Through the lens: Satyajit Ray’s genius

May 2, 2012 is the 92nd birthday of film maestro Satyajit Ray. Regarded as one of  the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema, Ray’s life was captured on lens by ace photographer Nemai Ghosh. At an exhibition, “Satyajit Ray: From  Script to Screen” in Kolkata two years ago at Rabindranath Tagore Centre (Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Kolkata) some of those iconic images were in display for Ray aficionados.
The black and white gems  explores the world of the master director  through the medium of photography– whether it be putting finishing touches to actor  Soumitra Chatterjee’s hair for a scene, or recording music at a Gangtok marketplace. Nemai Ghosh is often referred to as “Ray’s photographer”.
Ghosh’s long relationship with Ray had started in 1967, when actor Robi Ghosh, a Ray favourite,  invited the aspiring photographer to a rehearsal of  Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha). That marked the first meeting, a collaboration of sorts that was to continue for many decades afterwards.

Images courtesy ICCR for media coverage

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