A letter to the President of India: Satyajit Ray’s name should be banned for showing sexually explicit scenes

Posted on 29/08/2022

Abstract

This paper-letter aims to sarcastically subvert the Hindutva perception of sexuality (act-pleasure-desire) in the context of Satyajit Ray’s depiction of the art of human intimacy. Though Hindutvavadins, the other Victorians, use the name of Ray for a film award, they even do not know the creative subtlety of Ray’s gaze. It is also to be noted that Ray himself had to change his representation of sexuality to accommodate the community standards of the Indian audience (Ray mentioned this type of constraint in many of his interviews). The colonized Hindutvavadins, are aping the Victorian standard of morality without keeping in mind the explicitly erotic temple architectures as well as sculptures spread throughout the South-Asian subcontinent.

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32332.69765

License: CC BY 4.0

SATYAJIT RAY’S ARS EROTICA AT THE TIME OF HINDUTVA VIEW HERE ⤡ @academia.edu

SATYAJIT RAY’S ARS EROTICA AT THE TIME OF HINDUTVA VIEW HERE ⤡ @researchgate

Akhar Bandyopadhyay

To

The Honourable President,

Republic of India,

Rashtrapati Bhavan,

New Delhi- 110004

Sub:Satyajit Ray’s name should be banned for showing sexually explicit scenes

Respected Ācarya,

In continuation of ourletterVIEW HEREto you, we are again requesting your kind self to remove the name of Satyajit Ray from the prestigious film award.

It is surprising and shocking for us, the ardent supporters ofSangh Parivārideology, to find that a prestigious film award was declared on the name of Satyajit Ray, who showed not only anti-Hindu false ideology, but also the explicit and illicit sexual relationships that are prohibited in thesanātana dharma.

We think that it goes against the ethos of ourParivār’s ideology for the following reasons:

Devi (The Goddess, 1960):An intimate scene (in a silhouette med-long-shot) between Umaprasad (a westernized elite youth) and Doyamoyee (incarnation the Mother Kali) profaned the mother goddess.

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