Archive to Preserve Satyajit Ray's Memories

Archive to Preserve Satyajit Ray's Memories
West Bengal government will be setting up an archive at Boral in southern fringes of the city, where the iconic film Pather Panchali was shot, to preserve memories of film maestro Satyajit Ray.

"We want to have an archive on Ray at Boral in the future," state education minister Bratya Basu, also a part of the government's cultural think-tank, said.

Boral is located in the southern outskirts of the city in South 24 Parganas district and Ray had shot large parts of his first film Pather Panchali there.

One of the most famous and enduring scenes of the film showing protagonist Apu and his elder sister Durga running through 'Kaash' fields to catch a glimpse of a chugging train for the first time in their lives, was shot at Boral.

Basu asked city-based Future Institute of Engineering and Management to help the government in setting up the archive at the site, where the private educational institute is establishing a campus.

"We can do it together. This will be beneficial not only for the academia, but also for students and for the society," said Basu, also an eminent theatre personality.

"Rich heritage would be lost if we don't preserve it," he added.
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