Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jahaji Music

Good friend Gurpal Singh has something called 'Docus At My Home'. He calls a few friends to his house, feeds them with buttermilk, sweets, herbal tea, normal tea, biscuits and at times with good food; and then shows them a documentary film. The bonus is a discussion with the filmmaker. I saw 'Jahaji Music' at his house, yesterday - a 112 minutes film directed by Surabhi Sharma. It was the second screening of the film at his house.
The film deals with the identity of a generation of Indians whose ancestors had migrated to the Caribbean islands taking along with them their own local music. The identity of these migrants is aptly depicted by the musical journey that they have been taking over the years. The natural artistic collaborations that they have been having with the music of their adopted land, forms a large part of this journey.
The sequences in the film progressively deal with the harmonious merger of two musical cultures. In a sense, this structure of the film itself seems to be its content. One rarely gets to see such amalgamation.
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