28 September, 2020

Cinema: Satyajit Ray

I can't think of anyone but Satyajit Ray as the greatest filmmaker of independent India. He set a cinematic standard in a country where none existed...

Cinema: Satyajit Ray
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I can’t think of anyone but Satyajit Ray as the greatest filmmaker of independent India. He set a cinematic standard in a country where none existed. When he started making films, no markers existed showing the way. He created his own path. Before Ray came on the scene, Indian cinema did not necessarily speak in the language of film. It lacked the distinguishing qualities of cinema, nor did it seem part of an evolving aesthetic like in the other arts.

Cinema at the time simply imitated theatrical traditions and vocabulary. His first film, Pather Panchali, may not be his most perfect but was the most cinematic work created in Indian cinema until then. The narrative used the vocabulary of cinema, with both audio and visual elements complementing each other—rather than one illustrating the other. It was also the first time that a written work was not simply illustrated in moving pictures but actually transformed into an original new artistic work on its own. When you read the novel, it seems to defy such transformation.

Ray’s enormous body of work shows him...

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