Lincoln Film Society to put 'First Light' on Satyajit Ray

MUMBAI: New York-based Film Society of Lincoln Center will showcase a special series based on the works of Satyajit Ray from 15 to 30 April.

The series, named as First Light: Satyajit Ray from the Apu Trilogy to the Calcutta Trilogy, will feature over 20 films including six in 35 mm prints (reprinted) from the Satyajit ray Film and Television Academy‘s film archive.

The first part of the event will highlight Ray‘s career that began with Pather Panchali made in 1995. The film was acclaimed internationally and was honoured with a special prize at Cannes Film Festival. Other films relating to his career path such as Aparajito (The Unvanquished) filmed in 1956 and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) made in 1959 will also be showcased. The series will also include a film made in 1991 about the director titled Satyajit Ray, Filmmaker.

The event will conclude with the showcasing of Ray‘s Calcutta Trilogy from the 1970s - The Adversary (1971), Company Limited (1971) and The Middleman (1975)). The 35 mm prints that will be screened include films like The Music Room, Parash Pathar, Devi, Teen Kanya, Rabindranath Tagore, The Expedition and Kanchenjungha.

A conference based on the director‘s life, to be hosted by Columbia University, will see directors such as Mira Nair, Shyam Benegal, Samik Banerjee and Ray‘s son Sandip Ray participating.

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