Ministry of Culture plans digital museum, documentaries, permanent galleries to commemorate the centenary year of the birth of Satyajit Ray

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the renowned filmmaker. Satyajit Ray The Ministry of Culture launched A Ray of Genius on Saturday, a short film that summarizes the broad spectrum of Ray's works in film, literature, art and music.

The launch marks a series of activities planned by the Museum Development and Cultural Spaces (DMCS) under the Ministry of Culture as part of its yearlong activities to celebrate Ray.

Speaking to TOI, DMCS Executive Director Raghvendra Singh said: “In addition to Rabindranath Tagore, Ray can be largely attributed to the fact that Indian cinema is taking to the world stage. We want the younger generation that doesn't know him to know about him, so we are starting a series of exercises to celebrate multifaceted talent. ”

Apart from the short film that highlights Ray's filmmaking genius and his eclectic achievements across literature, art, music and design and has been curated by professionals from Kolkata and Mumbai, the Culture ministry has also roped in award-winning director and editor Arghya, Ray's son ,, and the Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives.

The film also features photographs of Ray's chronicler for three decades, Nemai Ghosh, which show the filmmaker at work, and which were obtained with the help of the Delhi Art Gallery.

Singh added: “We are in the process of putting together a digital museum about Ray, some more documentary films, multi-city conclaves (when the coronavirus blockade is relieved) and a series of lectures on the forms and narratives that define Ray's works. .

In addition to the virtual exhibition on Ray, the Ministry of Culture is also preparing the ground floor of the Metcalfe Hall in Kolkata, a recently restored landmark building, to host a permanent exhibition on Ray.

On Saturday, the DMCS also launched its Facebook page and YouTube channel of DMCS, which will be the platforms where centenary celebrations of Satyajit Ray will be released from time to time.