Pother Panchali (The song of the road)

At Nischindipur, on the Ichamati River, lived Harihar and Sarbojaya with daughter Durga and son Apu, and 'unwanted' Indir Thakrun, a distant cousin. Harihar, essentially an artist, was a priest. Sarbajaya, a strong yet mild woman. Durga's world is her brother, and, of course, Indir Thakrun. Apu, born in cold Magh, brings warmth in the family. Harihar, as always, is optimistic; waits for the fortune to return soon so that he could write poetry again. Few years pass; Harihar still struggles, Jaya and Indir still fight, Apu starts school, Durga is happy with her small joys. Then Indir Thakrun found lying beside a bamboo grove, dead. Harihar leaves home for better times. Jaya waits for better times. But good days are hard to come. Arouses in Durga the sense of family. In Apu grows the sense of wonder. Comes Baisakh, there is Kaalbaisakhi, then comes the rain. Durga is deliriously happy, gets thoroughly drenched, in the rain, catches a cold, her end comes, in mother's arms. Apu is bewildered and lonely. Shattered family Decide to leave Nischindipur, hoping for greener pastures, at Benaras. Sunsets in through the cloud for a new beginning. So lyrical is the story yet there is no song.

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