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Friends Across the Bridge: The Social Network of Satyajit Ray


Social networks in the online world tend to reinforce the barriers that exist between groups – an insight previously discussed by researchers such as Danah Boyd. Many individual cultural figures also seem to exert influence within narrow communities rather than bridge divides between communities. Today we look at an exception, the network of the master Indian Bengali filmaker, Satyajit Ray, who seems to have lived a life on a bridge between western and eastern cultures.

In hindsight, I should have not been surprised by the challenges in compiling a social network dataset for cultural figures that live on the bridges between east and west. (This blog is part of my current pet project, which I still need a name for). Bridge figures bring a challenge of the diverse and multicultural nature of naming issues that exist in practical social network analysis.

Today’s data comes from the biography of the late, master filmmaker Satyajit Ray. The biography was written by Andrew Robinson and published in 1989 by I.B. Tauris & Co. The book opens with an explanation of the Bengali pronunciation of ‘Satyajit Ray’, which it is noted is phonetically close to ‘Shottojeet Rye’. The many Indian proper names throughout the book blew away my previous set of proper names which was originally derived from the standard unix file /usr/share/dict/propernames. From various web sources I was able to collect and process lists of Indian names, and these lists approximately doubled the size of the proper names file I now am using. I use this file of proper name to filter the text from electronic biographies and memoirs – my methodology for beginning the build of social network sets for culturally significant figures. Below are my results.


The Social Network of Satyajit Ray (from Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye: The Biography of a Master Film-Maker by Andrew Robinson.)


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David Abraham

Peter Ackroyd

Kamala Adhikari

Mohan Agashe

Roshan Ali

Woody Allen

Tom Alter

Lindsay Anderson

Nigel Andrews

David Ansen

Will Apu

Rudolf Arnheim

Alex Aronson

Peggy Ashcroft

Janet Aston

Richard Attenborough

Ray Bijoya

Kamal Babu

Nanda Babu

Lord Bacon

Satish Bahadur

Krishna Bai

Chandana Banerjee

Nikhil Banerjee

Kali Banerjee

Victor Banerjee

Ratan Banerjee

Ajit Banerjee

Felix Barker

Jyoti Basu

Ananda Bazar

Amrita Bazar

Paul Beckley

Shyam Benegal

Jaya Bhaduri

Henry Biswas

Ray Bizarre

Dilip Bose

Chandra Bose

Kaveri Bose

Nitin Bose

Krishna Bose

Ray Bradbury

Alan Brien

Peter Brook

Gautama Buddha

Ian Buruma

Francis X Bushman

Luis Bunuel

Maria Callas

Vincent Canby

Marcel Carne

Michael Carritt

Lewis Carroll

Gautam Chakravarti

Ujjal Chakravarti

Prem Chand

Subhash Chandra

Charlie Chaplin

Nilima Chatterjee

Chandra Chatterjee

Anil Chatterjee

Kalyan Chatterjee

Sanjiv Chatterjee

Jyoti Chatterjee

Bijoy Chatterjee

Siddhartha Chatterjee

Ray Chaudhuri

Narayan Chowdhury

Anil Chowdhury

Bhaskar Chowdhury

Roy Chowdhury

Ray Chowdhury

Jesus Christ

Jean Christopher

Norman Clare

Arthur C Clarke

James Coburn

Jay Cocks

John Coleman

Ronald Colman

Arthur Conan

Ananda Coomaraswamy

Jim Corbett

Julian Crandall

Arlene Croce

Lord Curzon

Lord Dalhousie

Uma Das

Ray Das

Nalini Das

Siddhartha Deb

Anita Desai

Andre Deutsch

Indira Devi

Santa Devi

Padma Devi

Joe Devlin

Gopal Dey

Gita Dey

Rabindra Dharmaraj

Ray Dickens

Clare Dubois

Krishna Dutta

Asim Dutta

Chandra Dutta

Norman Ellis

Stuart Evans

Joseph Fayrer

George Fenton

Priya Films

Robert Flaherty

Henry Fonda

John Ford

Roger Fry

Jean Gabin

Sanjay Gandhi

Indira Gandhi

Anil Ganguli

Sunil Ganguli

Rama Ganguli

John Gassner

Kumar Ghosal

Subhash Ghosal

Gautam Ghosh

John Gilbert

Don Giovanni

Walter Goodman

Lenny Gordon

Graham Greene

Paul Greenough

John Gross

Arjun Guha

Sunil Gupta

Anil Gupta

Robert Hardcastle

Edward Harrison

Hari Helen

Audrey Hepburn

King Hirak

Byron Hopper

Jack Hulbert

John Huston

Christopher Isherwood

James Ivory

Lester James

Suresh Jindal

Roland Joffe

Barry John

William Jones

Jennifer Jones

James Joyce

Raj Kahini

Jennifer Kapoor

Shashi Kapoor

Anna Karenina

Kalyani Karlekar

Stanley Kauffman

Jennifer Kendal

Amir Khusru

Ravi Kiran

Kajal Kohl

David Kopf

Uma Krupanidhi

Stanley Kubrick

Sanjeev Kumar

Prabhat Kumar

Kamal Kumar

Hari Kumar

Roshan Kumari

Akash Kusum

Henry Lawrence

David Lean

Edward Lear

Simon Legree

Tom Lehrer

Pierre Lenoir

Jerry Lewis

Roger Lipsey

Harold Lloyd

Joseph Losey

Eugene Lourie

Sidney Lumet

Claude Levi-Strauss

Michael Madhusudan

Chandra Mahalanobis

Indrani Majumdar
Kamal Majumdar
Kumar Majumdar
Lila Majumdar
Mohan Majumdar
Rabin Majumdar
Robin Majumdar
Samir Majumdar
Swapan Majumdar

Derek Malcolm

Louis Malle

Ranjit Mallick

Gerard Manley

Ray Marquand

Richard Marquand

Anthony Mayer

John McCarten

David McCutchion

James McFarlane

William McGonagall

Steve McQueen

George Melly

Victoria Memorial

Narayana Menon

Michael Meyer

George Michell

Arthur Miller

John Mills

Tom Milne

Leela Mishra

Kamal Misra

Kamal Mitra

Ananda Mohan

William Morris

Gene Moskowitz

Max Mueller

Anil Mukherjee
Arun Mukherjee
Kumar Mukherjee
Manu Mukherjee
Pradip Mukherjee
Prasad Mukherjee
Ramesh Mukherjee
Samir Mukherjee
Sankar Mukherjee
Sita Mukherjee
Subhash Mukherjee
Swapan Mukherjee

Vijaya Mulay

Amar Mullick

Ram Nam

Narendra Nath

Bharata Natyam

Devi Neogy

Alexander Nevsky

Philip Oakes

Morris Oxford

Peter Palmer

Ramakrishna Paramahansa

William Paul

Lester Peries

James Peries

Michael Powell

Bonnie Prince

Frances W Pritchett

Durga Puja

Om Puri

John Pym

James Quinn

Tim Radford

Terrence Rafferty

Amrit Rai

Raja Rammohun

Shanta Rao

Bharat Ratna

Rama Rau

Sandip Ray

Ray Ray

Lila Ray

Vicky Redwood

Jean Renoir

Eric Rhode

Donald Richie

Andrew Robinson

David Robinson

Romain Rolland

Ray Roman

Helen Ross

Roberto Rossellini

Paul Rotha

Richard Roud

Ray Roy

Dilip K Roy

Arun Roy

Indira Roy

Sandhya Roy

Kumar Roy

John Russell

Ray SATYAJIT

Kalidasa Sanskrit

Kumar Sarkar

Sunil Sarkar

Kali Sarkar

Martin Scorsese

Peter Sellers

David Selznick

Robin Sen

Gopal Sen

Kalyan Sen

Ranjit Sen

Dev Sen

Marie Seton

Asim Shakespeare

Ravi Shankar

Bernard Shaw

David Shepard

Gita Siddharth

Narinder Singh

Indrani Sinha

Vidya Sinha

Lord Sinha

Neil Sinyard

Ramesh Sippy

Steven Spielberg

Raymond Spottiswoode

Russell Square

Anil Srivastava

Edward Steichen

George Steiner

Ian Stephens

Isaac Stern

George Stevens

Ray T Tagore

Sharmila Tagore

Anil Talukdar

Jacques Tati

Robert Taylor

Russell Taylor

Walter Thompson

Edward Thompson

Howard Thompson

James Tod

Daniel Toscan

Kenneth Tynan

Peter Unmade

Ray Unmade

King Vidor

King Wajid

Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waughish

Johnny Weissmuller

Rainer Werner

Billy Wilder

John Willett

Sir William

Mike Wilson

Van Winkle

Hugo Wolf

Robin Wood

Susan Wooldridge

Will Workers

William Wyler

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