Satyajit Ray

The Ray of Wisdom

The Indian artists whose names graced the list were but few. Benode Behari, Nandalal, Ramkinkar, Rabindranath, Abanindranath and for a change Jamini Roy. No artist from Bombay could find favour in this elite list.

A Centennial Tribute

Ray was fond of the great Hollywood masters, and never encouraged the ‘arty-arty‘ film-makers with no audience focus and scant responsibility to get the financier‘s money back. The director expresses himself with other‘s money and for him to remain creative, has to understand his primary audience and devise means within available resources, to reach that audience.

Exploring Ray’s ‘French connection’

Raju Raman, president, Cine Academy, meanwhile, recalled how the former President of France, François Mitterrand had to climb up a step at National Library to match the height of Ray so he could confer on him the prestigious Legion of Honour, the highest French order of merit.