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article image'On and Off the Record' a documentary on Indian music released

By Sravanth Verma     Dec 3, 2014 in Entertainment
Filmmaker Pratik Biswas released his documentary "On and Off the Record," documenting the journey of Indian classical music through the last century.
Biswas, formerly a sound technician, developed the documentary based on 15 years of experience working with several Indian classical music masters. The documentary was screened at the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, India.
"I had the opportunity to work with various maestros of Indian classical music. Initially, I thought that it is my mistake that I am not being able to capture their performances properly but I realized that there is a difference between what they are performing in their rehearsal room and what they are performing in my recording," said Biswas, who works out of New Delhi.
Pratik, who as a sound technician noted the difference in performance during rehearsals and performances in studios, was confused by it. The documentary is centered on the recording of performances in studios over the last century, since the first recording of an Indian classical musician, Gauhar Jaan, in the 1930's, through the mp3 age of the 21st century.
"I have worked with most of the famous singers and musicians starting from Pandit Ravi Shankar. During the making of documentary, I had series of talks with various musicologists and musicians and music thinkers and from their talk, I tried to assimilate the journey of Hindustani classical music," he stated.
Biswas also has plans to elaborate on these issues in future films. The recorded history of Indian classical music in its present form goes back to 300 B.C., and is still a living, thriving art form today.
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