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The Rays Before Satyajit: Creativity and Modernity in Colonial India

Chandak Sengoopta


Although the filmmaker Satyajit Ray is well known across the world, few outside Bengal know much about the diverse contributions of his forebears to printing technology, nationalism, children’s literature, feminism, advertising, entrepreneurialism, and religious reform. Indeed, even within Bengal, the earlier Rays are often very inadequately known and associated exclusively with children’s literature. The first study in English of the multifarious interests and accomplishments of the Ray family and its collateral branches, The Rays before Satyajit reconstructs the multidimensional Ray saga and ... More

Keywords: Ray family, Upendrakishore Ray, Dwarakanath Ganguli, Kadambini Ganguli, Sukumar Ray, Satyajit Ray, Indian modernity, Bengali entrepreneurialism, children’s literature, printing technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199464753
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464753.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chandak Sengoopta, author
Chandak Sengoopta is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK