Google today dedicated a doodle on its homepage to legendary Bollywood director Satyajit Ray on his 92nd birthday. The black and white doodle depicts a scene from Ray’s classic movie Pather Panchali, where Apu and Durga are seen running through a Kaash field to see a train chugging by. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
Ray was born on May 2, 1921 at Calcutta in a family which was quite respected in the field of arts and literature. From an early age he was attracted to movies and made documentaries during his college days. He would go on to direct 36 movies which included feature films, documentaries and shorts. Ray’s first movie was the aforementioned Pather Panchali, which would win him a lot of accolades including the Best Human Document at the Cannes Film Festival. Also Read - Google celebrates Hollywood actor, singer and dancer Shirley Temple with animated Doodle
Though he started his career as a film maker in commercial cinema, Ray was drawn into indie filmmaking after watching Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 movie Bicycle Thieves and meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir during a visit to London. He would go on to direct indie classics like the Apu Trilogy, Devi, Charulata, Kanchenjongha and Satranj Ke Khiladi among others.
Besides filmmaking, Ray also authored several children’s short stories and novels that included popular characters like Feluda, the sleuth and Professor Shonku, the scientist in his science fictions.
Ray is considered a cultural icon in India and is also said to have influenced several filmmakers around the world, including Martin Scorsese, James Ivory, François Truffaut and Carlos Saura. In 1992, Ray would win the Oscar for his contribution to the world of filmmaking and later that year passed away on April 23 in Kolkata.