India Foundation for the Arts
(the song of our people)
Two screenings of a short work-in-progress film on stories of music and rhythm
from the everyday lives of people from Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland,
Assam, Mizoram, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Kutch,
on June 27 and June 28, 2014.
The screenings will be followed by discussions on this project,
with the filmmakers Iswar Srikumar and Anushka Meenakshi.
This project was part supported by IFA.
June 27, 2014 | 06:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Fort
2nd Floor, Somaiya Bhavan, above Kitab Khana book store,
Fountain Circle, Fort, Mumbai. Contact: 022-61702270
June 28, 2014 | 06:30 pm to 8:30 pm
The Hive, Bandra
50 A, Huma Mansion, Opposite Ahmed Bakery,
Chuim Village Road, Khar West, Mumbai.
06:30 pm Refreshments
Presentation begins at 07:00 pm
For details, call Jigna: 9619842954
We invite you to come and spend an evening with Anushka Meenakshi, a documentary filmmaker, and Iswar Srikumar, a theatre actor. Both are part of a theatre collective in Chennai called Perch. In March 2011 the duo set out on a journey across the country which has now turned into the u-ra-mi-li project, an endeavour to share stories about music and rhythm in every day life.
The first half of the evening will be a 37 minute work-in-progress film that brings together music and rhythms from Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Assam, Mizoram, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Kutch. The film travels through landscapes bringing together rhythms and songs of train singers and cattle herders, songs of embroidery and those of protest. Without any specific stress on identifying locations or people, the film tries to let the visuals and the music create an experience of observing music and rhythm in everyday life across the country.
The second half will be a presentation of raw footage and short edits from the first feature length film of the u-ra-mi-li project. Partly funded by a research and documentation grant from the IFA, 'neihi mozo hanü dizo le (without you I am nothing)' is a film about the polyphonic music that accompanies paddy cultivation in the village of Phek in Nagaland. This film takes an in-depth look at the form of the work song, and the context in which these songs have thrived.
We hope you will join us for this exciting showcase.