Khayal Gatha (English: The Saga of Khayal) is a 1989 Indian experimental film[citation needed] written and directed by Kumar Shahani. The film is about the history of the Khayal genre of Indian classical singing. The film also traces the relationship of Khayal genre with Indian classical dance.[1]

Khayal Gatha
Directed byKumar Shahani
Written byKumar Shahani
StarringRajat Kapoor
Mangal Dhillon
Mita Vasisht
CinematographyK. K. Mahajan
Distributed byNational Film Development Corporation (NFDC)
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
Running time
103 minutes

The film marked the acting debut of Rajat Kapoor, who was unknown at the time, but got his big international break in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding as a sexually abusive uncle and later got his mainstream Bollywood break in Dil Chahta Hai.[2][3][4]

Plot edit

The film is presented in an abstract format, where a music student (Rajat Kapoor) listens to stories and legends about the birth and evolution of the Khayal form of classical Indian singing.[5] These stories are re-enacted by actors Rajat Kapoor, Mangal Dhillon and Mita Vasisht, who play several key figures throughout the history of classical music.[6][7]

Awards and Acclaim edit

Khayal Gatha is the first of Kumar Shahani's films to receive international accolades. The movie was appreciated at the Rotterdam Int'l Film Festival where it screened in the main competition section and is considered an important documentation of the tradition of Indian classical singing.[4]

Year Ceremony Award[8]
1989 Rotterdam Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize[1]
1990 Filmfare Award Best Film (Critics)

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Kumar Shahani". The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Khayal Gatha IMDb Page". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Rajat Kapoor IMDb Page". IMDb.
  4. ^ a b "The Khayal Saga". MovieFix.
  5. ^ "Khayal Gatha (1988)".
  6. ^ "Khayal Gatha".
  7. ^ "The Khayal Saga". Channel 4.
  8. ^ "Khayal Gatha Awards Page". IMDb.

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