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Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) ? Apu Trilogy  .  director Satyajit Ray
11/10/2006, at 05:30 PM
director Satyajit Ray
screenplay Satyajit Ray
country India
year 1955
duration 115 minutes
color B/W
producer Government of West Bengal

Kanu Banerjee

Karuna Banerjee

Subir Banerjee

Uma Das Gupta


cinematography Subrata Mitra
sound Bhupen Ghosh
editor Dulal Dutta
music Pandit Ravi Shankar


The time is early twentieth century, a remote village in Bengal.The film deals with a Brahmin family, a priest - Harihar, his wife Sarbajaya, daughter Durga, and his aged cousin Indir Thakrun - struggling to make both ends meet.


Harihar is frequently away from home on work. The wife is raising her mischievous daughter Durga and caring for elderly cousin Indir, whose independent spirit sometimes irritates her... Apu is born. With the little boy's arrival, happiness, play and exploration uplift the children's daily life.


Durga and Apu share an intimate bond. They follow a candy seller whose wares they can not afford, enjoy the theatre, discover a train and witness a marriage ceremony. They even face death of their aunt - Indir Thakrun. Durga is accused of a theft. She fall ill after a joyous dance in rains of the monsoon. On a stormy day, when Harihar is away on work, Durga dies.


On Harihar's return, the family leaves their village in search of a new life in Benaras. The film closes with an image of Harihar, wife and son - Apu, slowly moving way in an ox cart.