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Song of the Little Road(Pather Panchali)

  • Dir: Satyajit Ray

  • India, 1955, Bengali, 125mins, DCP, B&W

  • Cast: Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Subir Banerjee, Uma Das Gupta

Ray first became interested in Bibhutibhushan Banerjee’s novel about growing up in rural Bengal after illustrating an edition as a graphic designer. The experience of working for Jean Renoir on The River (1951) and a viewing of Bicycle Thieves (1948) eventually prompted Ray to adapt it for his debut. Meticulously storyboarding his shots, Ray and young cinematographer Subrata Mitra filmed intermittently for about three years as he raised funds for the project. The result was a masterpiece that provides a moving account of childhood attuned to the rhythms of nature while celebrating life despite the ominous presence of mortality, underpinned by Ravi Shankar’s sitar music.

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Courtesy & Produced By: Information & Cultural Affairs Department, Government of West Bengal, India

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