Solo – A Tryst with the Esraj
52 Min./Digital/Col/English/ dated 31.08.2016
This film explores a second-generation music guru and his disciple’s lifelong tryst with the Esraj, a dying accompanist’s instrument indigenous to the Bengal school of classical music. By focusing on the pursuit of Abit Singh Khangura, an Esraj Exponent from Santiniketan, and his disciple Alexandre Jurain, a French Musician who took permanent refuge there to devote himself to the Esraj, the film documents the musical and cross-cultural dialogue between the two individuals and their attempts to revive the Esraj as a solo instrument, while creating a cinematic portrait of the Esraj for the first time.
Director : Anirban Mahapatra
Producer : Films Division