By Shoma A. Chatterji
Filming fact explores the autonomous documentary movie circulation in India post-1970s, whilst it all started to procure an identification of its personal and lots of movies obtained all over the world attractiveness. It analyses extraordinary documentaries revamped the final 4 many years, together with these via iconic film-makers reminiscent of Satyajit Ray, Mani Kaul, Anand Patwardhan; activists corresponding to Rakesh Sharma, Ranjan Palit, Amar Kanwar; feminists reminiscent of Deepa Dhanraj and Madhusree Dutta; and auteurs equivalent to Sanjay Kak, R.V. Ramani and others. that includes a compilation and research of famous and infrequent documentaries, this publication is of vast price to movie buffs, movie students and film-makers.
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We find the 36 O F L I V E S A N D H I S T O R I E S octogenarian engaged in freewheeling conversations with a group of children. It is a process of discovery on both sides. In course of this interaction, we are gradually introduced to Badal Sarkar as the eminent theatre personality, as a keen social commentator even at 80 plus, as the grandpa next door. Rare archival photographs provide the perspective while he reflects on his experience or explains his philosophy of theatre. The background scores used in the film are from Badal Sarkar’s compositions, played by the child artistes.
Salil Chowdhury was an outstanding composer, an accomplished and gifted arranger, poet, storyteller, playwright, writer, an intellectual and a humanist. A master multiinstrumentalist, he acquired mastery over both string and reed instruments and also the flute. The film focussed mainly on his Gana Sangeet and his compositions for Hindi films that remain archived often because of their songs and music. The film left his personal life out of the film except for his childhood in Assam, captured in 28 O F L I V E S A N D H I S T O R I E S fictionalized flashback and presented him as music director and lyricist.
I had made up my mind earlier. ” Artificial classifications of the documentary format into genres are a misnomer because all genres are subject to considerable overlapping thus often lending themselves to varied interpretations, blurring the dividing line between one genre and another. Gulzar’s documentary on Pandit Bhimsen Joshi is as much a biographical documentary as it is a historical one because alongside tracing the life of the great vocalist, it also traces the history of one school of Hindustani classical music, namely, the Kirana Gharana, without which no history of Hindustani classical music styles can be complete.
Filming Reality: The Independent Documentary Movement in India by Shoma A. Chatterji