Satyajit Ray : Remembering a Genius

The late film director, lyricist and screenwriter Satayjit Ray would have turned 90 today. Ray once said “the only solutions that are ever worth anything are the solutions people find themselves” this epitomises the great genius of Ray as an artist, for he was a lone wolf, who created beauty in many artistic spheres, from music to film, novels to art. Born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency in 1921, Ray would emerge as a leading light of Indian arts, possessing that typically Bengali trait of an unquenchable thirst for creativity.

Influenced by Western and Indian classical music, he would transfer this diverse amalgamation of influences, not just to his own music, but his films and writings too. Never to be underestimated, Ray’s creative output continually surprised and delighted the public. His death in 1992 at the age of 70 left a void not just in Indian or Bengali cinema, but world cinema as a whole, no other man has come close to taking Ray’s crown, and nor will they. Satyajit Ray left an indelible mark on the world of film, so much so, his influences can be seen across both Western and Indian cinema from Wes Anderson to Mira Nair.

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