IHWF 2018 opens with Ray's Rabindranath Tagore

The month-long, multi-city event features nearly 70 public engagement events, including heritage walks, baithaks (talks), workshops and instameets in nearly 20 cities, and more.

author_img Team Indulge Published :  05th February 2018 01:06 PM   |   Published :   |  05th February 2018 01:06 PM

Biographies of timeless legends, the stories of forgotten men and women, vanishing traditions, and unseen vignettes of India captured through the lens of the wandering filmmaker feature in the line-up of documentaries that will be screened throughout February during the month-long Online Heritage Film Festival.

The film screenings are part of the India Heritage Walk Festival 2018, a multi-city event organized by Sahapedia, the online encyclopedia of Indian arts and culture, and YES Culture, the cultural division of YES Global Institute, a practising think tank of YES BANK, to encourage people to explore the tangible and intangible heritage of their cities and towns.

A total of 25 films, including well-known classics as well as entries selected by a panel of eminent arts and culture practitioners, including renowned dancer and former CBFC head Leela Samson, are in the line-up for the festival which opened on Thursday (February 1) with Satyajit Ray's award-winning 1961 Films Division documentary on Rabindranath Tagore.

Sahapedia will release one film nearly every day throughout the month on its www.youtube.com/user/sahapediaonline/featured at 10:00 am, and each is an exploration of a remarkable facet of the subcontinent’s heritage in the form of people, arts, traditions or architecture.

Weavers of Maheswar (2016) by Keya Vaswani and Nidhi Kamath tells the story of people who’ve worked hard to revive a vanishing handloom craft; The Sarangi- Story of a museum (2015) by Manoj Bhandare and Raju Hittalamani is a journey through Kathmandu's museum of music and musical instruments from Nepal and The Battle of Bhima Koregaon (2017) by Somnath Waghamare celebrates the valour of the forgotten Mahar (untouchable) soldiers who overthrew the Peshwa rule in Maharashtra.

The lives of legends like Kalamandalam Gopi (1999), the Dhrupad maestros of the Dagar family (Dagarvaani - 1993), and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra (Bhavantarana – 1991) are documented in some of the classics, while other films introduce viewers to lesser-known gems like The Shillong Chamber Choir (2008) ; Mystique of Murshidabad (2014); Little Magazines of Voices (2014)and Hyderabadi tryst with Ittar (2017).

The screened films will be available for online viewing throughout the month.

The Film Festival is one among the many events scheduled for IHWF 2018 in February, 2018. The month-long, multi-city event features nearly 70 public engagement events, including heritage walks (themed, curated and guided tours conducted by experts), baithaks (talks), workshops and instameets in nearly 20 cities, focusing on diverse aspects such as architecture, food, heritage, crafts, nature, and art that make up the cultural fabric of our country.

Vaibhav Chauhan, Festival Director (IHWF) and Secretary, Sahapedia, says, “When we made a film festival a part of India Heritage Walk Festival, it was an attempt to resonate with Sahapedia's vision of providing varied forms of content on our rich heritage and culture. While there is tremendous amount of multimedia content on Heritage, that deserves and requires promotion, there is much still to be documented in an authentic and comprehensive fashion. We hope to encourage this through the film festival, and highlight Sahapedia's role in providing a platform for creative work in this domain.”