Student Name: Kasturi
Guide: Dr. Shilpa Das
Sinhora
This film is about the most tragic eventuality of life. This story is not just about the journey of a marriage but also about the grim moment of the passing of this student’s grandmother and her grandfather’s emotional turmoil as a result of this. It trains focus on the feelings of isolation, despair, loss, and ultimate acceptance of the bitter truth. A poem by this student’s grandfather and all that she had witnessed at her grandmother’s funeral built the foundations of the film. Her conversations with her grandfather and other family members helped develop the perspective that needed to be depicted. The inclusion of a folk song in the film highlights an age-old tradition of Bihar that is now on the wane due to urbanisation. The song acts as a window to a space and time where the memory of the marriage and the reality of the funeral run parallel. An attempt is made to refrain from introducing one’s personal views; this film is someone else’s story, therefore it is treated with sensitivity, gentleness and most imperatively, empathy. Working on this film helped the student to observe and engage better with narratives while separating her art from herself.
Keywords: acceptance, Bihar, death, folk song, marriage
Student Name: Kasturi
Programme: B.Des.
Guide: Dr. Shilpa Das