Online Screening

Movement Traces:
Indian-Chinese Musical Crossings


Cultural exchange and experimentation in music across the borders of east and south Asia date back to the time of Tang Dynasty in seventh century China. Encounters in medieval port cities generated conversations in and of music. These relations in history however are hard to trace today. In the absence of a shared language can music explore and express ideas, emotions, histories? Music Across the Waters: The Saath-Saath Project brought together musicians and scholars from India and China over a period of four years. This film follows their conversations set in studios, galleries and rehearsal rooms away from the hubbub of bazaars and streets.

These black/white box settings stage the meetings that unfold through silences, through listening, through tones and notes. Using both transcribed text of actual conversations and re-inscribed text of things left unsaid Movement Traces re-assembles a collaborative process of crossing boundaries and making music.

The documentary is available for viewing on Bangalore International Centre‘s website. There will be a post-screening discussion on 26 August (Thu), registration is required

A film by Surabhi Sharma
In collaboration with Omkar Havaldar, Rutuja Lad, Bindhumalini, Zhe Lai, Zhang Yi, Kimho Ip, Chow Yiu-Fai and Tejaswini Niranjana
Produced by Tejaswini Niranjana, The Saath-Saath Project

Post-Screening Discussion
26 Aug 2021 (Thu)
Time: 6 pm (GMT+5:30 Bangalore) / 8:30 pm (GMT+8 HK)
Tejaswini Niranjana (Curator & Producer), Surabhi Sharma (Director) Interlocutor:  Chang Qu

Bangalore International Centre
Centre for Cultural Research and Development
Centre for Inter-Asian Research, Ahmedabad University
West Heavens

Surabhi Sharma is a filmmaker based in Abu Dhabi and Mumbai. Her documentaries, fiction, and video installations engage with cities in transition using the lens of labor, music, and migration. Cinema verite and ethnography are the genres that inform her filmmaking. She is currently teaching in the Film and new Media Programme at New York University Abu Dhabi.

Sharma’s films have been screened and awarded at international film festivals and are included in teaching curricula in universities in North America and India. Her works have been screened at International Film Festivals like Dubai International Film Festival, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, MAMI Mumbai Film Festival amongst others. Her video installations have been exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery, London; nGbK, Berlin; Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture; and the 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016).

Tejaswini Niranjana is the author of several books, including Mobilizing India: Women, Music and Migration between India and Trinidad (Duke UP, 2006), and Musicophilia in Mumbai: Performing Subjects and the Metropolitan Unconscious (Duke UP, 2020). She has also edited the anthology, Music, Modernity and the Public Sphere in India (OUP, 2020). Having worked closely with Surabhi Sharma on two earlier music-related films, she has curated and implemented the Saath-Saath music collaboration project since 2016.

26 Aug 2021 (Thu)
Time  6 pm (GMT+5:30 Bangalore)
8:30 pm (GMT+8 HK)

Post-screening talk: 
online via Zoom