Khayal Darpan…

Vikalp Bengaluru & Smriti Nandan Cultural Centre

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Khayal Darpan

A Documentary Film about Classical Music in Pakistan

 

 

Friday, 22nd October, 2010 at 6.30 pm
Smriti Nandan Cultural Centre, Nanda-deep, 15 /3 Palace Road  Bangalore – 560 052.  Tel: 22258091 / 65979732

 

Directed by Yousuf Saeed

 

100 mins /Urdu/Hindi (with English subtitles)

 

In 2005, the Delhi-based filmmaker, Yousuf Saeed, spent more than 6 months in Pakistan as part of a research fellowship where he surveyed the development of khayal and other forms of classical traditions in Pakistan after 1947. After travelling in the 3 main cities of Pakistan – Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad – interviewing musicians and scholars, attending music concerts, and observing the teaching of music in various institutions, Yousuf not only managed to document some of the surviving practitioners and patrons of art music, but also raised many vital questions about cultural identity, nationalism, legitimacy of music in Islam, Pakistan’s popular culture and its affairs with India, and the survival of classical music itself in South Asia. The film features some well-known as well as many lesser known but talented musicians of Pakistan, breaking many stereotypes about the country.

Khayal Darpan (http://www.khayaldarpan.info) is a real tour-de-force for a new generation of South Asians who are bent upon defining their cultural and national identities according to their religion.

 

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