Singapore Museum hosts Ray retrospective

Look at Indian director's career ends Oct. 24

NEW DELHI -- Singapore's National Museum is hosting a Satyajit Ray Retrospective until October 24, 2010, presented in partnership with the Indian high commission in Singapore and New Delhi-based government body Directorate of Film Festivals.

The retrospective is described as the “most comprehensive presentation of Satyajit Ray’s films to be organized in Asia.”

“This is the sixth successful year of the National Museum Cinémathèque and we feel extremely encouraged by the rapid growth of appreciation for film. In response to the audience’s enthusiasm, it is a pleasure for us to present the Satyajit Ray Retrospective, in the hope of igniting awareness of Satyajit Ray and his films in this part of the world,” said National Musuem of Singapore director Lee Chor Lin.

Ray was honored with a lifetime achievement Oscar in 1992. The retrospective features 25 features -– including the acclaimed “Apu” trilogy -- documentaries and shorts which will give an insight to Ray’s works and the man himself. Also included is a special preview screening of Ray's documentary “Sikkim,” which was banned in 1975 by the Indian government and only lifted recently in September.

The retrospective also includes a roundtable discussion with Ray's son Sandip Ray, also a filmmaker, along with renowned director Shyam Benegal.