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Gandhi insisted that the spirit of India lives in its villages, but the drift away from the village and toward urbanization in post- independence India continues. Questions arise regarding the ideological motivations driving artists’ treatments of the village in various notable works in the modern South Asian canon. A comparison is drawn between Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali [1955] and Orissan artist and author Prafulla Mohanti’s My Village, My Life [1973]. While at first glance the two may seem to have little to do with another, a close consideration reveals some striking similarities between them, providing some compelling insights into Ray’s methods and vision.

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South Asian Review


South Asian Review

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Kain, G. (2015). Focusing the village: Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali and Prafulla Mohanti's My Village, My Life. South Asian Review (Ray Special Issue), 36.1, 177-196.