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The Rays Before Satyajit: Creativity and Modernity in Colonial India

Chandak Sengoopta

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199464753
eISBN:
9780199087198
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464753.001.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

Although the filmmaker Satyajit Ray is well known across the world, few outside Bengal know much about the diverse contributions of his forebears to printing technology, nationalism, children’s ... More


Triumph and Tragedy

Chandak Sengoopta

in The Rays Before Satyajit: Creativity and Modernity in Colonial India

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199464753
eISBN:
9780199087198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464753.003.0007
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter shows how, after Upendrakishore’s death in 1915, his son Sukumar sought to remodel the traditions he had set. Sukumar’s literary work is explored in detail in this chapter, and it is ... More


Mobilization for Redress of Grievances

A. G. Noorani

in The Muslims of India: A Documentary Record

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195670561
eISBN:
9780199080618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195670561.003.0003
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter presents several documents relating to the deterioration of communal relations in some states which culminated in riots. These documents include Dr Syed Mahmud’s moves for the Muslim ... More


From the Old World to the New: A Family in Transition

Chandak Sengoopta

in The Rays Before Satyajit: Creativity and Modernity in Colonial India

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199464753
eISBN:
9780199087198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464753.003.0002
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter charts the history of the Ray family of Mymensingh (eastern Bengal) from the earliest known figures to the early youth of Upendrakishore Ray. Originating from the pre-colonial scribal ... More


Introduction: The Rays and the History of Modernity in India

Chandak Sengoopta

in The Rays Before Satyajit: Creativity and Modernity in Colonial India

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199464753
eISBN:
9780199087198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464753.003.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

The introduction profiles the Ray family, describes their main achievements, and explains how the detailed analysis and contextualization of their work can help us understand the character and ... More


Epilogue: New Challenges, Old Values

Chandak Sengoopta

in The Rays Before Satyajit: Creativity and Modernity in Colonial India

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199464753
eISBN:
9780199087198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464753.003.0008
Subject:
History, Indian History

The final chapter of this volume shows how Suprabha Ray, left virtually penniless with a young son, faced her many challenges with a combination of ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ values. After Kadambini ... More


The Polymathic Artisan

Chandak Sengoopta

in The Rays Before Satyajit: Creativity and Modernity in Colonial India

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199464753
eISBN:
9780199087198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464753.003.0005
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter shows how Upendrakishore Ray, after beginning his career as a photographer, mastered the then radically new technology of half-tone photography—essential for the printing of ... More


Home and the World: Swadeshi and Its Ambiguities

Chandak Sengoopta

in The Rays Before Satyajit: Creativity and Modernity in Colonial India

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199464753
eISBN:
9780199087198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464753.003.0006
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter contrasts Upendrakishore’s approach to modernist entrepreneurialism with that of his brother-in-law, the perfumer and technophile Hemendramohan Bose. A successful perfumer, Bose’s ... More


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