Apart from being the only Oscar-winning film director from South Asia—and widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century—Satyajit Ray was also a: screenwriter, music composer, graphic artist, lyricist, and renowned author
Satyajit Ray fans can rejoice as five previously-unpublished titles of the master filmmaker—and author—will be released from 2020 onwards, according to a recent announcement by Penguin Random House India.
Penguin—in association with the Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives (Satyajit Ray Society) and the legal estate of the Ray Family—will publish these five titles under the newly-formed Penguin Ray Library.
These works consist of previously-unpublished essays by Ray, translations of “Tarini Khuro” by Ray, and many of his illustrated works.
"The Penguin Ray Library will give Ray's works a unique look of their own. Establishing a series with a distinct identity, these new titles will be presented in a special layout with quintessential aesthetics inspired by Ray's sensibilities. The Penguin Ray Library will be an endeavour to capture the brilliance of a Renaissance man and share his works with a wider readership," Penguin said in a statement.
“This association will celebrate his contribution to the world of art, literature, cinema, and music, and take his work to the next level — opening them up to new platforms and readers," it said.
Apart from being the only Oscar-winning film director from South Asia—and widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century—Satyajit Ray was also a: screenwriter, music composer, graphic artist, lyricist, and renowned author.
Sandip Ray, member secretary of the Satyajit Ray Society and Ray's son, told the press: "We are excited to be a part of vision that Penguin Random House has for perpetuating Ray's luminous legacy.
"The Penguin Ray Library and The Penguin Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture are excellent platforms to introduce his works to new audiences,” he added.
Senior Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House India, Premanka Goswami, labelled it “a historical moment for the publishing house to be able to engage with Satyajit Ray's works in this way.”
"We have visualized the Penguin Ray Library to be a hallmark of the master's work as a confluence of aesthetic subtlety and creativity. The series of new titles is a first step to building an enduring and meaningful relationship with Satyajit Ray Society and the Ray family," Goswami added.
Penguin has also been collaborating with the Satyajit Ray Society to participate in the annual lecture that is held in Ray's memory each year. This year, “The Penguin Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture,” was delivered by renowned filmmaker Tarun Majumdar on Saturday. These announcements were made at the memorial event.