Satyajit Ray and Mitchel camera artwork from ‘Pather Panchali’ at display-Entertainment News, Firstpost

The exhibit at the Kolkata Film Festival features the synthesizer used by Ray to compose the music for “Ghare Baire” and the Mitchel camera used to make “Pather Panchali”.

An exhibition on the birth centenary of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray opened at the Kolkata International Film Festival on Tuesday. The exhibition, opened by his son Sandip Ray, features several sections on his life and works, in addition to rare frames from classics such as ‘Aranyer Din Ratri‘, ‘Kapurush O Mahapurush‘ and ‘Devi‘.

The exhibit, on-going at the Nandan film center, also showcases the synthesizer Ray used to compose the music for ‘Ghare Baire‘ and the camera Mitchel used to make ‘Pather Panchali‘.

Ray, the illustrator and graphic designer, has also found a place in the exhibition where his sketches for advertisements, cover illustrations for his literary works and small magazines are presented. “The exhibit is well planned and executed, covering different aspects of my father. Although many exhibits, including photos, are from us and the Ray Society, I am pleasantly surprised to see many other items that I don’t didn’t know,” Sandip told Ray.

The exhibition was conceptualized by painter Suvaprasanna, while filmmaker Sudeshna Roy curated it. “Glad it went so well. The Ray family was a huge help,” Roy said. Filmmaker Goutam Ghosh shared some experiences of making Ray, his documentary on the maestro, at the opening of the exhibition.
“I have fond memories of working with Manikda (as Ray was affectionately called by his friends),” Ghosh said.

Director Shoojit Sircar said he was delighted to stand next to the Mitchell camera Ray used in the 1950s.
Two other exhibitions – on Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jansco and film historian and critic Chidananda Dasgupta – also took place during the day at Gaganendra Pradarshansala. The festival, inaugurated on Monday, will continue until May 1.

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