If you take out the list of greatest filmmakers in the history of Indian Cinema, one of the top three names will include Satyajit Ray. Such was the impact created by this Bengali filmmaker on Indian Cinema. Ray brought a new face to parallel cinema and took Indian cinema to a global level. Master filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson are the fans of Ray's work. Ray is the only Indian director to receive Academy Honorary Award from the Oscars. He received it on March 30, 1992. It has been 28 years since Ray got this award.
Ray started off his career in the advertising field. He used to create covers for many books that used to get published at that time. Over the course of time, Ray got exposed to world cinema and eventually developed an interest in filmmaking. His first feature film was Pather Panchali which had hit the screens in 1955. This is still considered a landmark film in not only Indian cinema but in world cinema. Pather Panchali was the first film in Apu Trilogy. The next two films were Aparajitho (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959). The whole Apu Trilogy can be easily considered as a masterclass in filmmaking.
After that, Ray went on to make many memorable films like Devi Charulatha, Nayak, Shatranj Ke Khilari, Ghanashatru, and Aguntak. Ray was also conferred with the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India. Ray passed away in 1992, the same year in which he got awarded with Academy Honorary Award and Bharat Ratna.