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Unseen sketches by Satyajit Ray to be exhibited at IIT

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At a two-day comic conclave at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, Satyajit Ray showcased rare sketches created for his shot documentary project, Ravi Shankar – A Recital.

The project, which never saw the light of day, was a tribute to sitarist Ravi Shankar, who composed the famous music for Ray’s Pathar Panchali.

Talking about Low Art, a first-of-its-kind exhibition, Pinky D, a comic scholar and an associate professor at Raja Perimohan College, University of Calcutta, said, “The original sketchbook by Satyajit Ray The images, on display for the first time, are in collaboration with Sandeep Ray, son of renowned filmmaker and Satyajit Ray.These images have been specially selected for this program at IIT-Gandhinagar, which is being sequenced for this year. reflect the point of view of

D is closely associated with the Society for Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives (also known as the Satyajit Ray Society). Sandeep Ray is the member secretary of the organization.

The exhibition was curated by Prof. Argha Manna, Artist-in-Residence, IIT-Gandhinagar.

“Alternative comics have become one of the favorite tools to express and narrate about memories, socio-political issues, gender issues, ecology, history, and many other subjects that fall under the umbrella of academic research. have also emerged as a teaching tool. We believe that the Comics Conclave by IIT-Gandhinagar will be able to create a space where academics and comics/graphic novelists can exchange ideas. can, engage in dialogues, and synthesize hybrid knowledge,” Manna said.

Ray, regarded as India’s most celebrated filmmaker, was also a comedian. However, despite his interest in sequential graphic narrative documented in numerous interviews over time, there appears to be little in the way of his active engagement with the form.

This is evidenced only in the four comic strips he designed for the cover of the Bengali children’s magazine Sandesh.

“If we delve into his notebooks and sketchbooks, we can see him playing with ideas about this visual form. In fact, he created ‘Pathar Panchali’ and ‘Ravi Shankar’ in the 1950s. – presented ‘The Recital’ in the form of a sequential visual script. Somehow, the producers failed to realize his vision for the project on Ravi Shankar,” said Dee, who taught at IIT-Gandhinagar. Delivered a speech on ‘The Sketchbook of Satyajit Ray and A Mrs. Encounter with Comics’ at the function.

The exhibition, which ended on Sunday, also showcased Ray’s sketch books on Pathar Panchali.

“It is a wonderful piece of art. The way he uses the play of light and his knowledge of cinema in his sketches is a wonderful thing,” said artist and writer Nikhil Gulati, whose The most recent work, ‘The People of the Indus’, a graphic novel on the history of the Indus Valley Civilization, was published in May last year.

Dee said that Ray’s sketches are only “the tip of the iceberg.”

“The Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives, also known as the Satyajit Ray Society, has so far cataloged about 5,000 of his illustrations and there are many more,” said D, who is the Ray Society. is a part of, said admiringly to Ray. India has produced the greatest book cover designer ever.

In addition to Ray’s works, the exhibition showcased Indian traditional storytelling art and artefacts by Orijit Sen, Sarnath Banerjee, Amruta Patil, Nikhil Gulati, comics from the Longform Collective, and students from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. went


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