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The World of Ray (November 5, 2021)


Interview: Raghu Rai

‘His eyes spoke everything’: Raghu Rai remembers Satyajit Ray

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Interview with Raghu Rai, photographer.
Ray's Century

His creation, our inspiration

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Interview: Saswati Sen

‘I was like a daughter to him’: Saswati Sen on Satyajit Ray

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Interview with Kathak exponent Saswati Sen.
Interview: Shyam Benegal

‘Films are pre-Satyajit or post-Satyajit’: Shyam Benegal remembers Satyajit Ray

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Interview with the film-maker Shyam Benegal.

‘Apu’ in a changing India: Aparna Sen on Satyajit Ray

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“Ray was famously accused by Nargis of selling India’s poverty, whereas he gave a face to rural poverty. He made us identify with the characters; he i
Ray and Gaston

Unlikely colleagues: Satyajit Ray and Gaston Roberge

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The friendship between a French-Canadian Jesuit and a Bengali film-maker led to path-breaking work in film studies.
Ray & Renoir

Satyajit Ray’s French connection

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Meeting Jean Renoir undoubtedly changed Ray’s life, not in an abrupt manner, which would have been uncharacteristic of his response to people, but bec

Working with Ravi Shankar: The Music of Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy

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An extract from The Apu Trilogy: Satyajit Ray and The Making of an Epic.
Interview: Dhritiman Chaterji

‘We need criticism, not hagiography’: Dhritiman Chaterji on Satyajit Ray's relevance in today's world

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Suhrid Sankar Chattopadhyay talks to Dhritiman Chaterji.
Nemai Ghosh's photographs

Nemai Ghosh: Satyajit Ray’s Boswell

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Nemai Ghosh (1934-2020) photographed Satyajit Ray at work and scenes from his films from 1968 to 1992.

‘That exact face in his mind’: Barun Chanda remembers Satyajit Ray

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Interview with the actor Barun Chanda.
Interview: Sharmila Tagore

Sharmila Tagore on working with Satyajit Ray

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Interview with the veteran actor Sharmila Tagore.
Parallels with contemporary film-makers

Subterranean parallels: Common threads between Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak

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In the decade that marks the birth centenaries of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak, it is time to move beyond the apparent dissimilarities b
Ray's political films

Unstated politics: The political statements in Satyajit Ray's films

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Though Satyajit Ray never wore his politics on his sleeve, he never shied away from making strong statements in his films that left no confusion as to
Ray's craft

Cinema, for Satyajit Ray, was all about salvation

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‘Shatranj ke Khilari’ was as neatly planned as a game of chess. The knight wanted even the tiniest pawn to be perfect.
Ray's trilogies

Critical insider: Satyajit Ray's cinematic trilogies

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The three trilogies that mark the beginning, middle and end of Satyajit Ray’s film-making career reflect his changing perception of the idea of India.

Film time, family time: Sandip Ray on Satyajit Ray

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The film-maker Sandip Ray reminisces about his father in a free-wheeling interview.

A letter from Satyajit Ray

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Despite his astonishing success, Ray did not forget the little reader.
Interview: Goutam Ghose

‘A man who knew too much’: Goutam Ghose on Satyajit Ray

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Interview with Goutam Ghose, film-maker.
Interview: Girish Kasaravalli

‘Ray’s vision is universal’: Girish Kasaravalli on Satyajit Ray

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Interview with Girish Kasaravalli, eminent Kannada film director.
Editor's Note

Celebrating Satyajit Ray

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Ray's modernity

How Satyajit Ray foregrounded modernity and enlightenment throughout his career

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Satyajit Ray’s cinema, like Mrinal Sen’s and Ritwik Ghatak’s, is a major contribution to cultural modernity in India. Cinema comes of age in their han
Ray's vision of Bengal

Vision of a land: Bibhutibhusan Bandopadhyay's Bengal in Satyajit Ray's cinema

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Nature’s abundance is closely related to want and privation in Bibhutibhusan Bandopadhyay. Satyajit Ray wanted to return to that vision of Bengal in h
Conversations with Ray

‘I am not conscious of being a humanist’

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An interview strung together from conversations Andrew Robinson had with Satyajit Ray over several years.
Interview: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

‘He lived life cinema’: Adoor Gopalakrishnan on Satyajit Ray

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Interview with Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
Ray's Century

A Century of Satyajit Ray

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A truly singular and multi-faceted personality, Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) was not only a ‘jewel’ of Bengal, and the Koh-i-Noor of independent India, bu
Economic Perspectives

Allegations of manipulation in the World Bank’s annual Doing Business ranking suggest institutional problems

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The difference in the responses to the allegations against Chile and China regarding manipulation of the World Bank’s Doing Business rankings in 2018