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Satyajit Ray Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : May 2, 2020

Short Biography

Satyajit Ray was born on 02-05-1921 in Kolkata in the state of West Bengal, India. He was an Indian Film Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Composer, Illustrator, Writer, Publisher, Graphic Designer & Calligrapher who known for his work in Bengali, English and Hindi films.

Satyajit Ray Complete Bio & Career

Satyajit’s mother took him to his maternal uncle’s house after her husband’s death and shutting down the business of Printing which ray’s grandfather started. In initial days, Ray’s mother was his teacher but after shifting to Brahmo samaj, He was admitted to Ballygunj Govt. school at the age of 8. This is the age when he turned around and inclined towards movies and Western classical music, for which he used to read magazines like Photoplay and Picturegoer. 
In 1936, He had joined the Presidency College on his mother’s wish where he studied Science but later on moved to Economics in final year as his Uncle assured him a job. In 1939 a new Graduate came and mother wanted him to be settle down to earn livelihood and suggested him to be a painter where he agreed after much resistance. He joined Rabaindra Nath Tagore’s Vishva Bharti Art University at Shantiniketan. It was during this time that he came to know about the miniature painting and oriental art- Indian sculpture, Chinese landscapes and Japanese woodcuts. Satyajit Ray associated himself with a British-run advertising agency called D.J. Keymer in the year 1943. He was the junior visualiser there. 
He spend next 13 years here, until he became a full-time filmmaker after success of Pather Panchali. On August 26 1955, ray successfully launched his film Pathar panchali in Kolkata from his advertising experience. In his 40 years of filmmaking he was interrupted by bad health and suffered two heart attacks during the shooting of movie Ghare Baire, where his son Sandip Ray completed the work.  

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Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 1958 Arts
Padma Bhushan Civilian Award 1965 Arts
Padma Vibhushan Civilian Award 1976 Arts
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Indian Cinema Award 1984 Bengali Film Industry
Bharat Ratna Civilian Award 1992 Arts

In 1992, he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in Kolkata through a special live satellite-television event and Bharat Ratna, the ultimate honour from Indian government.  

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Satyajit Ray died on 23-04-1992 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India at age of 71. He was suffering from heart complications. He was hospitalised but never get back to normal and died.

DEATHDAY 23 April,1992 (Thursday)
DEATH PLACE Kolkata, West Bengal

Satyajit Ray Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Sukumar Ray and Suprabha Ray. He was married in 1949 to his cousin named Bijoya, who used to live in her maternal Uncle’s house. They both had a son Sandip Ray and a daughter named Lalita Ray. He was from a very literary family were his grandfather Upendrakishore Ray was a famous Poet, Writer, Violin player and a painter too. He had a grandson named Souradip Ray.

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Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home Town Kolkata
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Kolkata, West Bengal, India
School Ballygunge Government High School, Kolkata
College Presidency College, Kolkata
Qualification Graduate
Hobbies Travelling
Marital Status Married
Debut Bengali Film - Pather Panchali (1955)
Bollywood Film - Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)
Best Movies Aparajito (1956), Apur Sansar (1959), Kanchenjungha (1962), Charulata (1964), and Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977) among many others
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Black
Favorite Sport Hockey
Favorite Actress Suchitra Sen
Favorite Actor Rabi Ghosh
Favorite Place France and Japan
Favorite Food Macher Jhol

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Satyajit Ray

  • He was inspired in filmmaking after he met legendary French Filmmaker Jean Renoir.
  • His maiden film Pather Panchali won 11 international awards including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.
  • He holds the record for winning as many as 32 National Awards.
  • He is thus far the only Indian to win an Honorary Oscar.

Satyajit Ray Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Satyajit Ray was 70 years 11 months & 21 days old age.