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Satyajit Ray's portrait
2 May 1921|
23 April 1992 (aged 70)|
Satyajit Ray ( Shottojit Rae (info • help)) (2 May 1921–23 April 1992) was a Bengali Indian movie director. Many people consider him as one of the greatest "auteurs" of 20th century movie. He was born in the city of Kolkata. His Bengali family was prominent in arts and letters. Ray studied at Presidency College and at the Visva-Bharati University. He started his career as a commercial artist. Ray was interested in filmmaking by meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and seeing the Italian neorealist movie Bicycle Thieves during a visit to London.
Ray directed thirty-seven movies. These include feature movies, documentaries and shorts. Ray's first movie, Pather Panchali, won eleven international prizes, including Best Human Document at Cannes Film Festival. This movie along with Aparajito and Apur Sansar form the Apu trilogy. Ray did scripting, casting, scoring, cinematography, art direction, editing and designed his own credit titles and publicity material. He was a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, graphic designer and movie critic. Ray won an Academy Award in 1992.
- Santas 2002, p. 18