The National Museum of Singapore presented a retrospective of Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest masters of world cinema. Ms Fang supported the efforts of Professor Dilip Basu and the Ray Film and Study Center located in Santa Cruz, California (UC Santa Cruz). This was the first major Asian country outside of India to do a film retrospective.

Winner of an honorary Academy Award in 1992 for Lifetime Achievement, Ray gained international acclaim with his first feature film, Pather Panchali (1955), the first part of the celebrated Apu trilogy that includes Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959).

A master storyteller, Ray's cinema is known for its humanism and keen observation of society and life. Although his films are made in Bengali, they possess a universality that transcends cultural and national barriers, making him one of the most beloved filmmakers around the world. The great Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa said that "not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun and the moon".

The Satyajit Ray Retrospective is a showcase of Ray's immense cinematic legacy through a career spanning almost four decades. Consisting of 25 feature films, rarely seen short films and documentaries as well as a roundtable discussion by film experts and critics, the retrospective will provide audiences the opportunity to discover the vast riches and diversity of Ray's cinema.

Sharmila Tagore
Ray introduced Sharmila Tagore in Apur Sansar, the final film of the Apu Trilogy. She played the young wife Aparna. She was just a fourteen-year-old then, with no previous acting experience. As the shooting began, Ray had to shout instructions to Sharmila during the takes. None of this, however, is reflected on the screen. Ray cast her in his next film Devi and later she went on to become a very successful actress in Bombay's Hindi films. She returned to work in later Ray films - Nayak, Aranyer Din Ratri and Seemabaddha. With Shakti Samanta's Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) where she appeared in a two-piece bikini, she acquired the status of a sex symbol. Aradhana with Rajesh Khanna was one of the most successful films of 1970's. In Gulzar's Mausam, she played a memorable role of a prostitute. Her later notable films include Amanush, Anand Ashram and New Delhi Times. She married the former cricketer Nawab Ali Khan Pataudi, and has a son - Saif Ali Khan who is one of the leading actors of Bombay cinema.
Dilip Basu
Dilip K. Basu has established a world class Archives and Study Center on Satyajit Ray (Ray FASC), and an innovative, culturally focused South Asia Studies Center at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC). With the cooperation of the Ray FASC at UCSC and the Ray Society in Calcutta, Basu coordinates the restoration and preservation of Ray's films. The work is done at the Academy of Motion Pictures Archives in Los Angeles. To date, out of Ray's 37-film oeuvre, 22 have been fully restored. Most of the original negatives, including the ones of the Apu Trilogy, were in tatters. If these were not properly restored, future generations would not have the privilege of seeing the classic Ray films. The Academy has recently announced that it will pay for the restoration costs of the rest of the Ray films. Restored film elements are preserved at the Academy's vault (a vault in Calcutta is yet to be built); the original negatives, upon restoration, are returned to the producers in India at no cost to them. Other special guests included veteran Indian director Shyam Benegal and Satyajit Ray's son, Sandip Ray.