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Films Division is celebrating the Centenary of legendary film maker, Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) by organising Masterstrokes, an online film festival showcasing rare documentaries and a television film made by the master film maker alongside films on him and his oeuvre, from May 02 to 06, 2020.
- The films are being showcased on Films Division website and YouTube Channel of Films Division during the period.
- Some of the acclaimed films being screened include Inner Eye (on Benode Behari Mukherjee, acclaimed painter), Sadgati (television film based on the short story by Munshi Premchand); Rabindranath Tagore by Satyajit Ray; Satyajit Ray by Shyam Benegal and Ray by Gautam Ghose.
- Earlier this year, Films Division had also screened a specially curated commemorative package of Documentary Films made by and about Satyajit Ray during Mumbai International Film Festival 2020.
- Satyajit Ray (1921-1992), an Indian filmmaker and among the dozen or so great masters of world cinema, is known for his humanistic approach to cinema.
- Being India’s first and only Oscar-winning director, Ray started his career as a graphic artist before heading to London to realise his passion for filmmaking.
- He directed 36 films, including feature films, documentaries and telly films. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, graphic designer and film critic.
- His first film, Pather Panchali (1955), won eleven international prizes, including Best Human Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival and an honorary Academy Award in 1992.
- Ray was also honoured with the Bharat Ratna in 1992 by the Government of India.
- Ray is best known for his cult flms Pather Panchali, Nayaka, Aranyer Din Ratri, Seemabaddhaa, Charulata and the Feluda series.
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