Documentary retraces the journey of the woman from Faizabad who became Begum Akhtar

Documentary retraces the journey of the woman from Faizabad who became Begum Akhtar

The “Zikr We Parivash Ka” Nirmal Chander is a cradle of classical music history by India’s most famous artists. The documentary Nirmal Chander, Zikr us Parivash Ka (Praise that faces Angel), recalls the antiquity of Begum Akhtar In the opening sequence. Only someone with more than a hundred lives can tell you where Begum Akhtar, a viewer told Chander he hunts for the house in the city of Faizabad birthplace of one of the best classical singers in India. Another said: I am not old enough to know.

Towards the end of the film recalls its lasting impact on classical music. A Pune fan who visits his grave talks about how excited his songs and their performances have been.

The film of Chander, made for production Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2015, based on ignorance and appreciation. The 54-minute film was recently screened at the Kerala Short Film and Short Film Festival and the Indian Film Festival in London.

Zikr us Parivash Ka offers a cradle of the well-known woman’s history to Akhtarbai Faizabadi until she adopts a more respectable title. Chander traced the singer’s years in Faizabad, where she was born in 1913 or in 1914 in the courtesy Mushtari and continues through her first success in private meetings (or mehfils) and concerts, her short song of play and career Of acting, and she is the emergence as one of the great voices of Hindu classical music. There are interviews with his pupil, singer Ghazal Shanti Hiranand, writer Saleem Kidwai, members of his family and singer Shruti Sadolikar Katkar.

“With Begum Akhtar, you can meet people over five to seven years old and it’s still not over,” Chander said.

Chander made good use of a radio interview with Akhtar in which he says: “I am fortunate to have been born in a country where music is on the air”, and many archival photographs, some are from the picture book Pran Nevile Nautch Girls Of India: dancers, singers, and playmates. The director locates Akhtar as a link between the courtly tradition that has been stripped of his patronage with the decline of the zamindari system and professional singer whose fame has traveled to the public salons through public concerts, records and radio.

The film has an audience and visual texture to spare. The famous director of photography, Ranjan Palit, beautifully draws the remains of a vanishing world: large houses where he gave private performances and men and women whose appreciation for the art of grace Akhtar occurs beyond his death in 1974 hours After a performance in Ahmedabad.

“The idea was to make the film look great and match the quality of Begum Akhtar and his music,” Chander said. “I wanted the music to visually grip.”

Zikr us Parivash Ka. Sangeet Natak Akademi.Chander was recruited by the Sangeet Natak Akademi to make a film marking the centenary of the birth of Akhtar (celebrated in 2014). “They gave me a free hand to make the movie,” Chander said. “I spent four to five months to listen to their music and see what worked for the movie and called me. I did not have a structure or script, and everything is set on the editing table.”

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