and actresses who rose to eminent distinction under Ray’s direction.
Ray was a prolific short story writer, with over a dozen volumes to his credit; and he contributed regularly to the children's journal "Sandesh", which he also edited.
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 A Tribute to Satyajit Ray - Music India OnLine
Ray worked under two severe constraints: all his films, made for relatively small Bengali-speaking audiences in India, had to be modestly budgeted, and he had to rely on stories and themes that he found filmable in modern Bengali fiction.
Satyajit Ray was born on May 2, 1921 in Kolkata to Sukumar and Suprabha Ray.
Ray earned very modest amounts from directing his small-budget films, not enough to support his small family.He started writing and illustrating stories for Sandesh, the children’s magazine that his grandfather had founded, and which Ray revived in 1961.
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Satyajit Ray's early youth was similar to that of his father's and grand father's.
Ray had a deep interest and love for Western classical music, on the other hand the three years at Shantiniketan had given Ray an insight into India's age-old culture and her rich tradition of classical music.
Satyajit Ray evoked the highest admiration in France and when that country decided to award its highest civilian honour to Ray, he was not well enough to travel to France.
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 Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta into an exceptionally talented family who were prominent in Bengali arts and letters.
Ray followed this film with Hirok Rajar Deshe (The Kingdom of Diamonds, 1980), a sequel to Goopy and Bagha in which the two characters find themselves in a police state where idealists are exiled and dissenters are brainwashed.
Ray succeeded in making Indian cinema, for the first time in its history, something to be taken seriously, and in so doing, created a body of work of distinct range and richness.
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 Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray, a colossal and illustrious personality in the world of filmmaking was born on May 2 1921 in Calcutta, India.
Satyajit Ray defined, shaped, and elevated the status of Indian art cinema with his unusual versatility, intellect, and artistry though his diverse and prolific body of work.
Satyajit Ray received many awards through out his career, which include an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement from the American Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and the prestigious Bharat Ratna, the ultimate ovation from India.
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 Satyajit Ray   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
With Ray, it was the turn of a filmmaker to occupy that throne.
Ray had an obligation to the country of his birth to chronicle the joys and sorrows of its people.
Regarded closest to inheriting Satyajit Ray's mantle, yet using professional talents in the film industry, he covered for two decades the middle ground of Indian cinema, striking a delicate balance between realism and entertainment.
www.india-today.com /itoday/millennium/100people/satyajit.html   (1397 words)

 The Last Three Films of Satyajit Ray:
Satyajit Ray — the very name reflects the unique combination of all the best qualities of modern Indian culture along with that of nineteenth century.
In a Doordarshan interview with Shamik Bandopadhyay, Satyajit Ray confirmed that the main source of his ideology or perception on cinema was the Hollywood film environment between 1930-40.
According to Satyajit Ray the experience of The Bicycle Thief the education from Hollywood films from 1930-40, the apprenticeship of painting and reading the nature at Shantiniketan with Acharya Nandalal Basu — played the main role behind his conception of artistic psychology and philosophy.
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 Harvard Film Archive: Directors in Focus
In the three films which comprise Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy, the director charts the experiences of a young boy who faces great hardships as he leaves his family to attend school and mature as an adult.
Satyajit Ray was an internationally celebrated director who drew praise from Jean Renoir, John Huston, and Akira Kurosawa.
Ray believed that the scenario for his first film, adapted from the popular novel by Bhibuti Bashan Bannerjee, could serve to establish a new artistic cinema for India.
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 Biography for Satyajit Ray   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on 2nd May 1921.
Ray believed that Spielberg's movie "would not have been possible without my script of The Alien being available throughout America in mimeographed copies." Spielberg denied this by telling "I was a kid in High School when this Script was Circulating in Hollywood";.
Ray's style in the first four is slow, stately, and oblique, with changes in character linked to their surroundings and the mystic forces of nature.
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 Malaspina Great Books - Satyajit Ray (1921-1992)
Satyajit Ray was born into a relatively wealthy and highly influential Brahmo family in Kolkata.
His father Sukumar Ray was one of the leading Bengali writers, in the vein of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, and his grandfather Upendrakishore Ray (Ray Chowdhuri) was a renaissance man with many interests ranging from writing to typography.
Ray's work tends to be both realistic and subdued; his early work is compassionate and touching; his later work, while more political, is also at times cynical, but still infused with his typical humour.
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 Ray, Satyajit. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
During his formative years he was profoundly influenced by the humanism of Rabindranath Tagore, at whose university he studied.
Ray began his career as a layout artist, art director, and illustrator.
Ray was also a screenwriter, wrote the musical scores for many of his films, and was intimately involved with all the elements of their production.
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 Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray is perhaps the most well known Indian filmmaker to the Western World and inarguably among the dozen or so great masters of world cinema.
Ray was born in 1921 in Calcutta in a distinguished family of Bengal.
In the 1980s Ray had to stop making films for close to five years due to ill-health but late in 1988 his doctors permitted him to work provided he restricted himself to indoor studio shooting.
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 Barnes & Noble.com - Biography - Satyajit Ray
India's single most celebrated filmmaker, Satyajit Ray was born into a prominent Calcutta family on May 2, 1921.
Ray's grandfather, Upendrakishole Roychwdhury, was the creator of the popular children's magazine Sandesh; his father, Sukhumar Ray (sometimes spelled Ra), was a noted poet and historian.
In India itself, however, Ray's films were not guaranteed successes, due in great part to his decision to film them in Bengali, a minority language (only 1977's The Chess Players would be filmed in Hindi, the country's predominant tongue).
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 Guardian Unlimited Film | Features | Arts: The universe in his back yard
Ray's work is, after all, the direct antithesis of most contemporary cinema, especially that emanating from Hollywood and Bollywood, the world's two strongest commercial industries, hooked as they are on rip-roaring special effects and visuals.
The opening shot at revaluing Ray here is the commercial release this week of Pather Panchali (Song of the Road), his first and possibly most famous film and the opening instalment of the Apu trilogy.
Ray was reluctant at first but then led me into his bedroom and pulled out a large trunk from under his bed.
film.guardian.co.uk /features/featurepages/0,4120,708691,00.html   (1407 words)

 Satyajit Ray Film Festival
Ray's first film was completed under incredible odds, over a period of 3 years, during which, he had to stop shooting as he had no money.
Ray depicts a major ill of society in Bengal in those days, and yet, brings out the beauty in the situation.
Ray adapted three short stories by Rabindranath Tagore as a tribute to the author to mark his birth centenary in 1961.
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 The Films of Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray is one of the world's major filmmakers.
Ray came from a family of Bengali intellectuals; the family had a close association with that of the famed Bengali novelist Rabindranath Tagore.
Their great beauty allows Ray to create visual images as complex and as beautiful as the music that is playing during the concerts.
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 Satyajit Ray   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Satyajit Ray, the most successful Indian filmmaker in the international film circuits entered to the film field by constituting the first ever film society of India in Calcutta, along with Chitanandadas Gupta in 1947.
Ray started the work for his first film Pather Panchali in 1952 with money got by selling his house hold articles and got as credit form his friends due to non-availability of producer for his type of films.
Satyajit Ray's film career spanning almost 30 films brought Indian cinema to the lime light in the international film arena.
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 Metroactive Movies | Satyajit Ray
Ray exhibits a range of moods from facetious to bottomlessly tragic, and this retrospective will demonstrate them all.
After all, Ray was directing in a language that less than a fifth of the nation understood.
Ray wrote the story on his own, all about the movie star who's impressed an entire train except for a little girl and the journalist I played.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/10.16.03/ray-0342.html   (2686 words)

 Satyajit Ray Org
Satyajit Ray Org is a nonprofit venture, promoting study and discussion of Satyajit Ray's films and filmmaking.
Satyajit Ray (1921-1992), an Indian filmmaker and among the dozen or so great masters of world cinema, is known for his humanistic approach to cinema.
In 1992, Satyajit Ray received the honorary Academy Award ©A.M.P.A.S. ® - Lifetime Achievement.
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 India Travelogue Personalities, Celebrities, Faces of India: Satyajit Ray, film director - a profile by Pallavi ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
His father Sukumar Ray was the father of Bengali "nonsense" literature writing in the tradition of Lewis Caroll and Edward Lear.
hough Satyajit Ray had been born in an affluent family, he had never known a life of luxury as he lost his father when he was only three years old.
Ray quit his job at the advertisement agency and became a full fledged director.
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 Satyajit Ray
He was forced to slow down in the early 1980s by a series of health problems; suffering a heart attack in 1984, stopped work on his-long delayed Ghaire Baire and turned the directorial reigns over to his son Sandip (born 1954).
Less than a month later, Ray was dead; his final screenplay, Jagoran (Broken Journey), was filmed posthumously by his son in 1994.
There are many books dedicated to the life and career of Satyajit Ray, perhaps the best being his own 1977 volume, Our Films, Their Films.
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 South/Southeast Asian Cinema: A Selected Bibliography/Videography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Libraries
Pointing out that Ray's appropriation into the canons of global cinema does not necessarily arise from cultural translatability and representational transparency, she notes that intelligibility may be based on universal expectations of knowledge created by a narrative's formal protocols.
Saeed Jaffrey recalls working with Satyajit Ray on "Shatranj ke khilari"; plus an article reclaiming Ray's career as an integral part of India's postwar history which, it is argued, Western critics have tended to ignore; and a tribute to the director from Richard Attenborough.
Satyajit Ray talks about the historical background to his film "Ghare Baire" and the novel by Tagore on which it is based.
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 Divergent Rays : A Review by Susan Chacko of Two Books by Satyajit Ray [Parabaas Translation]
Ray came from a famous family, of course, and this affected him to the extent that he had to suffer some teasing about his important relatives in school.
Ray wrote the serialized stories for Sandesh, but died before he could translate them himself, as he had wished.
Ray was working in an advertising agency during the filming of Pather Panchali, and could only film on holidays and weekends.
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 Amazon.com: Our Films Their Films: Books: Satyajit Ray   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Ray discusses the rise of Indian film and its search for a style that would draw more fully upon Indian culture than upon the conventions of Western cinema; his anecdotes about the making of his own films (such as The Music Room and those of the Apu Trilogy) are disappointingly abbreviated.
Ray also writes about his own films (several of which are now being rereleased), though more depth on them is found in Andrew Robinson's Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye (Univ. of California Pr., 1989) and Ben Nyce's Satyajit Ray: A Study of His Films (Praeger, 1988).
Ray proves in this book(written over a period of twenty years starting from 1948) that he is equally at ease with his pen and he can touch people's mind with his amazing clarity of reasons and a definite mastery over the film medium.
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 Revisiting 1857: Satyajit Ray's vision
Satyajit Ray's first feature film in Hindi didn't come with the slightest hint of a Bengali accent.
Ray liked the relationship with the chess players, but expanded the theme greatly, giving prominence to Outram and the Nawab, and adding more characters.
Ray is decidedly non-partisan, neither siding with the Nawab or the British, though there are well-crafted moments when we feel sympathetic towards both the kohl-eyed king and the reluctant General.
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