Ray’s neighbourhood gets a makeover

Posters of films the maestro directed on display on the street where he lived

Updated - November 17, 2021 10:53 am IST

Published - March 02, 2016 03:24 am IST - Kolkata:

Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray

Bishop Lefroy Road, the street that houses the residence of renowned film-maker Satyajit Ray in south Kolkata, has undergone a makeover and now reflects a slice of the maestro’s art. The 224-metre stretch, where the film-maker spent most of the creative years of his life, has been decorated with posters of his celebrated films like Pather Panchali , Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne , Sonar Kella and Nayak . It was inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday.

Though the house on 1/1 Bishop Lefroy Road, where the Ray family still resides, has already been declared grade-1 heritage building by the city’s civic body, the makeover has seen sodium vapour lamps being replaced with antique streetlights and pavements lined with paver blocks.

There are plans to install sculpture on the street and the State government has already contacted artist Jogen Chowdhury in this regard. Ms. Banerjee urged the civic body to name Lee Road, the road connecting Bishop Lefroy Road in the name of Satyajit Ray. “I would request the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to rename Lee Road after Satyajit Ray in his honour,” the Chief Minister said. She suggested that the road be called Satyajit Ray Dharani. [Land of Ray].

Son welcomes initiative “My father spent about 22 years of his life at this house from 1972-1992,” Sandip Ray, filmmaker and son of the maestro, told The Hindu . Mr. Ray, who lives in the same house overlooking Bishop Lefroy Road, welcomed the initiative and said the street was all decked up and was looking great.

Also read: >Satyajit Ray's signature scores

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