MUMBAI: Filmmakers the world over are observing the 91st birthday of noted filmmaker and India’s first Oscar winner Satyajit Ray today.
Having started his career as a graphic artist before heading to London to realise his passion for filmmaking, Ray went on to make timeless classics like Apu Triology, Jalsaghar, Sonar Kella, Charulata, and Shatranj Ke Khiladi.
His path-breaking films with strong subject, poetic storytelling and innovative filmmaking style has been a benchmark for filmmakers and it is called as Ray‘s school of films.
Son of poet and author Sukumar Ray and grandson of legendary writer Upendrakishore Roychowdhury, Ray graduated from the Presidency College of Kolkata and enrolled himself into the Vishva-Bharati University
founded by Rabindranath Tagore and trained under such masters as Nandalal Bose and Benod Behari Mukherjee.
Ray is the only Indian filmmaker to have received the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992, but being gravely ill then, could not collect the Oscar in person and sent in a recorded message instead.
He passed away on 23 April 1992.