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Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray Satyajit Ray was India's most awarded and feted director. His first film was Pather Pancheli. Acclaimed as India's foremost director, Satyajit Ray has made 30 feature films and five documentaries, tackling a wide range of rural, urban historical themes. The Appu Trilogy -- Pather Panchali (1955), Apur Sansar and Aparajito along with Charulata, Jalsaghar, Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, Ashani Sanket, Agantuk and Shatranj Ke Khiladi are some of his outstanding films. Ray's other works like Mahanagar (1963), Seemabadha (1971), Pratidwandi (1970) and Jana Aranya (1975) focussed on urban middle-class existence. Besides film making, his other interests were painting, illustrations, typography, music and short-story writing. Satyajit Ray was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1988. In March 1992 Satyajit Ray was presented with the Oscar Award for mastery of art in motion pictures and humanitarian outlook. Satyajit Ray's first colour creation was Kanchenjungha (1962), which was specially screened at the Cannes Festival in 1999.

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