The recently released trailer of Indus Blues comes as a breath of fresh air for music lovers who like to explore the different forms of the art and where it originates from. But it also manages to strike a chord as the art form seems to be dying in many parts of the country.
Nominated for the Best Documentary category at Regina International Film Festival and Guamm International Film Festival, Indus Blues aims to inform viewers of the different forms of music that exist all across Pakistan. It also delves into the life of these musicians, especially those involved in folklore, the history behind their music and how they are sometimes forced to give up their talent and culture only because the country stands divided on politics and religion.
From snake charmers to Sarinda players, the documentary explores nine instruments and features 11 musicians. Filled with breathtaking visuals and on-point background score, the teaser of Indus Blues justifies its nomination at film festivals.
He added that with the help of Yasser Nomann, who worked at Lok Virsa, he put together a proposal which we mapped all the endangered instruments from the various regions of Pakistan. They also included the remaining craftsmen who still make them and the master musicians who, to this date, play the instrument.
He explained that such mentality has become a threat to the living culture of Pakistan even though Indus Blues – like any good documentary – honestly only attempts to portray the views of its “subjects in a logical and aesthetic narrative”.
Published in: Express Tribune
Date Published: October 2,2018
Article by: Entertainment Desk – Express Tribune