Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A flowing river is never the same

I’ve heard the above phrase in a spiritual discourse or read in a book (not Paulo Coelho). It came back to me when I heard Kabir Bedi say this:

They (Bollywood) have this fantastic tradition called the narration. They pitch a film to you, not with the script. But by a narrator that comes to your house, it could be the director, it’d be the writer, it’d be a professional, who comes just to narrate the film. And, they give you this fantastic narration; almost shot to shot in its detail, and, you better remember this narration because you’ll never ever hear it again. And, secondly, when you’re given pieces of films, because films are never shot in order; scene eighty five followed by scene three followed scene one fifty two. You better know where all those pieces fit because you’ll never hear the story again and, there’s no script to go by.

to Riz Khan here about how actors are approached in Bollywood.



(Please don’t miss Kabir quoting Walt Whitman at the end of the video).

This talk reminded of an article on Hindustani Classical Music by Raghav R. Menon published in the Hindu Folio talking about the transient quality of Ragas:

Ragas had always been timeless and without history. For there are no old ragas just as there are no old rivers or old oceans or an old wind.

And, googling for the title phrase to check whether anyone else has used it lead me to this beautiful song:



You can get the lyrics of the song here.

This profound post by BG is the inspiration behind this ho-hum.

A couple of thanks:

A big thanks to my friend MM for sending me the audio of the song mentioned above.

And, a friend who is very shy of being introduced here for typing three-fourth of Raghav R. Menon’s article before I realised it is available online.

PS. This post has very little of my own thing. But, I still felt like sharing because these are the kind of things that have shaped my personality. Here is a similar post written more than a year ago.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Paresh,
Thanks for collecting all these sensible things in same article.

regards
Rk

Ash said...

Interesting post!

Amrita said...

Film makers have achallenging job. We just see the end product but a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes. My cousin (in Londoan) have have a movie based on India. They shot some scenes in our garden.

MM said...

:)
Yay!! Me on Paresh's blog!

shankari said...

Loved this post - esp my Sandokan! ;)

I was but a child when the entire movie was screened one night on DD. I surprised my parent and big sis by going imm. into a total Kabir worship mode!

Those (really) far-away days were so innocent and fun. Thanks for reminding me of all that. God bless you.