This film captures the perils that threaten the existence of the Langha community’s folk music
It’s the earthy, rustic voice. Even if heard once, it remains unforgettable. From the dunes of The Great Indian Thar Desert, to Bollywood music studios to the iPods of music lovers in cosmopolitan cities, the voices of Rajasthani folk artistes such as Sarwar Khan and Sartaz Khan Barna (voices behind the song Bapu sehat ke liye from the movie Dangal) are echoing far and wide. While these two boys have found their fame, there are hundreds of child artistes in Rajasthan who continue to live by and for the music, waiting for the day they will be famous.
It is this story of survival of young and talented singers that the documentary, The Little Princes of Rajasthan is attempting to capture on film and showcase it to the world. It will be screened for the first time in Bengaluru next week at the Peepshow evening at Church Street Social. The 40-minute narrative follows the morning-to-evening routine of three boys — Amit, Anwar and Swaroop, who belong to the Langha community of singers. “The community comes with a rich oral tradition and have a repertoire of songs from Bulleh Shah, Sindhi, Punjabi and Hindi to Sufiyana. The older members of the community remember close to 500 songs by heart,” explains Chirag Jain, founder, Nirvana Live and Nomads, the events company that has produced this film.
Made in early 2016, the documentary was first screened at Fes Festival of World Sacred Music at Morocco in May last year. “That’s the largest music festival in the world and these kids were invited to perform and conduct workshops for child musicians,” shares Chirag. Since then, the documentary has done rounds of various festivals in France and India.
On February 1. 7 pm. Entry Free. At Church Street. Details: 41713016
— Ayesha Tabassum