Satyajit Ray's portrait at UN exhibition

His picture is one among the 16 thinkers which include Maya Angelou and Malala Yousafzai at an exhibition that recognises their contribution to humanity

New York: Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray is among the 16 global thinkers whose portraits have been displayed here at the UN art exhibition titled The Transformative Power of Art. They have been recognised for contributing to the common good of humanity.

Satyajit Ray. Photo courtesy/British Film Institute
Satyajit Ray. Photo courtesy/British Film Institute

“Today, the urgency of placing people at the centre of everything we do is both a challenge and a miracle of human creativity that can be translated into a common language of artistic inspiration as our fragile Mother Earth faces the devastating consequences of climate change, a defining challenge of our time,” said Ugandan Sam Kutesa, who currently holds the rotational presidency of the UN General Assembly.

The exhibition, which takes place under the United Nations 2015: Time for Global Action campaign, is primarily destined to raise awareness about climate change and our fragile ecosystems.

Apart from Ray, the list includes Pierre-Claver Akendengué (Gabon), Maya Angelou (US), Joan Baez (US), Audrey Hepburn (Britain), Vassily Kandinsky (Russia), Umm Kulthum (Egypt), Gong Li (China), Miriam Makeba (South Africa), Edgar Morin (France), Fatemeh Motamed-Arya (Iran), Okot p’Bitek (Uganda), Sebastião Salgado (Brazil), Wole Soyinka (Nigeria), Ngugi Wa Thiong'o (Kenya), and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan).

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