The film is the first in a trilogy of Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu).
It is a charming, bitter-sweet tale of a rural family struggling to making a living and is based on a novel by the Bengali writer Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadyay.
It also features a soundtrack by Ray’s close friend Ravi Shankar, who composed an exquisite central theme, and Ray later outlined their working methods:
“I would describe certain moods to Ravi Shankar, he rarely saw the films, but he would have the main motif in mind. So we had him do six or seven of these motifs on different instruments at various tempos. Then I had him play three minute pieces of sitar music and some pieces of orchestration that was improvised in different moods.”
- Pather Panchali – Thursday 10 February 11:00 – 13:25, Film 4