PHOTOS: On 101st birth anniversary, here’re some lesser known facts about Satyajit Ray
Let's take a look at some lesser-known facts about Satyajit Ray on the occasion of his 101st birthday.
Satyajit Ray’s early career years
Ray used to work as a junior visualiser for a British advertising agency. Because of his background in the industry, he was the first to launch a teaser ad campaign for his film debut, Pather Panchali.
Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali was a turning point in Indian cinema
Pather Panchali's finale was changed to a more upbeat one at the request of the West Bengal government, which was supporting the film. Only with the support of then-Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru was the film able to make it to the Cannes Film Festival.
Satyajit Ray was multi-talented and multi-tasker
Ray began curating the advertising posters for all of his films after 1961, and he also composed the music for them.
Satyajit Ray was first director to shoot Bengali film in colour
Satyajit Ray also directed Kanchenjunga, the first Bengali film to be shot in colour in 1962.
Satyajit Ray was the first Indian to win Oscar
He was the first Indian to be awarded the prestigious Oscar. The Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement was given to him in 1992.
Satyajit Ray has two fonts named after him
Two fonts are titled after the director. Ray Roman and Ray Bizarre are two of the four Roman fonts he created by integrating Indian elements and calligraphy.
Last Updated: 06.35 PM, May 02, 2022