Assamese song chosen for Sehsüchte film fest

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Assamese song chosen for Sehsüchte film fest

G Plus Feature | April 25, 2018 17:45 hrs

Assamese music video Goru Bihu Song, directed by Axl Hazarika, has been selected to be officially screened at one of the largest international film festivals in Europe – the 47th Sehsüchte Film Fest.

Sehsüchte will be held at the Film University Babelsberg, Konrad Wolf housed at Babelsberg Film Studio from April 25 to 29. The video of Goru Bihu Song will be screened on April 28 in the 9 pm to 11 pm slot at Cinema 1.

It can be noted that Babelsberg Film Studio houses the UFA studio where Assam’s legendary filmmaker Jyoti Prasad Agarwala learned film-making in 1930. It is after 88 years that a video made at the Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio has been selected for official screening at this prestigious stage.

Goru Bihu Song is an experimental music video directed by Axl Hazarika that captures the essence of Assamese folk Bihu dance and celebration of the spirit of Goru Bihu. Goru Bihu is a festival celebrated on the eve of first day of Assamese calendar month of Bohag (mid-April during the start of spring), a day before Bohag Bihu, the harvest festival of Assam. The video is based on the futuristic imagination of Goru Bihu celebrations, away from the homeland, and in the absence of cows amidst a generation of technology-based live music performance.

The entire video is made with a very small crew and minimal budget at Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio. The direction, editing, post production and music is done by Axl Hazarika with Amrita Sonowal on the vocals. Cinematography is done by Krishna Shah while Ryan Hazarika was the assistant director of the video. Folk dancers include Rishna Hazarika on the lead with Sailen Gogoi’s Bihu team.

Hazarika is an experimental music artist from Guwahati. He recently became the first and only Indian artist to rank in SoundCloud Top 10 Global Trance music charts & Billboard music charts.

Elated at the response to the video, Hazarika said “This is perhaps the best gift we could get this Goru Bihu! We are extremely delighted about our music video’s official selection at the prestigious International Film Festival – 47th Sehsuchte in Germany. It’s an honour for us to have the video be screened at the Babelsberg Film Studio, world’s oldest film studio.”

Amassing a whopping one million views on YouTube, the video has been officially selected at over 20 international film festivals.

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