Dance of the Wind
Swara Mandal or Dance of the Wind is a 1997 Hindi drama, film co-written and directed by Rajan Khosa. It was his feature film debut. It starred Kitu Gidwani and Bhaveen Gosain in lead roles. The film was a co-production between five countries, including UK, Germany and India.
|Dance of the Wind|
|Directed by||Rajan Khosa|
|Produced by||Karl Baumgartner, NFDC, Elephant Eye|
|Written by||Robin Mukherjee|
|Story by||Rajan Khosa|
|Music by||Shubha Mudgal|
|Edited by||Emma Matthews|
Pallavi (Kitu Gidwani), a budding Indian classical singer, is the daughter and student of celebrated classical singer, Karuna Devi (Kapila Vatsyayan). While she was still gaining her confidence, her mother dies suddenly; due this shock Pallavi loses not just her bearings, but also her voice. Subsequently, she also loses her career, her students, and her husband (Bhaveen Gosain).
It is only after she meets a young street urchin, Tara (Roshan Bano) and start teaching her, following the guru-shishya parampara (Master-student tradition) of Indian classical music, as her mother once did with her, does she begin to finds herself again, and also her voice.
Noted Hindustani classical singer, Shubha Mudgal composed the music, while playback was given by 'Shweta Jhaveri', Shanti Hirannand, and Brinda Roy Choudhuri. Other noted artists, who worked on soundtrack were, Sarangi performer, Ustad Sultan Khan, and noted flautist, Ronu Majumdar, and the film went on to win the 'Gold Plaque for Music' at the 1998 Chicago International Film Festival.
The film was premiered at the Critics' Week, at 1997 Venice Film Festival, and became India's official entry at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival and International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in 1998. The film went on to win several national and international awards in the following years, as it was theatrically released in twenty five countries in 1998-2001  However, it was commercially released in India, only in February 2008.
Channel 4 reviewed the film as, "A celebration of the classical singing tradition set in contemporary New Delhi, Rajan Khosa's film captures the beauty of ancient Indian music and the culture from which it emanates."
- 1997: London Film Festival: Audience Award
- 1997: Festival of Three Continents: Audience Award.
- 1997: Festival of Three Continents: Best Actress: Kitu Gidwani 
- 1998: Chicago International Film Festival: Gold Plaque, Best Music: Rajan Khosa
- 1998: International Film Festival Rotterdam: Netpac Award 
- 1998: British Asian Film Festival: Best Director: Rajan Khosa 
- Dance with the Wind details at rajankhosa.com.
- Dance of the Wind at NFDC
- Dance with the Wind Preview radiosargam.com.
- Overview The New York Times.
- Synopsis Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine bollywoodmovievideos.com.
- Dance of the Wind Variety.
- Dance of the Wind Preview indiaglitz.com.
- Release info imdb.com.
- award-winning movie hits Indian screens[permanent dead link] Bollywood News, bollywoodworld.ca, 1 February 2008.
- Review Channel 4.
- Rajan Khosa Awards imbd.com.