Rasan Piya

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Date(s) - 04/08/2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Building S, Level 8, Room 802, Monash University Caulfield


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 Rasan Piya.

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.


This event is fully booked.