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Satyajit Ray’s centenary celebrations stalled by pandemic, informs son Sandip Ray

Satyajit Ray’s centenary celebrations stalled by pandemic, informs son Sandip Ray
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Satyajit Ray’s centenary celebrations stalled by pandemic, informs son Sandip Ray

On the a hundredth beginning anniversary of his legendary father, director Sandip Ray is reconciled to the truth that his 1/1 Bishop Lefroy Road residence, a spot for pilgrimage for followers of arguably India’s best-known moviemaker Satyajit Ray, will stay abandoned. Sandip, who together with different relations had

earlier deliberate a year-long beginning centenary which is now being postponed, advised PTI he was not in favour of any zoom meet “which doesn’t befit such an occasion involving an icon like Ray.” The ongoing pandemic and the well being emergency which it has created hitting lots of of 1000’s of individuals has compelled the household to rethink plans for the celebrations because it thinks such occasions could be inappropriate at the moment.

“We had planned several events involving critics, film personalities, writers and experts from here and abroad who would have spoken on his works. We had planned exhibitions of his scripts, graphics and illustrations. Everything is now on hold,” the director stated.

The household feels that since Ray’s beginning centenary celebrations can proceed until May 1, 2022, it will possibly “hold these events on later dates when the pandemic situation improves substantially.”

Describing shutting down Ray’s residence to folks wishing to pay homage on his beginning centenary date, as a “not very happy situation for anyone”, Sandip stated, “Nothing less than a physical event will be fitting for a celebration of this scale. No virtual celebration for us, as far as we are
concerned.”

The Bishop Lefroy Road home nonetheless has the furnishings and nick-nacks that Ray utilized in his each day life from the armchair the place he plotted Apu trilogy and ‘Hirak Rajar Deshe’, the writing desk the place he sketched the units of ‘Pratidwandi’, ‘Jana Aranya’, ‘Mahanagar’ ‘Chriakhana’ and ‘Sonar Kella’, together with lots of of memorabilia together with awards and movie posters mendacity round within the examine and adjoining rooms.

“Whoever comes we have to tell him or her with folded hands, we are not allowing anyone inside as advised by doctors in the present situation,” he stated.

Sandip himself has made a mark by making films on the detective and science fiction tales written by his father — which embody ‘Royal Bengal Rahashya’, ‘Badshahi Angti’ and ‘Professor Shonku O El Dorado’, didn’t specify the unique programmes lined up for the centenary celebration or the
visitors invited when requested.

Sandip stated Ray was primarily a storyteller however in movies like Pratidwandi (1970), Mahanagar (1963) and Hirak Rajar Deshe (1980), he had touched on political points which got here naturally by his narrative and weren’t thrust upon in a didactic method. “Yes, he had made films which might have political elements but these were no attempts to preach or deliver a message. He was primarily a storyteller,” he stated.

“That was his craft of filmmaking, his forte, but as a socially conscious person he could not turn his back from socio-political issues in the 1970s, or the 1980s ranging from the unrest to unemployment,” Sandip added.

Ray gave nice significance to the truth that his movie ought to have cinematic factor whether or not they had political overtones or not, he by no means shied away to critique social evils, the ‘Nishijapon’ director stated in regards to the maker of flicks like ‘Devi’ (1960), ‘Sadgati’ (1981) and ‘Ganashatru’ (1990).

Asked if Ray might have made sure movies like ‘Hirak Rajar Deshe’ (1980) which had allegorical parts and was seemingly a commentary in opposition to the emergency rule of the Nineteen Seventies, Sandip stated, “These are all classics made by father, defying age or time. How can I say in what way he would have
responded to a situation in the present times.” 



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