Ray Foundation

The objective of the London based Ray Foundation is to ensure that the work of Satyajit Ray, India's most outstanding filmmaker, is shown and appreciated and that his particular vision, artistry and humanity remain an example and inspiration to the generations of filmmakers and the film going public.


Ever since its inception in the year 1992, it has been the prerogative of the Satyajit Ray Foundation to organise, execute and oversee several successful programmes and events. The distinguished patrons have always risen marvellously to any occasion, providing them with help,

support and solid patronage whenever required. This has helped the Ray Foundation to achieve its carefully set out aims and aspirations. The Committee of Management has inevitably formed  the backbone of almost all the endeavours of this foundation.

The Ray foundation was established as a charitable organisation in London in the year 1994, two years since it first began its operations in this city. It was set up in London by Charles and Kitty Cooper, owner of the Contemporary Films Company which was the first ever company to introduce Ray’s films to Britain, Shyamal Choudhury who pioneered the second wave of the Film Society movement in Bengal in the 1950s and closely followed Ray’s works, and Pam Cullen who happened to be the Films Officer for the Government of India in London and was  also associated with Ray professionally and as a friend since  the year 1955.

The Foundation believes that Satyajit Ray is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, who was able to combine the eye of an artist with an inherent compassion and humanity.

Smt Bijoya Ray is the President of the Foundation, while Sandip Ray is Vice-President. Pam Cullen and Shyamal Choudhury are the Foundation’s chairman and advisor, respectively.

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