Remembering Satyajit Ray

What: Classic designer store Melange will adorn a new avatar as a modern-day gallery, as the fashion destination with the newly-opened Delhi Art Gallery (DAG), presents a show that brings together fashion and art. Titled Ray’s Cinema, the show of photographic prints by photographer Nemai Ghosh, is a retrospective of 30 limited edition, archival photographic prints, that celebrates the filmmaker Satyajit Ray and 100th anniversary of Indian Cinema. Ghosh, best known for his work with Ray, captures the charm of the craft of filmmaking with a penchant for details. The style and fashion of the times is unique, striking and poignant as seen through his untutored lens in this exhibition. The photo prints will be complimented with designer wear and jewellery chosen by Sangita Sinh Kathiawad of Melange.

Why: Owner of Melange, Sangita Sinh Kathiawad confirms that she had been wanting such an amalgamation of creativity for some time. “We are happy to associate with DAG to present aconfluence of cinema, art and fashion through Ghosh’s evocative images, raw and candid portraits that are a visual documentation of Ray’s works. The style of the era resonates through the grains of each image, capturing stills from Ray’s iconic films. The photographic prints will be complemented with a specially-curated collection at Melange,” she says.

Where: Ray’s Cinema by Nemai Ghosh will begin on November 29 and will be on till December 7.

At: Melange, 33, Altamount Road, Cumballa Hill.
Call: 23534492

Suchitra Sen, 1978
Inkjet print on archival paper, 2012.
Veteran Bengali film actress Suchitra Sen.This is perhaps one of her last few photographs before she retired into a self-imposed confinement, refraining from making public appearances ever since. Nemai Ghosh recalls that this was some time before the shooting of her last film, Pranoy Pasha.

Aranyer Din Ratri
(Days and Nights in the Forest), 1969

Inkjet print on archival paper, 2012
Actress Simi Garewal as the drunk Santhal woman Duli in the film. The character is drawn on the popular stereotype of a seductress tribal whose existence is shrouded in pre-modern, almost feudal exploitation, while her body translates as a metaphor for lustful iconicity. 

Asani Sanket (Distant Thunder) 1973
Inkjet print on archival paper, 2012.
Satyajit Ray seen here as sitting in a relaxed mood on a shooting trolley on location in Bolpur, Paschimbanga, during a breakfrom filming one of his films. Pics courtesy/Nemai Ghosh

Ghanashatru (Enemy of the People), 1989
Inkjet print on archival paper, 2012
Made after a five-year hiatus from filmmaking owing to Ray’s failing health, Ghanashatru is not considered among his better works. The film entails a strong storyline that explores the idea of religious fanaticism and greed.

Ghare-Baire (Home and the World), 1984
Inkjet print on archival paper, 2012.
Actors Swatilekha Chattopadhyay and Victor Banerjee seen in a still from the film as they walk from the private chambers to the public section of
the house.  

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