The 2nd of May this year marked the centenary of the Oscar award-winning Bengali motion-picture director, writer, music composer, and illustrator. His debut movie Pather Panchali is still a subject of discussion and deliberation for aspiring filmmakers.
His debut film “Pather Panchali” (1955) the first part of the Apu Trilogy, won best human document at Cannes. The Trilogy includes “Aparajito” (1956) and “Apur Sansar” (1959).
He also won a British Institute Fellowship in 1983 to go with the London Film Festival’s Sutherland Trophy for “Apur Sansar.” In 1987, the government of France made him a Commander of the Legion of Honor.
Satyajit Ray’s movies won 26 National film awards for Direction, screenplay, feature film, etc, and finally, he was awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Award and the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest film and civilian awards respectively.
He revived the children’s magazine Sandesh (which his grandfather had started in 1913) and edited it until his death in 1992. He has also written wonderful literary narratives such as “The Complete Adventures of Feluda”, “The Incredible Adventures of Professor Shonku”, “My Years with Apu: A Memoir”, “Indigo” and others. His stories have been translated and published in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere.
Satyajit Ray inspired generations through his movies and writings and hopefully continues to do so. On his 100th Birth anniversary we recommend his top movies that you should not miss.
- Pather Panchali (1955):
2. Aparajito (1956):
3. Apur Sansar (1959):
4. Jalsaghar ( The Music Room ):
5. Aranyer Din Ratri ( Days and Nights in the Forest):