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Satyajit  Ray
[1921-1992]


b&w photo of cinema master Satyajit Ray [1921-92] of India            short profile

movies by Satyajit Ray
The Apu Trilogy
The City Trilogy

other works by Satyajit Ray

Feluda stories & films

works about Satyajit Ray

friends & family
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           color photo of cinema master Satyajit Ray [1921-92] of India


“The person who has never seen movies by Satyajit Ray
is like a person who has never seen the moon and the sky."
Akira Kurosawa [1910-98]

     Satyajit Ray was truly a 'renaissance man': composer of music; graphic designer & commercial artist; magazine publisher; writer, producer, director & editor of motion pictures & television; writer of stories & novels for adults & children; and writer of film criticism & other non-fiction.
     He was born in Kolkata (Calcutta) in India's state of Bengal on 2 May 1921. After college, he worked as a commercial artist until meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir; Ray was an uncredited assistant director on Renoir's superb "The River"
[1950]. Other early influences include India's Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose & Benode Behari Mukherjee, and Italy's neorealist films of the 1950s.
     Ray's first film, "Pather Panchali (Song of The Little Road)" took three years to complete; it introduced India's cinema to the West and won eleven international awards. "Aparajito (The Unvanquished)" was released in 1956, to mixed reviews but solid business and long-lasting acclaim. Ray made two other movies (not especially successful) before conceiving the third film of the Apu Trilogy, "Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)", released in 1959.

     Riding on his successes, Ray made a series of period film adaptations and also re-established his father's magazine for children, Sandesh; writing & illustrating became a major source of income thereafter.
     The film "Kanchanjungha" [1962] was Ray's first original screenplay and his first color feature and his first original music score; sadly, the negatives for the film no longer exist. The period film "Charulata" (The Lonely Wife) [1965] was a turning point, and was considered by Ray his favorite and by many critics as his most accomplished work.
     Around the time of "Charulata", Ray expanded into wide-ranging new genres, and added a concern for political & social issues to his modern-period works, such as in the City Trilogy {below}. In 1967, Ray wrote a script entitled "The Alien" based on his 1962 children's story "Bankubabur Bandhu (Banku Babu's Friend)", and much pre-production ado was made by studio Columbia Pictures over attached actors Peter Sellers & Marlon Brando; but Ray was ripped off by filmmaker-as-agent Mike Wilson: Ray received not a penny from the project, nor was it filmed. Ray made his most commercially successful film, "Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (The Adventures of Goopy & Bagha)" [1969], a musical fantasy based on a children's story written by his grandfather, and later a political-themed sequel, "Hirak Rajar Deshe (Kingdom of Diamonds)" [1980]. He made his first film in Hindi, "Shatranj Ke Khiladi (The Chess Players)", in 1977. A revival of Ray's films in France led to several commissions for shorts & TV documentaries.

     A heart attack in 1983, during filming of "Ghare-Baire (The Home & The World)" [1984], severely restricted Ray's further work: he gave over operation of the camera & other duties to his son, Sandip Ray, and the doctors gave orders not to film on location. The studio-only sets of his later films eliminated the use of many of his stylistic touches. Ray's last three films display a more verbose style; his last 11 films were in color.

     Satyajit Ray was awarded an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, but he was so ill that the Academy had a bonded messenger carry an Oscar® statuette to India so that Ray could be filmed accepting the honor, an event that took place while Ray was lying in a hospital bed; the awards program was broadcast 30 March 1992, three weeks before Ray's death. Hundreds of thousands of Bengalis filed past his bier, bringing Kolkata to a virtual standstill.

     The University of California established the Satyajit Ray Film & Study Collection at the Santa Cruz campus in 1993 (largely backed by the Packard family of Silicon Valley), and the Government of India set up the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (a school) in 1995. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in America, pressured by Martin Scorsese & others, has spent large amounts of time and effort to preserve many of Ray's films. The amateur nature of the majority of the backers and producers of Ray's films, plus the problems of the Bengal/Kolkata climate and local business practices, allowed many of the negatives and positives and prints to become broken & mistreated, such that many reels and elements are chopped or missing and-or damaged by mold & scratches. The restorations already in existence are good jobs in the editing sense, but many frames are still scratched or snowy or blurry and await painstaking digital restoration.
     The few commercially produced VHS & DVD copies of Ray's works that are available from Amazon are (or will be) coded below, and news of newly-available versions will be greatly appreciated. {To notify the webmaster, click here}

Satyajit Ray entry at Wikipedia
Satyajit Ray credits [since 1950] at Internet Movie Database


won Honorary Oscar in 1992      Satyajit Ray received an Honorary Oscar
for Lifetime Achievement in 1992

He also received
two awards & four nominations (1956-84) at the Cannes Film Festival
Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, 1957
6 awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, among 12 nominations (1964-1978)
14 India National Film Awards, 1967-1994
Career Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, 1982
and France's Legion of Honor, 1987



Movies  by  Satyajit  Ray
Satyajit Ray credits [since 1950] at Internet Movie Database
Academy restoration news at U.C.S.C. [circa 2001]
search for Satyajit Ray DVDs & Blu-ray at Amazon

Original English Film Scripts by Satyajit Ray  "Original English Film Scripts: Satyajit Ray" [2011]
Edited & Introduction by Sandip Ray & Aditi Nath Sarkar

includes scripts or treatments for: "Two" 1965 TV short film; "Shatranj ke Khilari (The Chess Players)" 1977 feature; "Sadgati (The Deliverance)" 1981 TV movie; "Shakha-Proshakha (Reunion)" 1990 feature; "Pikoo" 1981 TV short; and "The Alien" unproduced script of 1968; plus "Ordeals of The Alien" essay by Satyajit Ray, and "Banku Babu's Friend" children's story (1962, basis for 'The Alien')
"Ordeals of the Alien" essay online
D.C. Publrs import hardcover [3/2011] for $45.95 via third party vendor
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Satyajit  Ray's  'Apu  Trilogy'
the trilogy is listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005)
Apu Trilogy entry at Wikipedia • official Apu Trilogy webpage

Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray box sets   "The Apu Trilogy" box sets
P.D.E. South Korea all-regions b&w DVD set [12/2008] 3 disks for $68.95
Sony b&w VHS set [10/97] 3 tapes - out of prodn/used

"The Apu Trilogy: Satyajit Ray and The Making of An Epic" [11/2010] by Andrew Robinson
http://www.amazon.com/The-Apu-Trilogy-Satyajit-Making/dp/1848855168/


"Pather  Panchali"
aka  "Song  of  the  Little  Road"

[West Bengal Aug 1955, USA Sept 1958]
Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali movie  Daily life in the early XXth Century of a poor Brahmin {high-caste} family in rural Bengal, India. The father, a priest & poet, has to take employment elsewhere to make a living for them, an aunt living with them dies, the sister becomes ill, and a deadly monsoon wreaks havoc. Apu and his mother leave the village for hope of a better life in Benares. Written & directed by Satyajit Ray; based on the 1928 novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay; music by Ravi Shankar; starring Subir Bannerjee {as Apu}, Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Chunibala Devi, Reba Devi & Aparna Devi
Sony b&w DVD [10/2003] out of prodn/used
Sony b&w VHS [8/96] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"The Pather Panchali of Satyajit Ray: An Illustrated Study" [7/2011] by Surendar Chawdhary
http://www.amazon.com/The-Pather-Panchali-Satyajit-Ray/dp/0786463538/

"Aparajito"  aka  "The  Unvanquished"
[India 1956, USA April 1959]
Satyajit Ray's Aparajito movie   Apu and his mother leave Benares for a small village in Bengal, to live with an uncle. Apu's success at school provides a chance for college, but his mother is afraid of being left alone.
Produced, written & directed by Satyajit Ray; based on novels by Bibhutibhushan Bandyo- padhyay; music by Ravi Shankar; starring Pinaki Sengupta & Smaran Ghosal {as Apu}, Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Ramani Sengupta, Charaprakash Ghosh, Subodh Ganguli & Santi Gupta; won Golden Lion Award at Venice Film Festival
Sony b&w DVD [10/2003] out of prodn/used
imported b&w VHS [11/2002] 2 tapes for $32.95
Sony b&w VHS [8/96] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Apur Sansar"  aka  "The  World  of  Apu"
[India 1959, USA Oct 1960]
Satyajit Ray's World of Apu movie   After his mother's death, young adult Apu is adrift and trying to become a writer; he agrees to marry a beautiful girl whose intended groom has gone mad. The marriage blossoms in fits & starts, and the girl dies in childbirth. Crazed with grief, Apu leaves the child with his in-laws and becomes a recluse. A friend finds that the child is being neglected and cajoles Apu to return to his destined life; Apu and the boy reunite joyfully and set off toward their future together.
Produced, written & directed by Satyajit Ray; based on the novel "Aparajito" by Bibhutibhu- shan Bandyopadhyay; music by Ravi Shankar; starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty & Swapan Mukherjee; won British Film Institute's Sutherland Trophy & India's Golden Lotus Award
Sony b&w DVD [10/2003] out of prodn/used
Sony b&w VHS [8/96] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb


My Years With Apu  "My Years With Apu: A Memoir" [1994]
by Satyajit Ray

Penguin India 7½x5 pb [5/96] import/used
Faber & Faber pb [2/97] out of print/used
Penguin India hardcover [1/94] import/used
Apu Trilogy scripts   "The Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray: 50th Anniversary Edition" [2005]
includes three complete screenplays, Foreword by Satyajit Ray, working sketches
by Satyajit Ray, texts of two interviews, and a filmography
Seagull Books 8½x6 pb [11/2005] for $31.95
Seagull Books 8½x5¾ hardcover [3/2006] for $95.00
Apu Trilogy critical text  "The Apu Trilogy" [bumped from 2007 to 2013?]
critical text by Phillip Kemp

British Film Institute pb [9/2007] for $10.17
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Satyajit  Ray's  'City  Trilogy'
Three films in the style of the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague)
examining the changing values of the middle-class in modern Kolkata (Calcutta).

"Pratidwandi"
aka  "The  Adversary"
  [Priya India 1971, USA Oct 1972]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; based on a novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay;
won Silver & Golden Lotus Awards; full credits from IMDb

"Seemabaddha"
aka  "Company  Limited"
  [India 1971, USA Nov 1974]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; based on a novel by Sankar Mukherjee;
full credits from IMDb

"Jana  Aranya"
aka  "The  Middleman"
[India 1976, USA Oct 1976]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; based on a novel by Sankar Mukherjee;
won India's Golden Lotus Award; full credits from IMDb

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"The River" aka "Le Fleuve"
[United Artists; U.S.A. Sept 1951, France Dec 1951]
Renoir's 'The River'  Three teenage girls – a daughter of English settlers, a daughter of an American industrialist, and a Bengali-American – vie for the innocent affections of a dashing Captain. Renoir, as usual, brings his poetic sensibilities to another view of the human condition. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Jean Renoir [1894-1979]; assistant director Satyajit Ray; co-written by Rumer Godden, from her novel; starring Patricia Walters, Radha, Adrienne Corri, Thomas E. Breen, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields & Suprova Mukerjee
Criterion Special Edition color DVD [3/2005] for $24.99
HomeVision color VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Parash Pathar"
aka  "The Philosopher's Stone"
[Aurora/L.B. India 1958]
Directed by Satyajit Ray; Golden Palm nomination at Cannes; full credits from IMDb

"Jalsaghar"
aka  "The Music Room"
[Aurora India 1958, USA Oct 1963]
Produced, written & directed by Satyajit Ray, from a novel by Tarashankar Banerjee
http://www.amazon.com/Music-Room-Criterion-Collection-Blu-ray/dp/B004WPYO74/
http://www.amazon.com/Music-Room-Criterion-Collection/dp/B004WPYO7Y/
full credits from IMDb

Music Room soundtrack album  
"The Music Room" soundtrack album [1996]
Conducted by Satyajit Ray; written by Ustad Vilayat Khan, Asis Kumar, Robin Majumder & Dakhin Mohan Takhur

Ocora Radio France soundtrack CD [1/96] import/used

"Devi"  aka  "The Goddess" [India 1960, USA Oct 1962]
Produced, written & directed by Satyajit Ray; Golden Palm nomination at Cannes
full credits from IMDb

"Teen Kanya"  aka  "Three Daughters"
[India 1961, USA April 1963]
there is also a shortened version of the film, called "Two Daughters"
Co-produced, written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray, based on stories of Rabindranath Tagore
full credits from IMDb

"Rabindranath  Tagore" documentary  [India 1961]
Written & directed by Satyajit Ray; video/DVD not available • full credits from IMDb

"Kanchanjungha" [N.C.A. India 1962, USA July 1966]
Produced, written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; IN COLOR; video/DVD not available (negatives are lost,
unclear about print elements) • full credits from IMDb

"Abhijan" aka "The Expedition" [India 1962]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray, from a novel by Tarashankar Banerjee
full credits from IMDb

"Mahanagar"  aka  "The Big City" [India 1963, USA June 1967]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; won Silver Bear for Best Director & nominated Golden Bear
at the Berlin International Film Festival; full credits from IMDb

"Charulata" aka "The Lonely Wife"
[India April 1964, USA July 1974 & 1995]
Charulata, The Lonely Wife 1964 movie by Satyajit Ray  Qualifies as a musical, with much singing; in 1870s Bengal, a wealthy husband works long hours to publish a political paper, calling it his wife's 'only rival'; the wife is bored and starved for affection and is soon attracted to her poetic college-graduate brother-in-law; the lovers are chaste, but the husband is shattered when he discovers that he has lost his wife's love. Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; based on a story of Rabindranath Tagore; starring Madhabi Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Shyamal Ghoshal, Gitali Roy, Bholanath Koyal & Suku Mukherjee; won 2 awards at Berlin International Film Festival; restored & re-released in USA in 1995
Heritage Collection b&w DVD [10/2009] out of prodn/used
Sony Pictures b&w VHS [8/00] for $29.99
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Two"  [1965 India TV short]
Directed by Satyajit Ray; video/DVD not available; credits from IMDb

"Kapurush-O-Mahapurush"  [India 1965]
{These two works are distinct, but are intended as a two-part film, running 74 minutes and 65 minutes, respectively.}

"Kapurush"  aka  "The Coward" [India 1965]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; based on a story by Premendra Mitra;
full credits from IMDb

"Mahapurush"  aka  "The Holy Man"  [India 1965]
Directed & music by Satyajit Ray; full credits from IMDb

"Shakespeare Wallah" [Merchant-Ivory Dec 1965]
Shakespeare Wallah 1965 film from Merchant-Ivory  A family of English actors travel around India performing plays by Shakespeare; as time passes, India changes around them until even the acting venues are replaced by Bollywood movies. Produced by Ismail Merchant; co-written & directed by James Ivory; co-written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; original music by Satyajit Ray; starring Shashi Kapoor, Felicity Kendal, Geoffrey Kendal, Laura Liddell, Madhur Jaffrey, Utpal Dutt, Praveen Paul, Prayag Raj, Pinchoo Kapoor, Jim D. Tytler, Hamid Sayani, Marcus Murch & Jennifer Kendal; Madhur Jaffrey won Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actress
Merchant Ivory widescreen b&w DVD [4/2004] for $25.91
Nelson Ent. b&w VHS [3/91] for $34.98
Epic vinyl soundtrack album [1966] out of prodn/scarce
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia

watch "Shakespeare Wallah" trailer [0:53] online at Internet Archive

"Nayak" aka "The Hero" [India 1966, USA July 1974]
poster for 'Nayak (The Hero)' movie by Satyajit Ray  Set on the Rajdhani Express train travelling overnight from Calcutta to Delhi {800 miles, 1300 km}; an insecure movie actor travels at the last minute in coach, meets a pretty feminist journalist, and reveals to her his troubled dreams and secret tales from his past. Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; starring Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bireswar Sen, Somen Bose, Nirmal Ghosh, Premangshu Bose, Sumita Sanyal, Ranjit Sen, Kamu Mukherjee, Susmita Mukherjee & Jogesh Chatterjee; won 2 awards at Berlin International Film Festival, won India's Silver Lotus Award
New York Film Annex b&w DVD [6/2006] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Chiriyakhana" aka "The Zoo" [India 1967]
Co-written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; won India's Golden Lotus Award;
full credits from IMDb

"The Alien" unproduced script [1968]
Based on children's story "Bankubabur Bandhu (Banku Babu's Friend)" by Satyajit Ray, mishandled by producer
Mike Wilson, deals with Columbia Pictures & Peter Sellers fell apart; available as script {see above}
"Ordeals of The Alien" essay by Satyajit Ray

"Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne"
aka  "The Adventures of Goopy & Bagha"
[India 1969]
Co-written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; won India's Golden Lotus Award;
full credits from IMDb

"Aranyer Din Ratri"
aka "Days and Nights In The Forest"
[India 1970, USA March 1973]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; based on a novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay;
full credits from IMDb

"Pratidwandi"  aka  "The Adversary"
[Priya India 1971, USA Oct 1972]
see City Trilogy films section above

"Seemabaddha"  aka  "Company  Limited"
[India 1971, USA Nov 1974]
see City Trilogy films section above

"Sikkim" documentary  [India 1971]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; video/DVD not available; credits from IMDb

"The  Inner  Eye"  [India 1972]
a documentary short about artist-teacher Benode Behari Mukherjee and his growing blindness
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; video/DVD not available; credits from IMDb

"Ashani Sanket"
aka  "Distant Thunder"
[Balaka India 1973, USA Oct 1973]
Co-written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; IN COLOR; won Golden Berlin Bear Award
& India's Silver Lotus Award; full credits from IMDb

"Sonar Kella"  aka  "The  Golden  Fortress"
[West Bengal 1974]
see Feluda films section below

"Jana  Aranya"  aka  "The  Middleman"
[India 1976, USA Oct 1976]
see City Trilogy films section above

"Bala" documentary short  [India 1976]
Directed by Satyajit Ray; video/DVD not available; credits from IMDb

"Shatranj Ke Khiladi" aka "The Chess Players"
[India March 1977, USA May 1978]
Stayajit Ray's Chess Players movie  Set in 1856 Lucknow, two noblemen play games of chess day & night, oblivious to the games being played outside their secluded world, including the British takeover of the territory ruled by their poetry-writing king. Co-written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; based on a story by Munshi Premchand; starring Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal, Victor Banerjee, Tom Alter, Amjad Khan & Richard Attenborough, with narration by Amitabh Bachchan
Kino Video color DVD [4/2006] for $26.99
full credits from IMDb • for more chess-related films, click here

"Joi  Baba  Felunath"  aka  "The  Elephant  God"  [India 1978]
see Feluda films section below

"Hirak Rajar Deshe"
aka  "Kingdom of Diamonds"
[West Bengal 1980]
a sequel to "The Adventures of Goopy & Bagha" [1969]; written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray;
won India's Silver Lotus Award; full credits from IMDb

"Pikoor Diary"  aka  "Pikoo's Day" [India TV color short 1981]
Written & directed by Satyajit Ray; video/DVD not available; credits from IMDb

"Sadgati"  aka  "The Deliverance" [India TV 1981]
Co-written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; full credits from IMDb

"Ghare-Baire"
aka  "Home and The World"
[N.F.D.C. India 1984, USA June 1985]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray, based on a novel of Rabindranath Tagore; full credits from IMDb

"Satyajit Ray Presents" [1986 TV mini-series]
Filmed in Hindi; directed by Sandip Ray • bare credits at IMDb

"Sukumar  Ray"  documentary short  [India 1987]
Directed by Satyajit Ray; video/DVD not available; credits from IMDb

"Ganashatru"
aka  "An Enemy of the People"
[N.F.D.C. India 1989]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray, based on a play by Henrik Ibsen [1828-1906] of Sweden;
full credits from IMDb

"Shakha Proshakha"
aka  "Branches of The Tree" aka "Reunion"
[India 1990, USA April 1992]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; full credits from IMDb

"Agantuk"  aka  "The Stranger"
[N.F.D.C. India 1991, USA May 1992]
Co-produced, written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; won 2 Golden Lotus Awards; full credits from IMDb

"Uttoran"  [N.F.D.C. India 1994, USA April 1995]
Directed & music by Sandip Ray; script by Satyajit Ray (won Silver Lotus Award); full credits from IMDb

"Baksha  Rahasya"  [posthumous video release 1996]
Co-directed by Satyajit Ray; video/DVD not available; credits from IMDb



Other  Works  by  Satyajit  Ray
browse books by Satyajit Ray {120+ titles} at Amazon
browse Satyajit Ray Books Store {27 titles} at Amazon

Professor Shonku series [1961-92] of science-fiction stories
"Incredible Adventures of Professor Shonku" [5/1994] by Satyajit Ray
http://www.amazon.com/Incredible-Adventures-Professor-Shonku-Satyajit/dp/0140245928/
"The Exploits of Professor Shonku: The Diary of a Space Traveller" [7/2004] by Satyajit Ray & Gopa Majundra
http://www.amazon.com/The-Exploits-Professor-Shonku-Traveller/dp/0143335812/
"Bravo! Professor Shonku" [1986] by Satyajit Ray and Kathleen M. O'Connell
http://www.amazon.com/Bravo-Professor-Shonku-Satyajit-Ray/dp/0318369443/
"The Unicorn Expedition and Other Stories of Professor Shonku" [7/2004] by Satyajit Ray
http://www.amazon.com/Unicorn-Expedition-Stories-Exploits-Professor/dp/0143335847/

Tarini Khuro stories by Satyajit Ray

Our Films, Their Films  "Our Films, Their Films" anthology [India 1976, English 1992]
Edited by Satyajit Ray

Asia Book Corp. of America 8½x5¾ pb [6/93] for $10.00
Sangam Books Ltd. 8½x5½ pb [1/2001] for $14.95
Stosius/Advent 8¼x5½ pb [10/92] for $25.00
Hyperion Books 8¾x6 hardcover [9/94] out of print/used

"Bishoy Chalachchitra" [1976] by Satyajit Ray

"Ekei Bole Shooting" [1979] by Satyajit Ray

Childhood Days memoir  "Childhood Days: A Memoir, 1926-1936" aka "Jakhan Choto Chilam" [1982]
by Satyajit Ray, translated by his wife Bijoya Ray

Penguin 7½x5 pb [2/98] for $16.00
Henri Cartier-Bresson in India book  "Henri Cartier-Bresson: In India" [1988]
Introduction by Yves Vequaud, Foreword by Satyajit Ray

Henri Cartier-Bresson [1908-2004] was perhaps the greatest photographer of the XXth Century; in a career spanning over sixty years, he used his camera to capture the vagaries of human behavior, and produced some of the most memorable & compelling photographs ever published
Thames & Hudson pb [4/2006] for $21.86
Thames & Hudson Ltd. 10½x9¾ hardcover [1/88] out of print/used

Music of Satyajit Ray MP3 album  "Music of Satyajit Ray" [date error = 1991?]
Saregama India Limited MP3 album [undated] for $8.99
vinyl album released 1991?; vinyl album or audio CD not available, only MP3 format downloads: includes 53 tracks from "Teen Kanya" [1961], "Kanchanjangha" [1962], "Charulata" [1964], "Shakespeare Wallah" [1965], "Adventures of Goopy and Bagha"
[1969], "Ashani Sanket" [1973], "Sonar Kella" [1974], "Ghare Baire" [1984], "Ganashatru" [1989], "Agantuk" [1991], and other films
My Years With Apu  
"My Years With Apu: A Memoir" [1994]
by Satyajit Ray

Penguin India 7½x5 pb [5/96] import/used
Faber & Faber pb [2/97] out of print/used
Penguin India hardcover [1/94] import/used
Best (stories) of Satyajit Ray  "The Best of Satyajit Ray" [21 stories 2001]
Penguin 7½x5 pb [1/2001] for $21.50
Master Works of Satyajit Ray music CD  "The Master Works of Satyajit Ray: A Musical Tribute To The Great Bengali Film Director" [2003]
Navras music CD [1/2003] for $19.98
includes soundtrack music from "Pather Panchali" [1955], "Aparajito" [1956], "Jalsaghar" [1958], "Apur Sansar" [1959], "Devi" [1960], "Teen Kanya" [1961], "Mahanagar" [1963] & "Charulata" [1964]

"Braziler Kalo Bagh" [] collection of stories translated by Satyajit Ray

"Mullah Nasiruddiner Galpo" ("Stories of Mullah Nasiruddin") comic tales [] collected by Satyajit Ray

"Fatikchand" novel [] by Satyajit Ray

"Stories by Satyajit Ray" [Feb 1987]
http://www.amazon.com/Stories-Satyajit-Ray/dp/0436410109/

"Twenty Stories" [7/1993] by Satyajit Ray & Gopa Majumdar
http://www.amazon.com/Twenty-Stories-Satyajit-Ray/dp/0140156380/

"Indigo: Stories" [1/2001] by Satyajit Ray
http://www.amazon.com/Indigo-Stories-Gopa-Majumdar/dp/0140294481/

"Speaking of Films, Satyajit Ray [2/2005] by Satyajit Ray & Gopa Majumdar, Translation of Bishay Chalachitra
http://www.amazon.com/Speaking-Satyajit-Translation-Bishay-Chalachitra/dp/0144000261/



Feluda  Stories  &  Films
Between 1965 and 1992, Satyajit Ray wrote a total of 335 Feluda stories featuring
Pradosh C. Mitter {also spelled Mittra or Mitra}, a private detective living in Kolkata, India

Feluda entry at Wikipedia
browse all Feluda books

Complete Adventures of Feluda  "The Complete Adventures of Feluda" [1983]
by Satyajit Ray; translated by Chitrita Banerji

Volume 1: Penguin 8¼x5¼ pb [1/2004] $35.00
Volume 2: Penguin India 8¼x5½ pb [2/2005] for $34.95

"Aami aar Feluda" by Sandip Ray {ghost-written by Sebabrata Banerjee}

"Sonar  Kella"
aka  "The  Golden  Fortress"
  [West Bengal 1974]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; starring Soumitra Chatterjee {as Pradosh Mitter};
won Silver & Golden Lotus Awards; full credits from IMDb

"Joi  Baba  Felunath"
aka  "The  Elephant  God"
  [India 1978]
Written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray; starring Soumitra Chatterjee {as Pradosh Mitter};
won India's Golden Lotus Award; full credits from IMDb

"Bombaiyer  Bombete"
aka  "The  Buccaneers  of  Bombay"
  [India Dec 2003]
Co-written, directed & music by Sandip Ray, based on a novel & script by Satyajit Ray; starring
Sabyasachi Chakravarthy {as Pradosh Mitter}; video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

"Kailashey  Kelenkari"
aka  "Scandal  In  Kailash"
  [India Dec 2007]
Written, directed & music by Sandip Ray, based on a 1974 novel by Satyajit Ray; starring
Sabyasachi Chakravarthy {as Pradosh Mitter}; video/DVD not available; not listed at IMDb

"Tintoretor  Jishu"
aka  "Tintoretto's  Jesus"
  [India - to be released in Dec 2008]
Written, directed & music by Sandip Ray, based on a 1983 novel by Satyajit Ray;
video/DVD not available; not listed at IMDb


Works  About  Satyajit  Ray
books by/about Satyajit Ray {425 titles} at Amazon

Portrait of Director Satyajit Ray  
"Portrait of A Director: Satyajit Ray" [1971]
by Marie Seton

Penguin Books 8½x5½ pb 3rd edition [9/2003] for $39.40
Indiana Univ Press hardcover [4/71] out of print/used

"Satyajit Ray, Filmmaker" documentary [India 1982]
Directed by Shyam Benegal; video/DVD not available; credits at IMDb

"The Music of Satyajit Ray" documentary [India 1984]
Directed by Utpalendu Chakrabarty; video/DVD not available; credits at IMDb

Satyajit Ray Films   "Satyajit Ray: A Study of His Films" [1988]
by Ben Nyce

Praeger Publrs 9¼x6 hardcover [10/88] for $106.95
Satyajit Ray / Inner Eye  "Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye - The Biography of A Master
Film-Maker" [1990] by Andrew Robinson

I.B. Tauris 9¼x6¼ pb [2/2004] for $19.50
Univ CA Press 9¾x6½ hardcover [11/90] out of print/used

"The Music of Satyajit Ray" [1984] /tt0158013/

"Ray: Life & Work of Satyajit Ray" documentary film [1999]
Produced & directed by Goutam Ghose; full credits from IMDb

"Satyajit Ray Negatives" [2006] /tt0971213/

Cinema of Satyajit Ray  "The Cinema of Satyajit Ray: Between Tradition & Modernity" [2000]
by Darius Cooper

Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [1/2000] for $32.99
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6¼ hardcover [1/2000] for $72.90
Satyajit Ray In Search of the Modern book by Suranjan Ganguly  "Satyajit Ray: In Search of The Modern" [2000]
by Suranjan Ganguly

Examines Ray's interest in how culture shapes consciousness through its encounter with history and modernity, focusing on six of Ray's films – The 'Apu' Trilogy [1955-59], "Charulata" [1964], "Aranyer Din Ratri" [1970] and "Pratidwandi" [1971]
Scarecrow Press 8¾x6 pb [2/2007] for $24.95
Scarecrow Press 8¾x5¾ hardcover [4/2000] for $40.00
Song of The Little Road documentary  "The Song of The Little Road" documentary [indep Aug 2003]
Produced, written & directed by Priyanka Kumar
I saw this movie in Santa Fe, New Mexico in January 2008, with Ms. Kumar speaking beforehand. The film is brilliant. Interviewees include film critic Peter Rainer, musician Ravi Shankar and filmmakers Martin Scorsese & Ismail Merchant
Nehst Studios color DVD [4/2010] for $29.95 via Amazon
color/b&w DVD available online [2/2010] for $14.99 via distributor
full credits at IMDb

Art by Film Directors book by Karl French  "Art By Film Directors" [2004] by Karl French
includes chapters on Charlie Chaplin, Jean Cocteau, Sergei Eisenstein, Federico Fellini, Terry Gilliam, Peter Greenaway, Alfred Hitchcock, Dennis Hopper, John Huston, Takeshi Kitano, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Fritz Lang, Alan Parker, Gordon Parks, Satyajit Ray, Martin Scorsese, Josef von Sternberg, Wim Wenders, and others
Mitchell Beazley 11½x9½ hardcover [11/2004] for $30.40
Satyajit Ray / Vision of Cinema  
"Satyajit Ray: A Vision of Cinema" [2005]
by Andrew Robinson, photographs by Nemai Ghosh

I.B. Tauris 13¾x10x1¼" thick (6¼ pounds!) pb [9/2005] for $89.95
Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age  "Conversations With The Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age: At The American Film Institute" [2006] by George Stevens, Jr.
interviews with 32 major writers, directors & cinematographers, including Ingmar Bergman, writer Ray Bradbury, Richard Brooks, Frank Capra, William Clothier, Stanley Cortez, George Cukor, Federico Fellini, George Folsey, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, James Wong Howe, John Huston, Elia Kazan, Gene Kelly, Stanley Kramer, Fritz Lang, David Lean, Ernest Lehman, Mervyn LeRoy, Harold Lloyd, Rouben Mamoulian, Satyajit Ray, Jean Renoir, George Stevens, King Vidor, Hal Wallis, Raoul Walsh, Billy Wilder, Robert Wise, William Wyler & Fred Zinnemann
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2006] for $23.10
Satyajit Ray Interviews  
"Satyajit Ray: Interviews" [2007]
Edited by Bert Cardullo

Univ Press of MS 9x6 pb [3/2007] for $15.60
Univ Press of MS 8½x6 hardcover [3/2007] for $50.00


Friends & Family

wife Bijoya Ray [b. 1918] - married 1948, widowed 1992
son Sandip Ray [b. 1954]

classical musician Ravi Shankar [1920-2012]


L i n k s
Satyajit Ray entry at Wikipedia
Satyajit Ray credits [since 1950] at Internet Movie Database
search for Satyajit Ray DVDs & Blu-ray {77 titles} at Amazon
browse books by Satyajit Ray {120+ titles} at Amazon
browse Satyajit Ray Books Store {27 titles} at Amazon
books by/about Satyajit Ray {425 titles} at Amazon

Satyajit Ray Film & Study Collection [est. 1993] at U.C. Santa Cruz
'Life, Films & Film-Making of Satyajit Ray' fansite
Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute [est. 1995] in Kolkata, India
Society For The Preservation of The Satyajit Ray Films [est. 1993] in Kolkata, India
Satyajit Ray page at Senses of Cinema
http://www.parabaas.com/satyajit/articles/bibliography.html



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