Kolkata, May 2 UNI | 3 months ago

Tollywood today paid glowing tribute to Oscar winning movie maker Satyajit Ray on his 93rd birth anniversary.

On this day today in 1921, Bharat Ratna Satyajit Ray, regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of world cinema, was born in Kolkata formerly known as Calcutta. Paying tribute to the legendry movie maker, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "Ray's immortal creations and characterisations - 'Pather Panchali','Charulata', 'Aranyer Din Ratri', 'Gupi Gayen Bagha Bayen', 'Apu', 'Feluda' just to name a few, still captivate our hearts and our minds," she concluded by stating ' Ray is forever.'

Satyajit Ray, who breathed his last on April 23, 1992, is still a household name and people regard him the best ambassador of Bengali culture after Rabindranath Tagore.

He was awarded Honorary Oscar in 1992 for Lifetime Achievement. Since Ray was bed-ridden in a city hospital, the Motion Picture sent award through another Oscars winning actor Audrey Hepburn, one of his favourite actresses who represented the Academy on that day in Calcutta.

Ray had directed 36 films, including documentaries and short films.

(Posted on 02-05-2014)