Explore the Legacy of Satyajit Ray at an Exclusive Exhibition in Kolkata.

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Only Satyajit

There’s an exhibition called “Only Satyajit” happening at Gorky Sadan, the Russian Cultural Center in Kolkata. It will take place from May 16 to May 18, 2024, which is from Thursday to Saturday. The exhibition will be open from 4 PM to 7 PM. This exhibition is being organized by a WhatsApp group called “Kolkata Kathakata” in collaboration with The Bengal, Eisenstein Cine Club, and the Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives. The group consists of collectors, researchers, and authors from Kolkata who regularly discuss Bengal’s history, heritage, and culture. Filmmaker Sandip Ray, who is the son of Satyajit Ray, will inaugurate the exhibition on May 16 at 4 PM. 

These exhibitions are highly inspired by Satyajit Ray, a talented illustrator and graphic artist who has also contributed to the exhibition by showcasing his incredible sketches for advertisements, cover illustrations for his literary works, and even artwork for little magazines. Visitors will have the opportunity to admire his artistic creations and appreciate his diverse range of skills. It’s truly exciting to see the various facets of Ray’s talent being highlighted in this exhibition.

The Kolkata International Film Festival is currently hosting an exhibition to celebrate the birth centenary of the renowned filmmaker, Satyajit Ray. The exhibition, inaugurated by his son, Sandip Ray, offers visitors a glimpse into various aspects of his life and works. One can explore different sections dedicated to Ray’s remarkable filmography, including rare frames from his classics like ‘Aranyer Din Ratri’, ‘Kapurush O Mahapurush’, and ‘Devi’. Moreover, the exhibition also showcases significant artifacts such as the synthesizer Ray used to compose the music for ‘Ghare Baire’ and the Mitchel camera he utilized during the making of ‘Pather Panchali’. It’s a wonderful opportunity for film enthusiasts and admirers of Satyajit Ray to delve into his artistic journey and appreciate his contributions to Indian cinema.

Many distinguished personalities will also be present at the event. The exhibition will have the participation of esteemed collectors from Kolkata, including Anindya Bandopadhyay, Riddhi Goswami, Anindya Kar, Falguni Datta Ray, Utpal Sen, Jayanta Ghosh, Malay Sarkar, Souvik Mukhopadhyay, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, and Ujjwal Sardar. These collectors have curated a significant collection of materials related to Satyajit Ray. Chandranath Chatterjee, who happens to be the son of the esteemed actor Bimal Chatterjee, will be curating the collection. According to Chatterjee, the exhibition will showcase props from “Joy Baba Felunath,” autographed letters by Satyajit Ray, and parts of scripts from “Ghare Baire” and “Shatranj Ke Khilari.” Visitors will also have the opportunity to see Satyajit Ray’s own handwriting on display. It’s truly a remarkable collection that offers a unique glimpse into the life and work of this legendary filmmaker.