Archive

Whether it is about loaning articles for exhibitions or writing books or making documentaries or any other need, organizations from all over the globe often approach Satyajit Ray Society (Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Films),  whose archive on Ray is arguably the largest and the most authentic among all others across the world. And the Society encourages such initiatives because spreading Ray awareness worldwide is one of their avowed objectives.

The much photographed Ray study, a part of the Ray family home, where he worked and received guests, is the current site for the archive. The Society has also been cataloguing the large collection of books and periodicals in Ray’s personal library with the aim of preserving them systematically. The personal belongings of Satyajit Ray like his clothes, spectacles, watches, smoking pipes, paint brushes, etc. have also been preserved with great care.

From time to time, letters or sketches by Ray keep surfacing, so the work of creating an inventory and digitizing the originals has to continue.

From time to time, letters or sketches by Ray keep surfacing, so the work of creating an inventory and digitizing the originals has to continue.

 

 

However, the following is a broad list of the categories of his papers and personal belongings preserved by Satyajit Ray Society:

 

1) Film Scripts

2) Posters

3) Booklets

4) Title Cards

5) Lobby Cards

6) Set Designs

7) Costume Designs

8) Pencil Sketches and Water Colour Drawings

9) Literary Manuscripts

10) Book and Magazine Covers

11) Illustrations for Stories and Novellas

12) Music Notations

13) TV Stories

14) Shooting Schedules

15) Letters

16) Type Faces

17) Publicity Visuals

19) Movie Stills

20) Pictures of Ray Himself

21) Family Albums

22) Awards and Certificates

23) Paper Clippings

24) Personal Effects like Clothes, Glasses, Watch, Smoking Pipe, Brushes for painting etc.

25) Personal Collection of Books

26) Background Music in Spools and CDs

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