Satyajit Ray Centennial Film Festival Begins

A Satyajit Ray centenary film festival kicked off on Friday at the Alliance Française.

The event is jointly organized by the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers Artists Association (TNPWAA), the Puducherry Film Forum, the Alliance Française-Puducherry and the Films Division as part of the celebrations for the centenary of Satyajit Ray’s birth.

The retrospective party will feature nine films directed by Satyajit Ray, which brought global recognition to Indian cinema and also garnered several awards. They will be screened with the documentary on Satyajit Ray, directed by Shyam Benegal.

The festival started with the screening of Pather Panchali, which has the unique distinction of having been screened at all the major international film festivals, the organizers said.

K. Lakshminarayanan, Minister of Tourism; Kernoua Lila, director of the Alliance Française; Satish Nallam, president of the Alliance Française-Puduchéry; S. Tamilselvan, writer and honorary president of TNPWAA; filmmakers Lenin Bharathi and M. Sivakumar; and the festival coordinator S. Ramachandran were among the participants.

Over the next two days, the festival will screen Aparajito, Apur Sansar, Charulata, Mahanagar, Nayak, Pratidwandi, The postmaster and The inner eye apart from Shyam Benegal’s documentary on the author.


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Darcy J. Skinner