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Bengal government names a road in Kolkata after Satyajit Ray

The government of West Bengal has renamed Lee Road in Kolkata, as Satyajit Ray Dharani. The legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray lived close the road.

regional movies Updated: Mar 01, 2016 16:30 IST
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and Satyajit Ray's son Sandeep Ray during the inauguration of beautification of Bishop Lefroy Road, in Kolkata on Monday.(PTI)

Lee Road in South Kolkata will now be called Satyajit Ray Dharani, in memory of the legendary filmmaker who lived in the vicinity, announced West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday.

Ray resided close to Lee Road on Bishop Lefroy Road for years till his death in 1992, and many of his masterpieces were planned and conceived from this house.

“As a token of our humble dedication to the memory and phenomenal contribution of legendary personality Satyajit Ray, we have decided to rename Lee Road, near Bishop Lefroy Road where his house stands, as Satyajit Ray Dharani,” Banerjee said in a Facebook post.

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation Mayor-in-Council held an important meeting during the day and passed a resolution rechristening the road after Ray.

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Lee Road will now be called Satyajit Ray Dharani, in memory of the legendary director. (HT Photo)

Earlier, Banerjee unveiled a spruced-up 150 metre stretch of Bishop Lefroy Road.

The multifaceted genius (screenwriter, lyricist, music composer, calligrapher, illustrator, writer) worked on cult films like Agantuk, Pratidwandi, Ghare Baire and others.

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A popular tourist destination, the colossal 1/1 Bishop Lefroy Road residence is a timeless reminder to the legacy of the master behind cinematic jewels such as Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Charulata, the Apu trilogy, and the Feluda series among others. It stands as a silent testimony to the man who took Indian cinema to the world.

The locality has undergone a major makeover to accord a Ray touch.

From re-laying the dilapidated pavements with designer blocks, installing Victorian-era street lights to replica of his film’s original posters, the famous locality has been transformed in consultation with filmmaker and son Sandip.

Ray became the first, and currently only, Indian to receive an Honorary Academy Award in 1992.

First Published: Mar 01, 2016 16:30 IST