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Satyajit Ray
This article enumerates the awards and laurels won by Satyajit Ray.

Awards Won by Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray was no alien to awards. Ray's virtuosity in the art of filmmaking fetched him awards and laurels aplenty. From Pather Panchali to Charulata, all his masterpieces bagged honors in prestigious film festivals. As such Ray's mastery behind the camera achieved universal recognition with accolades coming from peers and critics alike.

The government of India took the lead in honoring Satyajit Ray with some of the biggest awards of the land. The Padmashree was bestowed on him in 1958 followed by the Padmabhushan in 1965. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award came his way in 1985. In 1992, a bed-ridden and terminally ill Ray was conferred with the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honor awarded by the government of India.

International recognition too came in large measure. In 1967 Ray was the recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award given in honor of the late Philippines president. When the Oxford University awarded him the D. Litt. in 1978, Ray was only the second film personality to be so honored after Charlie Chaplin. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the President of France in 1987. In 1992 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Ray an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

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