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Dance of the Wind

(Swara Mandal) 

by Rajan Khosa

India

 

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Director: Rajan Khosa

Script: Rajan Khosa, R. Mukherjee

Cinematographer: Piyush Shah

Sound: V. Joglekar

Art Setting: A. Behl

Cast: Kitu Gidwani, B. Gosain, B.C. Sanyal, R. Bano, K. Jee

Production: Pandora Film

Distribution:
Pierre Grise

Year: 1996

35 mm, Color, 87 min, 
OV with French Subtitles

1997: Festival of Three Continents: Audience Award.

Pallavi, a budding Indian classical singer, is the daughter and student of celebrated classical singer, Karuna Devi. While she was still gaining her confidence, her mother dies suddenly; due this shock Pallavi loses not just her bearings, but also her voice. Subsequently, she also loses her career, her students, and her husband. It is only after she meets a young street urchin, Tara and start teaching her, following the guru-shishya parampara of Indian classical music, as her mother once did with her, does she begin to finds herself again, and also her voice.

This is a beautiful debut feature by a young director, who gives tribute to traditional arts without clichés. Similar to S. Ray's  indien qui a su rendre hommage aux arts traditionnels tout en sachant éviter le piège de l’exotisme. Tout comme Le Salon de musique de S. Ray's Jalsaghar (The Music Room), Dance of the Wind shows India between traadition and modernity.

« Dance of the Wind takes place in contemporary New Delhi, where the sacred tradition of music has been passed on from master to disciple, by parent to their child, surviving quick money of music industry. » Raja Khosa.

 
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