Post Date: 12 Jun, 2021

Satyajit Ray Birth Centenary: A Tribute to the Cine Maestro (12th June, 2021)


Satyajit Ray was a magician. His work spelled brilliance all along.

In today's tribute to this cine maestro, organized by FTII and NFAI, esteemed panelists, Sharmila Tagore, Aparna Sen, K Hariharan, Ananth Mahadevan, Samik Bandopadhyay ,Mohan Agashe discussed Ray's work and their experiences and memories related to him.

Arunaraje Patil and Amit Tyagi moderated the discussion.

Sharmila Tagore rightly put that Manik Da's (as Ray is fondly called) work taught the world that 'You don't need an extraordinary budget to make a great film, you need an extraordinary intuition, imagination, and preparation!'

In the presence of the FTII faculty and students, and others, the panelists discussed Ray's difficult childhood, the influence of Western cinema and literature on his work, his sensibilities, his nuances, and his belief in spontaneity. They also discussed the way he brilliantly portrayed women in his movies and his art of creating moments and characters that would stay with the audience for long. They spoke about Ray's legacy and the strong relevance of his work even today.

The members of the panel ended the session by discussing the influence Ray had on filmmakers of regional cinema and the preservation and restoration of the old films.