Nishchindipur, in the heart of Bengal, 1910. Harihar Ray’s family – his wife Sarbojaya and daughter Durga – live poorly in the ancestral house. Indir, an elderly widow and distant relative of Harihar, lives with them. Sarbojaya gives birth to a boy, Apu. Six years later. Harihar leaves in the hope of making money. Sarbojaya stays alone with her children, in growing misery. When Monsoon breaks out Durga catches a cold and dies. Harihar returns and decides to leave the village with his family…
He was born in India. He was a director, a producer and a screenwriter as well as a composer, a writer and graphic designer. He was a towering figure in the world of cinema. He studied at the university in Calcutta and later joined Shantiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore’s university to study art. He began his career as a commercial artist. He founded Calcutta’s first film society in 1947 and made his first film, Pather Panchali, in 1955, while working at an advertising agency. Pather Panchali was an immediate success and won Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival. Pather Panchali with his Aparajito and Apur Sansar are known as ‘Apu Trilogy’. His later films include Jalsaghar , Kanchenjunga, Charulata, Ashanti Sanket and Agantuk (The Stranger) among others. Ray also edited Sandesh, a children’s magazine and wrote numerous fiction and nonfiction works. In 1992 he received an honorary Academy Award. He died in 1992.
Uma Das Gupta
Satyajit Ray, d’après le roman de Bibhutibhusan Banerjee
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