I present to you, Sir, Shri Satyajit Ray. Born in 1921 in Calcutta, Shri Satyajit Ray studied painting in Santiniketan and began work as a commercial artist before turning to films professionally. In a thirty-year career that began with the epoch-making Pather Panchali in 1955, he has come to be counted with the greatest figures in world cinema, making a contribution to the creative life of the nation rare in recent times. With Ghare Baire, his latest film, Shri Satyajit Ray has made some thirty features and documentaries embracing genres historical and fantastic, scenes that change from Bengal village to corporate SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI FELLOWS 18 Calcutta. To films as different as those of the Apu trilogy, Pratidwandi, Goopy Gyne and Shatranj ke Khiladi Shri Ray has brought a comprehension of filmic values unique in our cinema, an ineffably Indian sensibility born of a deep engagement with the life and arts of the nation. A proficient composer, Shri Ray conceives of cinema in terms of structured music — his task one of ordering of rhythm, tone and melody. Films apart, Shri Satyajit Ray is a popular children’s writer, an illustrator and designer of books. Among the numerous prestigious honours bestowed on him are the Padma Vibhushan, the title of Desikottamma from Visva- Bharati, and an Honorary D.Litt from Oxford University. For his eminence in cinema and his contribution to the creative life of the nation, Shri Satyajit Ray is elected Fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.