On and off the records by Pratik Biswas (52’)
The history of 20th Century Hindustani classical music and the travelogue of recording in India are inseparable. How does this constant and continuous interplay affect the aesthetics of one of the oldest musical traditions of the world? What is the impact of this influence on the overall musical experience of both – the musician and the audience? The Film understands this equation through intimate discussions, even as it celebrates the music and art of some of the most beautiful musicians the world has ever known.
Nusrat has left the building…but when ? by Farjad Nabi (20′)
This is a film made about the metamorphic career of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the famous sufi qawwali singer from Pakistan. The film departs from the popular version of Nusrat and goes back to his early roots in pure sufi music, before and after he exploded on the international scene. Nusrat’s metamorphosis from a genuine popular artiste to a mass produced exotica of the east, left behind many disillusioned listeners and devotees in its wake. Perhaps for the first time this film gives voice to the other side of the song.
In partnership with Vikalp Film Archive