Good news for Assam. A Sattriya dance-based short film from Assam has been selected at the Classical Arts Film Festival, in Napa, California. The film will be screened during the festival to be held in California and San Francisco.
Vaishnava – Being Humane is based on the teachings of Srimanta Sankaradeva and Mahatama Gandhi. The film has been made interweaving Gandhi’s favourite bhajan Vaishnava Jana To and excerpts from Srimanta Sankaradeva’s Kirtana tuned on the raga and taal of Borgeet of Assam.
The film has been made to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation. It has been conceptualised by IRS officer Padmapani Bora and renowned Sattriya dancer and recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Yuva Puraskar, Mridusmita Das.
Rukshana Tabassum has directed the short film and the music is composed by singer Rupam Bhuyan.
Speaking to Time8, Mridusmita said, “The good news has come at a time when the Assamese community is pleading to safeguard their culture and identity. Vaishnava-Being Humane is based on the teachings of Srimanta Sankaradeva.”
She added, “This film is the need of the hour expressing the importance of humanity and love at the same time showcasing the rich culture of Assam and glorifying the writings of Srimanta Sankaradeva. Art and culture are still one of the best ways to take our Assamese identity forward.”
The film has recently won the Best Music Video award at the 8th Delhi Shorts International Film Festival, 2019. It has also bagged the Best music video (Jury) at 8th Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival.
Earlier, the film has won an award at the 7th Indian Cine Film Festival held in Mumbai, 6th Pink City International Film Festival, Jaipur and Highest Commendation at Asia South East-Short Film Festival, 2019 in Cambodia.
The film was also among the top 15 films of Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival Short Film Contest, Guwahati, 2019.