Among a select group of 16 global figures who have been recognised by the United Nations for their contribution to the common good of humanity stands Bengal’s very own accomplished film maker and illustrator, Satyajit Ray.
The portrait of the cine maestro, along with those of British actress Audrey Hepburn and Pakistani activist for female education and youngest Nobel laureate Mala Yousafzai, have been displayed at the visitors' concourse of the imposing UN building in Manhattan, New York.
The portraits on display feature artists and intellectuals from all continents who stood up for the most vulnerable social issues. The section is part of an exhibition titled 'The Transformative Power of Art.' All the artwork had been personally selected by Sam Kahamba Kutesa, president of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
'The Transformative Power of Art' embodies the necessity to place people at the centre of our concern while protecting the planet.
According to Sam Kahamba Kutesa, the urgency of placing people at the centre of everything we do is a challenge to as well as a miracle of, human creativity. It can be translated into a common language of artistic inspiration. This commonality will help the cause go a long way in helping our fragile planet as it is on the brink of facing the devastating consequences of climate change, a defining challenge of our time.
Director Sandip Ray was delighted to hear that his father's portrait has been displayed at the UN. He said that he was very surprised and very happy to hear it. Though they have not received any communication from the UN, it is indeed a prestigious honour.
It is an honour not just the family but the entire country as well as the state of West Bengal. Bengal has produced great artistic talent over time. We are proud that the pioneering work of our very own Satyajit Ray is still leaving its mark and contributing to society on a global scale.
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