Dilip K. Basu, Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz, is the founder and a trustee of the Ray Society in Calcutta, founder and director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection at UC Santa Cruz, and coordinator of Ray film restoration at the Academy of Motion Pictures. In 1992, Basu hand-carried the Lifetime Special Acheivement Oscar to Ray's hospital room in Calcutta and helped produce his acceptance speece during the past decade to establish a world-class archive and study center on Ray, and an innovative, culturally focused South Asia Studies Center at UC Santa Cruz.
The Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center was established in 1992 to help restore and preserve damaged Ray film negatives with coordinated effort in collaboration with the Academy vcof Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Archives in Los Angeles. To date, fourteen of Ray's thirty-seven films have been beautifully restored. They have been screened at major Ray retrospectives in Europe, Canada and the USA during the past four years. Ray FASC has a large collection encompassing many aspects of Ray's art, including film sketchbooks, stills, postersbooks, journals, and articles on Ray and b Ray in ten languages. The collection's more than ten thousand items constitute the most comprehensive archive on Satyajiy Ray in the world, and it is the only collection of its kind on a single auteur in a university library.Back to Events