Indian Women on Record : The Film
A Documentary Film celebrating the music of Indian women in early 20th century.
A contemporary female musician embarks
on a journey to trace the beginnings of the first expeditions of European sound
engineers to India, the transitions brought about by the gramophone in the consumption
of music and the invaluable contributions of women singers who laid the
foundations of what later evolved into the Indian Music industry.
Wading through the visual sceneries of
Calcutta, Benares and Lucknow, the three important centres of North India
Classical music, Indian Women on Record traverses between nostalgia and
contemporary music scenario bringing alive the forgotten histories of women
singers through interviews with artists, connoisseurs, film industry veterans
and experts in the field of music.
The film evolves through archival
footage, old musical pieces and performances that recreate and remember the
lives and times of brilliantly talented singers who liberated music from the
confines of darbars to be enjoyed and
cherished by the common place.
Delving into the musical history of a bygone era, the
film explores the myriad of reasons that
made these women successful as musicians and later as producers, composers and
actors. The film documents their struggle to ward of the social stigmas of
their professional lives, their unrelenting participation in national struggle
despite innumerable odds and most of all their passion for music and what it
meant to be a singer during the pre-independence years and in the decline that
"Indian Women on Record" is a tribute to the ignored
protagonists of a cultural revolution that began with the miraculous
popularisation of 78 rpm records in the 1900's and merged later with the
evolution of radio and cinema in India.
Film Duration : 48 minutes 21 seconds
Watch the trailer, here.
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