Satyajit Ray’s wife Bijoya passes away at 98

Legendary Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s wife Bijoya Ray passes away in Kolkata on Tuesday after prolonged illness. She is survived by her son Sandip Ray, who is a famous Bengali film director.

She was admitted to Belle Vue hospital on Monday evening due to acute Pneumonia. For a long time she was suffering from lung related illness. She was put on ventilation support after her condition deteriorated.

“Doctors tried their best to save her life, but she passed away around 6 pm,” Belle Vue CEO Dr P Tandon said.

Born in 1917, Bijoya got married to her first cousin Satyajit Raj on October 20, 1948. She also acted in a few Bengali films and penned an autobiography Amader Katha, which was later translated into English as Manik and I. In the autobiography, she narrates her days with her Oscar winning director who died in April, 1992.

The CM of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee rushed to the hospital on hearing the news and expressed her condolence. She said that demise of Bijoya Ray is a great loss to the Ray family. “Other than films, Bijoya Ray had a special interest for western classical music. Her demise is an irreparable loss not only to the Ray family, but all of us. I convey my sympathies to the bereaved family and pray that her soul rest in peace,” Mamata said in a message.