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Keshavdas

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An interesting film is coming out soon that will contain interviews with N. Bannerjee along with many other legendary musicians.

Hi Everybody,

It's been a long time coming, and now it's finally here: A Cricket in the Court of Akbar is premiering in New York City - and you're invited! The film is being presented by the South Asian International Film Festival, and will be screened Saturday, October 25th at 9:30pm at the Rubin Museum of Art (view map). Seating is limited so reserve your tickets online or call 212-274-8787 today.

For those of you who are new to the film, it is about my participation as the first and only American sitar player to compete in the Sri Mahendra Bhatt Music Competition in Jaipur, India - the largest music competition of its kind in the state of Rajasthan. The film chronicles the days leading up to the big contest, and explores the rich history and profound beauty of Indian classical music.

If you'd like more information about A Cricket in the Court of Akbar please visit our website at http://www.ragamalaproductions.com. There you can watch the trailer, see related videos, read the synopsis and catch all the latest news about the film. For more information about the South Asian International Film Festival, visit the SAIFF website at http://www.saiff.org.

And for those of you in the San Diego area, tickets are still available for our West Coast premiere at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. That screening is happening this coming weekend, Sunday, October 12th at 12:15pm at the UltraStar Mission Valley cinema. You can purchase tickets online here.

Hope to see you at the screening!

Andrew Mendelson
Director/Executive Producer
A Cricket in the Court of Akbar

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North Indian classical music, a centuries-old musical tradition of great depth and richness, has influenced generations of composers across the globe. Although many of these musicians consider it the highest form of musical expression, North Indian classical music remains unfamiliar to most Western ears. And, the rapid influx of Western culture in today's era of globalization now threatens this music with tragic obsolescence.

In an unusual reversal of this cultural current, Andrew Mendelson, a 32-year-old Texas native, has dedicated his life to the study of this distinctive tradition. In 2003, at the invitation of his Guru, acclaimed sitarist Krishna Mohan Bhatt, Andrew traveled to India to study the sitar. On a whim, he entered the Sri Mahendra Bhatt Music Competition – the largest contest of its kind in the state of Rajasthan – where, astonishingly, he won first prize. Little did Andrew know that he had become the first foreigner ever to compete for, let alone win, this prestigious award.

The documentary film A Cricket in the Court of Akbar joins Andrew two years later as he returns to India to compete for the grand prize in the Tournament of Champions, the Sur Sadak gold medal. Once again, he finds he is the only American contestant. And despite talent and relentless dedication, his outsider status proves to be a tremendous obstacle to his success as a sitarist, and especially in his efforts to earn the approval of his Guru. As Andrew prepares to vie for the championship, he struggles to reconcile his western identity with his embrace of North Indian classical music – and his unprecedented efforts to excel in the competition.

Throughout the film, a variety of experts from India and the United States offer insight into the timely issue of global cultural exchange and the timeless appeal of North Indian classical music. The film breathes life into this vibrant tradition as it exposes a brand new audience to its majestic legacy.



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A Cricket in the Court of Akbar features in-depth interviews with a number of prominent musicians and experts from India and the United States, each contributing insight into Indian classical music and the cultural context within which it exists today. The film also includes music from legendary sitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, as well as previously unreleased recordings of Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Manilal Nag, Steve Gorn, Pandit Samir Chatterjee and many others.

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Lars

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That's good news it's finally ready, Andrew is a good player and nice guy too. I'd suggest anyone nearby go and see it and let us know how it was? Reminds me of 'Outsourced the Movie' that just came out, one of the best films ever and they had to promote is privately like this. Hopefully the DVD will be out soon and I'll try to see about getting a screening here in Seattle...somewhere....somehow..... :!:
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To request a showing in your area they have a simple form on their website:
http://ragamalaproductions.com/maillist/?p=subscribe&id=3

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Finally. I am so glad they finally got this film out.
I have been looking forward to it for a while.
I do know that the average Documentary takes 7 to 10 years to produce.
Very difficult genre of film.
I am glad that there is an effort to promote it.
I know it is very very difficult to get anywhere without major distribution support.
If you are nearby the premieres, go see it.
Support the little guy.
Yippee!!! Cant wait to see it.
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I saw it two weeks ago in San Diego. Go see it if it is in your area! Some great playing, sights & sounds and funny moments. Very relatable for many of us here in the way of cultural misunderstandings.
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Just an update, this DVD is now available here: http://sitar-tabla.com/sitar%20dvd.htm#Cricket%20in%20the%20Court%20of%20Akbar
Been waiting a long time for it!

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