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INDIA ON FILM Music has played a pivotal role in Indian cinema from the Silent Era to the present. In two interactive sessions, we highlight how live music and audience participation enriched silent Indian cinema. @BFI 43 SAT 20 MAY 14:00 NFT3 SAT 20 MAY 16:30 NFT3 Exploring Silent Indian Cinema + Q&A with film historian and SACF director Lalit Mohan Joshi and composer-singer Pandit Vishwa Prakash Film historian and South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF) director Lalit Mohan Joshi presents the history of the silent film era, moulded by pioneers like Save Dada, Hiralal Sen, JJ Madan and Dadasaheb Phalke. This includes a rare screening of India’s first feature film, Raja Harishchandra (1913), and live music specially written and led by Pandit Vishwa Prakash. The Coming of Sound and the Golden Era After India’s first talkie Alam Ara (1931), music rose to new creative heights during the 1950s and 1960s. In this session, Lalit Mohan Joshi joins Pandit Vishwa Prakash in conversation. With clip illustrations and live performance, they attempt to unravel the hidden history of this highly creative period when filmmakers like Mehboob Khan, Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt produced memorable films in which music plays a crucial role. ‘MUSIC IS THE LANGUAGE OF LANGUAGES’ AR RAHMAN The art of song picturisation in film is India’s thrilling gift to world cinema, writes Meenakshi Shedde, Guest Curator of UK/India 2017 Song and dance are Indian cinema’s unique selling points. The country’s musicals and dancicals are rooted in Indian folk song and dance, and song picturisation is an art, fusing poetry, music, choreography, cinematography and editing. Our Song and Dance season includes Om Shanti Om, a send-up of Bollywood tropes, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period film Bajirao Mastani, which is replete with jaw-dropping music, dance and song picturisation. Satyajit Ray’s The Music Room (Jalsaghar), an exquisite elegy to the connoisseur, showed that song and dance could be integral to arthouse films too. Tamil director Mani Ratnam’s Bombay features the musical genius AR Rahman, who won two Oscars® for Slumdog Millionaire and also scored I Have Found It (Kandukondain Kandukondain), an eye-popping Tamil adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility. This month, immerse yourself in the true stars of Bollywood: song and dance. Raja Harishchandra Joint ticket available for these two events £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)


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