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Title Songs of a sorrowful man / directed by Aditi Nath Sarkar, Ákos Östör and Lina Fruzzetti ; produced by Lina Fruzzetti and Ákos Östör
Published Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2009
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (35 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 2
Summary Lina Fruzzetti and Ákos Östör began a major film project in 2001, documenting the revival of an ancient tradition in India scroll painting and the singing of stories depicted in the scrolls. The result was the award winning film Singing Pictures, released in 2006. The current film is a follow-up to the previous one and deals with the life and work of a painter, composer, singer, well known in rural West Bengal, as a poet and mystic of legendary proportions. Dukhushyam is a charismatic figure, one who has departed from convention in many ways, most importantly in encouraging women to take up the traditional craft of scroll painting and musical composition pursued almost exclusively by men before. Singing Pictures was about the trials and ultimate triumph of 15 women in the village of Naya, all of them his students, who formed a cooperative to practice the ancient craft of painting scrolls, composing and performing the songs accompanying the scrolls. In a series of edited sequences the new film chronicles Dukhushyam's vision of the decline and rebirth of his art; his tolerant Sufi Muslim spirituality; his engagement with Hindus, Muslims and the modern world; his encyclopedic knowledge of changing musical and painting histories and techniques; the influence of his beliefs on his way of life, and his teachings for future generations of painters and singers in his community
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Feb. 6, 2014)
Event Recorded in Naya Village, West Bengal, India in 2009
Notes Previously released as DVD
This edition in Bengali with English subtitles
Subject Juang (Indic people) -- Social life and customs.
Painting, Bengali -- India -- West Bengal.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Sarkar, Aditi Nath, director
Östör, Ákos, director, producer
Citrakara, Dukhuśyāma, 1946- performer
Fruzzetti, Lina, director, producer