Born in April 1917 and died in June 2015; this journey of 98 years had been a noble one for Bijoya Ray. She was the wife of
, a famous and Oscar-winning filmmaker of the Indian cinema. She tried her hand in a few films namely Shesh Raksha (1944), Mashaal (1950) and Rajani. All these films were not able to bring out the impact, and so these were the only three on her list. She even gave a playback in Shesh Raksha. She was the daughter of Charu Chandra Das and Madhuri Devi. They had four daughters, and Bijoya was the youngest of them. Her father, Charuchandra Das was a noted barrister; after his death in 1931, Bijoya was the responsibility of her uncle, Prashant Das’s joint family who lived in Calcutta. There she completed her education from Jogamaya Devi College (affiliated to the University of Calcutta). She had a fabulous voice and was even trained in Rabindra Sangeet, Indian classical and semi-classical music.
Her father was always proud of her and wanted Bijoya to go Paris to get mastered in western classical music and soprano. Her elder sister, Sati Devi was a singer and a music exponent and had worked with
. Her son, Sandip Ray is also a well-known film-maker and her daughter,
Ruma Guha Thakurta
who was previously married
is a famous name in acting and music world. During her college days, she met her soulmate Satyajit, who was also her first cousin. Her love story was no less than typical Bollywood movie. Satyajit and Bijoya had a lot of age difference and were obviously close relatives, and so their marriage was not possible. But they were deeply in love and were together for eight years relationship. And eventually, they decided to get married on October 20, 1949 but did not inform anyone about the wedding. Soon after, Satyajit declared that he won’t marry anyone but Bijoya. Their families were now left with no other choice but to agree. After Satyajeet’s death in 1992, she wrote three books. The most successful one was “Manik and I” published in 2012. It talked about the journey of her life with Satyajit and also about their love story.