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Documentaries by Gulzar, Shyam Benegal to be streamed at Film Division's online festival beginning today

The films on stalwart instrumentalists belonging to the Indian classical music tradition will be streamed on Films Division website and YouTube channel as part of Raagotsav - Celebration of Monsoon festival.  

Roushni Sarkar

Films Division will be hosting Raagotsav - Celebration of Monsoon, an online film festival on Indian classical music beginning today. Selected films from its achives will be available for viewing on its website and YouTube channel over three days as the first part of Raagotsav. The documentaries will focus on the many streams of instrumental music as well as the stalwarts associated with them. 

The documentaries that can be viewed on the first day include, Baba (1976), a film on Ustad Allauddin Khan by ND Keluskar, Ahmed Jaan Thirakwa (1971), a rare black and white film on the table maestro by L Shankar, Ustad Bismillah Khan (2007) by Dinesh Prabhakar, Moments with Maestro (1970), a film on Pandit Ravi Shankar by Pramod Pati and Shyam Benegal’s Shruti & Grace of Indian Music (1974), on Sheikh Chinna Moulana, who mastered and popularised the nadaswaram.

The films that can be viewed on the second day include CS Nair’s film, Ustad Allah Rakha (1970), Benegal’s Tala and Rhythm -Mridangam (1972), Bhaskar Rao’s Music Of India - drum (1952), Pandit Ramnarayan (2007), a film by V Packirisamy on the sarangi maestro and Rajeev Chaurasia’s Bansuri Guru (2014) on Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. 

On the last day of the festival, Jabbar Patel’s Antardhwani (2008) on santoor artiste Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma will be streamed along with Gulzar's film Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (1990) and Biplab Majumdar’s Bansuriwala (2017) on ace flautist Pandit Ronu Majumdar.

All the documentaries will be easily accessible on the Documentary of the Week section of the Films Division website and YouTube channel.