Satyajit Ray – A Short Biography

Satyajit Ray is renowned personality and one of the very few of those people who left an ineradicable impression in the field they were part of. Satyajit Ray was an Indian film director, writer, publisher, illustrator, graphic designer and a film critic. He had born on 2nd May 1921 in a Bengali family which is well known for its contribution to the field of arts and literature. He was fortunate to spend his formative years under the guidance of Rabindra Nath Tagore, India’s first Nobel laureate.

He started his career as a junior visualizer but in 1943 he begun to work with Signet Press as an illustrator. He designed the covers of many world famous books like “Man Eaters” and “Discovery of India”. He was inspired from movie “The Bicycle Thieves” after watching to which he decided to enter in the field of film industry.

His debut film as a director ‘Panther Panchalli’ won him many awards world wide which was released in 1955. It was indeed the beginning of phenomenon in the world cinema. He soon entered into the ranks of elite film makers due to his hard work. He went onto produce 37 films which included the documentaries and short stories and also movies like Nayak which depict human sentiments towards general stimuli.

He is known as one of the greatest detective and science fiction writer. He depicts his love for science through his thought provoking short story movies. He was also a great publisher. He published one of the most popular Bengali magazines for children “Sandesh”. He was also an amazing illustrator as designed numerous Bengali typefaces along with four Roman typefaces is well.

Satyajit Ray went on to receive 32 National awards and numerous international awards which included Golden Lion and Silver Bear, which happen to be one of the most prestigious awards in the universe. In 1992 he went to receive honorary Oscar award which is the greatest award for any artist on this planet. He died on 23rd April 1992 after giving Indian Cinema a new identity in the eyes of the world.



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