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Satyajit Ray

1921 - 1992

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Satyajit Ray (Bengali pronunciation: [ˈʃotːodʒit ˈrae̯] (listen); 2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992) was an Indian director, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, author, essayist, lyricist, magazine editor, illustrator, calligrapher, and music composer. One of the greatest auteurs of film-making, Ray is celebrated for works including The Apu Trilogy (1955–1959), The Music Room (1958), The Big City (1963) and Charulata (1964), Scarecrow. Ray was born in Calcutta to nonsense rhyme author Sukumar Ray. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Satyajit Ray has received more than 5,552,562 page views. His biography is available in 116 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 114 in 2019). Satyajit Ray is the 87th most popular film director (up from 130th in 2019), the 64th most popular biography from India (up from 83rd in 2019) and the most popular Indian Film Director.

Satyajit Ray is most famous for his films Pather Panchali, Aparajito, and Apur Sansar.

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Among film directors, Satyajit Ray ranks 87 out of 1,581Before him are David Lean, Sergei Parajanov, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Alain Resnais, Zhang Yimou, and Carlos Saura. After him are René Clair, Christopher Nolan, Fred Zinnemann, Andrzej Żuławski, Wolfgang Petersen, and Tony Scott.

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Among people born in 1921, Satyajit Ray ranks 26Before him are Paulo Freire, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Peter Ustinov, Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Aaron T. Beck, and Deborah Kerr. After him are John Glenn, Vasily Stalin, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Gianni Agnelli, Nancy Reagan, and Kenneth Arrow. Among people deceased in 1992, Satyajit Ray ranks 20Before him are Aribert Heim, Giovanni Falcone, Benny Hill, Li Xiannian, James E. Webb, and Anthony Perkins. After him are Jan Oort, Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia, Félix Guattari, Ernst Happel, Samuel Reshevsky, and Karl Carstens.

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Among people born in India, Satyajit Ray ranks 64 out of 1,493Before him are Salman Khan (1965), Vyasa (-390), Premchand (1880), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Kim Philby (1912), and Ronald Ross (1857). After him are Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Kasturba Gandhi (1869), Ghalib (1797), Ram Nath Kovind (1945), and Samudragupta (335).


Among film directors born in India, Satyajit Ray ranks 1After him are M. Night Shyamalan (1970), Michael Radford (1946), Dadasaheb Phalke (1870), Lindsay Anderson (1923), Dara Singh (1928), Ismail Merchant (1936), Ardeshir Irani (1886), Guru Dutt (1925), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (1941), Tarsem Singh (1961), and Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (1914).