Archive for Satyajit Ray

NYT obituary on Soumitra Chatterjee

Posted in Refugee with tags , , , , , on November 22, 2020 by Qalandar


Excerpt: “…In one memorable scene, while delivering a monologue about the novel he plans to write, Mr. Chatterjee furrows his brow with intellectual severity, strikes the faraway look of an imagination at work, pauses and points for emphasis as he narrates the plot, and finally, with arms raised in triumph, smiles with joy at the act of creation. The sequence appears to have the naturalness of improvisation, but it was actually the product of laborious preparation.

Mr. Ray’s son, Sandip, said he saw the work that Mr. Chatterjee put into his roles when he peeked at one of the actor’s scripts. “It was full of handwritten notes,” he told The Telegraph, Kolkata’s English-language daily, in a recent interview. “Every minute detail of voice modulation, pause, look, movement and whatnot was in there.””

Read the complete piece HERE.

Preservation of the Satyajit Ray paper archive (V&A Museum; 2002)

Posted in Refugee with tags , , on November 7, 2016 by Qalandar

EXCERPT: “The most valuable part of this collection from the point of view of the history of cinema, and also the largest single component (totalling over 10,000 pages), is the Khero Khata or ‘Red Books’. Averaging two for every full-length feature and one for every short film, they include scripts in various stages of development including the final shooting scripts detailing each scene and shot. There are also detailed sketches, diagrams and designs.

Other ‘treasures’ include screen plays, music notation sheets, designs and sketches for costumes and sets, production stills, drafts of Ray’s own fiction, advertising and book designs, correspondence, over 1000 personal photographs, examples of his early drawings and sketches, typographic and calligraphic designs, diaries and personal scrapbooks.”

Complete article HERE

A Note on Two Satyajit Ray Charmers

Posted in the good with tags , , , , , , on September 25, 2009 by Qalandar

One of my great pleasures is exploring a master’s minor work — often it is only in the latter, especially when one has attained canonical status, that some vestiges of the whimsical remain. Strictly speaking, this is only partly true of Satyajit Ray’s work (he actually seemed to get more whimsical with age and directorial maturity), but nevertheless, an acquaintance with the Ray of less serious subjects is highly rewarding. One isn’t overawed, but most decidedly charmed.

Read the complete piece HERE.

Satyajit Ray — Book Designer

Posted in the good with tags , , on August 15, 2009 by Qalandar

Thanks to ArtisPretty for bringing this to my attention — Qalandar


Ray fundamentally transformed all notions of designing books in India.

Entirely discarding the clean formality of the British style of jacket design, he was the first Indian artist to have introduced to the book-jackets a style of brushing which was entirely Indian. And it was the easy flow of his brushes – sometimes pointed and sometimes broad – that was the hallmark of his jacket designs in the early phase of his career as an artist.

One of the ideal examples of this genre of brushing can be seen on the jacket of an abridged edition of ‘Pather Panchali’ ( Song of the Little Road ), designed in 1945.

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Thoughts on a scene from NAYAK (Bengali; 1966)

Posted in the good with tags , , on June 7, 2009 by Qalandar


Musings on Satyajit Ray’s TEEN KANYA

Posted in the good with tags , , , , on May 19, 2009 by Qalandar