Satyajit Ray’s 100th birth anniversary is being commemorated today and several public figures have tweeted remembering the maestro’s spirit
As Bengal awaits election results, wishes pour in for the ‘Maharaja’, film-maker, writer, magazine editor, cartoonist and screenplay writer- the stalwart Satyajit Ray, son of Sukumar Ray, on his centenary birthday. On this occasion, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter and paid tribute to the legendary director. “Tribute to Satyajit Ray, legendary filmmaker, writer, composer, lyricist, illustrator, on his birth centenary. He is not only the pride of Bengal but also India and the whole world. He is an inspiration to people around the globe,” Mamata Banerjee wrote on Twitter. It’s a crucial day for West Bengal as the state awaits the Assembly election results. Social media got flooded with love and nostalgia for the maestro.
Mamata Banerjee began her tribute with one of the famous lines of Satyajit Ray’s musicals – Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne‘ – Maharaja Tomare Selam (Salute to the King).
On the same ground, to commemorate the birth centenary of Ray, the Ministry of Culture posted a montage of clippings from the filmmaker’s films including the famous Apu Trilogy.
Veteran actor Shabana Azmi walked down the lane of the past and paid her respect and tribute to the legendary film director. The 70-year-old star took to Instagram and posted a very unsees and rare picture.
“Remembering Satyajit Ray ..Tribute to Satyajit Ray, legendary filmmaker, writer, composer, lyricist, illustrator, on his birth centenary. He is not only the pride of Bengal but also India and the whole world. He is an inspiration to people around the globe,” she tweeted.
Ray, born to a very artistic and educated family in Bengal, prominently worked in Bengali cinema. He visited London in 1950, where he saw Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 film ‘Ladri di biciclette’ (Bicycle Thieves) which inspired him to become a film-maker. In 1955, Ray made his directorial debut with Pather Panchal‘ and later went on to direct 36 films, comprising 29 feature films, five documentaries, and two short films. He passed away on April 23, 1992. Ray won Academy Award at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992. He also received India’s highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, in 1984 and India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, in 1992.