Journey of women musicans captured on film
By Ramzauva Chhakchhuak | Express News Service | Published: 10th November 2017 09:56 PM |
Trailer of documentary about a musical collobaration between women from a rural tribe in Karnataka, and those from Indian cities and other foreigh countries will be showcased at the Blore Indie Film Fest on Sunday
BENGALURU: What happens when you put five women musicians from the state’s rural Soliga tribe, another five each from various Indian cities and those from Europe together? Lively jam sessions and rousing gigs in India and abroad.And making this possible is a project of Arun Shiva Ganesh under his organisation, Treeonz. Arun who is more popularly known as a member of the city-based band, Swahaa, has also shot a documentary on the entire collaboration.. A two minute trailer of the documentary will be showcased at The Bangalore Indie Film Festival, 2017 to be held in the city on Sunday.
“This is the first time we did something like this in India. Two girls from the Soliga tribe were in Europe as a result of this collaboration and played gigs in several cities. It was the very first time they stepped out of their homes and even saw a city. This is one of the achievements of the project - uplifting tribal musicians and empowering women through music.”
The two minute trailer has snapshots of the women in the forest of BR Hills. They were there for a period of two weeks before heading to Bengaluru on the third week for a number of gigs. The trailer also has scenes from some of the gigs they played in the city at various venues such as at Bangalore University, The Humming Treea and St Joseph’s College, to name a few
The two tribal musicians who went abroad played with a new group of musicians in several cities. “Footage of the gigs in Eurpoe is not in the trailer but is part of the full length film. The shoot is over and the film is being edited. We want to show the film in a very professional way and working to release it very soon,” says Arun.
The musicans have come together under a project called Strisvara. All the women involved in the collaboration are professional musicians. Beside the Soliga tribe the women are from Bengaluru, Chennai, Coorg, Mysuru, Mumbai, Sweden, Spain, USA and Nepal.
The collobaration is going to be a yearly affair with two editions - in India and abroad. Already Arun is in the hunt for a new set of people amd location. When City Express spoke to him, he was in Sagara, Shivamogga doing a reconnaissance. “I am here looking at locations,” he says.