( Bijôea Rae
), born in the year 1918, is the widow of the famous film director Satyajit Ray
. Her son Sandip Ray
is also a film director. Bijoya and Satyajit happened to be first cousins. After a long courtship, they were married in 1949. Bijoya Ray acted and sang playback song in a Bengali
movie called Sesh Raksha in 1944 and also acted in the documentary Gaach
(The Tree) by Catherine Berge in 1998.
Early life and education
Bijoya Ray was born as Bijoya Das to Charu Chandra Das, a barrister and Madhuri Devi in October 1918. She was the youngest of four daughters. One of her elder sibling Sati Devi was well known singer and musical exponent who worked with Uday Shankar
and at Prithvi Theatre
in Bombay and her daughter Ruma Guha Thakurta
is a well known personality in music and acting world.
Bijoya grew up in Patna
and was educated in a convent. She had a gifted voice and her father wanted to send her to paris to be trained in soprano and western classical music. In 1931, when she was thirteen her father died and she along with her mother and sisters had to come to Calcutta to her paternal uncle Prasant Das's house. It was here that she met her first cousin Satyajit. They were drawn to each other very soon and their common interests were Film and western classical music. She graduated from the Jogamaya Devi College
, an affiliated undergraduate women's college of the historic University of Calcutta
, in Kolkata
. After graduating, she... Read More