India’s renowned and Oscar-winning filmmaker Satyajit Ray was born on May 2 1921, on account of his 100th birth anniversary on May 2 2021 the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting along with various films festival in India, NFAI and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) has announced to celebrate the birth anniversary of the legend for an entire year.
Satyajit Ray (May 2 1921- April 23 1992) was an Indian Filmmaker, author, illustrator, graphic designer and writer. Satyajit started his career as a designer in an advertising agency. While illustrating the kid’s version of Novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay he got his idea for his first film ‘Pather Panchali’, this film got him recognition and fame, he then made films like Charulata, Agantuk and Nayak which were highly appreciated.
Satyajit Ray’s writings like Sleuth Feluda and Scientist Professor Shonku are recognised as masterpieces in Bengali literature. Satyajit was awarded ‘Bharat Ratna’ the highest civilian award of the nation in the year 1992. Along with MIB- Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, NFAI, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) and the directors of film festivals in India and abroad have decided to carry out different activities to remember Ray. These activities would be carried out in a hybrid model, online and in physical presence both. Ministry of International affairs and the ministry of Culture would be working along on this project.
An award in name of Satyajit Ray ‘ Satyajit Ray lifetime achievement award for excellence in cinema’ would be given at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) onwards this year. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, a certificate, a shawl, a silver peacock Medel and a Scroll. Ministry of information and broadcasting has also decided to host a film festival in India and abroad on Satyajit Ray’s work, Documentaries and films based on his work would be projected.
A special event on Satyajit Ray’s work named ‘Satyajit Ray’s retrospectives’ would be shown at the 74th Cannes Film Festival. A special section on Satyajit Ray would be created at the National Museum of Indian Cinema Mumbai.