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Raga Revelry : Study Tracks

A Journey Through North Indian Classical Music

Year: 2012, 159 mins
Code: GL-Raga2
ISBN: 888295298407

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Part 2 : Stufy Tracks

A 2 part documentary and companion study tracks, in English, Raga Revelry is a fun, accessible introduction to the centuries-old tradition of North Indian Classical Music, colloquially referred to as Raga music. Listeners and music practitioners benefit by having the structures of Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm) exposed, making this eternal sound accessible to any ear. Through music, Raga Revelry enables a tangible understanding of the philosophy underlying this ancient civilization. The educational quality of the film is endorsed by India’s premier national arts academy, the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

The viewer is transported to the heart of Indian culture through Vijay Kichlu’s journey to create a permanent sanctuary for this heritage. Kichlu, a renowned musicologist, is the recipient of India’s highest recognition for a practicing artist. Interviews and musical demonstrations from many current luminaries display the passion and reverence for this tradition and the love that has kept the music flourishing.

The film is tailored for educational audiences and would illumine lectures, discussions, installations, etc. on subjects related to South Asia, World Music, Art, Culture, Philosophy, Spirituality and Globalization.

The 30 chapters and 16 study tracks includes topics about: Influences and Expansion, Voice Production, Comparison to Western Music, Mastering Solpha Syllables, Improvisation, Introduction To Melody, Emotional Bond, Introduction to Rhythm, Vocalization in Rhythm, Introduction to Tabla, Tempo, Significance of the Listener, Rhythm and Melody, The Essence of Hindustani Music and more.

Shreedevi Thacker (Creator, Writer, Producer) is an independent filmmaker, writer and producer based in New York City. Her foray into documentary films was inspired by the desire to make the philosophy, beauty and rigor of Indian Classical music accessible - a sound often perceived as exotic or complicated. She has participated in founding and strategically growing global businesses in the software development and solutions space. Thacker is a graduate of Brown University where she studied International Relations and Economics and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mahesh Nair (Director) is a Mumbai based director and writer and a former journalist. His filmmaking works include documentaries, shorts, and corporate training films. His ability to transform complex issues and practices into an engaging visual drama has won much acclaim. His documentary on Mumbai’s Dabbawalas, which he wrote and directed for BBC World TV, is often used as a case study by management institutes. Another documentary on the underworld in Mumbai titled Fear Over The City, commissioned by Star TV won much praise. The Bill Gates Foundation uses Nair’s documentary on poor children, in India, who suffer from Japanese encephalitis, effectively as an advocacy film. Mahesh recently made his Bollywood debut as a director with a feature called Accident On Hill Road.

Vijay Kichlu / Writer, Presenter is renowned in musicological circles as an erudite musician and musicologist. The Government of India conferring on him the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2006, the highest recognition for a practicing artist. Kichlu has dedicated a lifetime to the training, propagation and preservation of Indian Classical music, and as the Founding Executive Director of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy (estd. 1977) engaged a training approach based on ancient, traditional methods. In 2009, Kichlu was nominated to the General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi and in 2011, he was nominated as a member of the Working Group on Art and Culture for the Government of India's Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2012- 2017).

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