Dance of the wind

Dance of the wind

DVD - 2013 | Hindi
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Set in contemporary New Delhi, the film captures the 5000-year-old tradition of passing on the legacy of Hindustani music, taught by parent to child, by Guru to disciple, over generations. A young singer's successful professional life comes to a sudden halt at the death of her mother and teacher. The film traces her downfall and recovery through the help of her mother's guru, and a mysterious young girl, Tara.
Publisher: Mumbai : National Film Development Corporation : Shemaroo, 2013
Branch Call Number: DVD HINDI DANCE 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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manoush Nov 06, 2014

A beautiful film with an otherworldly air, fitting for a movie that tries to capture the creative process, in this case music. Pallavi is a singer of Indian classical music and is very attached to her elderly mother, a legendary singer and Pallavi's inspiration and guru. One of the film's opening scenes is a beautiful shot of them practicing in the morning, the haunting sound of the tanpura mingling with their soaring voices. When her mother dies Pallavi experiences a creative block, losing her voice and freezing during a stage performance. She moves into her mother's house in an attempt to be near her aura, but that does nothing to regain her voice. She runs into a mysterious street urchin named Tara, a playful barefoot girl with an angelic voice. While spending time with Tara and showering maternal affection on her, Pallavi regains her voice. Through her child muse Pallavi meets Baba, her mother's aged, reclusive guru. Because of his vow of silence, the guru writes down two sentences for Pallavi that embody his wisdom and unlock her blocked creativity. The film is a beautiful meditation on the intersection between art and daily life. It makes especially effective use of overhead shots, heightening the viewer's sense of being lifted into the sky by the transcendent music. The film's opening shot is a feast for the senses, with the haunting cooing of pigeons, beautiful latticework windows of a New Delhi fort, and the otherworldly sound of Hindustani classical singing.

Green_Bird_203 Jul 14, 2014

Unexpectedly moving picture. Very recommended.

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