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Yet the man within is quite like any other middle class erudite Bengali. Each story is written in the form of a diary entry -- the format was such a novelty in Bengali literature at the time of it's publication, that it made the reader actually consider the possibility whether Shonku was indeed a lving person.
He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, graphic designer and film critic. Ray's first film, Pather Panchali (1955), won eleven international prizes, including Best Human Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival. Ray received many major awards in his career, including 32 Indian National Film Awards, a number of awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, and an Academy Award in 1992. Sukumar Ray, Upendrakishore's son and father of Satyajit, was a pioneering Bengali author and poet of nonsense rhyme and children's literature, an illustrator and a critic. Awards, Honors and Recognitions: Ray received many awards, including 32 National Film Awards by the Government of India.