COVER STORY

05-11-2021

The World of Ray (November 5, 2021)

Briefing

Saswati Sen

‘I was like a daughter to him’

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with Kathak exponent Saswati Sen.
Ray's Century

His creation, our inspiration

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Watching Satyajit Ray’s films brought nothing but wonder. His writings, his sketches and paintings still leave me intoxicated. A huge part of my life ...

Humanity and Ray

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Ray’s creativity was a combination of nature and nurture. His inspirations ranged from Rabindranath Tagore to his teachers Nandalal Bose and Benode ...
Modes of Resistance

The making of a queer figure: Satyajit Ray's interpretation of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah in 'Shatranj ke Khilari'

Madhuja Mukherjee Cover Story
It is said that in Shatranj ke Khilari, Satyajit Ray imagines a ‘non-Western’ mode of resistance. His depiction of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah cannot be understood in terms of the colonial binary of ‘effeminacy’ and ‘masculinity’.
Modes of Resistance

The making of a queer figure: Satyajit Ray's interpretation of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah in 'Shatranj ke Khilari'

Madhuja Mukherjee Cover Story
It is said that in Shatranj ke Khilari, Satyajit Ray imagines a ‘non-Western’ mode of resistance. His depiction of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah cannot be understood in terms of the colonial binary of ‘effeminacy’ and ‘masculinity’.
DOCUMENTARIES

Satyajit Ray's documentaries: A mixed bag

When it came to documentaries, with the exception of The Inner Eye on the blind painting genius Benode Behari Mukhopadhyay, Satyajit Ray did not scale those scintillating heights that he did with many of his fictional features.
BOOK REVIEW

Satyajit Ray: Master adapter

Sarbari Sinha Cover Story
A delightful collection of Satyajit Ray’s translation of poems and stories of his father, Sukumar Ray, the folk tales put into writing by his grandfather, Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, and some of his own stories.
Extract

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

Andrew Robinson Cover Story
An extract from The Apu Trilogy: Satyajit Ray and The Making of an Epic.
Interview: Shyam Benegal

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

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with the film-maker Shyam Benegal.
Ray & Renoir

Satyajit Ray’s French connection

Andrew Robinson Cover Story
Meeting Jean Renoir undoubtedly changed Ray’s life, not in an abrupt manner, which would have been uncharacteristic of his response to people, but because Renoir’s attitudes to both life and film-making appealed to him in their wholeness.
Ray and Gaston

Unlikely colleagues: Satyajit Ray and Gaston Roberge

The friendship between a French-Canadian Jesuit and a Bengali film-maker led to path-breaking work in film studies.
INTERVIEW: APARNA SEN

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

“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 invested them with dignity.”
Interview: Saswati Sen

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

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with Kathak exponent Saswati Sen.
Interview: Dhritiman Chaterji

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

Suhrid Sankar Chattopadhyay talks to Dhritiman Chaterji.
Ray's political films

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

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 his own personal political stand.
Nemai Ghosh's photographs

Nemai Ghosh: Satyajit Ray’s Boswell

Andrew Robinson Cover Story
Nemai Ghosh (1934-2020) photographed Satyajit Ray at work and scenes from his films from 1968 to 1992.
Parallels with contemporary film-makers

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

Anindya Sengupta Cover Story
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 between the legends and appreciate the commonalities connecting their work and the common influences that shaped them.
Interview: Sharmila Tagore

Sharmila Tagore on working with Satyajit Ray

Ziya Us Salam Satyajit Ray
Interview with the veteran actor Sharmila Tagore.
INTERVIEW: BARUN CHANDA

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

Interview with the actor Barun Chanda.
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A letter from Satyajit Ray

Arkadev Chatterjea Cover Story
Despite his astonishing success, Ray did not forget the little reader.
Modes of Resistance

The making of a queer figure: Satyajit Ray's interpretation of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah in 'Shatranj ke Khilari'

Madhuja Mukherjee Cover Story
It is said that in Shatranj ke Khilari, Satyajit Ray imagines a ‘non-Western’ mode of resistance. His depiction of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah cannot be understood in terms of the colonial binary of ‘effeminacy’ and ‘masculinity’.
DOCUMENTARIES

Satyajit Ray's documentaries: A mixed bag

When it came to documentaries, with the exception of The Inner Eye on the blind painting genius Benode Behari Mukhopadhyay, Satyajit Ray did not scale those scintillating heights that he did with many of his fictional features.
BOOK REVIEW

Satyajit Ray: Master adapter

Sarbari Sinha Cover Story
A delightful collection of Satyajit Ray’s translation of poems and stories of his father, Sukumar Ray, the folk tales put into writing by his grandfather, Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, and some of his own stories.
Extract

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

Andrew Robinson Cover Story
An extract from The Apu Trilogy: Satyajit Ray and The Making of an Epic.
Interview: Shyam Benegal

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

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with the film-maker Shyam Benegal.
Ray & Renoir

Satyajit Ray’s French connection

Andrew Robinson Cover Story
Meeting Jean Renoir undoubtedly changed Ray’s life, not in an abrupt manner, which would have been uncharacteristic of his response to people, but because Renoir’s attitudes to both life and film-making appealed to him in their wholeness.
Ray and Gaston

Unlikely colleagues: Satyajit Ray and Gaston Roberge

The friendship between a French-Canadian Jesuit and a Bengali film-maker led to path-breaking work in film studies.
INTERVIEW: APARNA SEN

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

“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 invested them with dignity.”
Interview: Saswati Sen

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

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with Kathak exponent Saswati Sen.
Interview: Dhritiman Chaterji

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

Suhrid Sankar Chattopadhyay talks to Dhritiman Chaterji.
Ray's political films

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

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 his own personal political stand.
Nemai Ghosh's photographs

Nemai Ghosh: Satyajit Ray’s Boswell

Andrew Robinson Cover Story
Nemai Ghosh (1934-2020) photographed Satyajit Ray at work and scenes from his films from 1968 to 1992.
Parallels with contemporary film-makers

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

Anindya Sengupta Cover Story
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 between the legends and appreciate the commonalities connecting their work and the common influences that shaped them.
Interview: Sharmila Tagore

Sharmila Tagore on working with Satyajit Ray

Ziya Us Salam Satyajit Ray
Interview with the veteran actor Sharmila Tagore.
INTERVIEW: BARUN CHANDA

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

Interview with the actor Barun Chanda.
COVER STORY

A letter from Satyajit Ray

Arkadev Chatterjea Cover Story
Despite his astonishing success, Ray did not forget the little reader.
Extract

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

Andrew Robinson Cover Story
An extract from The Apu Trilogy: Satyajit Ray and The Making of an Epic.
Interview: Shyam Benegal

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

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with the film-maker Shyam Benegal.
Ray & Renoir

Satyajit Ray’s French connection

Andrew Robinson Cover Story
Meeting Jean Renoir undoubtedly changed Ray’s life, not in an abrupt manner, which would have been uncharacteristic of his response to people, but because Renoir’s attitudes to both life and film-making appealed to him in their wholeness.
Ray and Gaston

Unlikely colleagues: Satyajit Ray and Gaston Roberge

The friendship between a French-Canadian Jesuit and a Bengali film-maker led to path-breaking work in film studies.
INTERVIEW: APARNA SEN

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

“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 invested them with dignity.”
Interview: Saswati Sen

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

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with Kathak exponent Saswati Sen.
Interview: Dhritiman Chaterji

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

Suhrid Sankar Chattopadhyay talks to Dhritiman Chaterji.
Ray's political films

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

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 his own personal political stand.
Nemai Ghosh's photographs

Nemai Ghosh: Satyajit Ray’s Boswell

Andrew Robinson Cover Story
Nemai Ghosh (1934-2020) photographed Satyajit Ray at work and scenes from his films from 1968 to 1992.
Parallels with contemporary film-makers

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

Anindya Sengupta Cover Story
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 between the legends and appreciate the commonalities connecting their work and the common influences that shaped them.
Interview: Sharmila Tagore

Sharmila Tagore on working with Satyajit Ray

Ziya Us Salam Satyajit Ray
Interview with the veteran actor Sharmila Tagore.
INTERVIEW: BARUN CHANDA

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

Interview with the actor Barun Chanda.
COVER STORY

A letter from Satyajit Ray

Arkadev Chatterjea Cover Story
Despite his astonishing success, Ray did not forget the little reader.
Interview: Girish Kasaravalli

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

C.S. Venkiteswaran Cover Story
Interview with Girish Kasaravalli, eminent Kannada film director.
Ray's craft

Cinema, for Satyajit Ray, was all about salvation

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
‘Shatranj ke Khilari’ was as neatly planned as a game of chess. The knight wanted even the tiniest pawn to be perfect.
INTERVIEW: Sandip Ray

Film time, family time: Sandip Ray on Satyajit Ray

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