Nemai Ghosh's Manik Da - Memories of Satyajit Ray Captures the Man Behind the Iconic Director

By Aditya Chakraborty

Rituparno Ghosh launches Manikda by Nemai Ghosh
Rituparno Ghosh launches Manikda by Nemai Ghosh
Rituparno Ghosh launches Manikda: Memories of Satyajit Ray by Nemai Ghosh

Calcutta, April 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned photographer Nemai Ghosh who has worked with the legend in several of his films and was his personal photographer as well is the author of books like Faces of Indian Art: Through the Lens of Nemai Ghosh, Satyajit Ray: A vision of Cinema (with Andrew Robinson), Satyajit Ray at 70 etc. He is one of the most distinguished photographers around.

Starmark, South City Mall hosted the launch of Nemai Ghosh’s Manik Da : Memories Of Satyajit Ray published by Harper Collins recently where eminent film director Rituparno Ghosh released the book.

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Satyajit Ray, known to his intimates as Manik-da, remains India’s most respected name in international film circles. This book reveals in its simplicity the ease and camaraderie between Satyajit Ray, one of India’s finest film- makers, and Nemai Ghosh, photographer extraordinaire. Manik-da is the latter’s endeavour to depict the man behind the director’s mask.

Ghosh first worked with Ray on Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, and Ray immediately found in him a kindred spirit who intuitively understood his requirements – and whom he understood. Thus was formed a partnership that spanned over a quarter of a century. In the process, Ghosh was able to photograph Ray at work and play, capturing on film the many moods of the master director.

This nuanced and lucid translation from the Bengali original, which includes a perceptive Foreword by Sharmila Tagore, presents to the English reader Ghosh’s thoughts on Ray with over fifty exquisite, never-before-seen photographs.

Nemai Ghosh is best known for his photographs of Satyajit Ray and his stills from Ray’s films. He has exhibited at Cannes in 1991, at London in 1992, and several times at Calcutta and Delhi. Ghosh began his artistic career as an actor. He is the author of Faces of Indian Art: Through the Lens of Nemai Ghosh, Satyajit Ray: A Vision of Cinema (with Andrew Robinson), Satyajit Ray at 70, among others.

S.K. Ray Chaudhuri worked as a geologist with Cement Corporation of India till 1992. He then took to freelancing as an editor with leading publishing houses in India. His translation of a biography of S.D. Burman is forthcoming.