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Ministry of Culture’s Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces (DMCS) digitally launched the short film ‘A Ray of Genius’ to mark the beginning of the centenary celebrations of Satyajit Ray on 2nd May 2020.
On the occasion of centenary year of great archaeologist Professor B. B. Lal, Union Culture Minister released “Prof. B. B. Lal -India Rediscovered” on 2nd May 2020.
- Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, music composer, graphic artist, lyricist and author, widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.
- The Government of India honored him with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award, in 1992.
- He was awarded an honorary degree by Oxford University.
- Ray’s first film, Pather Panchali (1955), won eleven international prizes, including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.
Prof. B. B. Lal
- Prof. B. B. Lal is a precious gem of Indian archaeology who rediscovered the civilizational India buried under the colonial past.
- Prof. B. B. Lal was conferred upon Padma Bhushan in the year of 2000.
- He was the Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) from 1968 to 1972.
- Prof. Lal excavated several important landmark sites including Hastinapura (U.P.), Sisupalgarh (Orissa), Purana Qila (Delhi), Kalibangan (Rajasthan).
- From 1975-76 onwards, Prof. Lal investigated sites like Ayodhya, Bharadvaja Ashrama, Sringaverapura, Nandigrama and Chitrakoota under the Archaeology of Ramayana Sites.