NEW DELHI: The British Film Institute (BFI) is hosting
a special two-month festival of selected films of Satyajit
Ray in London and will also put up an exhibition of
Ray's design works.
The exhibition, the first to be held in the United
Kingdom, will take place at the BFI Southbank from 14
August until mid-October.
Before Ray directed Pather Panchali in 1955, he worked
as a graphic designer for an advertising agency in Kolkata.
In addition to creating over 30 films throughout his
career he also designed many of their sets, costumes,
credit sequences and posters.
A selection of the director's poster designs will be
on show in the Atrium at the BFI Southbank. It will
include both original and facsimile posters, showcasing
the best of Ray's creations.
The BFI website said: "Ray's unique graphic style
owed as much to Indian art and indigenous folklore as
it did to Western traditions. His wide-ranging poster
designs encompass surreal photographic collages, ornate
portraits as well as bold, typographic experiments,
their imagery and lettering borrowing from scenes and
motifs in his cinema. Far more than just a beautiful,
eye-catching advertisement, each poster offers Ray's
own interpretation of his film as he distilled it into
The exhibition has been organised by Isabel Stevens,
Maggi Hurt and Claire Smith. The posters have been sourced
from the BFI National Archive and the Society for the
Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives and Ray Estate,
The films to be screened as part of Ray season in association
with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
in August are Pather Panchali, Aparajito,Jalsaghar,
Apur Sansar, Devi, TeenKanya, Charulata, Kanchenjungha,
Nayak,Kapurush, Chiriakhana, Abhijan and Parash Pathar.
Mahanagar is also being screened to mark the 50th anniversary
of the film.
Two documentaries directed by Ray- commemorating writer,
artist and composer Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit
Ray's father Sukumar Ray will also be screened.
A Masterclass on Pather Panchali by filmmaker and teacher
Mamoun Hassan who headed the BFI in 1970s is also a
part of the programme.