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Gupi Gyne Bagha Byne: The adventures of Gupi and Bagha
This is a thrice-told tale. Pia Salter-Ghosh retells in English an abridged and dramatized version of Satyajit Ray's movie, which is based on the classic story of Upendrakishore Raychaudhury.




Hullabaloo in Gosaipur
Satyajit Ray's immensely popular detective character Feluda now ventures into a village in Bengal, along with his teen ager companion Topshe and the bumbling mystery fiction writer Jatayu. Gosaipur had never seen such strange happenings....The complete Feluda-story Gosaipur Sargorom (গোসাঁইপুর সরগরম) has been translated by Barnali Saha.




দেখার রকমফের: ঋত্বিক ও সত্যজিৎ --সঞ্জয় মুখোপাধ্যায় "... বিনোদবিহারীর অন্তর্গত প্রশান্তি আকর্ষণ করেছিল সত্যজিৎকে, আর ঋত্বিককে টেনেছিল রামকিঙ্করের অভ্যন্তরীণ অশান্তি। আসলে এই তথ্যচিত্র দুটি পরীক্ষা করলেই দেখা যায় বাস্তববাদ বিষয়ে, শিল্পের উৎস ও আকাঙ্খা বিষয়ে, সত্যজিৎ ও ঋত্বিকের ধারণাগত মিল ও অমিল।"




That little drop of dew! Noted Hindi author, Shivani's as yet uncollected memoir on Satyajit Ray, translated from the original Hindi by Ira Pande. "...., then Manik-da reluctantly got up and called in his deep baritone, ‘Harihar, O Harihar…’ and I think even the forest stopped to hear him."




The Indigo Terror. Satyajit Ray's short story Neel Atanka has been translated from the original Bangla by Barnali Saha. "Eric had run away. Percey and Tony had already left. I guess my lust for money exceeds their's and that’s why, despite frequent malaria attacks, I just could not give up my desire for indigo. No—not just that. Lying to one's diary is a sacrilege..."




Western Influences on Satyajit Ray "At the age of thirteen, Ray went looking for bargains in music shops of Calcutta with one of his school friends, and one of the treasures he found was Beethoven's 5th Symphony, and then he stumbled upon Mozart's Eine Kleine Nacht Musik. According to his friend, after the great discovery he lay awake the whole night. The logic, symmetry and the beauty of Mozart's music was not lost on Satyajit Ray...". An essay by Abhijit Sen.




Your Films Our Pride "That is how I remember, though about thirty years have passed, the first of my few visits to Satyajit Ray's residence. I was nearly a stranger and a person of no particular accomplishment, but I had been granted access to him at home because I had worked on what would become his first and only book in English on cinema, Our Films Their Films (1976)...". The story behind the genesis of another masterpiece, by Sujit Mukherjee.




Divergent Rays "And the most entertaining, where Feluda describes a typical Hindi movie: `It should take an hour-and-a-half to build up the story, and another hour-and-a-half to unravel it.[...]You must have smuggling, gold, diamonds, marijuana, hashish, whatever; five songs, one of which should be devotional; two dance numbers; two or three chase sequences --'". Susan Chacko reviews two books by the master story teller.




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OUR RAY OF THE 70's and 80's "... We who grew from childhood to youth and young adulthood in the city of Calcutta during the course of the 70's and 80's of the 20th century had the rare opportunity to refer to one of the Titans of the screen, Satyajit Ray, as almost one of us : he was very much our Ray. ..." Somjit Datta gives a first person account of what Ray the writer and filmmaker brought to a generation that grew up during his creative years.




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Translating Between Media: Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray - “… Ray, the creative artist, translates Tagore's words into images, some with accompanying words, some without." Clinton Seely writes on Tagore’s short story Nashtanir and Ray’s film version of it, Charulata , and argues that both function as “apologia” for Tagore’s ambiguous relationship with his sister in law Kadambari Debi and her suicide.




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Satyajit Ray (1921-1992), film director extraordinary, writer, Bengali cultural icon and scion of a clan noted for the contributions of several of its members to literature and art, was probably the most widely known creative artiste of India in the second half of the 20th century. Indeed, since the decease of Tagore, no other Indian has been as famous globally and received as much public admiration and critical acclaim all over the world as Ray. More...

 






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