Pather Panchali

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Pather Panchali a popular Bangla novel written by bibhutibhushan bandyopadhyay. It was initially serialised in the monthly Bichitra (Asadh 1335-Ashvin 1336). In 1929 it was published as a book. Apu, Durga, Indir Thakrun, Harihara and Sarbajaya are the principal characters of the novel. The character of Apu is partly autobiographical. The natural beauty of Bengal has been wonderfully portrayed in the novel. Aparajita (1931) is a sequel. satyajit ray made a film on Pather Panchali, winning considerable fame. [Saumitra Sekhar]