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Update — Tuesday March 28, 2013
Cowell College Screenings April 14 at 5:30 2013
Lecture & Screening, September 24 2011
Update — Tuesday June 18, 2009
Update — Tuesday June 2, 2009
Archive's Satyajit Ray Restorations Screen in India
"The 14th Kolkata Film Festival, which took place November 10-17, presented an eclectic array of some 275 films from more than 60 countries. Included were four features and one short film by legendary Indian writer-director Satyajit Ray, preserved by the Academy Film Archive as part of its Ray Preservation Project, which launched more that 15 years ago."
Update — Tuesday April 28, 2009
Satyajit Ray's World of Restless Watchfulnees and Nuance
"'I find I am inimical to the idea of making two similar films in succession,' wrote the great Indian director Satyajit Ray in 1966, and in this, as in everything he wrote or filmed, he spoke the truth."
Update — Thursday April 2, 2009
First Light: Satyajit Ray from the Apu Trilogy to the Calcutta Trilogy
"This series focuses on what was roughly the first half of Ray's film career, in which the tensions between East and West, old and new, and even city and country are especially prevalent. This series is also a tribute to the work of the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project at the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles, which together with the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center at the University of California-Santa Cruz has done so much to preserve and promote the work of this major film artist for future generations. The archive is currently hard at work restoring the rest of Ray's films. We hope to be able to present a series built around the second half of Satyajit Ray's career in the not-so-distant-future."
For more information go to —http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/onsale/satyajit.html
To view the schedule/buy tickets go to —http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/onsale/satyajit/program.html
Update — Tuesday February 24, 2009
India Rising: Tradition Meets Modernity
"India's artist, in pace with their country's rapid modernization, have adopted many contemporary techniques. Yet past traditions remain strong. Familiar themes and modern modes of expression interplay with fruitful creative tension. "
A lecture on Mirrors of Tradition and Modernity: Cinema of Satyajit Ray, Independent Cinema and Bollywood will be given by Dilip Basu (Director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center, University of California Santa Cruz, and Associate Professor of History). This lecture with film clips will argue that the cinema of Satyajit Ray and his cohorts in post-independent India remain quintessentially modern; popular cinema, both past and present, use the modern cinematic medium to the fullest while following the traditional Indian dramaturgy in form and content.
For more information go to — http://www.humanitieswest.org/currentIndia.html
Update — Tuesday February 17, 2009
The Apu Trilogy to be Screened at the Stanford Theatre
The Winter 2009 Classic Films brochure of the Stanford Theatre states: "As an antidote to a popular exploitation film recently made by the British in Bombay, we present, in cooperation with the Stanford Film and Media Studies Program, an authentic masterpiece of Indian cinema, the APU TRILOGY of Satyajit Ray. You can watch all three of the APU TRILOGY at your leisure over the Oscar weekend for a single ticket." Tickets are available at the box office on the the day of the show. Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults, and $5 for Seniors (65 and over) and Youth (18 and under).
The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Avenue in downtown Palo Atlto.
For more information go to http://www.stanfordtheatre.org/stf
Update — Tuesday January 27, 2009
"Satyajit Ray the filmmaker needs no introduction. But Ray the graphic designer? Deliving into the mind of the master, graphic artist Debashish Deb, along with Ray's filmmaker son Sandip Ray and adman Sugato Guha held a presentation on Saturday evening at Saint Xavier's College..."
Update — Friday January 9, 2009
Park AV. Panchali
Previously unpublished letters reveal the maestro's anguish and doubts before the release of his pathbreaking film
Update Friday November 21, 2008
Soundtrack Snag in Rare Ray Screening
"KOLKATA: It was to be the high point of the first day at the 14th Kolkata Film Festival. Instead, it turned out to be a huge embarrassement for the organisers. The much-awaited public screening of Satyajit Ray’s short film Two at Nandan III on Tuesday afternoon had a soundtrack failure. Even as dignitaries such as US consul-general Douglas G Kelly, the director of American Centre and several other foreign delegates waited in anticipation, the 10-minute film rolled on silently. It had to be replayed after making a technical adjustment..."
Update Wednesday July 16, 2008
Aparajito's Apu Dies
"Smaran Ghosal, who played the teenaged Apu in Satyajit Ray’s Aparajito, died of cardiac failure at his south Calcutta residence on Thursday night. He was 64. Ghosal is survived by his wife and two daughters."
Update — Wednesday June 11, 2008
Special thanks to Sharmila Roy Pommot, Aashish Khan, Bodhi Das, and Soumy Chakravarti for a wonderful performance this past May 2, 2008. The event: "The Music of Satyajit Ray, Impact of Tagore" went very well. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the event. Check back for future events and updates.
Update — Thursday April 24, 2008
We plan to begin the program with Utpalendu Chakravarti's seldom seen documentary "Music of Satyajit Ray". This film shows Ray composing - writing the notations, playing them on the piano - rehearsing with the musicians, recording the pieces as well as shooting with the actors.
It will be followed by Sharmila Roy Pommot, a musicologist who teaches at the Sorbonne and is a leading exponent and expert on Tagore's and Ray's music, will begin by singing a song. She will then speak on how Ray composed his complex Indian and Western music adopting Tagore songs in several of his major films. The second part of the program Roy Pommot will sing the Tagore songs in Ray's films.
Roy Pommot will be accompanied by Aashish Khan on the Sarode, a string instrument favored by both Tagore and Ray, and Bodhi Das on the Khol and Tabla. The Khol is a rarely heard percussion instrument in this country.
The Ray Film and Study Center was established in 1993 as a focused research activity in the Humanities Division, UCSC. Since then it has built a comprehensive archive of Ray's films in 35mm, Ray papers, books, film art, music notations, several thousand production stills among other Ray film - related materials.
The program on May 2 will begin at 7 PM at the Humanities Lecture Hall, UCSC. There will be signs from the campus entrance directing motorists to the Lecture Hall. Parking is available at the Cowell and Stevenson College parking lots adjacent to the Lecture Hall.
Tickets are $10.00 and $5.00 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the show .
Update — Thursday April 17th, 2008
On Friday, May 2, Satyajit Ray Film & Study Center presents "The Music of Satyajit Ray: Impact of Tagore" at 7 pm at the Humanities Lecture Hall, Cowell College campus in Santa Cruz.
A Rare & Unique Performance by Sharmila Roy-Pommot (Vocal) Shewli Basu (Esraj) Rajnarayan Bhattacharya (Tabla) Roy-Pommot, based in Paris, is arguably the top exponent/expert on Tagore and Ray's music.
Tickets are $10.00 and $5.00 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the show . For more information please call (831) 459-4012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Update — October 14th, 2007
The Packard Humanities Institute has given a $150 million gift to the Library of Congress to preserve and restore the nation's film and audio treasures. The Mercury News reported on the new National Audio-Visual Conservation Center: article image.
Update — September 4, 2007:
On Saturday, September 8, at 12 noon at the Del Mar Theatre in beautiful downtown Santa Cruz, the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection (Ray FASC) of UCSC Humanities Division and the Santa Cruz Film Festival present director Shyam Benegal in person with a screening of his 2001 film Zubeidaa (color, in Hindi with English subtitles).
Tickets are $8.00 and $7.00 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the show at The Del Mar Theatre. For more information please call 831 459-4012.
Update — May 9, 2007:
On Sunday, April 29, Pather Panchali was screened at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, to mark the 50th anniversary of the SF International Film Festival. Pather Panchali won the festival's first Golden Gate Awards for Best Film and Best Director 50 years ago.
The Satyajit Ray Society in Kolkata has launched a new website — www.satyajitrayworld.com
Update — October 5, 2006:
UCSC Currents: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen to present annual Maitra Lecture at UCSC
Update — September 19, 2006:
UCSC Currents: Dynes lauds UCSC's Ray FASC archives at U.S.-India summit
Update — August 23, 2006:
Satyajit Ray Film & Study Collection
Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture • 5:30 pm
Film Screening • 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 7, 2006
Admission is free. For more information call (831) 459-4012 or (831) 459-4713.
Update — September 28, 2005:
Satyajit Ray Film & Study Collection
Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture 4 pm
Fiftieth Anniversary Screening 5 pm
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Admission Free. For more information call (831) 459-4012.
Update — April 21, 2005:
Press Release: Pather Panchali at Cannes
The Ray Society in Kolkata and the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection at the University of California, Santa Cruz are pleased to announce that the Cannes Festival 2005 will screen Pather Panchali on May 12 as a "kick-off" event at this year's Cannes Classics Series. Cannes Classics was introduced as an integral part of the festival three years ago.
This year Pather Panchali has been selected to honor it as one of the world's greatest films, on the fiftieth anniversary of its release in 1955. Pather Panchali received one of the most prestigious awards of the event in 1956 — the Best Human Document award.
Mr. Thierry Fremaux, Artistic Director of the Cannes Festival, was pleased to accept the proposal from the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection (Ray FASC) to honor Pather Panchali this year. Fremaux came to California to see the restored print of Pather Panchali. A special screening was arranged at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Archives. He approved of the print but requested that a brand new print be struck for the event at Cannes. The Academy offered to provide one with newly translated English subtitles. Cannes Classics Director, Van Papadopoulo, offered to prepare the French subtitles.
The Academy will be represented at the screening by its President — Oscar-winning screenwriter and director, Frank Pierson.
Mr. Somnath Chatterjee, President of the Ray Society, will be unable to attend because the Parliament will be in session on May 12. The Indian delegation will comprise Sandip Ray, Lalita Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore. Ray FASC will be represented by its director, Dilip Basu, and its curator, Dayani Kowshik.
Update — November 30, 2004:
Due to unavoidable circumstances and technical problems, the film festival program in Calcutta has been postponed indefinitely. We will still be showing some features at Goa, and hope to put on additional festivals in 2005. We sincerely apologize to anyone who has been inconvenienced by the cancellation.
Update — November 2, 2004:
Professor Dilip K. Basu, Director of Ray FASC, will speak on The Art of Satyajit Ray at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 137 Greene Street, New York on November 13, 6:30-8:30 P.M. The lecture will be followed by a cocktail reception. RSVP by November 8: (212) 677-4520.
Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture and Events
Satyajit Ray Film Art: Opening Reception
Opening reception at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College, with a short violin raga by Sisirkana Dhar Chaudhuri
Sponsored by UCSC Art and Film Departments
Screening of Satyajit Ray's 1957 classic film Jalsaghar (The Music Room) at the Music Recital Hall
From Music Room to Talk Room
Live Thumri Vocal Recital
Take High Street to the West Entrance (Heller Drive). Turn right on Meyer Drive to get to the Music Recital Hall.
Update — August 26, 2004:
The University of Indiana at Bloomington will be screening four Ray films from September 10 to October 1. For more information, see http://www.indiana.edu/~isp/s04-08.shtml.
The Cinematexas Film Festival will be showing a retrospective of Ray's short films and
RayFASC and AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) are sponsoring a number of upcoming festivals of restored Ray films:
AFI in Los Angeles showed Aparajito (The Unvanquished) on August 20.
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco screened a restored print of Nayak (The Hero) on August 4. The screening was sponsored by GreenCine.
Update November 3, 2003:
The Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito and The World of Apu) was released on DVD on October 28 by Columbia Tristar. The New York Times published an article on November 2 reviewing the DVDs. The article is available online (free registration required) at http://www.nytimes.com/.
India West published an article on Sharmila Tagore's visit to California, "Fresh Outlook Key to Sharmila's Timeless Appeal". An excerpt from the article is available online at http://www.indiawest.com.
Update — October 10, 2003:
The Stanford Theatre in downtown Palo Alto is showing a 35 film Satyajit Ray retrospective from October 10th until December 21st. This will include a series of screenings of Ray films paired with some of Ray's favorite Hollywood movies. For a complete schedule and more information, please see http://www.stanfordtheatre.org.
Update September 30, 2003:
The San Francisco Chronicle published an article on September 26, entitled "Indian director's works find home in Santa Cruz," covering Ray's work and the efforts of RayFASC to preserve it. The article is available online at http://www.sfgate.com.