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Focus on: Ravi Shankar

Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray’s naturalistic classic is perfectly complemented by Ravi Shankar’s sitar.

Image from Pather Panchali

India 1955
Dir Satyajit Ray
With Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee
Bengali with English subtitles
Certificate U

Satyajit Ray was inspired by Italian neo-realist films such as Bicycle Thieves to make his own low-budget, open-air drama painting a naturalistic portrait of ordinary lives. Ravi Shankar’s tumultuous sitar underpins this, the first part of the ‘Apu Trilogy’, an adaptation of the novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, about a young boy growing up in an impoverished rural community. Shankar created the entire music for the film in one long overnight session!


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