Today, Google celebrates 92 nd birthday anniversary of the legendary director Satyajit Ray, with a doodle. The doodle is a depiction of a famous scene of Satyajit Ray's first movie Pather Panchali, where Apu and his sister Durga are running to catch a glimpse of a train.
Satyajiit Ray is regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time and a cultural icon in India and in Bengali communities worldwide. He has received multiple awards including 32 National Film Awards by the Government of India and multiple awards from international film festivals. He also received the Bharat Ratna award from the government, which is regarded as the highest civilian honor.
The Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, who is a legend in his own right said "Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon."
Ray has directed a total of 36 films, which included feature films, documentaries and short films. He made his directorial debut with Pather Panchali, the first installment in the The Apu Trilogy. The film was inspired classic bildungsroman of Bengali literature. Regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, Pather Panchali ushered in a new tradition of film-making in India, bringing in the elements of social reality and humanism. The film went on to win many national and international awards.
Aparajito and Apur Sansar which are the second and third installments to the Appu trilogy also were critically acclaimed and won numerous awards. The trilogy is considered as one of the greatest achievements of Indian film.
In 1992, Ray's health started to deteriorate due to heart complications, these were the last few days of the celebrated director. He passed away on 23 April 1992, but not before receiving the prestigious Oscar award. His works have inspired many, his legacy is undeniable , he is indeed one the greatest directors to have ever lived.