Date/Time: Fri 04 Aug / 3:00 pm
Location: Arts- S802 Caulfield Campus
Monash Asia Institute
Presented by Niharika Popli
Rasan Piya is a documentary on the life of renowned Hindustani classical vocalist, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, who represented the 16th generation of Miyan Tansen’s lineage. He continued not just to compose, but also to teach, travel and perform across all of India till he passed away on 18th February 2016 at the age of 107 years.
This is the story of an extraordinary musician, poet and teacher; of someone who has not only preserved but also added much to an ancient Indian art form; of a brave man who overcame his physical limitations to create beautiful music and inspire a whole generation of musicians and music lovers.
The film explores the various influences that have shaped his life and music, a life steeped in the rich culture of Awadh. It also offers a commentary on the change that art in India has witnessed with the decline of the riyasats (kingdoms) and the patronage they offered. Lastly, the film attempts to draw one towards our ancient guru shishya parampara, (traditional teacher-student relationship) as preserved and practised by one its most revered exponents.
Writer and director, Niharika Popli, graduated in Engineering from the University of Delhi in 2010. She then worked with a children’s NGO in Delhi, directing plays, writing and telling stories, and teaching. A chance encounter with Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan at a SPIC-MACAY concert in 2007 moved Niharika tremendously. The purity of his music and his zest for life inspired her to make her first feature length documentary Rasan Piya. The documentary received the Special Jury Mention at Mumbai International Film Festival 2016.
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