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Kho Ki Pa Lu offers deeper insight into the Northeast with wonderful change of pace

It's a world that is quickly and quietly fading away as the region comes into increasing contact with 'modernity'.

Shriram Iyengar

Documentaries about the Northeast of India often focus on the region, its political struggles and, sometimes, history. In Kho Ki Pa Lu (Up Down And Sideways), directors Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumar turn to the folk music of one village as a parable for the region's life.

The title of the film refers to the metre and rhythm of the traditional songs, which are fading away. Placing the traditional routine of these far-flung villages in context of the rapid urbanization and its effects on the form of storytelling and songs, the documentary weaves an engrossing thread.

Through interviews of residents from different generations, the filmmakers offer deeper insight into an India that is not often explored.

Here are three reasons to watch Kho Ki Pa Lu at the Habitat Film Festival in New Delhi today:

1. The fascinating tradition of Li (folk singing) is the key thread in the narrative. The documentary traces the lifestyle, history, and individual stories through the songs sung by the farmers as they carry on with their daily chores.

2. The time frame of the documentary stretches over a decade. The fimmakers spent almost seven years collating interviews and recording sounds and songs to create their narrative. In this duration, they have managed to also record some important political changes and their impact on the region.

3. The film is a nice change of pace from the usual high-strung films, and offers an insight into a simpler world of stories and songs that is fast fading away in a modern world.

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