The first of the programmes, The Secret History of Indian Cinema, will be presented with a unique music score newly commissioned by sampad, played live during the film. Tanya Singh, from no.w.here will start the programme by giving a short talk about the exhibition.
Raju Mali, a musician originally from Nepal now based in Birmingham, will play a guitar and keyboard live, accompanied with music mixed on laptop computer and a control surface. During the creation process he was mentored by Praveen D Rao, a classically trained musician, who has collaborated with sampad on previous occasions, most recently performing with Earth’n Beat in October.
Cinema of Prayoga presents an unprecedented cross section of work from the beginnings of cinema in India to the latest examples of Indian video art, sketching a remarkable alternative route through Indian cinema, rarely touched upon by Bollywood or more traditional Art cinema. Cinema of Prayoga gives an unparalleled new perspective on Indian culture, identity and cinema.
The Secret History of Indian Cinema, 12.30-2pm
This programme presents revelatory and rare films from two founding periods of Indian cinema to a unique newly commissioned live music. D.G. Phalke’s fantastic films were the first made in Indian and earned him the title “the father of Indian cinema”. The programme also presents subversive work from 60s and 70s, produced by the Films Division, the Indian equivalent of the GPO Film Unit. Recommended cert. PG
Unseen India, 2.15-4pm
Music and poetry, dance and documentary are embraced by contemporary Indian artists in these reflections on modern Indian identity. This range of recent work challenges the boundaries between documentary and narrative, with studies of Kali worship, India’s first gay film and a poetic study of childhood.
Recommended cert. 18 contains some documentary scenes of animal sacrifice
Indian Video Art: Between Myth and History, 4.15-5.40pm
Starting out in the early nineties Indian video art has so far produced about thirty artists who have incorporated this ‘new’ medium into their means of expression. These works explore the political history of the rapidly changing Indian subcontinent in striking and unusual ways.
Recommended cert. 18 contains explicit scenes of a sexual nature
For more information on each of the three programmes and stills see ICO website: www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/prayoga.htm
“These works are simultaneously enigmatic and revelatory”
Shai Heredia, Experimental Festival Director, Mumbai
“These videos are a perceptive mirror of society”
Johan Pijnappel, Curator