RENDEZVOUS WITH RAY
It was a unique friendship that developed between a French-Canadian priest and one of the world's greatest film directors, and had a singular impact on Bengali films both academically and practically. It was en-route to India in1961, at a stopover in New York, that 26-year- old Fr. Gaston Roberge was acquainted with the works of Satyajit Ray through the Apu Trilogy. He found the world of Apu so fascinating that he saw all three films in one sitting; and there began his longstanding love affair with the people of India and Bengali cinema and culture, which led to path-breaking work in those fields. In his latest book. Satyajit Ray, Essays 1970-2005, a compilation of his essays as the name suggests, being published by Manohar Publishers, New Delli, Roberge provides a scholarly. original analysis of Ray's works, giving an insight into the greatness of Ray both as a person and as an artist.