Dance of the Wind
by Rajan Khosa
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
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.