Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) (1955) is a Bengali classic directed by Satyajit Ray and produced by the Government of the Indian state of West Bengal. Based on the Bengali novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, the film was the debut for director Satyajit Ray.
Pather Panchali was both a critical and a popular success. Influenced by Italian neo-realism, Satyajit Ray developed his own style of lyrical realism in this film. It was the first Indian film to attract major international attention, by winning “Best Human Document” at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.
‘Pather Panchali’ is today considered one of the greatest films ever made.