‘Aazad’ Naad-Nartan Library

Dr. Ravi Sharma has launched a library in the memory of a marvelous exponent of Kathak – late Pt. Teerath Ram Sharma ‘Aazad’ – his father and his guide to success. This library contains a variety of books, especially, related to Indian music and dance. Here, we also have some rare Documentaries regarding Indian music and musicians, courtesy Films Division

Sr. No.

Title

Language

Duration

Year

Description

002078

Khayal

English

1hr 15 min

 

1988

Here in this film about the Indian classical music, the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and the santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma explain their concepts of a raga, a gharana, and their world of music.  Characteristics of various gharanas or schools such as the Jaipur gharana, the Kirana gharana, the Agra gharana, the Patiala gharana, the Mewati gharana are explained along with the contribution made by their leading exponents.

 

001862

Sarod

English

61 minutes

 

 

India's string instrument Sarod evolved from the Rabab, which was originated in Persia.  It was Ghulam Bandegi Khan Bangesh, son of Mohammed Hashmi Khan Bangesh who modified the Rabab into the Sarod in Rewa (Madhya Pradesh).  He substituted the wooden chest of the Rabab with a steel one and switched from fibre strings to steel ones.  His mother tongue being Pushto, he picked the name for the instrument form the Persian language, Sarood, which means music or melody.  Later the name jettisoned an 'o' and was called Sarod.  While tracing the history of musicians who played this instrument, this film also focuses on the contemporary scene. Among Sarod players today, only five styles of the trend settersare in vogue.  But the man who revolutionised the technique of Sarod playing is Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, who hails from the family that introduced the Sarod to the world.  This film includes an interview with the Sarod maestro, including his teaching session when the raag Bihag is being played.

5396

Kanak Rele

English

21 minutes

1997

A biographical documentary film on creative classical dance exponent Kanak Rele.

005887

Salil Chaudhury

English

48 minutes

2006

Writer, story - teller, Dramatist, Music-composer and above all a humanist, Salil Chowdhury lives forever through his works.

5389

Girija Devi

 

50 minutes

 

A biographical film on Girija Devi an eminent classical singer.

5362

Swami Haridas Sangeet Samroh

English

20:17 minutes

1996

The film is on music and dance festival held at Brindavan (U.P) in memory of Shri Swami Haridas the renowned 15th century saint poet and celebrated exponent of classical music.

 

5318

Tarana

English

25 minutes

 

 

1995

This film is on the 'Tarana' gharana of Indian classical music. A Tarana Bandish normally does not use words instead it employs menmonic syllables. Some of these ae borrowed from tabla bols, some from the moment of her instruments. It has been suggested that these syllables may have religious origin both from Hindu and Sufi faith.

004595

Ahmad Jaan Thirakwa

English

13 minutes

1971

The film on the life and performance of the Tabla player, Ustad Ahmad Jaan Thirakwa.

003224

Baba(2 Copies)

English

 

 

 

1969

The film portrays the various aspects of the personality of the great Maestro, Ustad Allaudin Khan.

004597

Vishnu Digamber Paluskar

English

20 minutes

 

1971

It is a biographical film on the life and music of Pt. VishnuDigambar Paluskar, Whose contribution to Hindustani music ranks among the most important.

001326

Pt. Mallikarjun Mansoor

Hindi

67 minutes

 

 

1982

A doyen of the Hindustani music, Pandit Malikarjun Mansur was born at Mansur in Dharwad District of Karnataka on December 31, 1910.Neelakantha Buva Alur Math of the Gwalior gharana took the 11-yearold Malikarjun as his disciple in Miraj.  Malikarjun studied under him for 6 years.  Later, Malikarjun became the disciple of Ustad Manjikhan, son of Alladia Khan Saheb of Jaipur Atrauli gharana.  Several awards and honours were conferred upon Malikarjun Mansur - the Padma Bhushan, Fellow of the Sangeet NatakAcademy, the Kalidas Award, et al.

003223

Amir Khan

Hindi

18 minutes

1978

The film portrays the personality and family life of Ustad Amir Khan, the famous vocalist and his music.

001004

Folk Dance of Goa

English

16 minute

1980

A documentary showing the cultural mix of the Goan life through the folk dances of Goa.  The "Dhalo" of the Gawdas and the dance ofthe Kunbis who were the earliest setters of Goa; the "Mando" of the Goan Christians, "Corridenho" of the Portueguese origin, the Dasseradance of the Dangars, who are goatherds, the "Ghode Modni" of the Ranes and the wonderful "Tonya Mel" or the harvest dance.

 

001859

Chhau Dance of Mayurbjanj

English

35 minutes

1986

 

001160

Yamini Krishnamurti

English

19:38

1981

A film on the leading Bharat Natyam exponent Yamini

Krishnamurthy. Yamini who learnt dance at the Kalakshetra in Madras embellishes her dance with the beauty of line and form as visualised by the Odissi dance form.  Yamini Krishnamurthy also excells in Kuchipudi, displaying great depth and range.  With equal perfection in Nritta and  Abhinaya, she performs the Varanam in Sankarabharanam here.

000023

Damyanti Joshi

English

21 minutes

1973

This short film is on the life and work of Ms.Damayanti Joshi, the renowned exponent of the Kathak dance form.  The word Kathak is derived from kathakar or story-teller.  Kathak is the art of story telling.  Astory is interpreted through abhinaya - hand gestures, facial expressions and bodily movements.  Originally performed in temples, this dance form was later performed in the royal courts.  Formerly society girls were not allowed to take this dance form.  But it was through the efforts  Ms.Sokhi, wife of Major General Sokhi, such a stigma was eventually removed.  Though long years of her hard work has been fruitful, she sees less hope as now students are not prepared to do the rigorous 'sadhana' to attain perfection.

 

003162

Kathak

English

21 minutes

1970

A film on the history of Kathak dance.

001325

Dhrupad

Hindi

70 minutes

1982

The film is on "Dhrupad Raag". In its existing form Dhrupad can be traced back to a thousand years of living traditions. Its origin, however, can be linked with the emergence of very first classical forms, follwing the break-up of tribal culture and the consequent development of folk music in early villages and of classical music in city/states.

 

003228

Ravi Shanker

English

26:36 minutes

1970

"Ravi Shankar" is a film portrait of the Sitar Maestro, depicting through a series of interviews and recitals his versatile personality as a well-known classical performer and a creative composer of Indian Music.

 

Beware Dogs

English

45 minutes

2008

A poetic and exciting documentary on the contemporary music groups of the contemporary South Asian scene. They explore and intriguing crossover of eastern and western styles. They have written many music scores for independent films. In this very loosely structured film with a quite poetic cinematic style, we witness the struggle of four musicians to create new material. They are together on their artistic journey in an inspiring house in old Delhi, sharing their inner joys, fears, laughs, thoughts and putting it all in their music. With a lyrical rather slow pace, yet in a cinema verite manner, the film shares with us the excitement and the inner battle of the process of creating music.

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