Satyajit Ray, born May 2, 1921

Satyajit Ray made ‘Pather Panchali’ under adverse circumstances. It was a totally fresh approach of film making. It was simple, direct and there was no technical flamboyance. He was suitably rewarded for taking the ‘risk’.

Satyajit Ray was not ordinary but he loved ordinary people. He found “ half shades, the hardly audible notes , the muted expressions more interesting and challenging.”

Chidananda Dasgupta aptly summarized his films’: “chronicle of social change in India…. eclipse of Mughal glory…. decay of feudal zamindar… impoverished Brahmin’s movement from traditional to modern India…. elite’s awakening to rationalist ideas…. beginning of the liberation of women…. anguish of the unemployed….the inexorable death of conscience in a corrupt society….reassertion of basic values.”

Satyajit Ray had no problem with the “foreigners’ curiosity about the Orient”, but did not believe in pandering their love of the false-exotic.