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Satyajit’s centenary celebrations stalled by pandemic

Entertainment desk || shiningbd

Published: 14:53, 2 May 2021  
Satyajit’s centenary celebrations stalled by pandemic

On the 100th birth anniversary of his legendary father, director Sandip Ray is reconciled to the fact that his 1/1 Bishop Lefroy Road residence, a place for pilgrimage for fans of arguably Indias best-known moviemaker Satyajit Ray, will remain deserted.

Sandip, who along with other family members had earlier planned a year-long birth centenary which is now being postponed, told PTI he was not in favour of any zoom meet “which doesnt befit such an occasion involving an icon like Ray.”

The ongoing pandemic and the health emergency which it has created hitting hundreds of thousands of people has forced the family to rethink plans for the celebrations as it thinks such events would be inappropriate at this time.

“We had planned several events involving critics, film personalities, writers and experts from here and abroad who would have spoken on his works. We had planned exhibitions of his scripts, graphics and illustrations. Everything is now on hold,” the director said.

The family feels that since Rays birth centenary celebrations can continue till May 1, 2022, it can “hold these events on later dates when the pandemic situation improves substantially.”

Describing shutting down Rays residence to people wishing to pay homage on his birth centenary date, as a “not very happy situation for anyone”, Sandip said, “Nothing less than a physical event will be fitting for a celebration of this scale. No virtual celebration for us, as far as we are concerned.