Events : Literature & Popular Culture

Screening of documentary film on Gegum Akhtar "In Praise of that Angel Face" by Mr. Nirmal Chander Dandriyal

Held on Wednesday, 19th May, 2017 at 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre had arranged the screening of a documentary film on Begum Akhtar “In Praise of that Angel Face” directed by Mr. Nirmal Chander Dandriyal on Wednesday, 19th May, 2017 at 6.30 PM. Dr. Girish Karnad was in conversation with Mr. Nirmal Chander.
Dr. Girish Karnad shared his experience of meeting with Begum Akhtar. Both of them received their awards from Sangeet Natak Akademi in the same year. The film, in a soft and mellow tone, recounted the story of Begum Akhtar’s musical journey. It was both romantic and tragic without being melodramatic in the usual ‘filmi’ way. Several memorable thumris, dadras and ghazals brought out the romance and pathos of Begum Akhtar’s songs. The restrained directorial touches and the fine editing was evident in the film.
An over-full audience watched the film with admiration and raised several probing questions after the screening. The Director and the Editor of the film, who were present, clarified that they were totally non-judgmental about the personal and private life of Begum Akhtar, and that their main attempt was to bring out the subtle nuances and varieties in the songs of Begum Akhtar. From the overwhelming response received from the audience, it was clear that their mission was accomplished.