Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali returns to Film 4

Satyajit Ray's Pather PanchaliIf there’s one Bengali film you should see then Satyajit Ray’s 1955 directorial debut Pather Panchali (The Song of the Little Road) is it.

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.”

I wrote about the film in more detail when it was shown last year on Film 4. If you missed that showing, there’s another chance to catch it next week on the UK, digital-only channel Film 4.

One response to “Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali returns to Film 4

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