Indian Cinema Pioneer Satyajit Ray

Born on this day in 1921, Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray was convinced he must become a director after seeing De Sica’s “The Bicycle Thief” on a trip to London in 1950. His first feature, Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), although self-produced and 2 1/2 years in the making, received great acclaim and established him as a force in international cinema. In addition to 36 National Film awards from the government of India, Ray received multiple awards from festivals in Berlin and Venice as well as an honorary award from Cannes and a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1992.


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