Friday, October 24, 2008

Forgotten Movies : Unforgettable Songs

Very few international movies have made use of, and done full justice to the music of our sub-continent (both folk and classical). Most make do with the string sounds of the sitar here and there, symbolic to the music of India. Few have used the heady concoction of vocals and instruments and made the appropriate impact on the viewer.

Heat and Dust by Merchant Ivory
(story of two English women living in India...)

Heat and Dust - Kahe Ko Tum Naheen Aye (Pilu) :  (Download)

Heat and Dust - Sarangi Recital :  (Download)

Jalsaghar (Le Salon de Musique) by Satyajit Ray
(depicts the age-old conflict between the landed nobility and the un-pedigreed rich of the Raj era...)

Jalsaghar - Megh Malhar (Salamat Ali Khan) :  (Download)

Jalsaghar - Bhar Bhar Ayeen (Begum Akhtar) :  (Download)

Dead Man Walking by Tim Robbins
(starring Susan Sarandon & Sean Penn - the story of a nun, comforting a convicted killer on death row...)

Dead Man Walking - Face of Love (Nusrat Fateh Ali...) :  (Download)

Dead Man Walking - Shadow (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) :  (Download)

Latcho Drom by Tony Gatlif
(the journey of the Romany people (gypsies) told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary...)

Latcho Drom - O Kesario Hazari Gul Ro Phool :  (Download)

Latcho Drom - Saat Bhayan ki Ek Behanadli :  (Download)

The movies have been forgotten but the music still plays on...

Enjoy !!

1 comment:

ramble said...

Hello--thank you so much for all of this wonderful information (and sound samples!) COuld you tell me the name of the raga performed in the final jalsa in Jalsaghar? I've been wondering for years... Much Love, Turner

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