Alapana- Four views of movement in Carnatic Music # 125

Alapana - Four views of movement in Carnatic Music

11:15, Sunday 16th June, CMB 1&2

RAI 125 Aalpana

  • Director/Anthropologist: Lara Pearson
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 13 mins
  • Country of Production: India
  • Location: Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Ethnic Group: South Indian
  • Language: English


Scenes from the working life of a Carnatic violinist living in the pilgrimage town of Srirangam, Tamil Nadu are woven together to create a film that is both an ethnographic record and an exploration of movement in music. The film constitutes an embodied perspective on Carnatic music, using animation and visual effects to direct the viewer’s attention to physical motion in the musical performance. Employing a sensuous rather than didactic narrative style, Alapana allows space for the audience to arrive at their own insights based on the evidence provided.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

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