Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s widow Bijoya Ray died in Kolkata on Tuesday after a prolonged illness.
She was 98 and is survived by son Sandip Ray, a well-known Bengali film director. Long suffering from a lung-related illness, Bijoya was admitted to Belle Vue clinic on Monday evening with acute pneumonia. After her condition deteriorated, she was put on ventilation support.
“Doctors tried their best to save her life, but she passed away around 6 pm,” Belle Vue CEO Dr P Tandon said.
Born in 1917, Bijoya got married on October 20, 1948. She had acted in a few films and had penned her days with her famous husband in an autobiography Amader Katha, which was later translated into English as Manik and I. Her husband, the Oscar-winning master director, best known for the Apu trilogy, had died in April, 1992.
Hearing the news, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went to the hospital and offered her condolence to the bereaved family. Describing Bijoya as a bridge between two generations of filmmakers — Satyajit and Sandip — she said that her demise was an irreparable loss not only to the Ray family, but all of them. “Other than films, Bijoya Ray had a special interest for western classical music. Her demise is an irreparable loss not only to the Ray family, but all of us. I convey my sympathies to the bereaved family and pray that her soul rest in peace,” Mamata said in a message.