Priyanka Kumar's The Song Of The Little Road film on Satyajit Ray's works feat. Martin Scorsese, Ismail Merchant, Ravi Shankar

Pather Panchali - debut film of Satyajit Ray: opening sequence

Song of the Little roadSatyajit Ray’s masterpiece the Apu Trilogy (The Apu Trilogy Box Set - Satyajit Ray - Pather Panchali, Aparajito, the World of Apu) is widely considered one of the most important works in cinema history.  In 1992 Ray was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Oscar.  But when film-preservationist David Sheppard volunteered to go to Bengal, he found the original negatives in a terrible state.  “It’s hard to think of another world-class filmmaker, says Sheppard, “whose oeuvre hangs by such a thin thread!

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Written and directed by Priyanka Kumar, the feature film The Song of the Little Road tells the story of how a master’s body of work came so close to disintegration, and why Ray’s films move audiences so deeply across time and cultural boundaries.  Three icons - director Martin Scorsese, producer Ismail Merchant, and music composer Ravi Shankar- illustrate stirringly what makes a masterpiece.

The tag-line of the film is, appropriately, "Why films endure, Why films perish. How Satyajit Ray's films did both."

The first of the three Bengali feature films in Apu Trilogy, Pather Panchali (পথের পাঁচালী), depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu in the rural countryside of Bengal in the 1920s. One of the English titles of the film is also The Song of the Little RoadProduced with a shoestring budget of around $3000) and featuring mostly amateur actors and an inexperienced crew, Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali is today considered one of the greatest films of all time.