Utpal Borpujari

July 1, 2012

DVD Reviews: Songs of Mashangva/ I Am Kalam/ Camille Claudel/ Conversations With Mother

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By Utpal Borpujari

Songs of Mashangva

This film, again winner of a National Award, is a documentary that will take you to the deep recesses of the Northeast — the Ukhrul district of Manipur hills, homeland of the Tangkhul Nagas to be precise. The film, through its protagonist, musician Reuben Mashangva who is now a well-known name in music festivals across India, tells the viewer how the folk music tradition of the Tangkhul Nagas that have passed from generation to generation orally, is now facing extinction. And how Mashangva is fighting a grim battle, through his music that is based on these folk sounds and that he calls the “Naga blues”, to keep it alive.

The film talks of how with the advent of European education and Christian way of life, the Tangkhul culture of over a thousand years’ history has slowly faded away with time. Mashangva is not only trying to keep alive who is himself is a Christian, attended school for only a few classes but is a treasure trove of knowledge when it comes to the folk music of his community. This film is not just a story of one individual but of one whole community which has had its history pass down from generation to generation orally.

Dir: Oinam Doren Language: Tangkhul/Manipuri; English Documentary; Junglee Home Video; Rs295


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