Kolkata Book Fair 2022: Satyajit Ray’s screenplays and illustrations in ‘Sandesh’ children’s magazine are selling like hot cakes

KOLKATA: Film maestro Satyajit Ray’s scripts, illustrations and other works published in the children’s magazine ‘Sandesh’ are selling like hot cakes at the 45th Kolkata International Book Fair, which ends on Sunday.

The rare final edition of “Bichitropatro”, published on the occasion of the centenary of Ray’s birth, contains his previously unpublished letters, illustrations and film articles, as well as the first script of his masterpiece “Ghare Baire”, said a spokesperson for the magazine’s stand.

It contains 19 logos and advertising sketches made by Ray, including those of Chelsea ink, Jakakusum hair oil, “Anandamela” children’s magazine and “Aajkal” newspaper.

It also has the cover illustration of magazines like ‘Parichay’ and ‘Visva-Bharati Patrika’, said Sourodip Bandyopadhyay, one of the people manning the booth.

Satyajit Ray on set with actress Lily Chakravarty. Image of the first Indian Film Museum at Gulshan Mahal, Pedder Road, Mumbai.

The latest edition of Bichitropotro and the special edition Sandesh ‘Satyajit 100’ are selling like hot cakes. Other editions of Sandesh and Bichitropotro, as well as the memoirs of the late writer Leela Majumdar, are also in high demand, he said.

Son of Ray’s filmmaker and Sandesh’s editor, Sandip Ray, said: “Our family’s ties to the magazine have spanned decades. The characters of Detective Feluda and adventurous scientist Professor Shonku were born in the pages of the magazine.”

“Baba (father) was one of the editors of the magazine. Apart from editorial responsibilities, he had to wield the pen to write for children. Sandesh first shaped his career as a writer,” he said declared.

He added that Ray was strongly attached to the magazine which was associated with Maestro Sukumar Roy’s father, a popular writer, and his grandfather Upendrakishore Roy Chowdhury.

Subroto Choudhury, an 18-year-old looking for “Satyajit 100” in the booth, said, “I am deeply rooted in our literature. I connect more with Feluda than with Sherlock Holmes.”


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