Year-long celebrations to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Satyajit Ray launched with the film
A Ray of Genius
News Desk, News Nation 360: The office of Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces, Ministry of Culture, Government of India is kickstarting the birth centenary celebrations of master auteur Satyajit Ray on May 2, 2020, by releasing a tribute film A Ray of Genius. This montage highlighting Ray's filmmaking genius as well as his eclectic achievements across literature, art, music, design was put together by the concerted efforts of professionals from Kolkata and Mumbai during the Covid-19 lockdown period. National Award-winning director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and National Award-winning editor Arghya Kamal Mitra created this film with the help of Ray Society, Shri Sandip Ray and the producers of Ray’s films. The film also features stunning photographs of noted Indian photographer Nemai Ghosh (Padma Shri Awardee) showcasing the great filmmaker at work, sourced with the help of the Collection DAG. Raghvendra Singh, CEO Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces, Ministry of Culture, told the film hopes to reach out to legions of fans across the country and hopes to create a new cadre of Satyajit Ray
fans in the younger generation of film viewers and filmmakers. Ray has not only been an inspiration to filmmakers but also to thinkers, music composers, writers, illustrators across India and the world. His distinct disruptive style and lyrical humanism of his work make him a national treasure and with these celebrations, they would like to highlight the layered nuances of his work and explore his lesser-known sides. Speaking about the film, director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury told when they were approached to make a tribute film for Satyajit Ray, the big challenge was that they were in Mumbai, most of the source was material in Kolkata and all of India was in lockdown. However, a special year was starting for the Ray story since they were beginning the countdown to his centenary. Along with one of the country’s best editors Arghya Kamal Mitra, they have created what is a guru pranaam in very challenging circumstances. Hopefully seeing this will ensure a whole new generation of film lovers will be prompted to discover this great man’s films, books and world. To celebrate this special milestone for this Bharat Ratna Awardee, a year-long celebration with exhibitions, retrospectives and conclaves has been planned by the Ministry.
Report: Anustup Kundu