Bala

  • Director

    Satyajit Ray

  • With

    Balasaraswati

  • India 1976. 33min

  • 35mm

Produced by the National Centre of Performing Arts and the Government of Tamil Nadu, this is Ray’s only documentary on classical dance. Balasaraswati was, according to Ray, ‘the greatest Bharat Natyam dancer ever’. Her contribution was important in dispelling taboos around the temple dance form.

+ Sikkim

  • Director

    Satyajit Ray

  • India 1971. 60min

  • 35mm

Commissioned by the Chogyal (King) of Sikkim at a time when he felt the sovereignty of his state was threatened by China and India, Ray made this magnificent film. It was banned by the Indian government after Sikkim merged with India in 1975.

Restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project at the Academy Film Archive.

+ Two (aka Parable of Two)

  • Director

    Satyajit Ray

  • India 1965. 12min

  • Digital

Two children, one rich, the other poor, encounter each other through a window, in this short film produced by Esso World Theater.

To clarify, Teen Kanya / Monihara, The Expedition, The Chess Players, Sikkim, and Two, all screening in the Satyajit Ray season in August, are advertised as restorations from the Academy Film Archive but they are not brand new restorations and are now showing slight signs of wear and tear. We apologise for any disappointment caused.