STRINGS-bound by faith

A Travelouge love story.90min,35mm,1:1.85 aspect ratio,Dolby Digital,Colour,English/Hindi.2006.INDIA.

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Son of a soldier, I was born in Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district, Bihar. My childhood days were spent in an earthy rural life. I was deeply inspired by the rich folk culture of Buddha’s own land, Bihar. Right from the beginning, I Grew up with real images of Melas, Ramleelas, Bahuripiyas, incredible rituals, strong religious milieu and the vibrant Mithila Art. Natural calamities like flood and drought gifted unforgettable images. Changing seasons of rural life on the bank of river Ganga matured into a sense of poetry and language. Wonder years passed chasing steam trains that passed through the fields of my native village. Listening to radio programs made for defense personals was my only window to the outside world. With such a treasure of inspirational experiences a story teller evolved. I am a practicing film maker in Bombay today.

On the name of religion dozens of Hindu hermits in saffron robes angrily burned the CDs and posters of 'Strings'.

Hindu hermits burn the effigy of Sanjay Jha, the director of Bollywood film Strings, during a protest in Allahabad, India, Monday, July 17, 2006.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Review on: Bound by Faith - Strings

Strings definetly strikes a chord with the soul
By: kashyap_uttara Jul 31, 2006 08:47 AM

Pros: Orginal and refreshing
Cons: Average Lyrics and little known artists

Absolutely Melodious- Modern melody blends immaculately with classical. Thankfully, this album is very indifferent to mainstream Bollywood. If you’re back packing on a voyage to soul searching- make sure to pack this one.

"Ramo Ramo" opens the doors to your own soul like the first rain after a scorching summer.

"OM (Mantra)" drenches thereafter with its power. There is a weird but very welcome sense of rebellion in the song.

Shashwati’s vocals in "Kaise Kahoon" are a perfect recipe to pamper your heart- she is the perfect alternative to producer’s who no longer can afford to write cheques in the order of Shreya Ghoshal.

Zubeen’s “Ishq” is revering, yet there are subtle currents of pain which will keep you in rendezvous with your own memories.

While what you paid for these four songs is way too less for what you’ll eventually experience- the other songs are more than good enough to tune into when you’re heating up your coffee or opening a can of beer- but reserve the pleasures of your drink for these four top notches.

Shortcomings- virtually unknown artists unfortunately may remain under the radar because of lack of promotions. Hopefully, the noise of Bollywood clique music will not drown Strings. And Finally, Zubeen Garg- thanks for letting us know we deserve better than what we are mostly subjected to with the modern day Bollywood clones (or tunes). -Kashyap. New York, USA


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