I&B Ministry announces year-long celebrations to mark the birth centenary of Filmmaker Satyajit Ray

A special retrospective and screening of Ray’s films are being planned at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, the ministry said.


In a homage to Satyajit Ray, Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Friday announced that it will organize year-long celebrations across India and abroad to mark the 100th birth anniversary of the legendary filmmaker.
Satyajit Ray (May 2, 1921-April 23, 1992) was a renowned filmmaker, writer, illustrator, graphic designer, and music composer. who is believed to have changed the face of Indian cinema forever, was a powerhouse of talent. He has many acknowledgments to his credits, including 32 National Film Awards and an honorary degree from Oxford University. He is the first Indian filmmaker who was awarded an honorary Oscar for his contribution to the cinematic universe.
On the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary, IFFI will pay tribute to the enigmatic filmmaker for his priceless contribution to Indian cinema.
As part of the celebrations, the media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting — Directorate of Film Festivals, Films Division, NFDC, NFAI, and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata — are planning a series of activities.
Other ministries and departments including the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Culture will also be playing an active part in organizing events, the statement said.
However, because of the pandemic situation, the celebrations will be held in hybrid mode, digital and physical both, during the year, it said.
In recognition of his legacy, the ‘Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Cinema’ has been instituted from this year to be given at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) every year starting from this year.
The award consists of a cash prize of ₹10 lakh, a certificate, shawl, along with a Silver Peacock medal and a Scroll.
As part of the celebrations, the Directorate of Film Festivals, the Films Division, and the Ministry of External Affairs will be organizing Satyajit Ray Film Festivals in India, and abroad through Indian missions, where films and documentaries by and on Satyajit Ray will be showcased.
A special retrospective and screening of Ray’s films are being planned at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, the ministry said.
The Directorate of Films Festivals will also be organising a special retrospective at the IFFI, 2021.
The retrospective will be travelling to prominent international and national film festivals.
The Films Division will be creating a dedicated Satyajit Ray section at the National Museum of Indian Cinema, Mumbai.