Sounds of India on Film

Experience the breathtaking visual storytelling of Bengali auteur Satyajit Ray’s stunningly restored Apu Trilogy. Held aloft by unforgettable imagery and Ravi Shankar’s vibrant score, the films distill one boy’s life into universally resonant moments of grief, grace, and humor. They are presented with Jean Renoir’s 1951 color masterpiece The River, a work that Ray credited as a catalyst for his own artistry.

Reserve your general admission seat starting September 26. If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Lincoln Center Plaza entrance.
All registered seats are released 15 minutes before the program begins, so additional seats may become available at that time. One hour before the program, a stand-by line will form inside the Library entrance at 111 Amsterdam Avenue.
Seating is free, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Presented by Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, in association with the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)

Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, October 25 at 6:15 pm

Young Apu begins his journey in a remote Bengali village where the stars of his life are his dutiful mother, Sarbajaya, and his spirited sister, Durga.


Satyajit Ray. 1955. 125 minutes

Bengali with English subtitles

Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, October 25 at 9:15 pm

Set in the cities of Varanasi and Kolkata, the second part of the triptych portrays the poignant relationship between the adolescent Apu and his widowed mother.


Satyajit Ray. 1956. 113 minutes

Bengali with English subtitles

The River

Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 26 at 6:15 pm

Three young British women come of age on the banks of the Ganges in Renoir’s first color feature, filmed entirely on location in India and deemed one of the most beautiful color films ever made.


Jean Renoir, France. 1951. 35mm, 99 minutes

English and Bengali with English subtitles

Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)

Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 26 at 8:45 pm

Our story ends at the beginning. Apu, now a young adult, struggles to find his place in the world, faced with the ephemeral nature of love and the existential force of fatherhood.


Satyajit Ray. 1959. 107 minutes

Bengali with English subtitles